THIS WAS THE FIRST PROJECT, BOOKED, MANAGED, COMPLETED IN SUMMER, 2016
DO STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES REGARDING THE RELEASE OF THE ALBUM AND THE LIVE FOOTAGE!
JACK TONE RIORDAN TRIO
WITH MIKE CLARK AND WIL BLADES
August 17th: BirdlanD Jazzista Social Club OAKLand
August 18th: Bird and Beckett San Francisco
August 21: Sutter creek theatre Sutter Creek
Jazz ORGAN power TRIO at three jazz venues in Northern California
Thanks to those who were a part of this live audio and video recording!
Jack's recap of the three performances:
Our first night, which was at Birdland, was a nice turnout. We had a sweet little audience of about thirty. What a great room! A no-frills, straight to the point, listening room. I’m looking forward to playing more here in the future. Our second night was at Bird & Beckett, and what a treat it was for us. The place was packed, standing room only, and I couldn't imagine better acoustics. We got a beautiful recording at Bird & Beckett. We ended up taking a gamble on a different recording set up for that night; and it really was a gamble as we were short the connection cable from the organ to the Leslie speaker, and received it literally right in time for downbeat without having had any time for a sound check. So we really lucked out on that one. By our third night, which was in my hometown of Sutter Creek at the Sutter Creek Theater, we were starting to really get into something deeper as a trio and I have to say, Mike Clark took it to another level. One solo he took... I can't even talk about... It was... Well, you'll just have to hear it, cuz it's definitely going on the album. It was such a pleasure to get to spend a few days with Mike and Wil, creating this music. And I'm so glad we have it all documented sonically and visually, thanks to Kamron Mobasser and Peter Conheim. The next step is cherry- picking the right tunes for the album, then deciding which tunes we want to sync (visual and audio) to later have available as high quality segments. Wil, Mike and I agree that this is just the beginning of a musical journey with this trio.
Mike Clark has performed with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Bennett, Christian McBride, Wallace Roney, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Donald Harrison, Vince Guaraldi, Chet Baker, Larry Coryell, Eddie Henderson, Jeff Berlin, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Dave Liebman, Oscar Brown Jr., Gil Evans and his Orchestra, and a host of others.
They say he's the most-sampled drummer of Hip-Hop; but his beats have become part of the rap funk genres too. Billboard named Clark's “Blueprints of Jazz – Vol. 1.” one of the best jazz CDs of the decade. A recent album, “Indigo Blue,” features Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Donald Harrison, Rob Dixon and Antonio Farao. He is "a drummer steeped in the language of jazz, specifically the fluid bebop and post-bop dialects of drummers such as Tony Williams and Philly Joe Jones," (Paul DeMerritt, Creative Loafing).
Jack Tone Riordan is a modern jazz guitarist with firm roots in the tradition, and has been an indispensable member of the Bay Area jazz community for around 15 years. Though Jack is comfortable in a wide variety of ensemble scenarios, over the past ten years, he has become a first call for organists passing through the Bay Area. He has performed with organ legends such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chester Thompson (Santana), Rhoda Scott, Larry Goldings, and Tony Monaco.
Jack was born and grew up in rural Northern California's Gold Country. As soon as he was able to drive he began studies with jazz guitarist extraordinaire and cousin to the late great Charles Mingus, Henry Robinette, out of Sacramento. He would make the hour car ride once a week to study with Robinette until he finished high school. He studied at San Francisco State with Andrew Speight and the one and only Branford Marsalis. Shortly after moving to San Francisco, he also began studying guitar with jazz guitar legend, Bruce Forman, who now heads the UCLA jazz guitar department.