Kit Eakle - violin
"Jazz violinist Kit Eakle delivers ..." Andrew Gilbert
The leader of DjangoSphere, Kit Eakle is known as one of the most original improvising violinists on the West Coast. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he studied violin with Detlev Ohlshausen. He attended the University of California at Davis where he studied art, but also took a course with the great composer, John Cage. After moving to Canada he toured British Columbia with Blackfish Sound and Roadside Attraction - 2 legendary Canadian rock bands.
Kit is equally at home both in Northern California, and Vancouver, British Columbia. In the SF Bay area he has been a a member of the 'Hot Club of Marin,' the rock-a-billy band 'The Sons of Emperor Norton,' Jerry Garcia bands' guitarist Peter Harris' 'Obscura,' his own 'FiddleJazz,' which performs "A Brief History of Jazz Violin" a survey of the role of the violin in jazz from its beginnings to the present, and 'The Eakle Brothers' with his flute playing brother, Matt Eakle, a regular member of the David Grisman Quintet. He has also shared a stage with Dan Hicks, Martín Fierro, Joe Craven, Mads Tolling, David LaFlame and Paul Mehling and many others.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, where he played and taught music for many years, he has appeared with groups as diverse as vintage country rock band Blue Northern, Cam Malloy's Malloy Gang, and Michael Dunn's pioneering Gjypsy Jazz group 'Mystery Pacific,' and with such outstanding Vancouver musicians as Miles Black, and Hugh Fraser; Michael Creber, Rene Worst, Marc Atkinson, Chris Sigerson, Blaine Dunaway, and Elmer Gill, to name a few.
Eakle currently teaches a course at Simon Fraser University on The History of Jazz Violin, and he is scheduled to begin teaching a course at Berkeley, California in January of 2019 on the same topic.
Kit graduated from the Vancouver Community College music program where he studied violin with Gwen Thompson, and jazz improvisation with guitarist Bruce Clausen and the late Elmer Gill, a veteran of the Lionel Hampton band. Eakle also holds an M.Ed in Music and Fine Arts Education from The University of Victoria, in Victoria, BC.
As well as being a performer, Kit Eakle has developed a high profile in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has established a new concert series uniquely featuring many of the finest jazz violinists in the world called Point Richmond Jazz (http://prjazz.org), and is listed on the faculty of the California Jazz Conservatory — teaching a course in the history of Jazz violin.
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