Please join us for a house concert with the Kurt Ribak Quartet on Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 2 pm. $10-20 sliding scale, all proceeds to the artist. Please RSVP below, or email, or call 510-219-7750.

More information about Kurt: I’ve also posted a youtube video below.

Kurt Ribak founded the Kurt Ribak Trio/Quartet as a vehicle for playing his original compositions. Kurt Ribak composes the lion’s share of the music his group plays. Kurt considers himself a jazz musician first and foremost, but his compositions reflect his eclectic experiences as a working musician. He has played in everything from Latin groups to R&B and reggae bands, with stints in blues groups and circus bands breaking things up. A father with a deep love of tangos and traditional Latin music also left a big imprint on Kurt’s musical influences.

Kurt’s earliest influence was classical music, performing as a child in the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus. Chorus experiences included performing with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Kurt also spent many years playing cello before he moved to focusing on bass.

Kurt cites Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus as his original primary influences as a songwriter. Over time Duke Ellington as well as music of the Caribbean and Latin America increasingly influenced Kurt’s writing. Other tunes of his reflect a love of the music of New Orleans, both its traditional jazz and its rhythm and blues music.

Kurt’s compositions continue to be the bulk of the repertoire of his Trio but featured tunes include select standards by Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, and other contributors to the Great American Songbook.



Suggested donation $20 sliding scale, all $$ to the artist. Please RSVP below for a reservation, or email or call Tom at 510-697-4097. We will provide the exact address and confirm your reservation by email. Feel free to BYOB/Snacks and we will have some snacks and beer/wine/soda. If you RSVP and your plans change, please let us know, because we are sold out. If you’d like to get on the waiting list, please email Linda at or call Tom at 510-697-4097.

Throughout his career, Jim Bianco has drawn inspiration from, what some might consider, untraditional sources. Whether it was an elevator operator in Tokyo, a stalker in Hollywood, a wedding in Tennessee, or a sinner in church, his songs have twisted their way out of his head and into the hearts of the people who have heard them.

His music, though unconventional, has garnered attention from the likes of NPR’s Mountain Stage, NBC’s Craig Ferguson, HBO’s True Blood, and the Getty Museum, to name a few.

With his new record “Cookie Cutter,” Jim asked 17 different people the same 69 questions and, drawing inspiration from their answers, he wrote a song for each of them. Like life itself, the record ranges from the extremely serious to the extremely ridiculous. The theme of the songs runs the gamut, too, from reunited lovers, runaway pets and first kisses to brain cancer survivors, Jesus Christ, and, (everyone’s favorite), death.

NPR’s Audie Cornish interviewed Jim and talked about the new record on “ALL THINGS CONSIDERED”

Check out the interview here:


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Please join us for a house concert with John Craigie on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. $20 suggested donation. You can RSVP below, by email to or by phone at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks. For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, […]

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Ashley Raines, Sunday, November 23, 2014 @ 3 pm.

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Jackie Bristow, February 15, 2015

June 18, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with Jackie Bristow on Saturday, February 15, 2015 at 8 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale suggested donation. Please RSVP below or email Linda at or call Tom at 510-697-4097. At once heartfelt and sophisticated, Jackie Bristow combines subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that hypnotize the listener, demand […]

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Dan and Laurel, April 4, 2015, 8 p.m.

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Please join us for a house concert with Dan and Laurel on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8 p.m. $15-20 suggested donation, all $$ to the artists. You can RSVP below, or by emailing Linda at or by phone to Tom at 510-697-4097. One Manitoba winter evening, music and modern technology transpired to […]

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