Saturday, May 21 – 7:30pm
George Cotsirilos Quartet
cd release concert – “Refuge”
Keith Saunders, piano
Robb Fisher, bass
Ron Marabuto, drums
$20 cash cover charge; $10-20 sliding scale – first time free!
Covid numbers are rising, so we’ll be limiting the audience to about 20 people and returning to masks for the time being.
Reservations, call 415-586-3733.
Doors open at 7:20pm. Show at 7:30. BYOB as well as a mask.
CD release concert — the first of three dates the quartet will play this spring in the Bay Area to celebrate the 5/20/22 release of its newest album, Refuge on OA2/Origin Records, featuring George Cotsirilos’s original compositions and a few gems from the jazz canon. The quartet’s prior CD, Mostly in Blue was named by Downbeat Magazine as one of the best CDs of 2018 and reached #15 on the Jazz Weekly radio charts.
Catch them in the intimate acoustic environment of Bird & Beckett, far from the chatter and clatter of the bars, to enjoy their exquisite and spirited music.
“One of today’s finest jazz guitarists and composers, Cotsirilos has an unerring sense of swing and melody. His solos, while displaying accuracy and technique, are filled with soul.”
-John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine
“George Cotsirilos’ meticulous and tasteful guitar work is marked by remarkably subtle shifts in accents, and minute changes in expression and dynamics. He displays an impeccable sense of timing especially in revealing the hidden rhythms of complex melodies. His approach to harmony is whimsical, but patently beautiful at all times.”
– Raul D’Gama Rose, All About Jazz
Hailing from Chicago, George Cotsirilos has been a member of the San Francisco Bay Area jazz community for many years and has performed with a wide variety of artists, from San Francisco jazz fixtures like Eddie Marshall, Mel Martin and Mark Levine to internationally recognized blues singer Etta James, Pharoah Sanders and the jazz/soul vocal group, The Whispers. He has recorded six prior CDs as a leader. With venerated drummer Eddie Marshall, he co-led the Nighthawks, a storied San Francisco quintet with Robb Fisher on bass and Paul Nagel on piano which recorded for Monarch Records.
George’s prior quartet CD, Mostly in Blue, with Keith Saunders, Robb Fisher and Ron Marabuto, and three earlier trio CDs with Fisher and Marabuto, all on OA2/Origin, all received wide critical acclaim. (“Sublimely fluid jazz guitar skills…this is about as tight a jazz trio as you’ll ever be lucky enough to hear with eloquent bass lines and delicately nuanced percussion”-– David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle.) Cotsirilos’s trio CD, Variations, was chosen by erstwhile Washington Post jazz critic and Jazztimes editor Royal Stokes as one of the most notable jazz instrumental CDs of 2013.
Keith Saunders spent his formative years in Los Angeles where he studied with Charlie Shoemake and later, with Horace Silver. He worked extensively in L.A. with such well known artists as Eddie Harris, Roy McCurdy and Bill Watrous, then moved to New York City in 1984 where he worked and/or recorded with a wide variety of musicians, including Richie Cole, Frank Wess, Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano, Hank Crawford and Mickey Roker. In 1991, Keith became the leader of The NY HardBop Quintet, which had begun as a cooperative unit. As such, he wrote and arranged music — recorded by The HBQ for the TCB Montreux Jazz label, as well as numerous television spots including promotions for VH1 and ESPN. Now residing in the East Bay, he is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most in demand jazz pianists.
For over six years, bassist Robb Fisher toured and recorded with the legendary Cal Tjader, anchoring Cal’s Grammy Award winning album, ““La Onda Va Bien”” and Grammy Nominee album, ““Gozame Pero Ya.”” He has also worked extensively and recorded with such jazz and Latin luminaries as Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Carmen McCrae, Tania Maria, Clare Fischer and Rob Schneidermann. Additional recordings on which he can be heard include “San Francisco Nighthawks,” featuring Eddie Marshall, on Monarch Records, Jeff Pittson’s “Invisible Love” as well as “On The Rebop,” “Past Present,” and “Variations” by the George Cotsirilos Trio, all on OA2/Origin Records.
One of the San Francisco jazz community’s most highly regarded drummers, Ron Marabuto has resided in both San Francisco and New York and has worked with a long list of jazz luminaries, including Pepper Adams, Roland Hanna, Tommy Flanagan, Steve Grossman, Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid, Mark Levine, Bruce Foreman, Buddy Montgomery, Rob Schneiderman and Warren Gale, among many others. A San Francisco Area native, he is the son of noted jazz pianist John Marabuto and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He can be heard on a wide variety of recordings, included all five CD’s on OA2/Origin Records by the George Cotsirilos Quartet and Trio.
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