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Saturday, August 20th – 7:30-10 pm
Calvin Keys with the Heshima Trio

Calvin-Keys-Electric-KeysGuitarist Calvin Keys is possessed of a personal style that’s unmistakable, elegant and eloquent. He has been featured on acclaimed recordings since the early 1970s as leader and as a sideman with artists as eminent as Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, and Bobby Hutcherson.   He’s also long been a mainstay of the Oakland jazz scene.

We’re pleased to welcome him for his third appearance on the Bird & Beckett stage. Drummer Ajaye Jackson joins Calvin in the Heshima Trio tonight!



Bassist Heshima Mark Williams is a world-traveled musician who holds down our third-Saturday-of-the-month date, playing when he’s free and booking the date whenever he can’t be on hand.  For this date, he’ll be here to lead a superlative trio with Calvin Keys at its heart.

We’re proud and overjoyed in anticipation of presenting what promises to be an exceptional night of jazz.

Heshima dedicates this evening to the wonderful and profoundly influential vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, who passed away just a few days ago. Heshima was with Hutcherson’s quartet for two years, and it was Bobby who gave Hesh his first significant recording date 36 years ago this month, in August 1980, on the double lp recorded live in Atlanta, “Little B’s Poem. ”


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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