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As Menlo-Atherton High School freshman, five young musicians formed The Blues by Five jazz band. Now they’re seniors and entering what will be the final chapter as a group with performances over the next few months at Lutticken’s (3535 Alameda de las Pulgas).

Members (right to left) Chris Iyer (trumpet), Selim Karahan (sax), Callum Burgess (drum), Lance Onodera (bass), and Alex Oesterling (guitar) perform mostly classic jazz tunes along with some R&B.

All five musicians are part of the M-A jazz combo and Jazz Band 3; The Blues by Five is their private group, practicing in Chris’s garage every weekend. After summer, they will all be going in different directions.

The Blues By Five will be at Lutticken’s from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on February 9, March 24, and May 12. The group is also available for private parties; contact information is on their Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of The Blue By Five

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Get your New Orleans fix at M-A’s Big Band Dance on Saturday, Feb. 3

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Come swing to the sounds of the award-winning Menlo-Atherton Bands and Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 7:00 t0 10:00 pm. This year’s New Orleans-themed evening will transport you to the French Quarter, where we will dance to jazz music performed by our talented ensembles led by the incomparable Kent Kurrus, participate in a second […]

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Scott Bell & Friends Live Music at Cafe Zoë on Jan. 13

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Scott Bell, a Menlo Park local, teacher, farrier, and singer with the Bell Brothers, is joining Andre Pacheco, David Adler, Carolyn Fredericks, Scott Thompson, Pete Sommer from the West Coast Songwriters Association, and Vic Martin to roll out their very best acoustic jam night on Jan. 13. The range of music spans from folksy acoustic […]

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Local band gathers instruments for victims of Sonoma County fires

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One way that people — especially children — who lost their homes during the wine country fires can get some pleasure and start rebuilding their lives is to start playing musical instruments and participate in the bands and orchestras like they did prior to the fires. The members of the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching […]

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Listen to Jym Marks and his jazz combo on Jan. 6

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On January 6, the Menlo Park Library is presenting local bandleader/drummer Jym Marks and his jazz combo at 11:00 am in the City Council Chambers. Local musician, poet, author, lecturer, and business owner Jym Marks has been a band leader for over 40 years and has played with John Handy, James Moody, and many other […]

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Holiday sounds – Scottish style – are coming to Menlo Park this weekend

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Want to liven up your holiday season? The Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums is presenting a free Scottish Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 16, at 3:00 pm at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. The concert includes Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish fiddlers, and carols. There will be guest appearances by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers and the […]

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Kitka concert at St. Bede’s on Dec. 10 coincides with release of holiday album

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Women’s vocal ensemble, Kitka, will bring its annual Wintersongs tour to St Bede’s Church in Menlo Park on Dec. 10, playing new holiday music from the recently-released CD titled Evening Star along with unusual seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. In celebration of their new CD, Kitka dedicates this year’s […]

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Listen to traditional Hawaiian music from Hiram Kaailua Bell on Dec. 9

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Multi-talented musician Hiram Kaailau Bell promises a performance of traditional Hawaiian music, as well as other styles of music that are innovative and not what you might expect to hear from an ukulele, on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11:00 to noon at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). He will even take […]

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Menlo School holding benefit to purchase instruments for North Bay fire victims

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There are about 100 students in the Rincon Valley Unified School District in Santa Rosa, who have lost their homes and all their belongings. The students can no longer play music because they have lost their instruments in the fires as well. Menlo School’s musicians are collecting funds to help these students purchase beginner level […]

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Sinfonietta Orchestra performs its Fall Classic Concert on Nov. 18

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The Sinfonietta Orchestra, under the baton of conductor John Eells, kicks off its 2017-18 Season at the Fall Classic Concert on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Works to be performed include: Haydn Symphony No. 104 (“London Symphony”), Copland Music from “Our Town,” Beethoven Overture to “Consecration of the […]

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Spotted: Laurel School Chorus serenading the Sisters at Oakwood Retirement Center

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Recently, the Laurel School Chorus performed at Oakwood Retirement Center, a community for retired nuns in Atherton. “This was a great community outreach opportunity for the students,” said choir director Rachel Bergeron. “The students did a great job preparing and performing, and the residents of Oakwood really appreciated hearing our students sing.” The Laurel School […]

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