Sunday, February 4th – 5-8pm, we present our monthly student combo / jam session date. This month, the Advanced Jazz Combo from RASOTA (Ruth Asawa School of the Arts) led by trumpeter Ryan Ancheta opens the evening with a 45-minute set, followed by a jam session conducted by the internationally acclaimed veteran drummer Akira Tana, with pianist Ken Cook and bassist Doug Miller. Jazz students from throughout the region to turn out to play! Tonight, we’re joined by students from the Hillsborough High jazz program.
No charge for musicians playing in the jam session. $20 donation requested from audience members. Help us pay a stipend to the RASOTA students and a guaranteed fair wage to the Akira Tana Trio, and to sustain the music at Bird & Beckett.
Consider making a donation to the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project, a 501(c)3, where our donor base provides what we need to sustain our programming!
What you missed
Friday & Saturday!
Friday, February 2nd
Two shows – each show, $20 adults / kids under 12 free / teens and music students $10. Or catch the first and stay for the show that follows for half price ($30 adults / $15 teens and music studio for the evening).
–6-8pm, the Benny Amón Trio holds forth, with pianist Charles Chen and bassist Mikiya Matsuda drummer Benny Amón.
A Davis native who studied jazz at UC Berkeley then had a ten-year sojourn in New Orleans, the cradle of the music, has recently relocated to the Bay Area where he’s a rising star on the trad jazz and swing dance circuit. He’s been lauded as “a mature artist with large heartfelt visions and sensitivity. He is a spectacularly fine drummer. He makes beautiful sounds, he plays for the comfort of the band. He knows dynamics and timbres, and he swings no matter what the tempo.” — Michael Steinmann, JAZZLIVES
–8:30-10pm, saxophonist Richard Howell takes the stage with drummer Myron Cohen, bassist Ravi Abcarian and guest Max Ehrhardt on trumpet.
“My music celebrates diversity as it bridges, unites and merges the experience of all listeners. I define it as Bridge Music.” -RCH. He suggests that you, “Join us without expectations. We will be rediscovering different musical colors.”
Saturday, February 3rd at 7:30pm
$20 cover / kids under 12 free / teens & music students $10
The return of saxophonist Greg Abate.
Greg leads a quartet with Ben Stolorow on piano, Eric Markowitz on bass and Mike Quigg on drums. Greg is a master bebopper & post-bop magician. He passes through Bird & Beckett every year or two on tour, and you don’t want to miss him. Always uses top local cats on the date. This is his seventh stop at Bird & Beckett!
Good for him, good for our cats! Good for you!
For decades, Greg has toured for two-thirds of every year from his Rhode Island base on a circuit that takes him all around the country and to England, Italy and other international destinations. At the beginning of February, a three-month, 22-concert schedule brings him to the West Coast, hopscotching back to the Eastern Seaboard then out to Ohio, back East again, out to Arizona and again back to the East. Our friend Simon over at Keys calls him a road warrior, and that he is… The habit started way back when Greg was part of Ray Charles’ band…
For a great example of how seasoned jazz musicians can converge from multiple directions in a raging storm to lock in under the leadership of a great player, check out the video of this show below!
Don’t miss the
RASOTA Combo and Jam Session!
Sure, you can watch it
for free in our stream,
though you should donate for the privilege
unless your economics prohibit that.
Donating helps us pay the musicians,
and they richly deserve it!
Great as the stream can be,
it ain’t the same as being in the room
being part of the buzz of activity
that makes a jam session a unique experience!
$20 won’t set you back much.
BYOB, and come out
to have a good time with us!
RASOTA Advanced Jazz Combo, 5pm
Jam Session 6-8pm!
Can’t make it for whatever reason?
Five outings at Bird & Beckett this month — including three this weekend – are supported by Jazz in the Neighborhood’s Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund. Visit JitN’s website to find out more about the GFWF and to find out how you can help them in their mission to raise the wage and working conditions standards for the Bay Area’s pool of fine professional jazz musicians. Donate to their organization!
Jazz in the Neighborhood is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the economics of jazz performance in the Bay Area. One of the ways in which JitN pursues its mission is to underwrite venues on individual dates to help the venues meet a “guaranteed fair wage” standard without reliance on door revenue, tips and other approaches to compensation.
Bird & Beckett is very appreciative of JitN’s support!
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