Friday, August 27 – 7:30pm
The Tony Johnson Quartet
Bob Kenmotsu, saxophone
Keith Saunders, piano
Eric Markowitz, bass
Tony Johnson, drums
Tony has been a force on the San Francisco jazz scene for over 50 years — he arrived from his native Australia in 1959 and was immediately playing and recording with great musicians including the sax player Pony Poindexter and vocalist Bev Kelly. He toured with Earl “Fatha” Hines, George Shearing and Peggy Lee, and played the Sullivan show with the Vagabonds (house band for the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel) on a bill that included Sammy Davis, Jr. To this day, he’s in high demand and gigs constantly around Northern California.
Tonight his band comprises some very fine musicians that he’s often worked with at the Club Deluxe on Haight Street and in numerous other venues.
We rely on Tony to bring great jazz to Bird & Beckett on the fourth Friday of the month, and more!
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