Doc has been performing and recording on both his drum kits and the Zendrum EXP respectively; Recorded “Moksha”, a new album by bassist Jason Everett, featuring Selvaganesh Vinayakram, Vishal Nagar, John Wubbenhorst, and Fareed Haque; with bansurist John Wubbenhorst's "Facing East Trio" group, featuring Jason Everett on 7 string bass; Steve McQuarry's, “Echelon”, featuring 2 members of his Resonance Jazz group: Ted Burik and Michele Walther; with flautist Laura Austin Wiley's Electric Quartet with Edo Castro; and guitarist Peter McKibben's FutureJazz; Doc is also working on a new project revisiting the music of Bill Bruford's Earthworks with McQuarry, Burik and saxophonist Georgianna Krieger; McQuarry’s new organ trio with David McFarland; and his “4tet” with McQuarry, Burik and Hermann Lara! Stay tuned for more news and dates!

2017


“John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, with Jason Everett and Steve McQuarry”
The Red Poppy Art House
Sunday, May 7th @ 7:30 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley CD Release with Steve McQuarry, Ted Burik, Edo Castro and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Musically Minded Academy
Sunday, April 9th @ 3:00 pm
Oakland, CA

“Steve McQuarry Organ Trio with David McFarland”
Bay Club Stonetree
Private Event
Saturday, April 8th @ 4:00 pm
Novato, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Steve McQuarry & Edo Castro”
Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, March 24th @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, March 9th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“E. Doctor Smith’s 4tet”
with Steve McQuarry, Hermann Lara and Edo Castro

Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, February 17th @ 9:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, February 9th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, with Jason Everett and Steve McQuarry”
The Back Room
Thursday, February 2nd @ 8:00 pm
Berkeley, CA

“E. Doctor Smith’s 4tet”
with Steve McQuarry, Hermann Lara and Ted Burik

Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, January 20th @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, January 12th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

2016

“E. Doctor Smith’s 4tet”
with Steve McQuarry, Hermann Lara and Ted Burik

Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, December 30th @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”

The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, December 8th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Steve McQuarry & “Edo Castro
Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, November 18th @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett & Steve McQuarry"
Many Rivers Books & Tea
Thursday, November 17th @ 7:30 pm
Sebastopol, CA

“Peter McKibben & E. Doctor Smith Presents FutureJazz”
With special guest Laura Austin Wiley

The Bar on Dolores
Friday, November 11th @ 7:30 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, November 10th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“Steve McQuarry Organ Trio with David McFarland”
Bay Club Stonetree
Private Event
Saturday, November 5th @ 5:00 pm
Novato, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Michael Shea and David McFarland”

The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, September 8th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“McFarland Castro Smith Trio with Edo Castro and David McFarland”

The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, August 18th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett & Steve McQuarry”
2016 National Flute Association Convention
Friday, August 12th
San Diego, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, July 14th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett, Steve McQuarry & Jim Santi Owen”
The Fenix
Sunday, June 12th @ 7:00 pm
San Rafael, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, June 9th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

E. Doctor Smith, Oa, Finkbeiner/Allen/Orr at Edgetone 25th Anniversary Showcase Series
with Peter McKibben and Laura Austin Wiley

Edgetone Records 25th Anniversary Showcase Series
Musicians Union Local 6
Sunday, May 22nd @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“FutureJazz CD Release Show”
with Peter McKibben and Laura Austin Wiley

Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, May 20th @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Craig Kleinman and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, May 12th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, April 14th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Steve McQuarry and Edo Castro”
Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, March 25th @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, March 10th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA


"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and David McFarland”

The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, February 11th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

futurejazz
“Peter McKibben & E. Doctor Smith Presents FutureJazz”
With special guest Laura Austin Wiley

The Bar on Dolores
Sunday, January 31st @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA


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"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett, Steve McQuarry & Jim Santi Owen
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
Sunday, January 17th @ 7:00 pm
Berkeley, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Ted Burik and David McFarland”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, January 14th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

2015
"Facing East Duo with John Wubbenhorst"
Adidam Center
Saturday, December 12th @ 7:00 pm
San Rafael, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Edo Castro and Patrick Fahey”

The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, December 10th @6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA


