Jules Broussard, reeds
Grant Levin, piano
Chris Amberger, bass
Al Marshall, drums
Grant Levin’s legion of fans know him as a fantastic pianist who plays with incredible brio and unbelievable chops — which almost, but not quite, masks the fact that he’s an unmatchable ensemble player, digging deeply into his collaborations with the talented musicians he selects for his groups in a way that makes them all shine ever more brilliantly as the music flows from bandstand to audience.
The quartet Grant has assembled for tonight’s performance features three musicians whose individual talents and experience are hard to overstate.
Bassist Chris Amberger took to jazz in the late ’60s in the streets and community colleges of Oakland, went to Berklee School of Music on a Downbeat scholarship, toured the eastern seaboard and Europe with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and still drives a lot of young jazz players crazy as they try to keep up with him. Grant and Chris have a deep rapport and are never at odds in finding most exciting paths possible through the music. Drummer Alcide Marshall, second son of the late, great drummer Eddie Marshall, has taken long loops through funk and soul and is always right at home in jazz, like his father before him. His assurance and swing are rock solid. Saxophonist Jules Broussard has had well over a half century of notoriety as a volcanic soloist with a mischievous and swinging demeanor.Â His decades-long run at Mill Valley’s old Sweetwater kept the place packed week after week after week.
With Grant at the piano, playing with three cats he’s meshed with many, many times before in a variety of combinations, the music will satisfy and satisfy deeply.
Come early to get a good seat. We only take a handful of advance reservations.
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