July 8 marks the anniversary of drummer Jimmy Ryan’s passing. And though he’s sorely missed, the momentum he gave to our 2nd Fridays carries on! Tonight, Trombonists Stu Pilorz and Rick Elmore, pianist Don Alberts, bassist Aaron Cohn join forces with drummer Ron Marabuto to call some tunes that Jimmy would have called.
Jimmy always said that one day Bird & Beckett’s jazz scene would be well regarded as a high point of San Francisco jazz history, and, despite our desire to remain modest, we’re beginning to admit that we think it might well be true.
Come out and celebrate the legacy of a wonderful human being and a swinging drummer, Jimmy Ryan! Born in L.A. and migrating up here in the early 60s, he brought something special to the jazz scene — to Jimbo’s Bop City and Ronnie’s Soulville in the Fillmore in the early ’60s to the Gathering Caffe on Grant Street in the 90s, to Bird & Beckett in the 21st century, Jimmy invested every rim shot with his heart and soul. We miss him badly, but will celebrate him madly.
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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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