L i v i n g    in    W~a~v~e~s

Being preoccupied with waves ~ especially of light and sound ~ has led Bert to collaborate on great music and release eight coffee table books from his photographic travels, while developing tablet technologies people now use everyday.

Life too comes in waves, and in the past few years Bert has been playing more music than ever, with a wide variety of shows in Northern and Southern CA celebrating guitarists, trumpeters and composers who've been major influences.

next Shows:

This Sunday July 14 Bert will be on trumpet in a jazz quartet from 2 to 5pm at Barebottle Brewing, Cortland ave in SF. Sat July 27 he'll be at Comstock Saloon with Mark Patron's What's Cookin', and Saturday September 14 he'll be reviving his Dark Side of the Moon rendition for a private party. Most Saturday eves in Aug and Sept he'll be on the porch of his favorite restaurant Flea Street, creating community with an ever-changing list of multi-genre musical collaborators. 

The 3rd Friday of every month Bert plays trumpet and guitar and does a bit of singing at Ocean Ale House SF with John Harris's Sidewinder. Most Weds eves he's at Max's of Burlingame playing trumpet with the Four Corners Jazz Ensemble, where he also often appears Mondays in Chris Cortez's house band for his Afterglow Jam. Sunday afternoons he often guests on horn at SF's Beach Chalet with the Mark Patron Trio, on Thursdays he occasionally sits in on trumpet with Dave Dolengowicz's BAJIC at Woodside's Pioneer Saloon, and the first Sunday of each month he plays trumpet and guitar in the house band for Joe Newman's Ocean Ale House Video Gam Music Jam.

For this week's schedule get in touch via bzbert@msn.com

recent Shows:

On Mon July 8 Bert sat in with Olivier Franc at Village Monge in Paris. On Sat June 29 he sat in with PaperPlanesband.com at a wedding in Provence. Weds June 26 Bert played in Paris with Larry Browne, backing vocalists at Puzzle and closing the world famous Cave de Huchette at 2am with a rousing rendition of Out of Nowhere

On Thursday June 13 he provided atmosphere with his guitar in a jazz duo with bassist Charlie Channel at Donato's in Redwood City, and again on Saturday June 15 at Vino Locale, Palo Alto. On Sunday June 2 Bert was on trumpet and guitar in the house band for Joe Newman's Ocean Ale House Video Gam Music Jam. 

In May Bert sang and played guitar for a wedding in Carmel, played trumpet at SF's Comstock Saloon and Ocean Ale House with Mark Patron's What's Cookin'. In March he appeared in guitar duo with the young slide master Taylor Goss at the Wine Gallery San Carlos (here's a sample of how that went down Mercury Blues), played trumpet and guitar with John Harris' Sidewinder at the Ocean Ale House SF (video here The Preacher -> Sandu).

On Feb 13 Bert and Leo were back at the Wine Gallery for their annual Valentines show, this time exploring Pat Metheny's Phase Dance among others, here's an audio recording of the entire show: Valentines.mp3

Each Saturday eve last August and September, Bert brought special guests to perform with him on the front porch of one of the peninsula's finest restaurants, Flea Street! This was the first time in its 40 year history that Flea Street has offered live music in addition to Eloy's cocktails and Jesse and Bryan's gourmet cuisine. We'll do it again in 2024 - pick up a drink inside at the bar, then find a seat on the porch or enjoy the music while you dine indoors or out - with gorgeous fall weather the windows will be open. 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park.

On Sat July 29 2023 Bert & Izzy were reunited for the first Deep Dive Concert in 3 years - a private celebration of Stevie Wonder. The all star band featuring Edgardo Cambon, David Pinto and Emilio Davalos was spectacular! Here's a sample: Another Star.mp3 

On Fri July 14 at 11:30pm, and 10am the next morn, Bert helped Joe Newman bring his "West Coast VGM Jazz Jam" to the MAGWEST festival in San Jose, in full costume playing music from video games.

On June 30, the Bert & Leo jazz duo returned to the Wine Gallery San Carlos, exploring the music of Gordon Sumner aka Sting. 

On Sat June 24 Bert performed classic rock on guitar with Dream Spirit for a block party in Menlo Park.

On Memorial Day May 29 Bert played a Christine McVie tribute on guitar with Dream Spirit, as part of Hillsborough's Memorial Day celebration. 

On Fri May 12 the Bert and Leo duo covered 10 piece bands with just two pairs of hands in a show titled "Earth, Wind, Fire, Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Chicago!" Having just lost Gordon Lightfoot and Bert's first guitar teacher Frank Fullerton, they added a tribute you can hear here:
09 If You Could read My Mind.mp3"

Then Sat May 13, Bert played rock guitar at Woodside's Pioneer Saloon, substituting for the great Jack Foster on harmony vocals and rhythm guitar in Dream Spirit.

