Irwin is frequently compared to a young Coltrane, with special guests each night.
IRWIN HALL is an award-winning internationally renowned saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist. He got his first saxophone at his public elementary school’s music lottery and quickly fell in love with the instrument. He secured his first pro gig at 11 years old and started winning several local, regional, and national music competitions while performing throughout the country. He attended Princeton University on a full ride to study East Asian foreign relations. He learned Japanese and after graduating moved to Tokyo, Japan to work as a research assistant to the Editor-In-Chief at a major Japanese newspaper. But he was unable to resist his calling, and not long after, while at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, he ran into songstress Melody Gardot who heard him play and immediately hired him to tour with her band. He quit his job, packed his bags and went on back-to-back international tours as the featured soloist with Melody, earning rave reviews and write-ups around the world. He has since gone on to tour, perform, and record with 3x Grammy/Tony Award winning NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater, soul icon John Legend, bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett, and countless more. He has performed in cities around the world including London, Tokyo, Prague, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, Pori, Shanghai, Melbourne, etc and continues to perform and lead his own band.
A velvet voice, rich as smooth wine… Jackie Gage is a musical storyteller. Her music is emotional, joyous, heart-wrenching, and celebratory. Jackie Gage is well-known to the Bay Area scene. Since her start in San Jose performing at local jams and curating shows, she’s expanded her musical reach with her recent relocation to New York.
Jackie has opened for the likes of Tony Toni Toné, Darlene Love, and Eric Benét. Her 2016 debut album “Siren Songs” was released at a sold-out concert at Yoshi’s Oakland, and garnered praise from the likes of AFROPUNK and All About Jazz.
She currently performs with East Coast bandleaders Marc Cary and Winard Harper, and has played at The Mint and Blue Whale in Los Angeles, BB King’s in New York, Yoshi’s Oakland, Minton’s in Harlem, DC’s Howard Theatre, Philadelphia’s South Kitchen, and festivals including the Fillmore Jazz Festival, and San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. Jackie was also a 2014 Jazz Search West finalist.
More than this, there’s an intimate and hushed feeling present in her live concerts. It’s as if she’s reading your heart, sharing personal memories of love and loss–at times vulnerable, and equally sweet. It’s a show not to miss.