The mezzanine at the Castro Valley Marketplace comes alive tonight from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm featuring Jonathan Alford and Eddie Pasternak on stage
Jonathan Alford has played piano since the age of 5. Taught by a musical after Alford played classical piano until he began exploring the world of jazz and Latin music in his late 20’s. Largely self taught alford has become a mainstay of the bay area music scene. He co-led Azesu with legendary Cuban timbalero Orestes Vilato of whom the Healdsburg Tribune said ‘Azesu lays down a new marker for Latin Jazz.’ Alford has also played with John Santos and Machete Ensemble, Santana, Chocolate Armenteros, and many other Latin greats as well as Bobby Hutchinson,Maria Marquez and John Stowell.
He is currently the leader of Proteus Trio with grammy winning artists Evan Price and Lewis Patzer. Andrew Gilbert of the East Bay Times has said ‘Proteus trio brings together 3 of the most versatile and adventurous musicians in the bay area. Proteus doesn’t so much ignore genre conventions as embrace every musical practice.
Eddie Pasternak is a delightful presence with an abundance of warmth, wit, and charm. He consistently presents himself with the greatest of elegance and class. It is his combination of musicianship, style and personality that sets Eddie apart from other fine local musicians and makes him the perfect musical choice for the sophisticated venues of the San Francisco Bay Area.
For a quarter century, Eddie has been a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene. Eddie’s guitar work has been a welcome feature in swing-oriented performances with former members of Count Basie and Duke Ellington’s bands as well as in Motown dance bands. He has frequently performed in the Bay Area’s finest hotels and major local events. Noted Bay Area music critic Lee Hiderbrand describes him as a “remarkable guitarist who plays basslines and chords simultaneously. He generates intense swing.“
Enter through the west entry off the parking lot.
A selection of cocktails and bar bites will be served by Night Owl.