Ron Jones is heralded as one of the most influential storytellers of our time. He is internationally known for the Emmy and Peabody Award adaptation of his classroom experiment called The Wave. His books have been made into TV dramas, and Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation is funding a 2010 documentary about students' reflections on The Wave experience. Jones is working with the Marsh Youth Theater and Mercy High School in San Francisco to create a musical version of The Wave. He will present excerpts from work in progress and new poetry he is presenting publicly for the first time. The show will also include songs from the musical.
|| Julie Queen is a singer and performance artist who has performed on ropes and trapezes, in operas and one woman-shows, in venues from dive bars to concert halls.
||David Denny has earned worldwide acclaim as a musician, songwriter and engineer, from his years with the Steve Miller Band to performances of his rock opera Marie 21 and Flying, which received 5 stars at the 2008 Fringe Festival.
|Maia Scott is a gifted dancer who performs often with Ron Jones.
I will never forget the surprise and delight of watching Ron Jones and Maia Scott perform together.
– Cynthia Clifford
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UK pianist and composer Terry Disley marks the re-release of his Jazzcracker CD this season by presenting his exciting all-star group in a series of December concerts. Performance Showcase 2009 is thrilled to host the first concert of the season, featuring Disley at the Steinway piano, synthesizer, and the unique St. Aidan’s pipe organ. The Jazzcracker showcases Disley's original jazz arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Nutcracker Suite.
In addition to The Jazzcracker, the concert will feature Disley performing original pieces in solo and group settings, including a debut performance of selections from his classical CD Nocturnes.
Join us to celebrate the season with this unique Jazz Suite for the Holidays! Cow Hollow Catering and Concessions, from the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, will offer beverages and light snacks for purchase one hour before the performance and during intermission.
Disley has played with Acoustic Alchemy (two Grammy nominations), Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Sir Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison, Madness, Terry Hall (Specials), Billy Bragg, Tom Jones, Eddie Henderson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Candy Dulfer, Cecile Payne and Urbie Green, and for five years was Musical Director for Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.
Grooving and accessible music, the wired-up sound of Miles Davis and Weather Report, the Crusaders’ elegant funk and a touch of techno-pop.
– Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle
Terry Disley blew me away at Performance Showcase 2004 with his exuberance on the organ, and we became his fans!
I have been a professional musician for 25 years, and in that time have worked with some of the best musicians in the world. Terry Disley is such a person.
– Bryan Ferry, international recording artist
Terry performed with Dave Stewart opening for Bob Dylan – without him the event would not have received the acclaim it did. I know of no other keyboard player with his talents.
– John Graydon, producer of Bob Dylan shows in Tokyo in 1997
(John has also worked with Sting, Pavarotti, Elton John, and U2)