"Facing East Music with John Wubbenhorst, Jason Everett and Samrat Kakkeri"
Ojas Yoga Center
Sunday, December 6th @6:00 pm
El Cerrito, CA

"Facing East Music with John Wubbenhorst, Jason Everett and Samrat Kakkeri"
Sivananda Yoga Center
Saturday, September 5th @7:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Steve McQuarry and Edo Castro”
Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, December 4th @8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Ted Burik and David McFarland”

The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Wednesday, November 11th @6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet with Ted Burik and David McFarland”

The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Wednesday, October 21st @6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Tell It On Tuesday featuring Laura Austin Wiley & Patrick Fahey”

The Marsh in Berkeley
Tuesday, September 29th @7:00 pm
2120 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA

"Laura Austin Wiley Electric Quartet, Patrick Fahey & Edo Castro”
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Thursday, September 17th @6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett & Samrat Kakkeri "
The Birdland Jazzista Social Club @ 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 3rd
Oakland, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett & Samrat Kakkeri "
Live Recording @ Wildkat Studios
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 1st & 2nd
Novato, CA

"New World Street Players with Al Lazard, Craig Kleinman, Sara Remington and Gary Zellerbach"
The R-O-H Bar and Restaurant
Holiday Inn on Van Ness
Friday, August 28th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"Richard Gee's Hot Toaster”
Pilgrim Soul Forge Fair
Saturday, August 22nd @3:00 pm
Alameda, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Steve McQuarry & Edo Castro"
Sheba Piano Lounge @ 8:00 pm
Friday, August 21st
San Francisco, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett & Samrat Kakkeri "
Sol Studios @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 28th
Fairfax, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett & Samrat Kakkeri "
Sheba Piano Lounge @ 8:00 pm
Friday, March 27th
San Francisco, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett & Samrat Kakkeri "
Humboldt State University @ 5:00 pm
Thursday, March 26th
Humboldt, CA

“Steve Ellison and Friends"
House Concert Fundraiser
Saturday, February 28th @ 8:00 pm
Sierra Madre, CA

"Tell It On Tuesday featuring Laura Austin Wiley & E. Doctor Smith”

The Marsh in Berkeley
Tuesday, January 27th @7:00 pm
2120 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA

"John Wubbenhorst and Facing East, featuring Jason Everett & Samrat Kakkeri "
Tea Oasis, 548 Fillmore Street
Wednesday, January 21st @ 7:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“Peter McKibben & E. Doctor Smith Presents FutureJazz”
With special guest Laura Austin Wiley

Glen Park Station, 2618 Diamond Street
Saturday, January 17th @ 7:30 pm
San Francisco, CA


2014

“McQuarry, Kleinman & Smith Trio featuring Wilbur Rehmann”
Sheba Lounge, Fillmore Street
Friday, December 26th @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“McQuarry, Kleinman & Smith Trio”
Koret School
Thursday, December 18th @ 6:00 pm
14th Avenue & Clement Street
San Francisco, CA

"John Wubbenhorst, and Friends"
Adidam Center
Saturday, December 13th @ 6:00 pm
San Rafael, CA

“Steve Ellison and Friends"
Unitarian Church
Sunday, October 26th @ 10:00 am & 11:00 am
Pasadena, CA

“McQuarry, Kleinman & Smith Trio”

Cadillac Hotel
Friday, September 19th @ 12:30 pm
390 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA

“Thollem McDonas and the Outspoken Improvisation Ensemble”
Capp Street Music Center
Monday, July 28th @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“Steve Ellison and Friends"
with Craig Bartlett, Cary Belling and Jim Lang
Unitarian Church
Sunday, July 20th @ 10:00 am
Pasdena, CA

“Michael LaMacchia 3io"
with Michael LaMacchia and Edo Castro

Private Party
Saturday, June 14th
Ross ,CA

“Facing East"
with John Wubbenhorst, and Samrat Kakkeri
Lydia's Sunflower Center
Sunday, May 5th @ 4:00 pm
Petaluma, CA

