Friday, May 6th – 5:30-8:00 pm
Don Prell’s Seabop Ensemble feat. Al Molina
plays jazz in the bookshop
Jazz history right here folks! Bebop, lovely standards, a little trad… bass-sax-drums – from “Ornithology” to “Doxy” — from “For All We Know” to “St. James Infirmary.”
Bassist Don Prell is about 85 and he shows no sign of flagging. None that we believe anyway. His roots are in the West Coast jazz realm of SoCal in the 1950s, and no one plays with more intensity.
Al Molina is a special guest on the date– San Francisco-born (1935), Al grew up in a musical family and dove into jazz early and permanently. He’s got a beautiful style, lyrical and fiery at once.
Jerry Logas, on sax, has a good fifty years of jazz performance under his belt, we’d guess, and no one plays a sweeter clarinet or a more soulful tenor sax. Bari too. He’s nowhere happier than on a good bandstand, and he gigs all over town. Keep any eye out for him at the Deluxe, Topsy’s and other fine establishments.
Vinnie Rodriguez is just a youth, drumming to beat the band. Let’s show him there’s an audience for what he loves to do. Vinnie leads his own Bird & Beckett date on the fourth Saturday of each month.
C’mon out and join your neighbors. Bring $10 for the musicians! If you can’t afford that, bring $5 — that’s less than the cost of your next baby burrito at La Corneta (a cornet’s what Louis Armstrong played, no? good sign, that!). San Francisco needs to pay its musicians rather than moaning about live music being dead in this town. It most certainly is not dead!
You can help make it healthier though! Come enjoy it live, and help us pay the band!
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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