Trieste Music Events Archive


IN MEMORIAM: David Tonelli, 1948-2014



It is with sorrow and shock that I must report the sudden passing of a long-time friend and extremely talented colleague, David Tonelli on January 14, 2014 at age 65. He passed-on suddenly of complications from a brief illness.

I first met David circa 1977 at Skinner Studios-San Francisco regarding a tape recording equipment swap. In the 1990’s a mutual friend and former student of Dave’s at College for Recording Arts (part of Sonic Arts Corp/Golden State Recorders-San Francisco, where my brother Gianfranco and I recorded in the late 1960’s) Rob Masud, also the associate producer and lead engineer for Gianfranco’s SENZA TE Compact Disc album re-introduced me to Dave, who consulted heavily on that project and is credited in the liner notes. Since then, Dave was not only our no.1 person for repair of all our studio’s important vintage and modern audio recording equipment, valuable consumer vintage Stereo or Hi-Fi equipment, electronic musical instruments (such as my 1st generation Cordovox electronic accordion) and P.A. equipment, but also one of my “go to” guys for technical advice in all aspects of sound recording. We would often share information about our equipment, co-source new equipment and technical information, and Dave would even test equipment for us. Sometimes we talked purely about music, and the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the 1950’s and 1960’s, our shared experience with Golden State Recorders’ owner Leo DeGar Kulka, or which records we both knew and had in our libraries. Dave also loved his morning Espresso, and my Service Department went to great lengths to keep his virtually extinct Olympia machine working, while he kept my vintage Zenith (tube) radios in top working condition.

Dave was an always upbeat, warm person who also happened to be an understated genius in the world of audio engineering. His creativity and technical prowess were second to none, and whether in front of the microphone as a radio host, behind the microphone as a recording or broadcast engineer, or in his shop repairing something, he made all of it seem effortless.

David operated his self-built, vacuum tube operated FM station, KRKD-FM “Jazz 103”, from a well laid-out basement studio in his home in Oakland, complete with 40 foot broadcast antenna on the roof. You could hear his inviting voice on the air waves on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, and his annual Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration radio program was well known in the broadcast area. Not bad for an Italian-American kid who started his career as a teenager, fixing guitar amplifiers and radios for Leo’s Audio in Oakland in the 1950’s. We will all miss him very much.

Additional information in his obituary as published in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 9, 2014.
The obituary can also be found at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/insidebayarea/david-tonelli-condolences/169634237?cid=full


The NEW Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert debuts on March 22 to open the 2014 season. The reformatted show follows the successful program style of the 2013 Christmas Concert and promises to bring more musical thrills and a wider range of cast members. Showtime is 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with musical warm-up preceding the 2:00 downbeat. Minimum drink charge: $7.95 per person.


IN MEMORIAM: Iolanda Bodi (Giotta)
December 16, 1927-March 4, 2014
We are sad to announce the passing of my aunt, Iolanda Bodi. She had been battling Parkinson’s disease since the time of her retirement and return to Italy in 1999. Iolanda had a long career through the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s at our North Beach location and knew many hundreds of customers on a first name basis, as well as what they ordered whenever they came in. She also took time to kiss, hug and cater to all the kids who visited the Caffe with their Moms and Dads (as seen in several well known photos), many of whom now bring their own children. Her dynamic personality and enthusiastic greeting of “Hi Dali” have been, and always will be, sorely missed.

 

 

NOVA JAZZ QUARTET
TBD
A San Francisco based jazz group that has been playing in this area for over 10 years. Comprised of 4 very talented local musicians, Nova Jazz specializes in Jazz from the "golden era" of jazz of the 40's and 50's as well as Bossa Nova sounds from Brazil. Nova Jazz is also adept at more modern jazz from composers such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane. From Bebop to Ballads, Nova Jazz will keep the house swinging along all night. www.novajazzonline.com

IN CONCERT: Friar Alessandro, the "Voice of Assisi"
November 1 and 2, 2013

CINDY MESTRE-VOCALS & CLASSICAL PIANIST ALPIN HONG
CANCELLED; TO BE RESCHEDULED

In a rare solo appearance Cindy Mestre (her band is D'Groove who play all over the West Coast) will bring her sultry, exquisite vocals as she shares some of her favorite R&B classics! (www.dgroove.com) Called "the modern day Pied Piper", classical pianist Alpin Hong is renowned across the globe for his combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor. He appears in the Bay Area for one night only in a transformative, supercharged performance that is guaranteed to bring you to your feet. (www.alpinhong.com)

ELIXIR
January 31

Singer Julie Smolin is an an extraordinary musician. She studied classical violin in Vienna, has sung with numerous country and blue grass bands in the bay area. Her rare voice is a treasure that comes from the heart and reaches into the heart. Elixir information.

ELIXIR
February 28

Singer Julie Smolin is an an extraordinary musician. She studied classical violin in Vienna, has sung with numerous country and blue grass bands in the bay area. Her rare voice is a treasure that comes from the heart and reaches into the heart. Elixir information.

ELIXIR
March 21
Singer Julie Smolin is an an extraordinary musician. She studied classical violin in Vienna, has sung with numerous country and blue grass bands in the bay area. Her rare voice is a treasure that comes from the heart and reaches into the heart. Elixir information.

More ELIXIR Dates

Thursday April 25

Thursday May 23rd

Thursday June 20th

April 18th, 2013
Rene Sevieri

Singer/Accordion Player Rene grew up in the North Beach area of San Francisco and studied music at the old Corino Music School on Columbus Ave. (a stone's throw from the Caffe) back in the 60's. He has been performing in and around the San Francisco Bay area since age 12. His music and singing is deeply rooted in his Italian heritage; he's is NOT your typical accordion player! A child of the 1960's/70's, he has been influenced by many different bands and artists and performs many genres of music from the 40's through the 70's. Rene sings in English, Italian and Spanish and performs solo and with other local musicians, some of which appear on his new CD "Canzoni di Babbo" which includes classic and popular songs from all over Europe. See his FACEBOOK page for more information.

June 6, 2013
MANNY CRUZ LATIN JAZZ BAND

Based in SF. Plays Latin jazz with a touch of Tito Puente. Perform live at Somart Cultural center, Cliff House, Turtle bay , SF Japan town Cherry Blossom festival, City of Pinole Summer Sound jazz festival, Velma's Jazz Club. Musicians: Tenor sax/Flute, Trumpet, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Conga. For more information visit: http://home.comcast.net/~cruzettes

JAZZ ROOTS
TBD

We are from the SF Bay Area. Keyboards, Vocals and Drums
Jazz Roots has been together 9 years and has made 8 recordings.
We perform as a Duo or Trio. For this date we look forward to performing as a Duo. Our repertoire includes all aspects of jazz and American Popular Music. http://www.jazzroots.info/


BANJER DAN

TBD

BanjerDan (Dan Mazer) is a banjo player/multi-instrumentalist based in Paso Robles, CA. His music is an Americana mix, rooted in straight-ahead bluegrass and branching out to include folk, country, blues, oldies, and other styles. Dan’s music has drawn comparisons to Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and Burl Ives. www.reverbnation.com/banjerdan

DIRTY CELLO
TBD

Featuring the creative talents of Rebecca Roudman, cello and Jason Eckl, guitar – Dirty Cello presents a unique fusion of jazz, blues, folk and everything in between. Rebecca Roudman is a professional cellist in the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Oakland East-Bay Symphony and a member of the Jazz Mafia. She has performed with Carlos Santana, Isaac Hayes and Liz Phair and has shared a stage with Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder and J.J. Cale.
For more info please visit www.dirtycello.com

ELIXIR
August 22
Singer Julie Smolin is an an extraordinary musician. She studied classical violin in Vienna, has sung with numerous country and blue grass bands in the bay area. Her rare voice is a treasure that comes from the heart and reaches into the heart. Elixir information.

