Two great San Francisco-based jazz artists unite
for two sets of flute & piano duo work.
$15 cover charge (cash or Venmo at the door, please), byob.
An intimate and thrilling evening of music guaranteed.
Gaea Schell’s new album “In Your Own Sweet Way” (Saphu Records, 2023) prominently features her flute work and vocals alongside the piano chops that have made her an important contributor to contemporary jazz. She made her California debut as a twice-featured performer at the San Jose Jazz Festival and has been performing professionally and internationally in diverse contexts all along the way. Recently, work on flute with Cuban son groups has captured her devoted attention. Her experience includes everything from teaching elementary school flute choirs, trio to quartet to orchestral performance. Notable artists she has shared the stage with include Nancy King, John Stowell, Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, Clare Fischer Big Band, PJ Perry, Marcus Shelby, Kellye Gray, Bobby Watson, Dan Faehnle (former guitarist with Diana Krall), Vibrason, Vince Lateano, Richie Cole, John Wiitala, and Gilbert Castellanos.
Grant Levin, jazz pianist and composer, was born in San Diego and began studying the piano at age 5. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree, then joined the faculty of the music department at California State University, Chico, where he taught for 3 years. Soon he migrated to San Francisco, where he’s been a crown jewel of the local jazz scene ever since. Grant has performed in the San Jose, Stanford, Cotati, Benicia, and Fillmore Jazz Festivals and at notable venues throughout the region, including the SFJAZZ Center, the Mildred Owen Concert Hall in Pacifica, Yoshi’s in Oakland, Cafe Stritch in San Jose, Clarion Performing Arts Center in San Francisco, and, of course, Bird & Beckett, where he’s long been an audience favorite in solo, duo, trio and larger groups under his own name and as a bandstand colleague of Noel Jewkes, Chris Amberger, Francis Vanek, Lyle Link, James Mahone, Pete Yellin, Jerry Dodgion, Dayna Stephens, John Santos, Howard Wiley, Ray Obiedo, Dean Reilly, Melecio Magdaluyo, Marcus Shelby and many other jazz legends, emerging jazz giants and jazz journeymen.
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