On April 21 as you may have heard on KCSM Jazz91, Israel Tanenbaum released a new Tour de Force album "Impressions". Since his most recent previous album was the pre-pandemic "Deep Dives" by Bert and Izzy, we thought April 29 would be a good day for a Bert & Izzy duo at the Wine Gallery. Click the image for an audio sample of how that went down:

On Fri Feb 17, Bert's Brew feat. Taylor Goss rocked the Quarter Note Bar & Grill in Sunnyvale. Here's a sample of how Taylor & Bert's guitars take flight: 

This year St. Paddy's Day fell on a Fri (Mar 17). Bert and pianist Leo York dove into the catalogs of Irishmen Van Morrison, U2 and Thin Lizzy.

Also on Sat Feb 11 at the very cozy Wine Gallery, 890 Laurel St. in San Carlos, pianist Leo York and Bert riffed and crooned to a full room preparing for a Happy Valentines Day.

On Nov 3 Bert's Brew was invited back to the Almost Famous Wine Company in Livermore - this time we dove deep into the catalog of songs Bert's college bandmate John Triska has written over the years but never arranged or performed with a band!

John is so fun, here's a video sample:

The September Wildwoodstock backyard festival in Woodside was more fun than any of us could possibly have imagined! And it was nicely recorded! Mixing is in process.

For a huge retirement community in Monterey,  Megan joined Bert's Brew on Aug 21 to perform 'songs from every decade you can remember'. The community includes centenarians, so we started with a tune from 1905!"

Bert's Brew is a rotating roster of great musicians performing in multiple genres.

"On Thursday June 9 we brought two very special sets to the Pioneer Saloon stage in Woodside: first at 8pm North Texas State saxophonist and composer Dave Dolengewicz led a quartet through his blistering jazz originals and some tasty standards, then from 9 to 11 I crooned my way through a preview our Park Lane concert.

Memorial Day weekend we were in Sonoma for a birthday party and Livermore for a wine festival. The setlist celebrated our fallen musical heroes, with some magic moments as Taylor Goss and I spent over ten minutes exploring where Duane and Gregg Allman took Dickey Betts' masterpiece "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed". Here's a link to our recording. Then while we were vamping on Gregg's Sweet Melissa, somewhere around 3pm the trumpet found my hand for a stirring rendition of Taps. 

On Thu Apr 21, also in Livermore, we did a whole night of originals - many that have not been performed since Take Me Home was released in 1979, and others that have never been heard! It was something of a career retrospective, with Charlie Channel, Spencer Gump, Tim Price, and John Triska! Plus young Stanford guitarist Taylor Goss sittin' in. Check out the video here"

Then on Sat Apr 23, pianist Tim Price, bassist Jeff Saxton, drummer Spencer Gump and I entertained Earth Day celebrants for 4 hours on San Francisco's Ocean Beach! Hope to do that again next year.

26yo drummer Drue Wilson has been kicking (b)ass on tunes twice his age. He certainly did this at the historic Pioneer Saloon in Woodside CA on Feb 26!

Mikel Bee's Four Corners Jazz Ensemble - anything but square - performed two nights at Max's of Burlingame. The recording and video are pretty nice too, tap the poster to listen:

Also at the Pioneer, last December we paid tribute to the man who reinvented electric blues."

recent Press: 

American Songwriter podcaster Adam Lisicky interviewed Bert for Bringin' it Backwards. Bert's weave of tech and music is full of surprises, give it a listen:

Manhole Music is an independent record label formed on the Stanford campus in 1979 to release the first pressing of Take Me Home, Bert's vinyl now collected as a psychedelic folk classic. The label has grown to include a dozen artists in jazz, folk and psychedelic rock. 

Latest release on Manhole Music: Circle back! 

Rolling Stone Magazine chose a duo from this box set to premiere in April, and in May Relix premiered the FOBs backing Bob Weir on "Jack Playin' Jane" - a 28 minute weave of Bob's and Bert's guitars through Bob's compositions Jack Straw and Playin' in the Band, ending with Dylan's Queen Jane Approximately.

All 22 tracks are now streaming worldwide on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Pandora etc.

To find all the details plus high-quality downloads, visit ManholeMusic.com

Deep Dives by Bert & Izzy

Before the pandemic, a latin jazz quintet that Bert co-led with esteemed Puerto Rican pianist/producer Izzy Tanenbaum brought 8 entirely different shows to a dinner theater in Northern CA. With the energy of latin and the harmonic palette of jazz, they honored songwriters ranging from Joan Baez to Stevie Wonder to Sting to Leon Russell to Izzy himself. Highlights have been collected into a live album available as CDs and downloads at ManholeMusic.com, and available for streaming on all major platforms.