“Facing East"
with John Wubbenhorst and Samrat Kakkeri

Adidam Center
Saturday, May 4th @ 7:00 pm
San Rafael, CA

“Facing East"
with John Wubbenhorst and Samrat Kakkeri

Lydia's Sunflower Center
Sunday, April 20th
Petaluma, CA

“The Edo Castro Quartet"
with Michael LaMacchia and Jason Carr

Yoshi’s Lounge
Thursday, March 13th @ 6:30 pm
San Francisco, CA

“The Wilbur Rehmann Quartet"
with Steve McQuarry and Edo Castro

Sheba Lounge
Friday, March 7th @ 7:30 pm
San Francisco, CA

“The Unidentified Flying Duet"
with Sam Peoples

Mission Health Center
Thursday, February 13th @ 9:30 am
San Francisco, CA

“The Edo Castro Quartet"
with Steve McQuarry and Hermann Lara

Yoshi’s Lounge
Friday, February 7th @ 6:30 pm
San Francisco, CA

“Steve Ellison"
with Jim Lang, Cary Belling, and Craig Bartlett

Unitarian Church
Sunday, January 26th @ 10:00 am
Pasadena, CA





2013


“Quantum" CD Release Show
with John Moremen's Flotation Device
and Ian Robertson

Hotel Utah
Sunday, December 1st @ 8:00 pm
500 4th Street, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $12

“Quantum" CD Release Show
Busboys and Poets
Wednesday, November 20th @ 9:00 pm
14th & V Streets NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: $12

“The Wilbur Rehmann Quartet”
with Sam Peoples and Bishu Chatterjee

Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, November 8th @ 7:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“The Wilbur Rehmann Quartet”
with Sam Peoples and Bishu Chatterjee

Nickie's Bar
Tuesday, November 5th @ 8:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

"The UF2: The Unidentified Flying Duet"
with special guest Charles Unger
Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday October, 19th
San Francisco, CA @6:00 pm

“The Edo Castro Trio with Steve McQuarry”
Yoshi’s Lounge
Friday, October 4th @ 6:30 pm
San Francisco, CA

“The Edo Castro Trio with Steve McQuarry”
Ferry Plaza
Tuesday, September 24th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“The UF2: The Unidentified Flying Duet”
Nickie’s
Tuesday, August 20th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“The UF2: The Unidentified Flying Duet”

Page Bar
Thursday, August 16th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“The UF2: The Unidentified Flying Duet”

Bayview Opera House
Thursday, August 1st @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

“Zensatics Trio with Carlos Martins”
June 27
Roxy Romeo
Lisbon, Portugal

“Wilbur Rehmann, Rennan Renke and Stanley Adler”
June 29
Chemin Perchades
Vallee Bilhere en Ossau, France

Cafe de la Place
June 8-9
Eygalieres, Province, France


“The Unidentified Flying Quartet”

with Edo Castro, Nora Maki and Rich Berman
Sheba Lounge
Saturday May 18th
1325 Fillmore, San Francisco, CA @7:00 pm

“Maki-Smith Duo”
Cadillac Hotel
Friday, April 5th @ 12:30 pm
390 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA

“Maki-Smith Duo”
Bayview Opera House
Thursday, March 7th @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco, CA
"REplace:
Depictions of Monumental Architecture, Adaptive Reuse, and Industrial Detritus
Opening reception for exhibition of photos taken by David DeVries during the 2006-2008 demolition of the Hunters Point Power Plant and other artwork of monumental architecture, adaptive reuse, and urban detritus.


“Maki-Smith Duo (performing with Wilbur Rehmann and Edo Castro)”
Sheba Piano Lounge
Friday, February 22nd @ 9:00 pm
1301 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA


“Maki-Smith Duo”
"Sound Dancing"
Please join us at the Royce Gallery for our first ever benefit show. We are proud to feature cutting edge acoustic and MIDI pioneers in music and tap dance.
Saturday, January 19th @ 9:00 pm
Royce Gallery
2901 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA





Previous Dates

2012

The Charles Unger Experience
with E. Doctor Smith, Eugene Pliner and Attila medvedevski
Les Joulin’s New Years Eve
Monday, December 31st
O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA @7:00 pm

Edo Castro Trio
with E. Doctor Smith, Michael LaMacchia, and Andy Dillard
Yoshi’s
1300 Fillmore Street, SF, CA @6:00 pm


