Four Corners Jazz
Led by drummer Mikel Bee, we make music that is heartwarming, nostalgic, and on occasion - thrilling! From trio to septet, we will put together an ensemble that perfectly matches your occasion or venue.
Next Public Performance
One key to a great jazz venue is a nice 88-key grand piano. Max's of Burlingame has one, and every Wednesday 6-9pm we have been gathering 'round it for lively and spontaneous jazz. With food that's surprisingly good, and musical quality that is extraordinary, you can expect this residency to continue - often spiced by guests who sit in and bring friends & family!
Our cast of cats
John Capobianco has been performing all around the Bay Area for many years, delighting audiences with his consistently exquisite renditions of the worlds best loved jazz, classical and popular music. His joy in playing a variety of trumpets resonates in a contagious way communicating a thrill that only the trumpet can impart. It is this unique quality that lifts him head and shoulders above his peers and puts him in a league of his own. He can provide anything from an outstanding Soloist or Brass Quintet, a dozen Herald Trumpets, or an 18 piece big band orchestra. These are the perfect sounds for any celebration.
Stephanie plays standup bass, electric bass, and violin for jazz, alternative rock, R&B, and Americana bands. She has performed on 22 recordings. As a member of The Recording Academy since 2010, Stephanie votes on the Grammy Awards.
She's performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Bitter End and The Knitting Factory in NYC; Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, and venues in San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Phoenix, and all over the Pacific Northwest. She's performed with Victoria Theodore, Chuck Prophet, Dawn Richardson, Woody Simmons, and Cris Williamson, and has opened for Taj Mahal, Michael Franti, Penelope Houston, MDC, and Jane Siberry.
A multi-genre multi-instrumentalist, Bert made his recording debut at age 20 and has performed all over the United States with the likes of GE Smith (Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, SNL), Pete Sears (Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), producer T Bone Burnett, and his own children Megan and Brandon (visit MeganKeely.com). In 2017 Bert began a multi-year dive into jazz, creating sold-out shows celebrating his idols and working with saxophonists Joe Newman, Tod Dickow, Smith Dobson V and Tommy Occhiuto, with keyboardists Izzy Tanenbaum, Leo York, Syd Williams and Nolan Gasser, with bassists Charlie Channel and John Harris, and with drummers Chris Cortez, Curt Moore and Spencer Gump. Bert's entire discography, including the vinyl "Take Me Home" now prized by collectors of psychedelic folk, is available at ManholeMusic.com.
Ken is a jazz pianist who performs regularly throughout the Bay Area in various jazz groups. He plays piano and keyboards in a variety of musical genres, mostly centered around jazz standards, Latin jazz and R&B, with a strong focus towards improvisation and strong interplay between musicians. Ken is always seeking to connect with talented musicians with “big ears”, such as those in Four Corners Jazz.
Ken has performed for many clubs, restaurants and private events, as well as larger events such as the San Jose Jazz Festival. He has studied both classical and jazz music. Photo credit Frazer Bradshaw
"I'm Michael Bee AKA Mikel Bee and I formed The Four Corners Jazz Ensemble during the pandemic. Our first venue was outside Alice's Restaurant, named for Arlo Guthrie's '60s story song (or was it the other way around?) Two of the current members of the quintet - Bert Keely & yours truly - were on that gig, along with bassist George Alfs & guitarist Geoffrey Stich, a partner I've worked with on and off with for over 30 years. Whether it was the rush of finally getting a gig after being locked down, or the elation of an audience that requested everything from All Blues to All Right Now, we had such a blast that I wanted to brand this band. Since Alice's is at the intersection of Highway 84 & Skyline Boulevard, referred to by locals as "Four Corners", I announced this new group as "The Four Corners Jazz Ensemble" and we've been busy ever since. With brass legend John Capobianco, bassist Stephanie Lee and pianist Ken Chou, we have some of the best musicians & humans on the current and very vibrant Bay Area music scene.
My personal history as a musician began when I first picked up a set of drumsticks in 5th grade and made my performing debut with The Surfaris classic 60's hit "Wipe Out" at the 6th grade talent show. Guitarist on that show was Tom Marasco who several years later would be the bassist in my first working & gigging band....Mandrake....in Santa Maria, CA where I grew up. For 3 of the 4 years in high school I managed an actively gigging band playing mostly top 40 hits. Upon graduation from High School in June 1975 I headed north to the Bay Area to chase an undergraduate degree and "The San Francisco Sound". I have been playing regularly in the SF Bay Area ever since. When my wife and I were blessed with 2 wonderful children, I focused on breadwinning as owner of a Residential Landscape Design/Build Company, which became part-time as I eventually found my way back as "Leader" of several working groups. I have been extremely blessed, privileged and humbled over the years to have met, jammed and worked with some the best recognized and unrecognizable named musicians, both nationally and internationally, I have continued to find my greatest joy in music performance by bringing together instrumentalists of many styles and genres of music, together on stage or in studio, in some cases players that have never even met before and we are still able to share the gift of music, bringing you joy and the love of what we do!"
The Four Corners Jazz Ensemble frequently features guests from the bay area jazz scene, past features have included multi-instrumentalist Tim Price, percussionists Tio Pabon and Tom Bartolero, trombonist Kevin Porter, saxophonist Will Berg, pianists Nate Lisbin, Eugene Pliner, and Leo York; vocalist Kay Kostopoulos, bassist Charlie Channel, and cornetist Lewis Kaiser.
Check us out "In residence" at Max's Restaurant in Burlingame (1250 Old Bayshore Highway right off the 101) every Wed evening from 6-9 pm. Max's offers a very comfortable setting for hanging out, eating a delicious meal with your favorite beverage and your significant other or your gang, with a cool bar and very attentive staff. Come see us soon and share the love - and when you do stop in Bee sure to come up to the band stand to say "Hey"!