Videos from Mar 6 2020   (our last Deep Dive concert before the pandemic)

Most people who know about Herb Alpert think of a kind of smooth mariachi he created in the early 60s, inspired by music he heard at a Tijuana bullfight. But he also created the most successful independent record label in history, with a roster that will blow your mind! Below you can hear our renditions of two tunes released on A&M Records (stands for Alpert and Moss).

Joan Baez' Diamonds and Rust
Paul McCartney's With a Lttle Help From My Friends as arranged by Joe Cocker

Bert's Brew:Stanford and Psychedelia

"There’s a current in music that arguably got its start on the Stanford campus in 1960, when Ken Kesey was a grad student there. This concert, performed to a packed Campbell Recital Hall on the Stanford campus in Oct 2019, laid out the evidence for that argument. The performance featured the work of amazing Stanford visual artists projected on the wall behind us. Tapping the photo opens to our mid-concert rendition of Strawberry Fields Forever, with the aerial photographs of Stanford classmate George Steinmetz."


Bert & Izzy's  Deep Dive series:

The Wonder born Stevland

"Stevie Wonder survived an incredibly difficult childhood to become one of the most successful songwriters of all time. So many of his tunes sound great in a latin style that Izzy and I had a hard time keeping the show under two hours. Stevie's vocal style is nearly untouchable, and Joan Baez who attended this show whispered to me it was a bit odd watching a white boy try to sing his songs. But what goes around comes around - the next night she went to the Stones concert where Mick Jagger was doing much the same. And the hit single Stevie wrote in 1965 - Uptight (Everything's Alright) - was inspired by Satisfaction!"

Latin Jazz Standards

"My latin jazz partner Izzy Tanenbaum has the deepest rolodex of latin artists that I know. For this performance of latin jazz standards, we were joined by Julius Melendez (from the Santana band) on trumpet, Carlos Ramirez on vocals and hand percussion, and Hazel Bermudez on vocals, along with the latin sax & flute specialist Tod Dickow (who our friend Smith Dobson was kind enough to introduce to us). 

For video of our Latin Jazz Standards show tap here"

The Blue Note Catalog

Blue Note Records was started by two Ashkenazi Jews who escaped Berlin in the late 1930s and settled in New York City with the mission of finding the heart of jazz, which they found among African-Americans who were writing their own music. Starting in the late 40s with the great Thelonius Monk, they amassed a catalog of bebop, hard bop and post bop recordings that are still growing in popularity a half a century later. SmithDobson V, having recently performed an all-Monk show at SFJazz, was primed to join us for this show - tap here for three of the Monk tunes we performed

Carlos Santana

Another of our heroes who got his start in Tijuana, Carlos grew up playing a bit of mariachi fiddle and a lot of R&B guitar. After following his parents to Northern CA, he was discovered by Bill Graham and catapulted into worldwide fame with his band's unforgettable performance at Woodstock. 

For video of our Santana show tap here

Latinbaum - Izzy's tree of latin jazz

Our first Latin Deep Dive focused on Izzy's own journey from Puerto Rico to Colombia and Boston and now - lucky for us - to the Bay Area. Featuring Charlie Channel on bass, Tio Pabon on congas, and the incredible Curt Moore on drums. 

Bert's brew featuring Tommy Occhiuto

In 1959, tenor saxophonist Lester Young died from "alcohol use disorder". His bandmate Charles Mingus wrote an elegy, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. Tommy blew our minds and got radio airplay with this beautiful rendition we performed at a place called SharePath. This live recording also features Chris Cortez on drums, Charlie Channel on bass, Jansen Verplank on keys, and yours truly on guitar.

Channeling Chet Baker

In 1950, a 20 year old Army Band trumpeter living in SF's Presidio and playing after hours in the tenderloin was asked by Charlie Parker to fill in for Miles Davis on Parker's west coast gigs. The rest is history.

Tap Doug Klein's photo to play video:


Dark Side of the Moon performed by a trio

2017's total solar eclipse inspired the trio of guitarist Bert Keely, drummer Larry Marcus, and pianist Roger Bourland to perform Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon from start to finish with nothing pre-recorded but an alarm clock and a cash register. Here's a sample of how it was done live at Angelica's Bistro in Redwood City CA. 

Photo by Lex Passaris (from the Hollywood show)


Deep Tracks

In addition to albums released by various ensembles at manholemusic.com,  you can find several solo recordings by Bert:

Cinema Paradiso (Main Theme)

Jimi Hendrix' Angel

Steely Dan's Black Cow

Bertseye - a photoblog

Bert dove into digital photography to capture the sights while making psychedelic sounds, touring the US as guitarist in the Flying Other Brothers. Eight coffee table books of Bert's photography are available at Blurb.com/user/bzbert.

For a short photoblog of familial moments, click here