ELIXIR
September 26
Singer Julie Smolin is an an extraordinary musician. She studied classical violin in Vienna, has sung with numerous country and blue grass bands in the bay area. Her rare voice is a treasure that comes from the heart and reaches into the heart. Elixir information.



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November 15, 2012 – IN MEMORIAM: Dave Baioni
Caffe Trieste Band accordionist Dave Baioni passed away suddenly, yesterday afternoon due to complications arising from treatment for leukemia. Dave was in his early 60's, was diagnosed circa late August and had been undergoing treatment since. Dave had been consistently upbeat and seemed to have the upper hand on the disease. He was tentatively scheduled to play this Saturday’s Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert (North Beach). Dave also played concerts at our other locations and was part of the Trio Davide (with Dave Miotke and David Sturdevant). Dave joined the Caffe Trieste Band circa 1995; it was my privilege to have worked with him and have known him for over 17 years. Our family, our audiences and the S.F. Bay Area music community will miss him greatly! Fabio G. Giotta


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IN MEMORIAM: Maestro GERVASIO MARCOSIGNORI

It is with great sadness that I was recently informed of and must report the sudden passing of one of the all-time greatest accordionists, Gervasio Marcosignori (December 3, 1927 - March 9, 2013) at the age of 85. “Maestro” Gervasio’s milestones dotted his long career, including his performances for Benito Mussolini (1934), Queen Elizabeth (Royal Festival Hall/Coronation) and Pope John Paul II. Dubbed the “Poet of the Accordion”, the gracious and understated Marcosignori did much recording for Cetra Records, Decca Records, and later for the Farfisa label. In 1946, he was recruited by the newly formed Farfisa (Scandalli + Settimio Soprani) as the official demonstrator. He soon was put in charge of realizing one of Silvio Scandalli’s dreams: building the best accordion in the world; the accordion by which all others would be judged-the Scandalli Super VI. He brought this dream to total fruition, and soon later headed perhaps the most important modern-day project of its category; the development and production of the World’s first and most successful electronic accordion-the Cordovox. He continued as the Director of Instrument Development for Farfisa for almost 40 years.

It was my privilege to spend several hours discussing the Super VI and the Cordovox project with Mr. Marcosignori in August 2012 at the International Museum of the Accordion in Castelfidardo (see photos below, “Pilgrimage to Accordionland” full article posted at www.caffetrieste.com). At the time, he was continuing his work in transcription and adaptive arrangement of mainstream classical music repertory for his beloved instrument and was preparing for upcoming recording sessions. Marcosignori carried on the traditions of Frosini, Galla-Rini amd Magnante as one of the modern-day “Segovias” of the accordion.

As the World capitol of the accordion, Castelfidardo and the World accordion community at large is poorer for his loss. We will miss him terribly.

Fabio G. Giotta

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Front row, left to right: Marcosignori, Paolo Brandoni, Fabio Giotta
Back row: Fabio Petromilli, Paolo Petromilli

Second photo: Accordionists Marcosignori and Giotta in deep discussion.


Espresso Pioneer and Caffe Trieste founder
"Papa Gianni" Giotta turns 92!
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It is with shock and sadness that we must report the untimely passing of Luigi Romani, maitre'd/co-owner of San Francisco landmark Caesar's Restaurant at Bay and Powell, near Fisherman's Wharf. Luigi went to school at Sts. Peter & Paul in North Beach and started working at Caesar's as a bus boy during his high-school years in 1976. Perpetually youthful, Luigi was the quintessential "nice Italian boy" and always had a caring, personal greeting for each and every patron of the restaurant, whether it was their first timeor they had been coming there for decades. Keep my order warm, Luigi, we'll see you "Al Di La" (on the other side). SF Gate Obituary



Espresso Pioneer and Caffe Trieste founder
"Papa Gianni" Giotta turns 92!
The Chairman of the Board still sings in our concerts at several locations. Buon Compleanno, Pop! Anyone wishing to send him birthday greetings can do so at CaffeTrieste56@aol.com. We will forward these to him.

56 TIMES THREE!!!
Please join us on Monday,
April 2, 2012 for the 56th
Anniversary of our Opening
Day-April 1, 1956
56 cent Cappuccino!
9 a.m. to Noon

(price plus tax, limit 1 per customer)



We are saddened to report the passing of perhaps our most well-known and earliest customer, Marco Vinella (Bari, Italia February 2, 1929 – San Rafael, CA March 3, 2012).
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56 TIMES THREE!!!
Please join us on Monday,
April 2, 2012 for the 56th
Anniversary of our Opening
Day-April 1, 1956
56 cent Cappuccino!
9 a.m. to Noon

(price plus tax, limit 1 per customer)

April 7th, 2011 - Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally
This harmony-driven duo, with award winning guitarist Jim Nunally and vocalist Nell Robinson, is reminiscent of classic country duets like George Jones and Tammy Wynette as well as singing siblings, the Stanley Brothers. Think Del McCoury meets Iris Dement. More at nellrobinsonmusic.com/nellandjim. See their recent Youtube hit: Turn Your iPhone On. Free song download: nellrobinsonmusic.com/freesong

April 14th, 2011 - Mark Adams

The rich sound of singer/songwriter Mark Adams flows from the depths of human experience. Performing original music and arrangements of traditional songs, Mark’s music engages and captivates. His adaptations of classic poems, including Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Dream Within a Dream” and Edgar Lee Masters’ “Rain in my Heart,” are engrossing audience favorites. For more information, visit http://soliloquia.com


April 28th, 2011 - Manny Cruz Latin Jazz Band
Based in SF. Plays Latin jazz with a touch of Tito Puente. Perform live at Somart Cultural center, Cliff House, Turtle bay , SF Japan town Cherry Blossom festival, City of Pinole Summer Sound jazz festival, Velma's Jazz Club. Musicians: Tenor sax/Flute, Trumpet, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Conga. For more information visit: http://home.comcast.net/~cruzettes


May 12, 2011 - Jazz Roots
We are from the SF Bay Area. Keyboards, Vocals and Drums
Jazz Roots has been together 9 years and has made 8 recordings.
We perform as a Duo or Trio. For this date we look forward to performing as a Duo. Our repertoire includes all aspects of jazz and American Popular Music. http://www.jazzroots.info/

June 23rd, 2011 – CANCELLED -The Mike Lopez Band
From the West comes an original sound of true Americana with a dash of red hot chili!
California native, Mike Lopez,creates a wonderful way of telling stories through his songs.
Native San Franciscan guitarist extraordinare Barry Nelson will be accompaning
Mike Lopez on guitar and vocals. www.mikelopez.biz

July 7th, 2011 - Julie Rosenthal
San Francisco singer/ songwriter and Boston native Julie Rosenthal's wistful songs about love and loss are reminiscent of the country and bluegrass tunes of her youth, but her style is all her own-smart, sincere and vulnerable. Joined by Ryan Grisso on piano and guitar, Rosenthal will perform original songs from her album "Another Kind of Life." More info at: www.myspace.com/julierosenthal


July 14th, 2011 – Valerie Jay
SF Singer/Songwriter and Statuesque English songbird Valerie Jay's country voice is perfectly showcased with her acoustic trio. Music journalist Ben Fong-Torres sings her praises: "In my career, I've interviewed some pretty fair singers - Emmylou, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt - and Jay's right in there mixing country and soul, her voice full of heartbreak and passion". www.myspace.com/valeriejay1

August 18th, 2011 - Dirty Cello
Featuring the creative talents of Rebecca Roudman, cello and Jason Eckl, guitar – Dirty Cello presents a unique fusion of jazz, blues, folk and everything in between. Rebecca Roudman is a professional cellist in the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Oakland East-Bay Symphony and a member of the Jazz Mafia. She has performed with Carlos Santana, Isaac Hayes and Liz Phair and has shared a stage with Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder and J.J. Cale.
For more info please visit www.dirtycello.com

September 15, 2011 - Rebecca Griffin
Jazz vocalist Rebecca Griffin brings a sultry sound to original arrangements of standards and tunes by artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to Radiohead to Stevie Wonder. Featuring Michael Coleman, piano; Eric Vogler, bass; and Rob Ewing, drums. www.rebeccagriffin.com

September 29th, 2011
Singer Julie Smolin. Julie Smolin is an an extraordinary musician. She studied classical violin in Vienna, has sung with numerous country and blue grass bands in the bay area. Her rare voice is a treasure that comes from the heart and reaches into the heart.

