209 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832
Trio Du Jour consists of Marcus Gerakos on guitar (left), Jonathan Pintoff on bass (center), and Isaac Sanchez on drums (right).
Marcuz Gerakos (guitar): Since earning his bachelors’ degree in music from UCLA in 1990, Marcus Gerakos has enjoyed an eclectic and busy career in music, from his collaborations with Grammy-winning percussionist Alex Acuna to his recordings with internationally-known reggae artist Avion Blackmon to performances with Grammy-winning saxophone legend Justo Almario and platinum-selling smooth-jazz pioneer John Klemmer. He has performed all over the world and is recognized by his peers as one of the finest guitarists in the business. He has recorded in a variety of settings and has a long list of CD credits as a session player. He has arranged and performed some of the classical guitar’s most demanding literature and has earned critical praise as a solo artist and rave reviews as leader and composer of his Latin jazz group, Escenas. Two songs he wrote and arranged this past year for the children’s charity project, “Yes We Serve; For The Children”, have enjoyed considerable airplay in the U.S. and in Ghana, West Africa, where funds are being raised to build schools and youth camps for Ghanaian children. His latest solo release, “Marmalade Skies: Songs of The Beatles, Vol. 1”, features many of his well-known musical colleagues like Artie Webb and Francisco Loyo. His music is available through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and most other online stores.
John Pintoff (bass): Jonathan was born in New York City, and grew up amidst the various sounds, rhythms and flavors of that multicultural metropolis. With more than 25 years of professional experience as a jazz, Latin, rock, and R & B bassist, he brings broad playing experience and creativity to every project. Performing regularly in the US, Jonathan has also played internationally in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Japan and Singapore.
Live appearances include La India, Hilton Ruiz, Jeff Lorber, Bennie Maupin, Celia Cruz, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Francisco Aguabella, Don Menza and many others.
Recordings include Francisco Aguabella – H20, Dave Pike – Peligroso, Angela Carol Brown – The Slow Club, Azuquia – Tipicamente, Robert Incelli – From Bolivar to LA, Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra, Susie Hansen – Solo Flight, Bobby Rodriguez – Latin Jazz Explosion (Grammy nominee), Craig Pilo – Just Play.
Commercial spots include Denny’s, Budget Rent-a-Car, IHOP, Coors, Hyundai Motor Corp and many others.
Issac Sanchez (drums): Isaac began his drum career at the age of 11, playing for his dad’s church, continuing to do so when he moved to OC as a teenager. He always kept his finger on the pulse of the musical happenings and he continued to hone his craft, playing a variety of musical styles.
Eager to follow his Jazz leanings, Isaac joined his school’s Jazz band at Fullerton High School, holding the drum seat for their Jazz Ensemble as well as their Vocal Jazz rhythm section just down the hallway. After high school, he set his sights on Fullerton Community College across the street, knowing their reputation for putting out highly recognized Jazz bands. As he finished his studies there he freelanced, playing with a variety of groups and/or independent artists, enjoying playing a myriad of styles. To this day, authenticity of style continues to be his pursuit for every project he’s asked to join.
After discovering the drums, he soon moved to hand percussion after being inspired by a Poncho Sanchez concert to do so. Since then, he has been creating music with a variety of hand percussion instruments. Although that first introduction to percussion was Latin Jazz, Isaac quickly applied himself to both its traditional and modern uses. As a studio musician, Isaac enjoys creating from his home studio, collaborating with artists with their own music as well.