Night Harvest is a jazz string combo that blends elements of asian, celtic, gypsy, zydeco, brazilian and african music into original, virtuosic jazz creations. Classic jazz and international standards are also featured in the repertoire of this unique instrumental ensemble. They have performed at numerous venues public and private; from April to October 2008 Night Harvest was house band at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards; Recent local public appearances include Jazz in July at the Livermore Library and Guitar Hero 2009, in September in downtown Livermore.
Violinist/guitarist Jim Hurley has performed and recorded with Queen Ida’s Grammy-winning Bon Temps Zydeco Band, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Dan Hicks, Al Stewart, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (with Jon Anderson from Yes), Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, Stanley Jordan, Kenneth Nash, the Waybacks, Tempest, Ancient Future, and many other artists and ensembles. His TV credits include appearances on Saturday Night Live, and on CNN’s Worldbeat and Showbiz Today. He has played at the New Orleans and Monterey jazz festivals, and for audiences in 15 countries. Jim teaches violin, guitar and more at his Open Strings Music Studio, in Livermore.
Guitarist Art Thompson, award-winning senior editor of Guitar Player magazine, house guest of Tom Petty, Prince, Steve Miller and Neil Young, brings an encyclopedic knowledge of his instrument and of jazz and international guitar styles. He has played on bills with Dick Dale, Scottie Moore, Gregg Allman, and The Stray Cats. His playing and writing is influenced by the classic jazz guitar styles of Wes Montgomery and George Benson.
Bassist Paul Schimmelman is a third-generation jazz bassist, a veteran of the Chicago jazz scene, who studied with the legendary Rufus Reid. A descendant of kappellmeisters, his studio credits include the iconic “gravy train” TV commercial theme.
Drummer/percussionist Kelly Fasman is one of the busiest professionals around. She has performed with Kenny Loggins, The Moody Blues, Joan Baez, and Joan Rivers. House drummer for The American Musical Theatre of San Jose for 17 years, she also plays for Teatro Zinzanni, Broadway By the Bay, and Theatreworks. Kelly played with The Montclair Women's Big Band at the 2005 Grammy Awards, and toured and recorded with Musical Circus Fantasia in Japan and ‘Dreamgirls’ on the west coast. She enjoys teaching 30 students in Pleasanton.
Musical alumni and guests of Night Harvest include:
Kenneth Nash, percussion; Jim Aikin, cello; Patti Weiss, violin; Karl Wente, guitar; Richard Johnston, Terry Buddingh, John Gay, Ernie Rideout, bass; Jim Cassis, Jim Oliver, Tom Reinstein, drums.
For booking information, please contact Jim Hurley.