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The Gaea Schell Quartet: Sunday, October 8, 2023

Wednesday, June 14, 2023


The Mazza Castle Music Salon Series welcomes the Gaea Schell Quartet .

Playing newly released music, the Gaea Schell Quartet invokes romance with a collection of both swing and Latin infused compositions, music as pianist Benny Green says “for the soul, heart, and mind, is highly recommended!”

Known among her peers for swinging eighth notes, subtle phrasing and contemplative writing, Bay area based Schell is originally from Alberta, Canada. Accomplished and versatile, she — as drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath has said, “plays the heck out of the piano with them small hands”. An early career Canada Council for the Arts grant took Gaea to NYC where she studied with pianist/composer Richie Beirach. Other awards include grants through Chamber Music America, South Arts Jazz, Intermusic SF, Puccini scholarship from Accademia Europea di Firenze, and Composer’s Fellowship Award from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Gaea made her California debut as a twice featured performer at the San Jose Jazz Festival, and has been performing locally and internationally in diverse contexts. Notable artists she has shared the stage with include Nancy King, John Stowell, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Clare Fischer Big Band, Marcus Shelby, Kellye Gray, Bobby Watson, Vibrason, Vince Lateano, Richie Cole, Gilbert Castellanos and Sol Caribe de Cuba.

Please Note:

  • Performance length is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.
  • Doors open at 4 p.m. with complimentary light refreshments and wine. Music begins promptly at 5 p.m. Late arrivals will not be seated. Late arrivals or no-show attendees will not be refunded.
  • Limited parking. To avoid the steep hill (Mirador Terrace), take left on Carmel, right on Vallejo and veer right onto San Pablo Terrace.
  • Adults only. No outside food or drink, spiked heels, or pets are permitted. The Castle is a non-smoking property.