featuring Sylvia Cuenca, Ruth Davies, Tammy Hall, Kristen Strom  
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Realtime Collective is an all-star quartet of bandleaders with a special connection. Saxophonist and woodwind player Kristen Strom leads her own quartet and has released three albums as a leader. She also co-leads the international jazz group, Crossing Borders. In addition to leading her own band, pianist and vocalist Tammy L. Hall is the first-choice accompanist for top vocalists across all genres. Grammy-winning bassist Ruth Davies has played with a who’s-who of jazz and blues artists and has led the band for Ruth Davies Blues Night at the Stanford Jazz Festival for 21 years. Bicoastal drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads her own band in NYC as well as the Bay Area.

Members of the Realtime Collective exult in combining their forces to create music in real-time - with joy and freedom.

Kristen Strom - saxophone and vocals
Tammy L. Hall - piano and vocals
Ruth Davies – bass
Sylvia Cuenca - drums

Saxophonist Kristen Strom has long been a mainstay on the Bay Area music scene, acclaimed for beautifully rendered melodies, exceptional tonality, and accomplished musicianship. In addition to her albums, Intention, Sojourn and Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett, she has recorded more than 50 CDs with various jazz and pop artists, including the international jazz group Crossing Borders, Taj Mahal, Pamela Rose, Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo, Tammy L. Hall, The Jim Norton Collective Her latest album, Moving Day, was listed as one of Best Jazz Albums of 2018 by The Mercury News and has gotten national and international airplay. Strom has played alongside many well-known artists, including Manhattan Transfer, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Heath, the international jazz group Crossing Borders, and the touring company of Blues is a Woman. She also performs in a celebrated duo with husband/guitarist Scott Sorkin. Performance venues for her band include the SFJAZZ Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival, and San Jose JazzFest. Her touring schedule has taken her across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Kristen is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Santa Clara University, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Tammy L. Hall is a Grammy® award-winning pianist, composer, educator, collaborator, and musical director who’s career spans some 40+ years. She currently works with SFJAZZ Organization as a Lead Teaching Artist. Hall has worked with a wide array of vocalists and instrumentalists, including the late Etta Jones and Ernestine Anderson; Kim Nalley, Ph.D., Antoinette Montague Susanne Mintzer, Marcus Shelby, Tiffany Austin, Terri Lyne Carrington, Regina Carter, Kristen Strom, Tia Fuller, Houston Person, Laurie Anderson, Gerald Clayton, Mads Tolling, Linda Tillery, Leberta Lorál, Holly Near, Barbara Dane, Hector Lugo, Mimi Fox and Destiny Muhammad. In 2021 Tammy received the distinct honor of being the inaugural Artist-In- Residence for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Other collaborative highlights include working with the late Maestro Michael Morgan and members of the SF Symphony on the project, Currents: Bay Area Blue Notes (2019). In 2017 she received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award for Best Musical Direction, for her work with Pamela Rose’s Blues Is A Woman.

Ruth Davies, a Bay Area native, has performed with jazz and blues greats Taj Mahal, Charles Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Linda Tillery, Barbara Dane, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Elvis Costello, Sammy Hagar and Keb' Mo'. Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning recordings) covers jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks. She has recorded with Taj Mahal, Charles Brown, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Sammy Hagar, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Elvin Bishop and Maria Muldaur. She toured the world for more than 30 years performing at major jazz and blues festivals, clubs and concerts with artists such as Charles Brown, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Amina Figarova Barbara Dane and Linda Tillery. She has led the band for "Ruth Davies Blues Night” for 19 years at the Stanford Jazz Festival. Ruth believes in teaching and sharing music with young people. She has worked with  is The San Francisco Symphony’s "Adventures in Music" program and is currently on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the education department at SFJAZZ.

Sylvia Cuenca is an active drummer on the New York and San Francisco Bay Area music scene contributing outstanding performances in a variety of situations.  She has had the honor of sharing the bandstand with saxophone legend Joe Henderson for 4 years. They toured extensively in Europe, Asia and U.S.  Sylvia also performed with trumpet legend Clark Terry for 17 years.  Terry’s quintet and big band performed jazz cruises, clubs, concerts and festivals in the U.S. Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. She performed with Kevin Mahogany at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in South Africa, recently as a sideman on a State Department tour of Nicaragua and toured Australia with Lea Delaria.  As a leader she performed in India, Ukraine, Poland, Chile, China, Japan and numerous clubs and jazz festivals in the USA. Sylvia also performed and toured with jazz luminaries Billy Taylor, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Big Band, Red Holloway, Jimmy Heath, George Cables, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Drew Jr., Emily Remler, Al Grey, Frank Wess, Michael Brecker, Helen Merrill, Houston Person, Hilton Ruiz, Marian McPartland, Lou Donaldson, Etta Jones, Geoffrey Keezer, Gregory Porter, Paula West, Catherine Russell, Joe Williams, Vienna Art Orchestra, Lea Delaria, Jon Faddis, John Abercrombie, Lew Soloff, Sean Jones, John Clayton, Dave Stryker, Paul Bollenback, Roni Ben-Hur, Dianne Reeves, Dianne Schuur and Albert “Tootie” Heath’s 4 drum set group called “The Whole Drum Truth also featuring Louis Hayes and Joe Saylor. 

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Call Box Office: 650.724.2464
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COST:
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General Admission: $30

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