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Jazz From Monk to Jobim




Transitive Closure is a jazz ensemble with a broad repertoire of jazz standards and original compositions. It features the unique sound of a jazz violin blended with a traditional jazz rhythm section. The ensemble has performed at various restaurants, wine bars and cafes in the San Francisco bay area.

The members of Transitive Closure are Marty Honda on violin, Joe Roark on piano, Preston Carter on bass and Fred Malouf on guitar. Guest musicians include Tom Povse on flute, Gil Cohen on trumpet, Peter Wallack, Ricky Takahashi and Jack Kerns on drums.

Marty Honda learned violin as a child and has played jazz on violin for over 20 years. He is inspired by such jazz legends as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea. Marty minored in music in college and has studied jazz at the California Jazz Conservatory, Stanford Jazz Institute and De Anza College. He also plays bass and is a member of other bands, including Levitate.

Joe Roark has played jazz for over 30 years. His influences include be-bop, post-bop, and Brazilian music. 

Palo Alto resident Preston Carter has played in jazz, pop, theatre and symphony groups throughout the Bay Area and he is especially fond of playing in small acoustic groups.

Fred Malouf is a Berklee College of Music graduate and has been playing guitar for over 30 years. He has performed in diverse musical settings with improvisation being the central component. Fred, along with Marty, is also a member of Levitate.


For Your Musical Needs


With years of shared experience among the ensemble's members, Transitive Closure can provide a custom package to meet your musical needs. Feel free to request more information via the "Contact" link and please use the "Listen" tab explore our sound.

Transitive Closure can play as a duo, trio, quartet or more for:

  • Intimate Private Parties to Large Gala Events

  • Dinner Music

  • Background Music

  • Seasonal/Holiday Music

  • Indoor or Outdoor Settings

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