October 20th, 2011 – JP and the OK Rhythm Boys
Based in Washington state, this trio features the fine fiddling of JP Wittman, with guitar and
bass (and occasional musical saw) provided by Gordon Koenig and Anita Orne. From
hoedowns to standards, waltzes to swing, the trio presents a friendly, sophisticated
evening of great tunes, fun, and snazzy clothes.
Visit our web page: JP-and-the-OK-Rhythm-Boys

October 27th, 2011 - Julie Smolin
Singer Julie Smolin. Julie Smolin is an an extraordinary musician. She studied classical violin in Vienna, has sung with numerous country and blue grass bands in the bay area. Her rare voice is a treasure that comes from the heart and reaches into the heart.

November 10th, 2011 The Jon Rubin Group
Since May '09, Jon Rubin http://www.jr-guitar.com/ has led acoustic string duos/trios in over a hundred shows from the Central Coast to Marin. Returning to Trieste with Jon's folk/blues/celtic fingerstyle guitar is the Grammy-credentialed jazz violin of Cal Keaoola and the ethereal vocals of chanteuse Shannon Miller http://www.shannonmillermusic.com/

November 17th, 2011 - Mark Adams
The rich sound of singer/songwriter Mark Adams flows from the depths of human experience. Performing original music and arrangements of traditional songs, Mark’s music engages and captivates. His adaptations of classic poems, including Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Dream Within a Dream” and Edgar Lee Masters’ “Rain in my Heart,” are engrossing audience favorites. For more information, visit http://soliloquia.com

 

We must regretfully inform our customers of the sudden passing of our long time Service Manager, Don Muniz, due to heart-related complications. Don ran our Service Department from 1987 through June of this year, doing overhauls and repairs, and assisting customers with parts and service inquiries. Don's first foray in to the world of espresso machine repair occurred one day circa 1968, when he came to our North Beach location for an Espresso and our Gaggia Espresso machine was having electrical problems that had my father, Papa Gianni, at a loss. Having waited in a long line to order, Don volunteered to help my Dad fix the machine so he could get his coffee. That was the beginning of a long relationship. We will miss him dearly!

Happy Birthday-Auguri: Caffe Trieste!!!
We opened our North Beach caffe’s door on April 1, 1956 – 55 years ago. Papa Gianni and the Giotta Family take this opportunity to say “Grazie” the many, many, many thousands of customers who have walked through our doors and continue to enjoy our hand-crafted coffees and our music. We are one of the “Golden Oldies”, and we intend to expand and continue for many years to come!

March 22, 2011
A Note to our Loyal Customers:

Earlier today, our company implemented expected and unavoidable price increases for our whole bean coffees and coffee category drinks at all points of distribution. Coffee price futures have hit a 34 year high. In addition to financial speculation, diminished crop yields have caused green coffee to more than double in the last 21 months. Even Robusta coffees (which we have never used) are fetching a through-the-roof premium above market levels. We believe this market is making a major adjustment and do not anticipate it will fall after a speculative trading bubble bursts.

The market movement, Arabica crop shortfalls, and our policy of “No substitutions” in our formulas make this situation particularly critical for our company. On the other hand, our firm commitment to quality and consistency across the decades are one of the main reasons for our longevity and success and the reputation we have garnered over the last 55 years.

If you haven’t done so already, please read our revised ORDERING, RETURN, EXCHANGE and PRICING POLICIES (link at bottom of home page) You may want to periodically monitor our web site for further pricing and other important bulletins.

In the end, gourmet coffee remains a high value drink that starts us off and sets us up for a positive, ambitious, and productive day. Our retail customers will continue to enjoy our top quality coffee at home for less than 30 cents per cup.

Thanks for your continued patronage.

IN MEMORIAM: Owen Davis - 1952-2011
March 8, 2011 - It is with deep regret that we must announce the sudden death of long-time Conga player Owen Davis earlier today.

Owen (a.k.a. Onofrio Da Vinci) joined the Caffe Trieste Band in 2004 and also performed with Papa Gianni and other members of the Trieste Musical Family at several of our locations and with many other well-known bands in Northern California. Owen’s playing and ad-lib singing brought intense soulfulness, joy and sometimes even laughter to our band, the Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert and our audiences. Owen also worked in sales and delivery for our company’s wholesale arm-Caffe Trieste Superb Coffees and performed regularly with several other members of the Trieste Musical Family (led by guitarist David Sturdevant) at Plymouth United Church of Christ-Oakland , CA.

The circumstances surrounding his death are mysterious and remain unsettled at this time. Owen deeply loved and cared for his baby granddaughter Gracie, a fledgling musician. A trust fund will be set-up for Gracie; please return to this web site for donation information and updates. A musical memorial will be held at Plymouth United Church of Christ- 424 Monte Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611-4570 Telephone (510) 654-5300,
date to be announced. Owen will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

OWEN DAVIS
SATURDAY, March 12, 2011: Caffe Trieste Tribute Concert: “Owen Davis-Conga Love” This Saturday, "The Longest Running Show in San Francisco" will pay tribute to suddenly departed, long-time Caffe Trieste Band conga player Owen Davis (1952-2011). The special line-up will include guest singers from all Caffe Trieste locations and beyond, as well as the Giotta Family members, regular guest singers and the Caffe Trieste Band. 2:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

3rd Annual North Beach ArtWalk -
September 25th and 26th 11am to 5 pm. Enjoy art. Music and poetry in over 30 venues. Throughout San Francico’s North Beach district. Start your visit at Live Worms Gallery to pick up a map. For more info, visit WWW.THD.ORG/ART

 

November 11th Jeff Zittrain
Jeff Zittrain, of the Z-Trane Electric Band, Flaming Telepaths and the primary songwriter of Famous Last Words will be performing solo. “When one can play the guitar with an emotional intuition as naturally as Jeff can, it will be a journey to remember.” Mike Dakota, Berkeley
jeffzittrain.com

 

November 18th Waking Saints
Waking Saints offers music with a glimmer of hope. Singer/Songwriter Matt Stewart captures the heart of contemporary culture while creating an impression that his songs have been sung for decades. Featuring acoustic guitar/keys powerful melodies and catchy lyrics your ears and heart will be in for a pleasant surprise.
www.WakingSaints.com

 

October 7th Victor and Margaret

Victor Skidanenko and Margaret Green have been playing together since 2005. Victor has played with bands: Pacific Ocean Bluegrass, Missfire and the Detonations. Margaret played fiddle in the Four-Finger String Band and violin in the Allodola Violin Duet. Both artists are music teachers. Come listen to the multi-instrumentalists as they perform for you on fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin
bluegrassduets@gmail.com


October 21st Berel Alexander Ensemble

Berel’s blend of folksy jazz and vintage pop sensibilities make his music unique and extremely listenable. This 6 piece band lists their influences as LIFE, LOVE, GOODNESS and HOPE. Their first recording titled Hooked was released in December 2009.
berelalexander@gmail.com

3rd Annual North Beach ArtWalk -
September 25th and 26th
11am to 5 pm. Enjoy art. Music and poetry in over 30 venues. Throughout San Francico’s North Beach district. Start your visit at Live Worms Gallery to pick up a map. For more info, visit WWW.THD.ORG/ART

September 16 Rupert and Valery

Rupert is a seasoned (since 1992) London born song writer, now based in New York on tour in California. Strong melodies, memorable lyrics, nuanced and real emotion – these are the hallmarks of Rupert’s music. “Truly gripping lyrics with great themes and troubling, witty messages. An inspirational artist” Leith FM Radio Scotland “A songwriter of the very highest quality” Stefan Schmoe, Musik Online Magazine Germany review of ‘Dear Life’ CD rupertwates.com

