2024 Lineup / Hammer4 Stage

Hammer Theatre Center’s 4th floor, black box space, Hammer4 offers an intimate experience between audience and artist. You’ll need an All Stages or higher wristband and Priority Access and above ticket holders have first-in entry.

Pascal Le Boeuf’s “Ritual Being”

Fri, Aug 9 @ 6:30pm
Hammer4 Stage

Described as “sleek, new” and “hyper-fluent” by The New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is a Grammy Award-nominated composer, jazz pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to hybridizing notation-based chamber music with production-based technology.

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Pascal Le Boeuf’s “Ritual Being”

Fri, Aug 9 @ 6:30pm
Hammer4 Stage
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Terrence Brewer & Mason Razavi: The Magic of Monk

Fri, Aug 9 @ 8:30pm
Hammer4 Stage

In this special performance, local favorites Mason Razavi and Terrence Brewer pay homage to the great pianist Thelonious Monk, known for his influential style of dissonant voicings and off-beat rhythm. They are joined by first-call musicians Gary Brown and Sylvia Cuenca.

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Terrence Brewer & Mason Razavi: The Magic of Monk

Fri, Aug 9 @ 8:30pm
Hammer4 Stage
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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with Charles Haynes

Sat, Aug 10 @ 1:30pm
Hammer4 Stage

A Bay Area icon known for delighting audiences in jazz, blues, and cabaret clubs in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol has shared the stage with some of the most revered names in music, including Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Pharaoh Sanders.

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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with Charles Haynes

Sat, Aug 10 @ 1:30pm
Hammer4 Stage
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The JuJu Exchange

Sat, Aug 10 @ 3:30pm
Hammer4 Stage

The JuJu Exchange is a musical partnership of three childhood friends from Chicago: Nico Segal and brothers  Julian Reid and Nova Zaii (Everett Reid). Formed in 2016, the band creates exploratory and nuanced music that calls us all to wonder and trust. 

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The JuJu Exchange

Sat, Aug 10 @ 3:30pm
Hammer4 Stage
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Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini

Sat, Aug 10 @ 5:30pm
Hammer4 Stage

She’s a DownBeat “Rising Star” trombonist. He’s a California Jazz Conservatory faculty member who plays alongside Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter and Lee Konitz. Together, Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini have honed a singularly expansive creative communion encompassing their love of the Brazilian songbook, jazz, impressionism and sophisticated pop songcraft.

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Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini

Sat, Aug 10 @ 5:30pm
Hammer4 Stage
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Ken Okada Group featuring YOYOKA

Sun, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Hammer4 Stage

Known as one of the top jazz fusion bassists and composers in Northern California, Ken Okada has performed in clubs and festivals all over the state. At Summer Fest, he performs material including his latest project, Square One, with 14-year-old Japanese rock drummer YOYOKA, who has racked up over 30 million views on YouTube.

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Ken Okada Group featuring YOYOKA

Sun, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Hammer4 Stage
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NIKARA presents Black Wall Street

Sun, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Hammer4 Stage

Vibraphonist, composer and arranger NIKARA’s debut album, Black Wall Street, is a convergence of hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, Afro-Latin and more. Granddaughter of Kenny Barron, she has played at the Kennedy Center, the SFJazz Center and, most recently, at NYC’s 20th Anniversary Winter Jazz Fest.

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NIKARA presents Black Wall Street

Sun, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Hammer4 Stage
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Ayo Brame

Sun, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Hammer4 Stage

An SJZ Jazz Aid Fund artist who sold out his New Works Fest show this March, Ayo Brame has reached a mastery of the jazz idiom at the age of 16 that musicians twice his age can only dream of. A gifted and technical improviser, Ayo’s shy off-stage presence belies ferocious ambition.

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Ayo Brame

Sun, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Hammer4 Stage
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