The Zack Caplinger Jazz Quartet strives to perform a diverse repertoire of jazz standards, as well as original compositions and arrangements in many styles, all drawn from the traditions of the jazz genre. With the added talents of Emiliano Villarreal on bass, Izaak Weatherwax on drums, and Christine Araoka on piano, the Zack Caplinger Jazz Quartet guarantees a unique and entertaining performance.
Zachary Caplinger is a guitarist who actively performs jazz and bluegrass music throughout Southern California, and is a native to the Inland Empire. Born into a musical family, he began playing bluegrass guitar at eight years old, under the instruction of his father, two-time Grammy award winning bluegrass artist, Dennis Caplinger. Zachary has had the pleasure of performing at some of the largest bluegrass festivals in the Southwestern United States, and has shared the stage with many prominent bluegrass artists and bands including: Bluegrass Etc, Dennis Caplinger, John Moore, Steve Spurgin, Byron Berline, Roland White, Alan Munde, Bill Bryson, Scott Gates, Mike Nadolson, and Wayne Taylor.
Zachary graduated from Riverside City College with an associate degree in music and a certificate in jazz performance, and had the distinct pleasure of studying with Charles Richard, Peter Curtis and Jody Fisher. He is currently attending California State University Fullerton, and pursuing a bachelor degree in jazz guitar performance while studying with legendary guitarist, Ron Eschete, and pianist, Bill Cunliffe. Zachary has also performed at the UNC Jazz festival, Jazz Education Network Conference in San Diego, Western States Jazz Festival and the Newport Beach Jazz Party. He has shared the stage with many prominent jazz musicians including: Bill Cunliffe, Jeff Hamilton, Joe LaBarbera, Joey Sellers, Francisco Torres, Ron Stout, Martin Wind, and Freda Payne.
MUSIC AT THE CENTER is a fundraiser for The DVAC and its programs. Guests receive two glasses of wine or other beverage and access to the current gallery exhibition as well as the concert. Doors open for General Admission at 6:45 pm with the concert beginning at 7:00 pm.