Friday, May 14 – 7:30pm
Andrew Speight Quartet
jazz from the bookshop
streamed live each and every Friday evening
Andrew Speight, alto saxophone
Matt Clark, piano
Essiet Okon Essiet, bass
Sylvia Cuenca, drums
Andrew Speight is a titanic alto player who is held in high esteem in the Bay Area. From Sydney, Australia, he came to the U.S. in the early ’90s, and has led the jazz program at San Francisco State University for years. He can play dozens of choruses on a bebop tune without repeating an idea. He’s an amazing musician, and a joy to hear. His rhythm section on this date are well-traveled professionals of the highest caliber.
Drummer Sylvia Cuenca, temporarily home on the West Coast since March of 2020, has been based in NYC from a young age, traveled for four years as the drummer in saxophone colossus Joe Henderson’s quartet, spent eleven years with trumpeter Clark Terry and has had a long association with trumpeter Eddie Henderson. She leads her own quartets in New York and plays in major venues worldwide.
Bassist Essiet Okon Essiet was in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers for the last five years of Blakey’s life and has had a storied career before and since, playing with a who’s who of major figures in jazz in top venues throughout the world.
Pianist Matt Clark is in the very top echelon of Bay Area jazz pianists, and has worked with the likes of saxophonists Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Teddy Edwards, Mark Turner and Frank Morgan; vibraphonists Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris; and vocalists Madeline Eastman, Kellye Gray, Paula West and Denise Perrier. He was a founding member of the Marcus Shelby Trio.
No audiences in the shop just yet.
$20 suggested donation
or pay what your economics allow
at this link
We pay a “guaranteed fair wage”
of $150 to each musician performing
in our Friday and Saturday evening live streams
and you are the first one we look to in order
to get that money together, so please do what you can!
We are extremely grateful as well to the many individuals
in the community who donate to our nonprofit
Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the “BBCLP”)
to help us build up the general fund from which
we augment audience donations when necessary.
Monthly donations are particularly helpful.
Email [email protected] or call us at 415-586-3733!
We also thank and gratefully acknowledge
the City & County of San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts
for operating support of the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project!
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.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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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