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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Stuart L.
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Great show by excellent piano player from Buenos Aires and Barcelona and his group of 10 high quality young jazz musicians. Leader shows an outstanding ability to create interesting and complex compositions and to mix up his playlist to add to...continued

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“Whether he appears to be drawing from boleros, baroque music, ragas or Wayne Shorter, he’s risking a bit, and going after the transcendental moment.” —The New York Times 



Guillermo Klein, Vocals, Piano

Chris Cheek, Tenor, Soprano & Baritone Saxophones

Bill McHenry, Tenor Saxophone

Taylor Haskins, Trumpet

Diego Urcola, Trumpet

Richard Nant, Trumpet, Percussion

Sandro Tomassi, Trombone

Ben Monder, Guitar

Fernando Huergo, Bass

Jeff Ballard, Drums, Percussion

  • Guillermo Klein*

A native of Argentina, Guillermo Klein studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music before moving to New York City in the mid-’90s. From the moment he set foot in Manhattan, Klein was one of the scene’s most notable composers and bandleaders, holding down regular weekly gigs with his big band at Smalls and the larger Jazz Gallery. It was a heyday for creative improvisers, with Greenwich Village alive with ingenuity and inspiration into the wee hours of the night. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times shares his impression of Klein’s impact on the scene: “His music resembled nothing else, especially as it moved toward grooves and away from the harmonic exercises he had learned in music school. It was jazz, of a kind, but it included brass choirs, counterpoint, drones, Argentine and Cuban rhythms and a lot of singing.”

But just as soon as Klein emerged as a leader, he made the decision to return to Buenos Aires. The 2001 Argentinean fiscal crisis prompted his move to Barcelona, where he still resides. He continued to write for and record with Los Guachos, releasing a number of acclaimed albums, including 2005’s “Una Nave.” It made Ratliff’s 2005 ten best albums list, with All About Jazz calling it “a boldly sweeping album that transcends its individual components.”

One thing that remains constant with his New York days is the high quality of loyal musicians that Klein attracts to his ensembles. This performance at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is no exception, with Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry, Ben Monder, Diego Urcola, and Bill McHenry, all alumni from the Smalls era, reuniting for a rare West Coast performance of Klein’s exquisite compositions.

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