If you spend any time listening to live music here in The Point – or anywhere around the Bay for that matter – you’re likely to come across violinist Kit Eakle. He plays with no fewer than four groups and jams with a multitude of others. Most recently he has organized a series of local concerts dedicated to his passion of jazz violin. The shows also highlight some of the top violinists in the world. You can catch Kit’s Point Richmond Jazz Series in the cozy and well tuned First United Methodist Church. The current run is from October (2013) through May 2014 on every fourth Friday of the month. This is the first year but with your support we can all help make this become an annual event.
While Kit didn’t formally live here in The Point until his adult years, he certainly has strong roots in the area, as you will hear in his audio postcard. After graduating high school in near-by El Sobrante, Kit headed off to college on the East Coast but ultimately graduated from UC Davis. Then in the early 1970s, he and his former wife (a Point Richmond native no less) moved to Canada to raise their family. It was in Canada that his career playing music really developed. And while Kit has obviously maintained a solid path playing in bands, he is also a well-recognized music educator. If you have children, I strongly recommend his award winning music book In My Grandmother’s Garden. But without further ado, lets hear from Kit.
…And if you like the music you hear in this episode of Stories from The Point, definitely see Kit play live some time. As always, it’s a pleasure to read your comments, so please do leave them after listening.
Visit Kit online at: www.musickit.com.
Kit has brought some really excellent, world class muscians to our wonderful little town! We are blessed! I am happy to be a season ticket holder!!!
Great thoughts and stories about the point! I’ve always thought of the point as “Sausalito without the huge entry fee”. Fun interesting people, beautyfull views make for a wonderful community.
He also shares his talent by teaching violin to the children at Washington School in the Point! How fortunate are those children!.
Noah, this was fantastic as is so many of your audio blogs; thoroughly entertaining. Besides an accomplished musician, Kit has a great voice and a knack for telling a story. It ended with me wanting to hear more especially about his musical career and experiences. Bravo
Noah — wonderful job. Interesting and the sound was AMAZING. Thank you!
Noah, I just listened to all of the audio postcards and loved them. What a treat and privilege to listen to these stories and get to know these people just a little bit. I felt like I was in my car listening to a bit on NPR. This is a great-looking and easy-to-navigate site, too. I’ve never been to Point Richmond, but it’s now on my list. Can’t wait for your next audio postcard from Point Richmond. Thanks so much!