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Tony Saunders

Tuesday, 2/14/23 – 7pm
A Valentine For You, from the Tony Saunders Quintet

Tony Saunders on Bass & Vocals
Marc Daniels Guitar
Tina Bryant Keys
Don Schiff Bass
Larry Vann Drums

$25, Advance reservations – 415-586-3733

You can leave your hat on!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Tony Saunders & Co. and celebrate as well the 89th anniversary of Tony’s late father Merl Saunders’ birth.

In the mid-1970s, Merl Saunders formed the “Aunt Monk” band with young Tony on bass and Larry Vann on drums — in a super line up that included guitarist Chris Hayes (of Bonnie Hayes & the Wild Combo) and saxophonist Martin Fierro (Zero). In 1976, Fantasy Records released Merl Saunders and Aunt Monk’s album, “You Can Leave Your Hat On” with Sheila Escovedo (later famous as Sheila E) on congas.

From the early 1970s to his death in 2008, Merl was best known for the countless concerts and numerous albums he did in partnership with Jerry Garcia, and for his Rainforest Band.

As for Tony, his dad put him through the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying piano, but Tony gravitated to the bass and his father launched him on a career that has included four lps as a leader and countless others as sideman, composer and producer. We’re happy to invite Tony back to the Bird & Beckett stage to give you a beautiful time and a fond memory that will stay with you for all the Valentine’s Days to come.

Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

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