Something new this month at the Handlery Jazz Happy Hour: Pianist Mike Wofford will be our Artist-in-Residence for the month of February. He has put together four different groups of jazz artists for the four Fridays.
Photo credit: Beth Ross Buckley
Here's the lineup for Fridays in February, 2018, plus some thoughts from Mike Wofford on the ensembles he's chosen...
2/2- Mike Wofford Trio with special guest trumpeter Curtis Taylor, bassist Dean Hulett and drummer Richard SellersFrom Mike: "I'll be featuring trumpeter Curtis Taylor with Dean Hulett, bass and drummer Richard Sellers. These are three outstanding players and I'm looking forward to kicking off the month with these talented young friends."
2/10- Mike Wofford Trio with special guest flutist Holly Hofmann, bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Duncan Moore
From Mike: "Flutist Holly Hofmann and I will be reuniting with our longtime quartet from the Crescent Shores-Hotel La Jolla days, featuring bassist Rob Thorsen and Duncan Moore, drums. Many of you will remember that popular jazz venue which opened after San Diego's famous Elario's Jazz Club closed."
2/16- Mike Wofford Trio with special guest saxophonist/flutist John Rekevics, bassist Dave Marr and drummer Tim McMahonMike: "I'll be joined on this Friday by three of my favorite players, tenor saxophonist John Rekevics, bassist Dave Marr and drummer Tim McMahon. I've enjoyed working with these artists over the years in many various settings including recordings, industrial shows, and club dates."
2/23- Mike Wofford Trio, featuring Portland bassist Tom Wakeling and drummer Jim Plank
Mike: "On this final date of the series, I'm fortunate to have two longtime friends, Tom Wakeling, a wonderful bassist from Portland, Oregon, who happens to be in town, and legendary drummer Jim Plank, whom I've known and worked with since high school."