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Jazz concert set for Oakmont’s Berger Center

Mike Greensill Trio presents “High Standards,” swinging the great American songbook

By Dolora DeGreer Hurst

The Oakmont Jazz Club will once again present a jazz program featuring some of the world’s top musicians. Mike Greensill has assembled a trio consisting of Brad Buethe on guitar, Ruth Davies on bass, and Greensill on piano for a concert set for Sept. 3.

Greensill is well known as director of the acclaimed late vocalist Wesla Whitfield, with whom he recorded 20 albums. In addition to his work with Whitfield, Greensill has written music for big bands and symphony orchestras, including the Boston Pops and the San Francisco Symphony. His writing and arranging for the Kronos Quartet can be found on Whitfield’s CD, “September Songs.”

Bassist Ruth Davies has played in Oakmont before, with Larry Dunlap, at the last jazz show at the Berger Center. Davies is considered one of the top bass players in the world.

Guitarist Brad Buethe studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and was on the faculty there for many years. He has toured extensively in Europe, giving concerts and teaching clinics. He has also recorded extensively and played in many of the major jazz festivals around the world.

The concert will be at the Berger Center, 6637 Oakmont Dr., on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $35. For tickets, mail a check payable to The Oakmont Jazz Club to 6637 Oakmont Dr., Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. For more information, call (707) 537-7720.

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