Guitarist Calvin Keys has been featuredÂ on many acclaimed recordings since the early 1970s, both as a leader and a sideman, with such artists as Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, and Bobby Hutcherson. Â He’s also long been a mainstay of the Oakland jazz scene. Â We are more than pleased to welcome him for his second appearance on the Bird & Beckett stage, hot on the heels of aÂ booking earlier this month by New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln CenterÂ in a celebration of Wes Montgomery’s groundbreaking guitar work. Â Like Wes Montgomery, Calvin possesses an unmistakable personal style that sets him apart from his peers.
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. Â For this date, he’ll be here to lead a superlative trio with Calvin Keys at its heart. Â We’re proud and overjoyed in anticipation of presenting what promises to be an exceptional night of jazz.
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