 

September 23 Roy Scoutz

A San Francisco native, who turned his back on a 23 year old career in the music industry to be closer to his family. Now residing in MI he is touring CA. Roy’s music is easy to listen to. Relax to the mellow, laid back gentle feeling of his arrangements and songs. His 12 CDs have become personal/family favorites in his fans collections.
royscoutz@yahoo.com

July 15th Jazz Gitan

The music of Jazz Gitan is the swinging jazz of the 30s and the 40s with a
cross over of songs from the modern gypsy swing repertoire. With guitars
similar to Django's Hot Club de France. Don Price and Jazz Gitan provides
exciting and engaging music for any occasion.

www.jazzgitan.com

 

July 29th Green Machine

What happens if you mix a reggae band with a jam band, positive chick band
and club trance dub? That's correct- you get Green Machine! Come enjoy the
fun.

greenmachinerules@gmail.com

 

Thursday, June 17, 2010: We sadly must report the passing of former San Francisco First Lady Angelina Genaro Alioto, wife of Mayor Joseph L. Alioto, matriarch of the iconic Alioto Family: mother of Angela Alioto and her five brothers Lawrence, Joseph, John, Thomas and Michael. Rosary and Funeral services next week at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Memorial donations should be sent to the St. Vincent De Paul Youth Auxiliary of San Francisco or the Knight of Saint Francis of Assisi, 700 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 knightsofsaintfrancis.com

SF Chronicle story
Friday, June 18, 2010
Ex-S.F. first lady Angelina Genaro Alioto dies

June 3rd Mike Beck
Mike Beck is a former working cowboy, known for his memorable ballads that
capture old California, our world today, and the cowboy way of life. Two
of his songs were listed in the “13 Best Cowboy Songs of All Time” by
Western Horseman Magazine. His new CD “Feel” has received outstanding
reviews and features the artwork of Jo Mora.
http://mikebeck.com/music.html

June 17th Bitter Mystics
The Bitter Mystics (formerly D’Tension) grew from a partnership to produce
a single song “Foggy San Francisco Night”. That seed has sprouted almost
30 original acoustic folk/ rock/ blues tunes that this talented ensemble
of 6 shares with the Bay Area.
www.bittermystics.com


WORLD CUP SOCCER at our North Beach location:
Game Schedule:

Friday, June 11th – Opening Day

Saturday, June 12th – Group C, USA vs. England
11:30 am PT

Sunday, June 13th – Group C, Algeria vs. Slovenia
4:30 am PT

Monday, June 14th – Group F, Italy vs. Paraguay
11:30 am PT

Friday, June 18th – Group C, USA vs. Slovenia
7:00 am PT
AND
Group C, Algeria vs. England 11:30 am PT

Sunday, June 20th – Group F, Italy vs. New Zealand
7:00 am PT

Wednesday, June 23rd – Group C, USA vs. Algeria
7:00 am PT

Thursday, June 24th – Group F, Italy vs. Slovakia
7:00 am PT

Second Round (eight games): June 26 through 29
To be announced

Quarter Finals: July 2nd - 7:00 am AND 11:30 am PT
July 3rd - 7:00 am AND 11:30 am PT

Semi Finals: July 6th and 7th – 11:30 am PT

Third Place: July 10 – 11:30 am PT

Final: July 11th – 11:30 am PT

To watch at other locations, please check their calendar pages or contact the location by telephone. For more info about other Trieste locations, please see Locations page.

 

 

May 6th The Jon Rubin Group featuring Cal Keaoola
Their original acoustic fusion sound combines folk, rock, blues, Celtic,
bluegrass, jazz and classical influences. The group blends improvisational
virtuoso playing with real passion for the musical tradition and stories
of their songs.
http://www.jr-guitar.com

May 27th Soul of Sparrow
Soul of Sparrow is the Richmond based songwriting duo of Chie Kwon (voice
and keyboards) and Steve Treagus (guitar and bass guitar.). They perform
folk, soft rock, and jazz. Chie grew up in Japan and their heartfelt
lyrics are influenced by “Sparrow” – a great comedic story teller.soulofsparrow@yahoo.com

Papa Gianni’s 90th Birthday Concert!
Come help us celebrate this landmark birthday for “The Espresso Pioneer” on Saturday, May 1, 2010. SPECIAL CONCERT SCHEDULE: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. See Events page.


April 22th Emily Anne’s Delights
This group performs smooth sophisticated classic jazz standards they call
Pinky Jazz, as sweet and refreshing as a Peach Melba on a hot day
emilyannesdelights@gmail.com

March 11th Trio Soulard
This trio plays hot jazz, classic swing and French tunes with Carlos
Kanpff on upright base, Conrad Seto on rhythm guitar and Nicholas Boots on
lead guitar. Their Influences are Django Reinhardt and his predecessors;
Bireli, Angelo…etc, Oscar Aleman, Fats Waller, The Mills Brothers and
Alphonsus “Blind” Blake.
http://www.myspace.com/triosoulard

March 25th CASCADA
This group is known for their passionate and distinctive blend of
instrumental, Gypsy Flamenco, Spanish guitar and Latin American folk
melodies. Winners of the best Latin band in the North Bay three years in a
row. In 2009 the highly acclaimed best of new Flamenco compilation CD,
Gipsy Spice was released featuring a track from the CASCADA CD, Rumba de
la Selva.
dcorrera33@yahoo.com

Returning - February 11 - Albert Benichou
Albert Benichou's new album "Main Tenant" (think French) is sweet intimate and engaged, containing all all original and all acoustic music. Albert describes his music as French Bossa Nova-Latin-Jazz-Folk.
www.albertbenichou.com

Returning - February 25th - Emily Anne's Delights
This group performs smooth sophisticated classic jazz standards they call Pinky Jazz, as sweet and refreshing as a Peach Melba on a hot day.
emilyannesdelights@gmail.com

November 19th
Trio Soulard
Recently formed group, with Carlos Kampff on upright base, Conrad Seto on rhythm guitar and Nicholas Boots on lead guitar play hot jazz, classic swing and French tunes. Their influences are Django Reinhardt and all his predecessors- Bireli, Angelo… etc., Oscar Aleman, Fats Waller, the Mills Brothers and Alphonsus “Blind” Blake

October 8th
Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson is a musician with a unique style that blends a variety of musical genres including 1930s delta blues, jazz and ragtime. He performs in a trio with a harmonica player and a snare drum player.
“… very authentic 1930s delta blues… the real deal.” Jack Douglas (Producer of albums by Aerosmith, John Lennon and Bob Dylan)
www.djohnsonblues.com

October 22nd
Joshua Eden and the Seeds

This Bay Area band creates a sound that is 4 parts soul, 2 parts indie, 2 parts jazz and one part Americana. Their song, “Eye of the Storm” won Song of the Year at the West Coast Songwriter Competition in 2008.
windriver101@yahoo.com

June 25th
Rebecca Griffin

Originally a native of Springvale, Maine, Rebecca brings a warm, sultry voice to a unique repertoire of original arrangements of jazz standards, pop tunes, including lesser-known gems from the Jazz songbook. With serious musicianship and interpretation, you’ll enjoy tunes from Duke Ellington and Cole Porter to Radiohead and Jeff Buckley: a fresh and interesting new jazz vocal sound. www.rebeccagriffin.com.

