Thursday, November 14th – 7pm
Jesse Levit Quartet
$20 cover charge; sliding scale available
Traveling home for a few shows from his base in New York City, Jesse Levit — alto saxophonist, EWI player and Oakland native — brings in a quartet of San Francisco’s finest for two sets of jazz on the Bird & Beckett stage.
Jesse Levit – Sax and EWI
Dan Zemelman – Piano/Rhodes
Josh Thurston-Milgrom – Bass
Eric Garland – Drums
Jesse started in on the saxophone and piano at the age of seven. After winning numerous honors and holding the lead alto chair in both the SFJAZZ High School All-Star Band and the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band, he’s gone on to perform with the likes of James Moody, Frank Lacy, Jim McNeely, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jane Monheit, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, Wycliffe Gordon, Frankye Kelly, Sam Rivers, Dave Liebman, Lenny Pickett, Khalil Shaheed, Mark Levine, Diane Witherspoon, Benny Green, Stefon Harris, Seamus Blake, and Rufus Reid.
Jesse has released three CDs: Oaktown Jazz, Pocketized, and Excursions.
He currently resides in New York City, having graduated with a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music.
He performs regularly on sax, EWI and piano in numerous venues around NYC, the Bay Area, and beyond.
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
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