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X-Factor Finalist Jason Brock's 40th Birthday Show!

July 22, 2017
4:00 pm
Martuni's Piano Bar

Jason Brock (X-Factor finalist and 3-time Bestie Award winner) is turning 40! Please come celebrate (and sympathize with him) as he comes to terms with hitting the big four zero. He'll do it in fun and in music, of course! You'll hear the songs that he does best in this annual cabaret show that collects the most popular music in his shows. Our special guest this show is the one and only Erin-Kate Whitcomb (Bay Area Critics Award Winner and also the daughter of the true Dame Edna in her tour)! Come see why she's so loved! On piano will be the SFSU Jazz Department founder herself, Dr. Dee Spencer! Jason & Dee have worked together over ten years and you can really sense the chemistry on stage. BIOS: Jason Brock is a television, film and stage star. He was seen in homes all over the world as a finalist on X-Factor singing songs like Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." Jason also starred in the film, "Love is not Enough," which played at global film festivals, including the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. Jason is well-known as a cabaret star and performs original shows regularly. He was voted "Best Male Cabaret Singer" in 2015 & 2016 by the readers of the Bay Area Reporter. He has also done a fair amount of theatre. Some of his roles include: Hedwig in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at the Boxcar Theatre, a demented flower girl in Taylor Mac's "The Lily's Revenge" at Magic Theatre, and "Peachy Gale" in Peaches Christ's "The Wizard of Odd" at Castro Theatre. Jason is currently working on an album of original music. His original songs, "Cornbread," "You've got the Love" and Miguel Migs' "Sail On" can be purchased or streamed on most music services today. Erin-Kate Whitcomb (SAG/AFTRA/AEA/AGVA) has been acting professionally for 30 years and has won Bay Area critics awards for acting and playwriting. She works regularly in voice-over, commercials, industrial films and on stage. She is a regular with 42nd Street Moon, and has also performed with Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, Theatre Rhinoceros, Best of Playground and other Bay Area theatres. Erin-Kate performed in the US/Canadian tour with Dame Edna in “Dame Edna: My First, Last Tour” as her disappointing daughter Valmai, and in the star studded San Francisco revival of “Ruthless: The Musical”. Dianthe “Dee” Spencer is a Professor and Chair of Music in the School of Music at San Francisco State University where she founded the jazz studies undergraduate degree program in 1990. She earned and Ed.D from the University of San Francisco; M.M. from Washington University in St. Louis; and a B.S. from Florida A&M University. Dee served on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Dee served on the governing boards of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and the SF Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). She currently serves on the board of the Community Music Center. She is past director of the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship Award combo for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA), GRAMMY All-Star National High School Jazz Combo and the SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensemble. This ensemble competed at the Essentially Ellington Competition for Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2002 and 2003. She was musical director/conductor for the TheaterWorks production of RAISIN'. Dee was a performer and adjudicator/clinician at Walt Disney World's 2010 Jazz Celebration. As a keyboardist, Dee has recorded with former Tower of Power vocalist Lenny Williams and Aretha Franklin’s favorite drummer Bernard “Pretty” Perdie. She was a featured performer at the Beijing, Cork, Tasmanian, and Dresden International Jazz Festivals. In various settings, Dee has performed with jazz greats Jimmy Scott, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Branford Marsalis, John Handy, Greg Osby, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Regina Carter and R&B sensation LEDISI. Dee’s debut CD, Vintage School was released in 2002. She recently composed the score for the musical "Goodnight, Gorilla." In May 2015, Dee worked with Wynton Marsalis as a judge for the annual Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Competition.


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