July 16th
Cooked Roads

Crooked Roads combines the instrumental prowess of Larry Otis (Ike & Tina Turner) and Peter Siegel (Commander Cody) with the original songwriting of Chris Dingman whose lyrics have been called a “literary tour-de-force,” “superlative,” and “absolutely authentic.” You’ll hear songs by Dylan, the Beatles, Merle Haggard, REM, Kris Kristofferson, Gram Parsons and other influences of the band.
www.crookedroadsband.com

August 13th
Albert Benichou

Albert Benichou’s new album “Main Tenant” (think French) is sweet, intimate and engaged, containing all original and all acoustic music. Albert describes his music as French-Bossa Nova-Latin- Jazz-Folk
www.albertbenichou.com

August 20th
Trio Soulard

Recently formed group, with Carlos Kampff on upright base, Conrad Seto on rhythm guitar and Nicholas Boots on lead guitar play hot jazz, classic swing and French tunes. Their influences are Django Reinhardt and all his predecessors- Bireli, Angelo… etc., Oscar Aleman, Fats Waller, the Mills Brothers and Alphonsus “Blind” Blake

September 10th
Amy Obenski

“In its jazz-steeped compositions, which move from haunting to soothing in one intuitive swoop… we find a talented artist reaching her creative peak. Soaking up the eclectic beauty of her surrounding Santa Cruz and infusing it into her music, Obenski’s honey-flowing tunes possess incredible depth and a natural grace.” Performer Magazine
www.amyobenski.com

September 24th
The Llamas

The Llamas were first put together to play for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, in Berkley this spring. Their unique instrumentation of woodwinds, guitar, bass and tabla gives the Llamas a sound truly all their own when interpreting songs from modern composers such as Bill Frisell, Wayne Shorter, and Avishai Cohen.
http://www.thellamasmusic.com

 

April 16th
Herman Hayte Jazz Quartet

Back by popular demand! The Herman Hayte Jazz Quartet - Jazz flavored renditions of wonderful tunes from the great American songbook, and they've got a cello too!  For more info, www.hhjazzsf.com

April 23rd, 2009
James Hurley

Recently named by Folkworks magazine as "One of the Top Ten Live Acoustic Male Singer-Songwriters in L.A." Hurley's eloquent guitar, smooth voice, and masterful writing combine to create a seductive blend of jazzy, blues-pop-folk that has been called "Sting meets the Beatles...Clapton makes the introductions". His third solo release “Tempest in a teacup” reinforces his well-deserved reputation as a consistently compelling artist whose music is a reflection of the life he lives. For more, visit www.jameshurleymusic.com.

May 14th
Friends Jazz/Latin Quintet

This band of native San Franciscans, are some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. The Quintet consists of vocal, piano, bass, flute and percussion. They will be playing Jazz standards with their unique mix of Bossa Nova and Latin influences. Their music will memorize you into listening or dancing.

July 10, 2008
SF singer/songwriter David Greco
Now a soloist (his previous band includes current members of The Fray).  David’s smokey vocals, poetic lyrics, and sweetly adept guitar beg comparisons to Sondre Lorech and John Mayer.  Evocative and expressive, David Greco always leaves the audience wanting more!  For more info, please visit: www.myspace.com/davidgreco

July 17, 2008
Thomas Lavigne
This exquisite guitar soloist hails from London , England and covers Classical to Modern music, Flamenco to Rhythm & Blues!  For more info, please visit: www.myspace.com/unoguitarduo

July 24th, 2008
The Uptime Jazz Quartet with Geordie Frazer
These SF veteran players perform Jazz Standards and put their many influences- classical, rock, blues, funk, R&B, and vast experience together to make this new band’s great, comfortable sound.  They respect, love and genuinely desire to bring their Jazz music to their audiences! For more info, please visit: www.uptimejazz.bravehost.com

August 7th, 2008
Four Finger String Band
New to the California Bluegrass scene, The Four Finger String Band is a young, energetic, and expressive band playing traditional style Bluegrass and Old Time music using exceptional, intricate two- and three-part vocal harmonies… an authentic, deep-rooted sound reminiscent of the Stanley Brothers, Vern Williams, Doc Boggs, and others.  More info at: www.fourfingerstringband.com.

August 21, 2008
Rebecca Griffin
Originally a native of Springvale, Maine, Rebecca brings a warm, sultry voice to a unique repertoire of original arrangements of jazz standards, pop tunes, including lesser-known gems from the Jazz songbook. With serious musicianship and interpretation, you’ll enjoy tunes from Duke Ellington and Cole Porter to Radiohead and Jeff Buckley: a fresh and interesting new jazz vocal sound. www.rebeccagriffin.com.

September 18th
Herman Hayte Jazz Quartet
Back by popular demand! The Herman Hayte Jazz Quartet - Jazz flavored renditions of wonderful tunes from the great American songbook, and they've got a cello too!  For more info, www.hhjazzsf.com

September 25th
Over The Edge
Back by popular demand! Come enjoy this dynamic pairing of Adam Gottstein, guitar/vocals and Dave Holob on electric violin/vocals. These boys cover a wide range of musical styles from jazz and blues, bluegrass and country to ballads in the traditional format. For more info, please visit: www.overtheedgemusic.com

June 12
Erica Sunshine Lee
from Elberton, Georgia, now a Bay Area local  Area, featuring songs from her new album SUNSHINE.  Come enjoy this singer/songwriter's Folk/Indie Rock repertory.  For more info, please visit: www.ericasunshinelee.com

June 24, 2008
J Minus
This Seattle based group has a musical genre spanning, "everything from energized optimistic rock to sweet and poignant acoustic ballads." They are an acoustic alternative rock band that can be compared to the likes of artists like The Fray, Death Cab for Cutie, and the Goo Goo Dolls, yet with a more identifiable sound.  For more info, please visit:  www.myspace.com/jminus or www.jminus.com

2008 Concert Schedule

Jan.  19th

Feb. 9th

Feb. 23rd

March 15th

March 29th

April 12th

April 26th

May 17th


May 8
The Courtney Janes
...a San Francisco Bay Area group with 2 crazy cats... Ben Hulan: a "Virginian singer/songwriter living in California", & Denis Kimio... he's been strumming & singing his songs around the San Francisco Bay Area all his life. They've played and recorded in various groups, from folk and bluegrass to rock n' roll. Their acoustic folk, colored with electric guitar and mandolin, gives The Courtney Janes have an exciting sound all their own. www.thecourtneyjanes.com

May 22
Alicia Broussard
A brave Los Angeles singer/songwriter with honest, heart-felt lyrics paired with melodies you'll love to sing along to. Her powerful voice, and playful performance makes for great musical evening.  For more info, please visit: www.aliciabroussard.com

March 20
D. Johnson Blues, Fresh off of finishing a great new cd album at
Trieste Recdording Studio. Back by popular demand! D. Johnson's Mississippi Delta Blues - acclaimed 1930's Acoustic, Country Blues repertory that will renew your appreciation for good ol' musical Americana. For more information, please visit their website: www.myspace.com/djohnsonblues

March 25th
Tuesday
Amanda Asbizaid
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, this singer/songwriter Abizaid has performed on such TV programs as The 4400 (the theme song, "A Place in Time"), Smallville, and Charmed. Her new album, The Great Plan Vol. II, represents a singular vision of acoustic pop to modern rock, with slight
touches of Americana.

March 27th
Herman Hayte Jazz Quartet
The Herman Hayte Jazz Quartet - Jazz flavored renditions of wonderful tunes from the great American songbook, and they've got a cello too!  For more info, www.hhjazzsf.com
 
April 3
The Atmos Trio
There is no better way to describe this band's soothing all string sound than: "Cool Jazz", and they have a great new CD too!  For more info, visit: http://atmosmusic.com/

April 17
Susan Rancourt
A jazz singer, who’s elegant, sophisticated, and hip style engenders the warmest response from audiences. Covering an eclectic repertoire ranging from the American Songbook, swing, blues, ballads and bossa nova, she is often compared to Jo Stafford and Chris Connor...smooth and swingin'. 
www.susanrancourt.com

Feb 21
The Ben Ross Band
One of the most talented singer-songwriters in the area, winning fans with his captivating folk-flavored "Easy Rock" and breathy-velvet voice. An up and coming artist you won't want to miss. Visit: www.benrossmusic.com

March 13
Rebecca Griffin
This fine band dishes up classic deep south bluegrass in the Bill Monroe & Stanley Brothers tradition, along with enough country and modern folk tunes to create a lively union of old-time spirits and contemporary sensibilities.  Check out their new demo at HYPERLINK www.nellrobinsonmusic.com.


