Dick Conte arrived in San Francisco in 1961 from his native Connecticut and has since become an integral part of the Bay Area jazz scene with his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, formidable jazz radio presence (from the fabled KJAZ days to present-day KCSM and KKSF), and his piano performances at clubs, festivals and private venues. He has played at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Sonoma Valley Jazz Festival, the Calistoga Jazz & Blues Festival, Jazz on the Hill and the Cotati Jazz Festival.
Dick has opened for Cassandra Wilson, Tony Bennett and Doc Powell and performed at Yoshi’s, the Plush Room, Kimball’s East, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, One Market Restaurant, Washington Square Bar & Grill, Shanghai 1930, Fairmont Hotel, St. Francis Hotel, Pacific Union Club and many wineries, including Bartholomew Park, Niebaum-Coppola, Mondavi and Viansa.
He’s a three-time nominee for Gavin Magazine’s Jazz Broadcaster of the Year and winner of the AWRT Kudo Award for Best Radio Music Programming.
Dick will be joined here in Santa Rosa by Steve Heckman, well-known Yoshi’s veteran sax player, bassist, Steve Webber, who played for Ernie Shelton here recently, and Bill Moody on drums.
The Dick Conte Jazz Piano Scholarship Fund, benefitting aspiring jazz pianists, has been established at the Jazzschool in Berkeley.