Tabard Theatre and The Nineteen Jazz orchestra present “Speakeasy Mondays” a swinging evening of all your favorite jazz standards.
Featuring Gus Kambeitz on bass, Kirk Tamura on keys, and a guest percussionist to be announced. The all-acoustic trio will focus on “The Great American Songbook” —the period of music spanning from 1920s to 1960s that encompasses the songwriting of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, and so many more. These beloved songs are woven into the fabric of the American consciousness, having been recorded countless times by the great jazz vocalists of the 20th and 21st century—icons such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Bublé to name just a few.
Gus Kambeitz is a graduate of Andrew Hill High School in 1981, Gus earned his BA in Jazz performance from San Jose State University in 1989 and his MA in jazz composition from Washington State University in 2001. He is currently the director of Jazz Studies at West Valley College in Saratoga, California. Prior to his current appointment, Gus was a full-time faculty member at Washington State University teaching bass, rock history, music education, electronic music and vocal jazz ensemble. While on the faculty at Washington State, he performed throughout the northwest with Crosscurrent and Jazz Northwest. Gus is an active adjudicator/ clinician and has worked for the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, the Cuesta College Jazz Festival, the Kelowna B.C, Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and the Diablo Valley College Jazz Festival. As a bassist Gus has performed with Beach Blanket Babylon, Princess Cruises, Jazz Northwest, Theaterworks, Kings Entertainment, Sylvia Cuenca, The Mod Squad and many others. Walrus Music Inc., and Sound Music Publications publish his original compositions and arrangements.
Kirk Tamura is an active performer and accompanist of jazz piano. Pre-Covid he could be heard leading his trio at the Los Altos Grill, appearing at “A Perfect Finish” in downtown San Jose, and playing piano for San Jose First United Methodist Church. He has been a teacher at The Music School in Sunnyvale for the last twelve years. He also holds a BA in Music from San Jose State University.
Vax up or Mask Up - Beginning August 1, we will be allowing patrons in the theatre regardless of vaccination status. The State of California currently requires unvaccinated individuals to wear a face covering indoors. We will be checking proof of vaccination at the door and requesting those who are not yet fully vaccinated to remain in mask for the show.