Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm.

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Saturday, May 22 – 7:30pm
Gaea Schell / Lyle Link Quartet

Gaea Schell, piano
Lyle Link, tenor saxophone
John Wiitala, bass
Austin Lee Harris, drums

play new originals and arrangements
by the co-leaders

View our live streams on our
YouTube channel and our Facebook page.
No audiences in the shop just yet.

$20 suggested donation
or pay what your economics allow
at this link

Described as “one of the West Coast’s best kept secrets,” Gaea Schell pulls in the listener with an approach that shines with interpretive sensibility. Known among her peers for swinging every note, subtle phrasing, and unique writing, this West Coast-based pianist/vocalist/flutist is a native of Alberta, Canada where she grew up playing music from an early age.

Gaea is a graduate of acclaimed McGill University in Montreal and spent time in New York as a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant studying with pianist/composer Richie Beirach. Accomplished and versatile, she – as drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath says, “plays the heck out of the piano with them small hands”. She has three acclaimed CDs out, is a sideperson on multiple recordings, and has played with many notable names (Bob Sheppard, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Bobby Watson, Clare Fischer Big Band, Vince Lateano, Marcus Shelby and the late Stacy Rowles to name a few) in addition to often leading her own trio or quartet at venues regionally and internationally including Vibrato Grill & Jazz in Bel Air, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, and Knickerbocker in New York City.  Gaea headlined twice at the San Jose Jazz festival.

Saxophonist and flautist Lyle Link is an artist based in Washington, DC. A versatile musician and sought after sideman, he performs in many musical styles- from jazz, blues and R&B to latin and world beat. He has played with artists Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy and Ralph Peterson, to name a few. He has also performed with pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and jammed with Prince. He has shared his musical gifts in festivals and concerts in Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, South America and throughout North America. A regular featured member of Washington, DC based groups Sine Qua Non, the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, and the Kenny Rittenhouse Sextet, he has also performed with the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In addition to working as a first call sideman, he also leads his group, the Lyle Link Quartet. As a music educator, Lyle teaches at Sheridan School and the Levine School of Music.
Gain some insight into the man & musician here: Musings

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Since March 2020, we have adhered without subsidy to a
“guaranteed fair wage” standard of $150 to each musician performing
in our Friday and Saturday evening live streams, $600 for a quartet,
and you are the first ones we look to in order to get that money together,
so please do what you can!

$20 suggested donation
or pay what your economics allow
at this link

We are extremely grateful as well to the many individuals
in the community who donate to our nonprofit
Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the “BBCLP”)
to help us build up the general fund from which
we augment audience donations when necessary!

Donate to the BBCLP at this link to further our work!
Monthly donations are particularly helpful.

Any questions?
Email [email protected] or call us at 415-586-3733!

We also thank and gratefully acknowledge
the City & County of San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts
for operating support of the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project.


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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