Retro Notes takes the audience back in time for a wonderful musical experience. Unlike many loosely connected jazz ensembles, our group practices weekly and gigs regularly all over the bay area. We keep learning about what works for a wide range of audiences. A gig we will play many, short (3-5 minutes) jazz standards with vocals, providing the audience a wide variety of music from 1920's, to big-band and latin jazz.
Retro Notes are a San Francisco Bay Area Jazz band combining elements of Swing and Jazz Standards with contemporary vocals and rhythms. Alexandra Beltran's sensual vocals and Bendik Kleveland's velvety sax blend seamlessly to create a bewitching sound.
Alexandra is an old soul, who began her musical journey at a young age. She has performed at multiple events and venues including the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and countless others. Known for her passionate and deep contralto vocals, Alexandra’s rich and sultry voice will leave you captivated.
After growing up playing classical music in Norway, Bendik explored the world with studies and work in England and France before he settled in the Bay Area. He was intrigued by the vast opportunities of exploration in musical improvisation. He played alto and bari saxophones in the Stanford Jazz Orchestra. When he started losing his hearing in one ear, he decided to drastically step up the pace of practice. His hearing still intact, he gives it all for every performance.
Retro Notes was formed in early 2017 in Santa Clara, CA. They have performed at local art and jazz festivals as well as numerous private engagements.They have been influenced by artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Amy Winehouse. Their music has been described as “a gulp of ice cold water on a hot summer evening.”
Upcoming Booked Events
|November 22, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm||House Party|