Saturday, February 2, 2008  8:30 to ????
SPECIAL RETURN APPEARANCE-Nell Robinson & Red Level
This fine band dishes up classic deep south bluegrass in the Bill Monroe & Stanley Brothers tradition, along with enough country and modern folk tunes to create a lively union of old-time spirits and contemporary sensibilities.  Check out their new demo at www.nellrobinsonmusic.com.

September 27th: Back by popular demand........Grace Woods Trio-Hailing from the East Bay, Grace Woods brings her freshly flavored, wonderfully rhythmic, and eloquently lyricized original  pop/jazz tunes to North Beach. gracewoods.net

October 11th: Maria Mikheyenko (soprano) with pianist Teresa Yu and tenor Dmitri Anissimov perform operatic and other musically delicious selections in Italian, French and Russian. For more info, please visit:  www.mariamikheyenko.com  


October 18th: Back by Popular demand: Buxter Hootin' - Come and soak up some of the great original music this San Francisco acoustic string band performs.  Great combinations of fiddle and voice!  Visit them at their myspace website

October 25th: The Herman Hayte Jazz Quartet - Jazz flavored renditions of wonderful tunes from the great American songbook, and they've got a cello too!  For more info, visit: www.hhjazzsf.com

November 1st: Back by popular demand, Rebecca Griffin
A new age Jazz songstress in the old traditions of Ella Fitzgerald and other Jazz greats.  Come and enjoy her vocal smoothness and substance.

November 8th: Over The Edge - come enjoy this dynamic pairing of Adam Gottstein, guitar/vocals and Dave Holob on electric violin/vocals. These boys cover a wide range of musical styles from jazz and blues, bluegrass and country to ballads in the traditional format. For more info, please visit: www.overtheedgemusic.com

November 15:
Back by popular demand! D. Johnson's Mississippi Delta Blues - acclaimed 1930's Acoustic, Country Blues repertory that will renew your appreciation for good ol' musical Americana. For more information, please visit their website: www.myspace.com/djohnsonblues


November 29th: the Very Hot Club-acclaimed as "one of the greatest European Jazz bands", this jazz quintet with long-standing musical roots going back to Django Reinhardt.  For more info, please visit: www.thehotclub.net


National Shrine of
St. Francis-Porziuncola Project

Vallejo Street between
Columbus and Grant-San Francisco
 www.shrinerenewal.org
FRED & RED NANCY CLINE AND ANGELA ALIOTO INVITE
INVITE YOU OU
TO A WINING AND DINING EXPERIENCE BENEFITING
The Renaissance Project
S AT U R D AY,
O C T O B E R 6 T H 2 0 0 7

Papa Gianni and Fabio Giotta would like to have a glass of vino with you in Sonoma!
Ticket prices $100 4-6pm and Dinner tickets include 4-6pm wine and hor'dourves $250/person
RSVP phone number Julie Veronese 415-983-0222

Luciano Pavarotti
Look for television and radio interviews with Caffe Trieste’s “Papa Gianni” Giotta regarding the unfortunate and untimely passing of tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and the Giotta Family’s experience performing for him in San Francisco.  Air times are 4:30 p.m. TODAY, September 6, 2007 on KNTV/Bay Area NBC (Ch.3) News, with an expanded version to air tomorrow morning on KNTV’s 10 a.m. News.  Tune in WOR  710am radio’s The Joey Reynolds Show tonight at 9 p.m. Pacific time on over 150 radio stations across the United States, or listen online at www.wor710.com and click the Listen Live button.

City of San Francisco Declares
"RON THOMPSON DAY"

See a video of Ron in Santa Rosa in July.

SEPTEMBER 5, 2007
Mayor Gavin Newsom has proclaimed September 5, 2007, as "Ron Thompson Day" to honor the decades of musical contributions from Bay Area rhythm and blues legend Ron Thompson. Ron will be making two appearances on

September 5th:
Caffe Trieste, North Beach  10 AM
Ron will play a short solo acoustic set
Biscuits & Blues, 8 PM
401 Mason St (at Geary), San Francisco
Ron Thompson & His Resistors
Many local VIPs and musical luminaries will be in attendance, including Tom Mazzolini (founder and producer of the San Francisco Blues Festival); Elvin Bishop; Larry Vann; Angela Strehli; Mz. Dee; Bobbie Webb; Velma Landers (Sunday Blues ‘N’ Jazz Club); and Debbie Morton (General Manager of KRSH radio in Santa Rosa). (Appearances are subject to last minute artist schedule changes.)
Thompson is appearing at the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Concert on September 2nd, at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park. In addition to Thompson, an extensive line-up of musical luminaries will perform, including: Taj Mahal, Canned Heat, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, as well as musicians from many famous bands, including the Doors, Steve Miller, the Doobie Brothers, the Gregg Allman Band, Sons of Champlin, the Youngbloods, and others. All performers will be formally recognized with certificates of honor from the City of San Francisco, thanks to the Mayor’s Entertainment and Arts Liaison, Patti Carlise.

August 23rd
Larry Chung & Phil Campbell/2 Guitars & 2 Voices
Sit back and enjoy some great bluegrass and country tunes on acoustic guitar as two old friends and veteran players share some of their favorite songs. For more info, visit their website: www.cabinfeverbluegrass.com

August 2nd
Josh Damigo  – Acoustic/Pop/Christian with infectious vocals and the clear influences of Jim Croce and Ernie Halter.  For more info, please visit: www.myspace.com/joshdamigo

July 19th
D. Johnson's Mississippi Delta Blues - acclaimed 1930's Acoustic, Country Blues repertory that will renew your appreciation for good ol' musical Americana. For more information, please visit their website: www.myspace.com/djohnsonblues

July 12th
Buxter Hoot'n - Come and soak up some of the great original music this San Francisco acoustic string band performs.  Great combinations of fiddle and voice!  Visit them at their myspace website

June 28th: West of Cali - a wonderful acoustic/folk/reggae trio from the Golden State.  Soothing, clean and unique.

June 14th: Back by popular demand, Rebecca Griffin
A new age Jazz songstress in the old traditions of Ella Fitzgerald and other Jazz greats.  Come and enjoy her vocal smoothness and substance.

May 24th: Vanja James  On tour, coming all the way from San Diego, energetic and beautiful Vanja brings her crisp rock edge to North Beach.  For more info, please visit: www.vanjajames.com

May 10: WayBlonde - Come enjoy the crisp sound of this San Francisco Bay Area flavored Bluegrass band.  For more info, visit: www.wayblonde.com

May 3rd: Back by popular demand:  Nell Robinson. You've heard so much Italian mandolin music at the caffe over the years.  Now come come and enjoy foot stompin' bluegrass and country vocals and instrumentals on mandolin, banjo, guitar and other strings. 

Thursday April 12, Grace Woods Trio-Hailing from the East Bay, Grace Woods brings her freshly flavored, wonderfully rhythmic, and eloquently lyricized original  pop/jazz tunes to North Beach.

Thursday April 19, 7:30 PM
San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins
"An Evening in Naples"  with Sheri Mignano's  Zighi Baci
ensemble and tenor Carlo Solivan For more info, visit: www.croatianamericanweb.org

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
Caffe Trieste SOMA in San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, March 27th, 2007.  Look for an article by columnist John King--Architecture/Urban Design about the ever-changing face of San Francisco's SOMA district and our new location at New Montgomery/Howard Streets.  You can also find the article at the Chronicle's website:  www.sfgate.com.

Thursday March 8
Buxter Hoot'n - Come and soak up some of the great original music this San Francisco acoustic string band performs.  Great combinations of fiddle and voice!  Visit them at their myspace website

Thursday March 22
Nell Robinson & Red Level: Back by popular demand. You've heard so much Italian mandolin music at the caffe over the years.  Now come come and enjoy foot stompin' bluegrass and country vocals and instrumentals on mandolin, banjo, guitar and other strings. 


