The Mid-Peninsula League of the SF Symphony presents a benefit event: Jazz @ the Guild Theatre: A night of classic jazz by two SF Symphony members and two top local jazz artists musing together. Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Symphony and its Community Engagement and Education Programs.
Scott Pingel became Principal Bass of the SFS in 2004, having previously served in that position with the Charleston Symphony. Prior to that, he was a member of the New World Symphony. He has also served as guest principal with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada. Mr. Pingel received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Manhattan School of Music. Also a jazz musician, he has worked with artists including Michael Brecker, Geoff Keezer, and James Williams. For more on Scott Pingel, visit sfsymphony.org/scottpingel.
Edward Stephan joined the SFS as Principal Timpani, occupying the Marcia & John Goldman Chair, in 2016. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he served as principal timpani of the Pittsburgh, Dallas, and the Fort Worth symphonies. Mr. Stephan holds degrees from the University of North Texas and New England Conservatory of Music. Currently timpanist of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY, he also serves as chair of the percussion department at Duquesne University. Recently appointed to the faculty of San Francisco Conservatory, he is currently a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra.
Mike Olmos (trumpet) has become one the most in demand jazz musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area while maintaining a frequent national and international performance/touring schedule. In the Bay, Mike has been performing with various bands such as the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Pete Escovedo, Wil Blades, Eddie Roberts, Jubu and Legally Blynd.
Mike grew up living between the central valley of California and Los Angeles. Born into a family with deep musical and performing arts roots he was exposed to music at a young age, little did they know what lasting effects this would have on him. He followed the path of so many young children learning to play trumpet in the school band. With guidance from an incredible band director, a deep connection to music and an innate talent for performance that speaks to others, Mike starting getting high level recognition, winning soloist competitions, scholarships and praise from noted professionals within the jazz community. While in college Mike’s talent did not go unnoticed, he was given the incredible opportunity to go on tour with Rosemary Clooney. It was from this pivotal moment that it became clear that he had found his calling. Following the tour he then moved to the bay area and has never looked back. He has been blessed and honored to do what he loves while playing with a wide range of groups and legends from all genres.
Adam Shulman (Piano): Adam has been a staple of the Bay Area Jazz scene since he moved back in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz where he studied with the great Smith Dobson and the trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown. He received his degree in classical performance under the tutelage of the Russian pianist Maria Ezerova. Currently, Adam plays regularly with many bay area luminaries including Marcus Shelby, Paula West, Patrick Wolff, Mike Zilber and many others.
Adam has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Bobby Hutcherson, Miguel Zenon, Jason Marsalis, Ann Hampton Calloway, Ed Cherry and with the Glen Miller Orchestra. Adam has seven albums under his own name and currently is recording on Cellar Live records.