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Alan Pasqua / Darek Oles Duo
Alan Pasqua / Darek Oles Duo

Sat, Jan 20


Sam First

Alan Pasqua / Darek Oles Duo

Steinway Piano artist and Grammy Nominee Alan Pasqua has played with everyone from Tony Williams to Bob Dylan. Pasqua's musical connection with bassist Darek Oles is chronicled through decades of working with Peter Erskine, George Garzone and so many others. Don't miss these two masters!

Jan 20, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Sam First, 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

Alan Pasqua (piano), Darek Oles (bass)

Alan Pasqua is a Steinway Piano artist, Grammy Nominee and Professor of Jazz Studies at USC Thornton School of Music.

 He has played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, Gary Burton, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Gary Bartz, Reggie Workman, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Sheila Jordan and Joe Williams.

While performing a concert at Carnegie Hall in 1975, Pasqua met the legendary drummer Tony Williams. Pasqua was asked to join The New Tony Williams Lifetime along with guitarist Allan Holdsworth. After recording two “Lifetime” albums for Columbia Records, Pasqua relocated in Los Angeles. His career in L.A. broadened as he started playing with more rock and pop artists. He has been a member of the bands of Bob Dylan and Santana. Some of his other pop album credits include: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Queen Latifa. In addition, he has worked with composers John Williams, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, Jerry Goldsmith and Henry Mancini and on motion picture soundtracks. Alan composed the soundtrack for Adam Sandler’s Disney hit movie, The Waterboy, and is the co- composer for the CBS Evening News Theme during the Dan Rather, Scott Pelley and current Nora O’Donnell tenures.

He also recently composed and performed the piano improvisations for Bob Dylan and his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Aside from his many critically acclaimed recordings as a leader in jazz, in 2008, Pasqua joined forces with Peter Erskine and Dave Carpenter, arranging, co-producing and playing on the Grammy Award nominated trio album “Standards”. His recent releases are “Twin Bill” (BFM JAZZ) and “Northern Lights”. “Twin Bill” features Pasqua recorded on two pianos, playing the music of Bill Evans. “Northern Lights” is a new set of Pasqua original compositions, exploring his roots in classical, pop and jazz idioms. Both CDs have received critical praise from DOWNBEAT with 4 star reviews. His newer releases, “Soliloquy” and “Day Dream” are solo piano recordings of Alan’s favorite standards recorded on his own Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano.

Most recently, Alan teamed up again with Peter Erskine and Darek Oles to produce the 2022 Grammy nominated recording, “Live in Italy” and also added George Garzone to the trio to record “3 Nights in L.A.”

All shows at Sam First are 21+ (no one under the age of 21 will be permitted)

Show Times: 7:30pm & 9:30pm, and a separate ticket is required for each show.

Notice of Recording: Sam First live streams and records all concerts. By entering Sam First, you understand that your image and/or voice might be included in those recordings. Sam First reserves the right to use any photography, video or audio recording taken at this event, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video.


  • 1st set ticket (7:30pm)

    One ticket is good for one set of music only. Student discount code : SAM1STUDENT

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  • 2nd set ticket (9:30pm)

    One ticket is good for one set of music only. Student discount code : SAM1STUDENT

  • 1st set STREAM ONLY (7:30pm)

    This ticket is for live-streaming only.

  • 2nd set STREAM ONLY (9:30pm)

    This ticket is for live-streaming only.




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