Tom Duarte is a multi-style guitarist who leans heavily in the Latin direction but has performed in almost every genre imaginable. Also playing electric guitar, he toured extensively with Jerry Garcia keyboardist Merl Saunders, sharing the stage with the likes of Ray Charles, B.B King, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos and Tower of Power vocalist Lenny Williams. He has played abroad in England, Canada and Brazil as well as having toured the US several times. He has recorded four CD’s of Latin and contemporary music under his own name in addition to a history as a studio musician that includes a feature song on Santana and Journey co-founder and keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie’s CD “Roots” in addition to several diversified and eclectic recording projects. Tom performs regularly both as a solo guitarist and with his Latin trio as well as with several Bay Area based bands.
Proper began as a feeling, not as an idea. The feeling was something akin to empathy; an acute awareness that despite the current proliferation of “boutique” and “lifestyle” hotels and residences, there were precious few properties designed for and around today’s global creative nomad. Many in our milieu share the same daunting challenge: staying fresh and focused, energized and inspired—all whilst bouncing between London and Hollywood and Austin and San Francisco and Portland and back again. For them, intuitive service is a given. Mere table stakes. What they need and seek beyond accommodation, even at its most luxurious, is an inspiration. From the elevated and often surprising interiors imagined by Kelly Wearstler. From the sense of immersion in, and connection to, the vibrancy of the local culture. From the highly curated amenities. From the inspired collaborations with the city’s best and most innovative chefs and mixologists. From music and art. From every detail, every interaction, every moment. This is only Proper. And no one else.