Mark Etheredge Trio @Rum&Sugar

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Rum & Sugar, 823 Geary Street, San Francisco

Cover charge: Free

Keyboardist, composer and vocalist Mark Etheredge brings elements of original contemporary jazz, memorable standards and classic bossa novas in a trio format featuring bassist Ryan Trujillo and drummer Stuart Blackie.

Etheredge’s latest project is “Connected” — a contemporary jazz album featuring ten originals composed by Etheredge including two in collaboration with featured guitarists Paul Brown and the late Chuck Loeb. It took radio programmers no time at all to add the title cut to playlists, swiftly propelling it into the No. 1 spot on RadioWave chart and No. 6 on the Billboard singles tally. The collection was produced by two-time GRAMMY® winner Paul Brown.

“As easy as the music flows, Etheredge’s playing is far from simpering or simplistic. He knows how to play the deeper grooves.” - AXS

“Music that celebrates the optimism that comes with a positive human connection.” – Soul and Jazz and Funk

In addition to his work as a solo artist, Etheredge has performed alongside notable artists such as Tom Politzer (Tower of Power), Danny Hull (Journey), Charlene Moore (Weather Girls), Jeanie Tracy (Two Tons of Fun), Charles Williams (Johnny Otis), Clifford Coulter (John Lee Hooker), Clare Fischer, Marsha Stevens, and more. His groups have opened for Bobby McFerrin, Sergio Mendes, Tuck and Patti, Betty Carter, Sheila Jordan, and numerous others.

Etheredge grew up surrounded by diverse music. His mother was a school music teacher and choir director, and for much of his life, his father was a Methodist minister. Etheredge studied jazz performance at De Anza College and San Jose State University. On his musical journey, he absorbed a wide spectrum of genres including jazz, pop, classical, rock, gospel, blues, R&B, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Brazilian styles.