The Terroir of Jazz


THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015 | 8–10PM

$75 per person, limited seating available | Buy Tickets

 Photo credit: Michael Sharps

Photo credit: Michael Sharps


The Dryansky Gallery is excited to present The Terroir of Jazz: Un Concert du Vin, an exclusive evening of local wine, music and art led by trumpeter Clifford Brown III, grandson of the legendary Clifford Brown.

A tasting flight of eight wines follows the creative development of a modern musician and composer through songs written and played by the artist. Together with Brian Ho on Hammond B3 organ and Greg German on drums, Clifford presents works from his catalog highlighting moments from his personal artistic development.

Using music, stories, and multimedia he discusses the concept of terroir to demonstrate how good wine and good music are made. Throughout the tasting, guests are encouraged to interact in discussing and analyzing connections between time, place, sound, and flavor.

Inspired by his experiences growing up in the living rooms of some of jazz’s greatest artists, Clifford Brown III brings both a sense of classic jazz history and modern innovation to his work as a professional musician, composer, and performer.

Your ticket includes:

  • Tasting flight of eight Northern and Central California wines
  • Musical performance by three-piece band paired with each tasting
  • Flavor pairing includes local cheeses, chocolates and other artisanal delights
  • Private viewing of Project 24 San Francisco black & white photography exhibition


  1. a type of music of black American origin characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm, emerging at the beginning of the 20th century. Brass and woodwind instruments and piano are particularly associated with jazz, although guitar and occasionally violin are also used; styles include Dixieland, swing, bebop, and free jazz.


  1. the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.

  • the characteristic taste and flavor imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.

Terroir of Jazz
/terˈwär/ of /jaz/

  1. the complete natural environment in which a particular music is produced, including factors such as the family, social political climates, and geography.

  • the characteristic taste and flavor imparted to music by the environment in which it is produced.

About Clifford Brown III
Clifford Brown III has spent his life worshiping and appreciating the music gods. Carrying on the legacy of his grandfather, the legendary, internationally-acclaimed jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown Sr., this California bred musician has recognized, acknowledged and demonstrated his role in the global neo-jazz movement. Never bound by the east coast, west coast definitions of horn sounds that have limited previous generations, Clifford has found his unique niche in the movement, allowing him to transcend traditional jazz-bebop values and explore new universes of audio amalgamation.

Additional info
A portion of the event proceeds benefit the Clifford Brown Jazz Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to promote jazz as an art form and to inspire a love for jazz in new generations. The CBJF was founded by Clifford’s grandmother, LaRue Brown Watson, in memory of his grandfather and his legacy. The Foundation currently sponsors an instrument loan program for students who cannot afford to buy instruments and is working to re-establish its scholarship program.