Lots of fun with this band! And great music, from swing to bop and straight ahead to the now!
Youngster Jeffrey Burr plays guitar in the company of four jazz vets — drummer Vince Lateano, trumpter Al Molina, saxophonist Jerry Logas and bassist Dean Reilly.
Dean’s the grand old man of the bunch — was playing at all the North Beach and other major jazz spots in San Francisco in the early 1950s withÂ the likes of Vince Guaraldi, Cal Tjader, Eddie Duran…Â Al Molina, a San Francisco native from a musical family, has been a fixture locally since the mid-1950s, working with George Cables, Jessica Williams, Eddie Marshall, Eddie Henderson and many more…Â Vince (Lateano) hit SF in the mid-1960s and fell in with Guaraldi, Tjader (he was in Tjader’s band in the late 1970s and early 1980s), traveled with Woody Herman and was the house drummer at Pearl’s in North Beach all through the late 1970s and 1980s… Jerry Logas studied saxophone in New York with Booker Ervin, worked as a waiter & maitre d’ at the Village Gate soaking up the sounds of the true giants of jazz in live performance and has been wailing, lyrically and soulfully, ever since… and then there’s Jeff Burr, a brilliant player, son of two classical bassists, acclaimed as one of the very best guitarists on the local scene.
Fantastic musicians who know how to have a good time… Oop Bop Sh’Bam!
C’mon down to Bird & Beckett every Friday after work… we’ve been doing it since late 2002… never missed a Friday since the beginning!
Listen to this fantastic radio interview with Vince Lateano to get a picture of jazz in San Francisco from the mid-1960s forward, as well as Vince’s own history…Â http://www.jakefeinbergshow.com/2011/09/jfs-38-the-vince-lateano-interview/
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