Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center is offering patrons a chance to beat the heat with a night of cool performances starring trumpeter Jeff Bordes & His Caribbean Jazz All-Stars at 8 p.m. this Saturday (July 24). Joining them is Duvone Dwayne Stewart, one of the hottest steel pan players from Trinidad and Tobago.
"We are so excited to return to the stage to perform for an audience," Bordes said. "And for me, there's no better place than the Firehouse Arts Center for this homecoming."
Bordes, who started playing trumpet when a teenager in Pleasanton, has been performing at the Firehouse Arts Center annually for the last seven years to sold-out audiences. His holiday revues and tribute shows to jazz icons such as Dizzie, Louis, Miles and Ella have been reoccurring fan favorites.
"When thinking about the perfect soundtrack for a celebration of live music (including the rush and emotions we feel when performing for our audiences), I instantly start feeling like the first day of vacation and the first moment your feet touch the sand of a beach in the Caribbean," Bordes added.
"Just like going on vacation, performing live in front of our audiences is like an escape for me, an escape from our day-to-day, a 90-minute ride of passion and emotional release."
The Firehouse Arts Center began hosting in-person shows to limited capacity audiences in June, but this concert will be the theater's first live show at full capacity since reopening its doors to the public.
For this show, Bordes shares the stage with Duvone Dwayne Stewart, a talented musician, pannist, composer and steel pan arranger. Born in 1976 on the island of Tobago, Stewart studied music at the early age of 6 and began performing for live audiences just two years later.
Stewart began touring other Caribbean islands in his teens, and at 18, he moved to Trinidad to master the art of steel pan, studying and performing with some of the greatest regional musicians. By 24, he was arranging and touring Europe and North America with his six-piece steel ensemble, NFM Pantasy.
"We have a very special evening planned for the Firehouse, with an amazing group of musicians," Bordes said. "We look forward to bringing our jazz version of the Caribbean to Pleasanton on the 24th."
Tickets are $25, general admission, available at www.firehousearts.org.