Twice a month on a Saturday afternoon (2nd & 4th), one of the Bay Area’s hidden treasurers, pianist Grant Levin, works through two sets of jazz standards and originals with a duo partner, and the results always hold the Bird & Beckett audience transfixed. Try it– you won’t often find such a sublime way to pass a summer afternoon.
June 25th, bassist Charles Thomas shares the bandstand. Â Born and raised in San Francisco, Charles made the switch from cello to bass in junior highÂ school, adding guitar,Â piano and drums along the way. Now he’s known to sing with gusto, as well.
Charles grew up in the Fillmore districtÂ and became well known in the Bay Area playing pop, reggae, jazz and classicalÂ idioms, picking up music degrees from City College and San Francisco State, touring the Pacific Northwest with the greatÂ Sierra Leone guitarist and singer, Sooliman Rogie even as he was completing the degrees. He then joined EstherÂ Phillips’ band and toured with her for 4 years. He’s also played withÂ Les McCann, Billy Paul, Julian Priester, Lenny Williams, Karlton Hester, John Handy,Â Little Anthony, The Fifth Dimension, and many others. Charles performs in a number of groups, composes for film and keeps busy as a producer as well. We particularly like him, ’cause he’s a helluva jazz bassist. Just ask Grant!
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