A Night of Solo Piano featuring Sacramento's Jim Martinez and Anne Sajdera from San Francisco.
7:30pm — Anne Sajdera
8:30pm — Jim Martinez
$10 admission, good for both sets
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, pianist/composer Anne Sajdera received a B.Mu. in Composition. She performs regularly in the Bay Area — as leader of her own ensembles and performing with other artists such as Alexa Weber Morales, Sandy Cressman and Terrence Brewer. Her first album, Azul, was released by her own label (Bijuri Records) in 2012, receiving critical acclaim.
Ms. Sajdera has performed in many of the Bay Area's most frequented performance venues including the San Jose Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, The California Jazz Conservatory and the nationally recognized SFJAZZ.
Anne maintains an active private piano studio in Oakland, CA.
Pianist Jim Martinez, from Sacramento, California, began his musical career at the age of four, receiving 18 years of classical training. He has amassed a list of musical accomplishments encompassing nearly all styles of music.
Martinez, 52, is a Steinway Pianos Artist and has performed or recorded with Jazz notables Lionel Hampton, the Stan Kenton Alumni, Christian McBride, Russell Malone, Roy Hargrove, Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer), the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Benny Golson and Ed Thigpen.
As a leader, Jim has thirteen CD's to his credit. His most recent project, Good Grief! It’s Still Jim Martinez, A Tribute to Vince Guaraldi, Charles Schulz, & Peanuts, peaked at #10 on the national RMR Jazz charts, and was on the JazzWeek charts a total of 26 weeks. Four of Martinez's other recordings are Jazz Praise, his arrangements of church hymns as straight-ahead Jazz. His most recent Jazz Praise is the fouth in the series: He Keeps Me Swingin', featuring guests Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, and many others.