Nathan Nakadegawa-Lee and Nick Reeves


Mon Jun 12 2023 at 07:00 pm


The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley, 94704 | Berkeley, CA

Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Nathan Nakadegawa-Lee was born and raised in Oakland, California. He began studying music in elementary school with David Tidball, playing drums, clarinet, and eventually picking up saxophone. While attending Oakland Technical High School, Nathan developed his passion for music through artists such as Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Kendrick Lamar. He is equally indebted to his teachers Vincent Tolliver, Ted Allen, Helena Jack, Pete Cornell, and Tony Peebles.
Nathan currently attends the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City where he is pursuing a BFA in Jazz Performance and has studied with Melissa Aldana, Darius Jones, Tivon Pennicot, David Glasser, Jon Irabagon and Anat Cohen. While in Oakland, Nathan taught at Oakland Summer Music, Oakland Public Conservatory, and his alma mater Claremont Middle School, providing music education at no cost to Oakland middle schoolers. He recently played at the Bern Jazz festival in Switzerland with the Derek Lewis group. Nathan continues to compose, improvise, and perform in New York City and the Bay Area.
This performance features Nathan Nakadegawa-Lee on saxophone, clarinet and piano, and Nick Reeves on cello.
Nick Reeves is a 21-year-old cellist from Oakland, California interested in chamber, solo, and experimental genres. As a chamber musician, Nick has performed in Valley of the Moon Music Festival Alfresco Series, Musiacs of the Bay Residencies, and attended Sphinx’s Performance Academy for three years. He has made appearances performing at venues, such as the Obama White House in 2016 and the NAMM show in 2017. Currently, Nick collaborates and performs with pianist and mentor, Jerry Kuderna throughout the Bay Area. As a soloist, Nick loves performing the Bach Cello Suites and has appeared at The Oakland Symphony’s Mixtape series and Yo-Yo Ma’s 2018 Oakland Block Party. While involved with Musiacs of the Bay, Nick has premiered 5 new works. Nick has collaborated with Tanya Tomkins, Peter Myers, Nigel Armstrong, Audrey Vardanega, Nancy Zhou, and Gabriel Cabezas. Nick has also been heard on the radio show “Revolutions Per Minute,” hosted by pianist Sarah Cahill and KDFC. Apart from his main focus as a classical musician, Nick loves improvised music. In these areas, he has played in an experimental music group backing poet Gregg Eisenberg and frequently collaborates and records with, friend and saxophonist Nathan Nakadegawa-Lee. As an orchestral player, Nick has played with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Northbrook Symphony Orchestra. Nick is currently studying with Richard Hirschl at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Tickets are $20 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available here, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show.
Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash or Venmo only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own food and adult beverages with no additional corkage fee. The venue is ADA accessible. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-381-1997.
Please note: Although masks are no longer required, we strongly encourage their use to keep everyone safe in our intimate space.

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The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley, 94704, United States

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