Jacqui Sutton with the Frontier Jazz Orchestra in Houston, TX!

02/04/17 Houston, TX The Jazz Church of Houston
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: FREE. Age restrictions: All Ages. H-Town! Frontier Jazz returns to our hometown Saturday, February 4th at The Jazz Church of Houston. We plan to show FJO (and Super Bowl) fans what we’re made of! Thank you to Tierney Malone for inviting us! FREE TO THE PUBLIC, but reservations are recommended since “The Church” has limited seating. Click here to save your spot: https://www.houstonjazzchurch.com/reservations/ Appearing: Paul Douglas Chester (banjo/guitars); Anthony Sapp (bass); Max Dyer (cello); and Henry Darragh (keyboards).
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Upcoming Gig at The Back Room in Berkeley, CA | January 20, 2017

We’re excited to be at The Back Room on January 20th!

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Here’s a little about The Back Room story:

Local musician Sam Rudin recently opened a new music venue in downtown Berkeley, The Back Room, which honors his vision to recreate the cozy ambience of the original Freight & Salvage.

Every East Bay music lover of a certain age knows that the beloved 420 seat concert hall started out as a tiny 87 seat room, stuffed with thrift-store couches and great acoustic music. The Freight’s overwhelming success and resulting expansion have been celebrated by all, but there are some who miss the living room intimacy that allowed lesser known musicians to make their mark, and better known players to get up close and personal with their fans.

Rudin, known for his rip-roaring solo piano wizardry, as well as his band of jazz and blues veterans (Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots), describes his new venture as a small space (100 people max), with great acoustics and comfortable seating, that showcases the musicians with respect and appreciation.

The Back Room welcomes all acoustically-based genres, including jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, Americana, and more, and is an all-ages venue.

  • The Back Room is not a place for food. Oh, we might have popcorn available, and a few packaged snacks, but nothing that needs to be heated, sliced, or served.
  • The Back Room is not a place for drinks. Of course we have water, and punch, and soft drinks – we don’t want anyone to go thirsty. And adults are welcome to bring their own adult beverages — we’ll even supply the glasses. But we can’t sell any alcohol, and we don’t really want to.
  • The Back Room is a place with comfortable, upholstered furniture that may remind you of your own living room. (Assuming, of course, that your living room is filled with a few dozen thrift store mismatches.) Seating, as it happens, is very important to us, because we want the folks here to be completely relaxed, and happy, and ready to listen.
  • The Back Room is, as the logo says, an intimate place for music.

Now, we like loud, sweaty rock as much as anyone. But we are a small place designed for a smaller sound. We offer a wonderful ambience with brick walls, a high vaulted wooden ceiling, and a Steinway grand piano on stage.

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Frontier Jazz | Red Poppy | March 11th

Hello Friends and Those Who Otherwise Put Up With My Music Musings!

You’ve heard at some point over the past month or so about the Frontier Jazz String Trio’s San Francisco debut at the Red Poppy Art House in the Mission. (The formation will be “Orchestra” minus the “orch”—so this will be stripped down to banjo/guitar, cello and bass). I have been working hard to expand our geographic reach and the Red Poppy has given us a wonderful opportunity.

The day is quickly upon us—March 11th, a week from this Friday. I would be grateful for your support, whether that be in the form of coming out to see us if you’re local, or barring that, if you guilt tell your Bay Area friends to come and check us out.

We have a nice event notice from the venue here:


And to convince friends, send them to my SoundCloud account to hear all of our recorded songs, including the original “Grass Dolls”, which we will debut at the concert.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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