The Unidentified Flying Quartet
with Rich Berman, Edo Castro and Sam Peoples
Sunday Streets - Bayview Opera House
Sunday June 12th
4705 Third Street, San Francisco, CA @3:00 pm


The Unidentified Flying Quartet
with Charles Unger, Ollie Dudek and Sam Peoples
SEIU Rally @SF City Hall
Tuesday April, 12th
an Francisco, CA @3:00 pm






2011

“Wilbur Rehman Quartet”
Doc is performing Friday, October 28th at 12:30 pm with the Wilbur Rehmann Quartet, featuring Wilbur Rehmann on soprano & tenor sax, Sam Peoples on piano and Ariane Cap on acoustic & electric bass at the Cadillac Hotel, 380 Eddy Street, San Francisco. The admission is free.

“Steve Ellison”
Doc is performing Sunday, October 9th at 11:30 am with Steven Ellison on guitar, vocals & Chapman Stick, Jim Lang on piano & accordion, Kerry on violin and Eric Dahlman on trumpet at the Unitarian Church, Pasedena. The admission is free.

“E. Doctor Smith & Edo Castro”Doc is performing Saturday, August 6th at 7:00 pm with bass virtuoso Edo Castro with special guests, utilizing the generative software of Brian Eno at the Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco. The admission is $10.

“The UFQ: The Unidentified Flying Quartet”
Doc is performing Sunday, June 12th at 3:00 pm with the original UFQ, featuring saxophonist Charles Unger, keyboardist Sam Peoples and bassist Mike Shea at the Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street, San Francisco. The admission is free.

“Finger and Toes”
Doc is performing Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 pm with tap dance Queen, Rosie Radiator at the Royce Gallery, 2907 Mariposa Street, San Francisco. The admission is $25.

The UFQ: The Unidentified Flying Quartet”
Doc is performing Friday, March 8th at noon with saxophonist Charles Unger, guitarist John Moremen and bassist Ariane Cap with special guest Alison Levy on piano at the Cadillac Hotel 380 Eddy Street, San Francisco. The admission is free.

The UFQ: The Unidentified Flying Quartet”
Doc is performing Saturday, February 26th at 7:00 pm with the UFQ, featuring saxophonist Charles Unger, keyboardist Nora Maki and bassist Mike Shea at the Bayview OIpera House, 4705 Third Street, San Francisco. The admission is free.

The UF2: The Unidentified Flying Duet”
Doc is performing Thursday, January 26th at noon with saxophonist Charles Unger as The UF2: The Unidentified Flying Duet at the Mission Health Center, San Francisco. The admission is free.





2010


The UFQ: The Unidentified Flying Quartet”
Doc is performing Thursday, September 16th at 3:00 pm with the original UFQ, featuring saxophonist Charles Unger, keyboardist Sam Peoples and bassist Mike Shea at the Cadillac Hotel 380 Eddy Street, San Francisco. The admission is free.

The UF2: The Unidentified Flying Duet”
Doc is performing Friday, August 20th at noon with keyboardist Sam Peoples as The UF2: The Unidentified Flying Duet at the Cadillac Hotel! 380 Eddy Street, San Francisco. The admission is free.

“The Wilbur Rehmann  Quartet: Special Edition”
Doc will be sitting in with the Wilbur Rehmann Quartet: Special Edition, featuring Wilbur Rehmann on sax, Edo Castro on bass and Sam Peoples on keyboards at the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center's Lush Life Gallery Sunday, August 8th @ 2:00 pm!

“The Unidentified Flying Quintet featuring judy b.”
Cadillac Hotel
1300 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA
Friday, April 16th  12:30pm


E. "Doc" Smith is a musician, producer and recording artist with Edgetone Records, who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Madonna, Howard Levy, Warren Zevon, John Mayall, Gladys Knight, Mickey Hart and many, many others. He is also the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick and performs these days with a custom made version called the Zendrum. You can follow him at http://edoctorsmith.com/

Charles Unger is a legendary Bay Area saxophonist who has performed and recorded around the world. He has been a  weekly fixture at the Les Joulins Jazz Bistro for over 15 years as the leader of the Charles Unger Experience. His most recent album is entitled. "Mr. 2 AM". You can follow him at http://charlesungerexperience.com/

Sam Peoples is an accomplished jazz pianist whose family, including the world renown band leader Wes Peoples, have long been part of San Francisco's Fillmore jazz history, having performed with the likes of John Coltrane, Vernon Alley and Miles Davis among others, and featured in the great book "Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era". Sam has performed and recorded with a who's who of Bay Area musicians and is a member of both the UFQ and the Charles Unger Experience.

