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Aaron Germain Chance Quartet

Aug 13, Saturday - 1pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage

Aaron Germain first gained experience playing jazz, blues, funk, and reggae. Since moving to the Bay, he’s entered the world of salsa and Afro-Cuban music, playing alongside Caribbean steel pan music, and even accompanying Indian kathak dancers. Over his 20-plus years as a working bass player, he learned to be picky about quality but not genre.

Growing up in Massachusetts, Germain cut his teeth playing upright and electric bass in various bands, driving out to gigs all over New England. Moving to the San Francisco bay area in 2000, his adventures continued, and he quickly found himself working over time, sometimes playing two or three gigs a day.

He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Yusef Lateef, Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Charged Particles, Sal Macchia, and Nicholas Bearde. He’s performed with Stanley Jordan, Dwight Trible, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Marsalis, Pete Escovedo, Tommy Igoe, Melba Moore, Mary Wilson, Akira Tana, and John Handy.

Germain has performed at notable venues around the world, including the Blue Note NYC, Birdland, Scullers, Blues Alley, Zanzibar Blue, Yoshi’s, the Fillmore, the Baked Potato, the Herbst Theatre, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Le Club Jazz (Kyoto), and Motion Blue (Jakarta). He’s previously played as part of the San Francisco Jazz Fest, Fillmore Jazz Fest, and San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

On his 2013 album Chance, intense grooves and colorful improvisation dominate, with influences ranging from Weather Report and the Head Hunters, to Senegalese Mbalax, Vietnamese traditional folk, Afro-Cuban, and Japanese Enka music.

Growing up in Massachusetts, Germain cut his teeth playing upright and electric bass in various bands, driving out to gigs all over New England. Moving to the San Francisco bay area in 2000, his adventures continued, and he quickly found himself working over time, sometimes playing two or three gigs a day.

He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Yusef Lateef, Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Charged Particles, Sal Macchia, and Nicholas Bearde. He’s performed with Stanley Jordan, Dwight Trible, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Marsalis, Pete Escovedo, Tommy Igoe, Melba Moore, Mary Wilson, Akira Tana, and John Handy.

Germain has performed at notable venues around the world, including the Blue Note NYC, Birdland, Scullers, Blues Alley, Zanzibar Blue, Yoshi’s, the Fillmore, the Baked Potato, the Herbst Theatre, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Le Club Jazz (Kyoto), and Motion Blue (Jakarta). He’s previously played as part of the San Francisco Jazz Fest, Fillmore Jazz Fest, and San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

On his 2013 album Chance, intense grooves and colorful improvisation dominate, with influences ranging from Weather Report and the Head Hunters, to Senegalese Mbalax, Vietnamese traditional folk, Afro-Cuban, and Japanese Enka music.


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