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The Matt Stoloff Trio featuring Nora Stanley and Chris Amberger

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This chordless trio will feature music from jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and many others, including original compositions from members of the band. Grab a drink or a bite from one of downtown Berkeley's many great shops and restaurants and then hop over to The Back Room for what is sure to be a fun night.

Matt Stoloff is a Bay Area and Northeast Ohio-based drummer. He graduated from Berkeley High School and later attended Oberlin Conservatory, where he was mentored by jazz master Billy Hart (Herbie Hancock Sextet, Miles Davis) and drummer/percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Bokanté). His influences include everything from The John Coltrane Quartet to CSNY. In 2017, he was recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation.

Nora Stanley is a Bay Area-based saxophonist and composer. Born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley, she grew up in a musical family surrounded by a variety of sonic influences. She attended Berkeley High School and participated in conglomerate programs such as SFJAZZ High School All-Stars and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of SF, before moving to Ohio to study with Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson and Dan Wall at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she received a B.M. in Jazz Studies and a B.A. in Latin American Studies. Nora currently teaches and plays around the Bay Area, leading her own bands and playing on others’ projects, such as the Noel Jewkes Septet. She has shared the stage with such greats as Ambrose Akinmusire, Gary Bartz, Dayna Stephens and Jerry Gonzalez and performed at Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ and internationally in Spain, Cuba and Brazil.

Chris Amberger is a bassist who has done it all. Chris started playing with Summer of Love-era groups like Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company. After attending Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Gary Burton, Ron McClure and others, he had gigs with Cal Tjader, Art Blakey, George Shearing, and tons more. In the Bay Area he was the house bassist at the Keystone Korner, playing with icons like Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Sam Rivers, and so many greats who graced that stage.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door general admission; $10 for students and low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Earlier Event: June 19
Later Event: June 21