Guitarist Calvin KeysÂ is possessed of a personal style that’s unmistakable, elegant and eloquent. He has been featuredÂ 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. Â Heâ€™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!
BassistÂ HeshimaÂ MarkÂ WilliamsÂ is a world-traveled musician who holds down our third-Saturday-of-the-month date, playing when heâ€™s free and booking the date whenever he canâ€™t be on hand. Â For this date, heâ€™ll be here to lead a superlative trio with Calvin Keys at its heart.
Weâ€™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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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