Featured saxophonist Noel Jewkes was born in Utah in 1940 and migrated to San Francisco as an adult to become one of the most revered local masters of the jazz saxophone, but only after playing for years, from the age of 12, in the family swing orchestra headed by his mother and father. The Jewkes Orchestra traveled widely in the region, delivering a swinging and danceable beat to audiences of hip Indians, farmers and city slickers in rural assembly halls, lakeside resorts and downtown hotels.
Talented beyond measure on piano and trumpet as well as the various reeds, Noel is well known to young cognoscenti as one of the veteran musicians featured with Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, but his renown stretches far beyond that. His affinity with Lester Youngâ€™s cool and John Coltraneâ€™s fire belies the associations some have from hearing him in bop aggregations and swing/jump ensembles. A flexible and insatiably adventurous modern master.
Grant has played with each of these players on many occasions, always a joyous time…
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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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site