Ariane Cap is one of the Bay Area's best bassists and music teachers. She has toured and performed with the Big Bottom Duo, The Palm Wine Boys, Tempest, The Sippy Cups and many others. She continues to study and work with two of the world's greatest, electric bass virtuosos, Kai Eckhardt and Victor Lemonte Wooten. You can follow her http://www.arianemusic.net/

Judy B is an author and amateur actor and has been working on her jazz jams around San Francisco since 2000. Before that, she appeared in musicals and the occasional rock show in the Akron, Ohio area. Now, she is focusing on finding the most exciting intersection between her fiction writing and her jazz sensibility. Follow her news at http://onzeproductions.com

“Soul Adobo” with Edo Castro and E. "Doc" Smith
Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center
1300 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA
Sunday, April 25th  4:00pm


“Soul Adobo” Edo Castro is a multi-stringed bass virtuoso. Castro has performed with a plethora of jazz greats; Roy Haynes, Ed Thigpen, Johhny Griffin, Armando Peraza, Stu Hamm and Mark Egan, just to name but a few.  E. "Doctor" Smith is a drummer and percussionist who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno,Madonna, Warren Zevon, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Cliff, and John Mayall among others. He is the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick.  He is thrilled with his recent collaboration with bassist Edo Castro.





2009

“MANRING KASSIN DARTER
with Edo Castro and E. "Doc" Smith”
Saturday, April 12  8:00pm
$20.00 General Admission
$15.00 Students
$22.00 General Admission, Day of Show
Buy tickets at TicketWeb or by calling 415.383.9600

"Mindboggling musicianship.  Complex, provocative compositions.  Darter, Manring and Kassin are all-around awesome!" - Greg Rule, Keyboard magazine

Performing "chamber music for the new millennium" this virtuoso trio has been astounding audiences for the last ten years with their amazing chops, quiet soul and diverse compositions.  With over 100 albums to his credit, bass phenom Michael Manring has been hailed as "the world's greatest electric bassist" while pianist Tom Darter's compositions have drawn praise from Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland and Karel Husa and music critics have compared Kassin's flute playing with Rahassan Roland Kirk, Hubert Laws and Paul Horn.  While listeners can hear echoes of classical, folk, avant-garde, and world music in their performances, the net result is music that tears down stylistic walls and refuses to be compartmentalized.

Opening this evening is Edo Castro with E. "Doc" Smith.  Edo Castro is a multi-stringed bass virtuoso. Castro has performed with a plethora of jazz greats; Roy Haynes, Ed Thigpen, Johhny Griffin, Armando Peraza, Stu Hamm and Mark Egan, just to name but a few.  E. "Doctor" Smith is a drummer and percussionist who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno,Madonna, Warren Zevon, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Cliff, and John Mayall among others. He is the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick.  He is thrilled with his recent collaboration with bassist Edo Castro.

Michael Manring (bass), known for his innovative approach to the bass and adventurous solo concerts, has appeared on approximately 200 recordings, and toured throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has received Grammy and Bammie nominations, the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Gold Records, and the Bassist of the Year award from the readers of Bass Player magazine.

Larry Kassin (flute) founded the internationally recognized Noe Valley Music Series in 1981, at the acoustically superb Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco, California. His wide-ranging performance style has led to appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Jessica Williams, SF Klezmer Experience, Rhiannon, Sonia, and Box Set, plus a recent CD release with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek and Beat poet Michael McClure.

Tom Darter (piano), founding editor of Keyboard magazine, established the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, where he also taught music theory and composition. He has arranged two albums of music for the Kronos Quartet Monk Suite (Music of Bill Evans), played keyboards on numerous Jerry Goldsmith film scores, and won several composition awards.