Jesse Lynch Jazz 101 to perform at Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe event


Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe presents Jesse Lynch Jazz 101 on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Village Church Fellowship Hall. The Jesse Lynch trio will take concert-goers through 100 years of America’s musical “Artform” in song, words, and onscreen, featuring Jesse Lynch, piano; Joe Michaels, bass; Matt Smallcomb, drums. Come enjoy a beautiful century of jazz music from its roots in New Orleans, through the decades, finishing with present day compositions.

Jesse Lynch is no stranger to Community Concerts of RSF. He has played piano for popular veterans Daniel Rodriguez and The American Tenors and has wowed audiences of his own, playing everything from Beethoven and Bop to free jazz and contemporary compositions. He plays regularly throughout New York City and worldwide and has been performing seasonally at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park since 2005. (Listen to him at and

With an extensive professional history as a vocal accompanist and coach, as well as a student of both jazz and classical performance, Lynch is a genre-defying musician with the ability and passion to take on any style of music. Joined on bass and drums, Lynch leads audiences on a journey through the evolution and history of jazz through music and multi-media presentation in his touring program Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101.

This talented trio will crank up the heat on stage with explosive energy and electrifying technique in the sounds of Joplin, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and other jazz greats.

Joe Michaels, bass, has been performing and recording since 2002. He has performed with numerous Grammy-nominated artists and continues to perform extensively throughout the Northeastern United States as well as Europe.

Matt Smallcomb, drums, performs in a variety of musical settings, including orchestral music, chamber music, jazz and improvisation. An accomplished orchestral percussionist, he has also performed with Philadelphia hip-hop band “The Collective,” appearing with top tier groups such as The Roots, Busta Rhymes and Arrested Development. He is currently Principal Percussionist of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra (Duluth, Minn.) and section percussionist of the Symphony in C (Philadelphia, Pa.), plus has performed with numerous acclaimed orchestras including the Seattle Symphony and New World Symphony. Smallcomb is also an in-demand drummer for pop and jazz acts and performs and records with artists including Daniel Rodriguez.

In addition to his performing career, Smallcomb is also an active educator.

If you love good jazz, good music, and talented musicians, this evening is for you! The doors open at 6:15 p.m. when you are invited to enjoy wine (generously donated by Northern Trust) and finger foods, while chatting with your friends and neighbors prior to the concert time of 7 p.m.

Tickets may still be purchased by credit card through the Community Concerts of RSF website: Or, mail your check to Community Concerts of RSF, Box 2781, RSF 92067. Gail Kendall will be happy to answer any questions. Call her at 858-248-0892. (CCRSF is a 501(c) 3 organization.)