IN MEMORIAM:
Frankie Laine: 1913-2007
Our musical cumpare, Francesco Lo Vecchio, better known as Frankie Laine passed away on February 6, 2007 at age 93.  Frankie had 21 gold records and appeared in movies and television.   Among his best known hits were: That's My Desire, That Lucky Old Sun, Mule Train, Jezebel, I Believe, and Rawhide.  Papa Gianni and Fabio had the privilege of not only meeting this Italian-American, world-famous musical icon and his lovely wife Marcia, but also performing for him in San Diego in Summer of 2006.  Sonia was also fortunate enough to meet them in late 2006.  Though Francesco is now singing again in his strong, vibrant and beautiful voice on the best concert stage in Heaven for The Ultimate Audience, the man and his music will never be forgotten in the earthly world of music, or by the Trieste Musical Family and the wonderful audiences that grace the Caffe Trieste Saturday Concerts.   We ask that everyone remember Frankie and his family in our prayers.




Angela Alioto and Romana Bracco cordially invite you to attend dinner.

March 13th, 2007, 6:30 pm
Villa Taverna
27 Hotaling Place
San Francisco

Entertainment by Papa Gianni and Fabio Giotta-Caffe Trieste"
For “Friends of Francesco”
In support of
The Renaissance Project at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, North Beach, San Francisco, shrinerenewal.org

RSVP by mail on or before March 10th:
Send your check to:
The Renaissance Project/ Villa Taverna
C/O Angela Alioto
700 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, Ca 94111
$1,000 per guest.
Make your check payable to:
The Renaissance Project
All contributions are tax deductible

For more information, contact: Bianca Mills at 415.434.8700

Come enjoy talented budding/redeveloping artists young and old as they make their mark on the Trieste Music scene. Selected Thursday evenings, 8 to 10:30 p.m. No cover.


National Shrine of St. Francis
610 Vallejo Street at Columbus Avenue
North Beach, San Francisco
February 22, 2007 6:30p.m.

Thursday February 22
Nell Robinson: You've heard so much Italian mandolin music at the caffe over the years.  Now come come and enjoy foot stompin' bluegrass and country vocals and instrumentals on mandolin, banjo, guitar and other strings. 

2007 February 8 (Thursday)
Amy Obenski: All the way from Santa Cruz-come and enjoy this lovely young singer's refreshing spin on the 70's sound reminiscent of Janis Ian and other singers of the era. 
 
October 26, 2006
Ned Boynton Acoustic Trio, AKA The Hot Club of North Beach.  Come join Caffe Trieste Band Member "Eddi Boynton" and his buddies Jason Vanderford and Joe Kyle for some piquant guitar picking.

November 2:  Back by Popular Demand. The North Beach Jazz Trio, with BJ Papa, Chris Dugan (Caffe Trieste Band member), and La Trosse Harris.  All Jazz, from straightahead to Bossa's and Funk.  Come enjoy the sounds of these great San Francisco/North Beach artists.

November 9, 2006
Rebecca Griffin - A new age Jazz songstress in the old traditions of Ella Fitzgerald and other Jazz greats.  Come and enjoy her vocal smoothness and substance.

November 30: Grace Woods Trio-Hailing from the East Bay, Grace Woods brings her freshly flavored, wonderfully rhythmic, and eloquently lyricized original  pop/jazz tunes to North Beach.

October 12: The Freys a unique, Northern California family trio with a clean, rhythmic, and uplifting folk and reggae sound.

September 21, 2006
Atlanta, Georgia’s singer/songwriter Emily Boyd brings her folk retro sounds to the Caffe.

September 28:  The North Beach Jazz Ensemble, with BJ Papa, Chris Dugan (Caffe Trieste Band member), and Chuck Bernstein.  All Jazz, from straightahead to Bossa's and Funk.  Come enjoy the sounds of these great San Francisco/North Beach artists.

Caffe Trieste 50th Anniversary
Big Bash
Sat., August 26, 2006 2pm to 5:30pm
Expanded Concert/Variety Show

Program includes:
Joey Reynolds-WOR Radio/NYC
Master of Ceremonies
Papa Gianni, Ida, Sonia and Fabio Giotta
Trieste Musical Family Singers:
Lory Stark, Irving Mok, Alfredo Tollis, Ed Fonseca, Madeline Garcia, Steve Randolph and others
The Caffe Trieste Band
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
and Jack Hirschman-authors,
SF Poets Laureate
Karel-KGO radio host, author, entertainer
Johnny Steele-Comedian
*Jimo Perini-internationally published photographer
Angela Alioto-
Attorney, former Supervisor, SF Italian At Large
*Ron Elliott songwriter/guitarist/singer-Beau Brummels
*Chuck De Caro-news correspondent, jet pilot, Pentagon researcher, Washington DC Italian At Large
Mal Sharpe-NPR Radio, PBS TV show host, musician, "Our Man On The Streets"

Sponsored by:
Sutter Home Wines
Peroni Beer
Paragon Coffees
Sysco Foods
Galileo Salame
3 Design Sign and Graphics
Ital-Foods
Gourmet Express
S.P.Tarantino/Gallagher Insurance
Bunn-O-Matic
North Beach Merchants Association
Torani
Clover-Stornetta Farms
Dianda Pastry
Primizie Foods
California Smart Foods
North Bay Produce
Economy Restaurant Supply
Fiorello’s Ice Cream
Bi-Rite Foods
Wells Fargo
Golden Boy Pizza
Kent Landsberg Boxes
Guitar center-SF
AB Packaging
Santa Rosa Label
Serramonte Ford
Clockwork Productions T-Shirts
Guittard Chocolate
Buster's Cheesesteaks

August 21, 2006
IN MEMORIAM:
JOE ROSENTHAL
Legendary Pulitzer prize winning photographer (Marines/Iwo Jima 1945), long time friend and customer.  Joe enjoyed many cappuccinos and glasses of red wine since 1972 or so, especially while sitting with friends and fellow Trieste Affecionados Chuck De Caro, Roger Boschetti and others at our Saturday Concert.  He wanted to attend our 50th Anniversary Bash this coming Saturday but now will have to enjoy it from his Box Seat in Heaven.  We'll miss his warm smile, ever present jovial words and humble disposition.  We'll bring you a cappuccino and an almond ring when we come your way, Joe!

Papa Gianni, Sonia & Fabio on the Joey Reynolds Radio Show
On WOR 710 AM, New York City.  Tuesday, August 8, 2006, Midnight Eastern Time.  Broadcast locally and on 140 stations across the US, or go to the Listen Live button at www.wor710.com

July 20, 2006 3pm (45 mins.)
Jon Hammond's "HammondCast" for KYCY/KYOU 1550 AM, with music from STEVIE WONDER "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", new music from drummer JORIS DUDLI & his band: EARTH JAZZ AGENTS with saxophonist VINCENT HERRING playing "Pamela" , "Jennifer's Song" from Jon's album "Hammond's Bolero" and special guests FABIO & SONIA GIOTTA of SF's CAFFE TRIESTE, interview and music: "Arrivederci Roma" & "Al Di La" on Trieste Records and from Jon's new album "The More I See You"..for KYOU! Jon Hammond's official website: http://www.HammondCast.com

May 18, 2006--North Beach Morning
Get a little piece of Italy right here in San Francisco, as Eye on th Bay explores the North Beach district including Caffe Trieste.

CAFFE TRIESTE KIDS
PHOTO SHOOT

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2006 11:00 A.M.
For prints: Smug Mug

April 11, 2006, 3:30pm

Anniversary Kick-Off
Saturday, April 1, 2006,8 a.m. to Noon. 
Come join us for an espresso or cappuccino at original 1956 prices.  Come meet "the Espresso Pioneer" Papa Gianni, along with Fabio and Sonia Giotta, and the youngest Caffe Trieste diva, gen. manager Ida Pantaleo. It's defintely a Family Affair!




