Curated by RDL+, Bay Area Bridges celebrates the Bay Area music scene, with Oakland as its launch pad. This series takes place the second Sunday of each month.
This month, drummer/vibraphonist Dillon Vado will bring music from his groups The Table Trio and Never Weather to Bay Area Bridges. Dillon, a dynamic force and leader in the Bay Area improvised music scene, inspires many. Moved by the depth of Vado’s performance and composition, RDL+ will also debut new pieces featuring Vado.
Dillon Vado is a professional drummer and vibraphonist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. He grew up in San Jose, where he played many small club gigs on drums and marched snare drum for the Santa Clara Vanguard. He has recorded at Fantasy Studios, and played with many musicians at The Freight and Salvage, Yoshi’s, and the SF Jazz Center. He has also performed overseas at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Dillon has performed with Art Lande, Hafez Modirzadeh, Royal Hartigan, Marcus Shelby, Erik Jekabson, Jeff Denson, Alan Hall, Jovino Santos Neto, Sandy Cressman and Marcos Silva. In 2014, Dillon won 1st place in the Jazz Search West competition on vibraphone. Dillon was also acknowledged as the Most Promising Young Jazz Artist of 2017 from the Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards. He regularly performs on vibraphone with Alan Hall’s Ratatet, on drums with The Jeff Denson Quartet, and Erik Jekabson’s Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and leads several of his own projects, including Never Weather, The Table Trio, and Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry.
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ started building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys, Doug Lee on bass, Luis Salcedo on guitar, plus(+) the Bay Area's best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, while taking both lyrical and open improvisations on the pieces. While maintaining an aesthetic stemming from traditional jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. Nonetheless, the exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces.
In the summer of 2018, RDL+ released their second full-length album, Pacific Voyage. In the spirit of adventure, this live performance album captures it all. From placid waters to raging seas, Pacific Voyage sails the oceans in a vessel of original composition, powered by the raw emotions of the improvisational trio.
Ruthie Dineen, piano
Doug Lee, bass
Luis Salcedo, guitar
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
$10-15 sliding scale at the door
*no refunds or exchanges permitted*