The “Keepers of the Flame” is a jazz coalition created by Dave Bendigkeit on trumpet and flugelhorn, featuring Dave Udolf on piano, Akira Tana on drums, and Chris Amberger on bass. They perform all original songs from the great river of American music where the groove and self-expression are paramount, as well as unique arrangements of the great jazz compositions and familiar songs from the American Songbook. Â Members have performed with everyone from Art Blakey, Cab Calloway, Shelly Manne and Ella Fitzgerald to Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and so many other giants of this music.
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