Sylvie Lewis-ON TOUR
July 12th, 2005, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This young, talented and beautiful songwriter , singer and guitarist will be performing some of her best Piaf and Weill flavored compositions, together with pianist Dave Miotke, of the Caffe Trieste Band. No cover. $4.00 per drink/one drink minimum.


BREATH OF SUMMER
BI-LINGUAL READINGS OF
ITALIAN & FRENCH POETRY
TUESDAY, JULY 5TH 6:00 p.m.

With:
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Paola Bernezzani
Agneta Falk
Jack Hirschman

Reading:
PASOLINI, PREVERT, APOLLINAIRE, BRUGNARO, ADNAN, LOMBARDO,
& Many Others…

Also Featuring:
THE NORTH BEACH ALL-STARS
Ned Boynton –Guitar
Mark Holtzinger-Guitar
Joe Kyle-Bass


Pete Tarzia Day
Saturday, November 6, 2004
Come join us as we celebrate the wonderful music composed by this revered Italian-American

Starting at 10 a.m. and continuing into the
Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert

Instrumentals by Mattinatta Di Matteo
Vocals by Fabio Giotta

Three Cities and a Guitar: The Biography of Pete Tarzia


Pete Tarzia with “I Gondolieri”

Pete Tarzia was born in Brooklyn, August 26, 1908. His parents later took him back to the Southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria where he grew up with three other brothers. When he was about 10 years old, he was playing in an area that contained World War I munitions. The result of handling non-detonated grenades left him totally blind, having lost his left eye and destroying the vision in his right eye. It was even too painful to be in any kind of light.

With these injuries and an extremely impoverished, rural life, he remained in a protected environment. However, one day, a village mandolinist heard of his condition, sought him out, and offered to teach him inside the family home. He learned to play music in the darkness of the interior. A Roman doctor heard about his case, and evaluated his optical injuries. Eventually, he was fitted with a glass eye, and the doctor performed a miracle by restoring the sight to Pete’s right eye.

While growing up in Southern Italy, his father commuted back and forth between America and Italy. Each time he would return, Pete’s mother would be with his father long enough to sire two more sons. In 1926 Peter,
his father and his brother Paul, who was also born in Brooklyn, returned to the United States, barely in time to escape the closing of immigration to southern Italians. The disastrous Sacco & Vanzetti trial had labeled all Italians as anarchists. Thus, most of the family was lucky to return when they did since the rest of them were never able to join them.

At the age of 18, he worked at many odd jobs, such as sweeping floors and running errands for Maytag Company and other retail stores in North Beach, he would do anything to earn money to study guitar. Eventually, he learned to repair and to build accordions for the Guerrini accordion factory. The piano accordion hub of the world was Columbus Avenue, and Pete wasted no time connecting with Italian musicians. By the mid 1930’s, he was one of the original members of The Aurora Mandolin Orchestra. Having learned to play the guitar, he now provided the orchestra with his musicianship, and his compositions which are still performed today by the orchestra. He collaborated with some of the most famous and talented musicians of his generation: Rudy Cipolla, Tony Flores, Gino Pellegrini, Frank and Lawrence Andrini, Matteo Casserino, and Nick Sfarzo. Most of these musicians, as well as Pete, had musical ties to the Giotta Family and the Caffe Trieste. Pete also formed “I Gondlieri” performing with Olga Sbragia and continued to collaborate with lyricists such as Eileen Erbe, Diane Berman, Pietro Centoni. His son, Ron Tarzia, collaborated and played with his father for social events and family occasions. .

In North Beach, Pete began as an entertainer in a nightclub that later he bought, owned, and operated the Vieni Vieni nightclub (Stockton at Broadway). Many Italian performers appeared there, including “Papa Gianni” and Ida Giotta. Pete also appeared often at the Balalaika restaurant, the Sinaloa, and the Bocce Ball. Pete had dreams in his heart and never gave up pursuing them. He even appeared on stage in the chorus of Verdi operas with the San Francisco Opera.

In 1953 after returning from Italy, he found an unscrupulous partner had swindled him and left him bankrupt. He managed to pull himself together but in the midst of that heartache, he suffered a heart attack. A young man in his late forties, he began to compose in his forced leisure. He gave birth to so many beautiful songs and melodies. The Caffe Trieste is proud of its association with Pete Tarzia and is pleased to keep his repertoire as part of its tradition..

COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL
14th ANNUAL
August 28 & 29, 2004


Zighi Baci

“Sheri Mignano’s Zighi Baci (pronounced ZIGGY BOTCH-chee) band likes to play dance music in the Italian “Ballo Liscio” style: waltzes, mazurkas, polkas, rhumbas, tangos, tarantellas, paso dobles, jotas, and marches. You’ll hear most of them starting at 10:15am, Saturday August 28th.

A hundred years ago, Italian dance hall music saturated popular culture with the Viennese school influence; it later fused with Latin rhythms and Italian melodies to create a broader appeal. By the mid-1950’s, the next generation of Italian-American composers were introducing these dance genres to San Francisco Bay Area audiences in cafes and nightclubs. Zighi Baci performs Italian standards and music written by Bay Area composers such as Frank & Lawrence Andrini, Peter Tarzia, Rudy Cipolla, Gino Pellegrini, Mike Corino, and other Italian immigrants.

Two thousand four marks Zighi Baci’s debut at the Cotati Accordion Festival! Their performance is dedicated to Sheri Mignano’s grandfather, Francesco Mignano who played the button box, and to Mike Corino, composer, accordion virtuoso and teacher. Fabio Giotta will sit in as guest accordionist at the Festival.

Zighi Baci also performs at Caffe Trieste locations and at other venues throughout Northern California.


Petosa Accordion:
Sheri Mignano, bandleader-Zighi Baci and “Mattinata di Matteo” bands. Also plays flute on the Hot Frittatas’ new CD “Invitation to the Dance.”

Petosa Millennium Reedless Accordion:
Fabio Giotta, bandleader/producer-Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert, San Francisco. Studied with Mike Corino 1971-1976.

Bass Violin (“upright”):
Joe Rosato Jr. Also plays in “Mattinata di Matteo” and in “Bad Boy Zydeco”

Mandolin & Violin:
Gus Garelick Also leads the “Hot Frittatas"

Other members of the Trieste Musical Family will also be appearing at the Cotati Accordion Festival.

Trieste pianist/accordionist Dave Miotke will be appearing with Ensemble Bizou at 3:15 pm on Sunday August 29th

Trieste accordionist Ron Borelli will be appearing with Trio Amore at 10:15 am (immediatley following Zighi Bachi) with Dick Contino at 5 pm on Saturday, August 28th and sunday August 29th.


Movie Night at the Caffe
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 8:30 p.m.

Come join us for a screening of North Beach filmmaker Micha X. Peled’s: STORE WARS-When Wal-Mart Comes to Town.

Come and meet Micha and local SF City Supervisor Aaron Peskin who will be appearing in person.

Peled has been making documentaries since 1992 and has won much acclaim for STORE WARS. This work has garnered many awards, including:

The Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary from the SF Film Festival, CINE Golden Eagle Award, Gold Plaque for Social/Political Documentary-Chicago International Television Competition

It has also been screened at major festivals across the globe, including in Vancouver, Buenos Aires, New Zealand, and Singapore and has received rave reviews by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications.

Come and enjoy this local talent right here, in North Beach!

$3.00 drink minimum


North Beach Jazz Festival
July 28 through August 1, 2004
“MOKAI” will be appearing at the Caffe on July 28, at 7:30 p.m.
No cover or minimum drink charge.

Many other wonderful Jazz bands will be performing at Bimbo’s 365, the SF Italian Athletic Club, Washington Square Park, and at many other spots around “the Beach” For more info, click here: North Beach Jazz Festival (http://www.sunsetpromotions.net/nbjazz/)
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