The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop has done it again, securing one of the acts for this weekend’s Monterey Jazz Festival for a free jazz clinic / concert at this week’s workshop at Le Corusse Rouge on Wednesday, Sep. 14.
The Erik Telford Collective (ETC), hailing from Austin, Texas, will be bringing their unique, contemporary jazz / fusion sound to Bakersfield for a not-to-be-missed event. Led by trumpeter Erik Telford, a Berklee College of Music graduate where he studied jazz composition and earned a degree in film scoring, the band is influenced by jazz and fusion of the late 60s and 70s. Telford himself describes their music as “…late 60s Miles-like…” (For some samples, be sure to click on the music links below, especially for a blistering version of Summertime that I guarantee will make you think of that standard differently from now on!)
The CEO of the BJW, Steve Eisen, also originally from Texas and a trumpeter himself, was instrumental in bringing Erik to Bakersfield. Striking up a friendship recently and explaining what the BJW has been doing, Steve was easily able to convince Erik to stop in Bakersfield between gigs at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles tomorrow (Tuesday) and the group’s appearance in Monterey this Friday.
Born in Pacific Grove, CA, Telford is no stranger to the Monterey Jazz Festival. As a senior in high school, he became the first recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship given by that festival to attend Berklee.
His debut album, Kinetic, was released in January of 2010. It was named as one of the top 10 jazz albums of 2010 by the Boston Globe and was nominated in the top 40 albums of 2010 by JazzTimes. Music from the album has also been featured on NPR.
ETC has performed at jazz festivals and jazz clubs around the country, including the Rochester International Jazz Festival, South By Southwest, The Iridium in New York, Kuumbwa Jazz center in Santa Cruz, Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, and the Elephant Room in Austin, to name a few. Additionally, ETC has conducted master classes at colleges and high schools around the country, thus fitting in nicely with one of the prime missions of the BJW.
The group is currently preparing to record a new album this fall – anticipate hearing a few tracks this week. It’s hard to believe that a band this talented can be seen/heard for free here in Bakersfield. But, it’s true – just another example of what the BJW has been doing for jazz fans in the area, thanks to the financial support and enthusiasm from the community.
The clinic starts at 7 PM at 4647 White Lane. Get there early!
For more information:
ETC Audio Clips: Summertime (V1), Death Trap, Summertime (V2)
2011 Monterey Jazz Festival Website