Frank Jaffe

Frank Jaffe

 Emeryville, California, USA

Freestyle acoustic guitar spiced with Flamenco, Classical, Jazz and Middle Eastern flavors. Some tunes are composed in detail and others are strongly improvisational; richly textured but with a strong ambient presence the music invites the listener to travel along on an inspiring sonic journey.


Studied Flamenco guitar with gypsy guitarist Augustin Rios and classical guitar with Philip Rosheger as well as harmony and composition at UC Berkeley and S.F. State.
Began performing with Los Flamenco's de la Bodega in San Francisco's North Beach in 1983 as a dance and singing accompanist. Lived and performed in Spain from 1985-87. Was guitarist in the Flamenco fusion group Arabesque and also had own fusion group, Harvest, in the 90's. Worked with the Soprano Vismaya Lhi in in 2004-2005.
Has performed extensively in the Bay Area at a number of venues including: Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley Chamber Arts House, Ashkenaz, Falkirk Cultural Center, Larkspur Landing Jazz Festival, Sol y Luna Dance Club, Bolero Bar and Restaurant, Theater Artaud, Casa Vino, Nomad Cafe, Teja Gerkin Acoustic Guitar Night, Doug Young Acoustic Guitar Night, and Le Bateau Ivre.
Composed a number of works for solo guitar inspired by the Salmon Creek beach area in Northern California and released a CD of that music in 2009, Bodega Dunes.


Bodega Dunes
Facets (Works for Sound Fonts)

Set List

My sets consist of music from my CD Bodega Dunes as well as a number of other original works for solo guitar. Below is a list of some Classical Music that I often play along with my own compositions:
Recuerdos de la Alhambra-Tarrega
Zambra- Albeniz
Song of the Wil o' the Wisp- de Falla
Cancion de Cuna- trad. arr. Brouwer
Romance- anon.
Fandanguillo- J. Turina
Prelude in d minor- Bach
Prelude in D Major-Bach
Suite in G Major- de Visee
Se la Perguntar- Reis
Estudio 16- Sor
El Negrito- Lauro
El Abejorro- Saenz de la Maza

Good Luck Waltz-Rosheger
Rain Prayer-Rosheger