A very special show tonight, as John Calloway — jazzÂ flautist and composer, latinÂ jazz specialist, former SF Arts Commissioner andÂ a deeply respected educator — will front an ensemble featuring several former members of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco (LJYE) who are now playing professionally in the Bay Area.
Formed in 2001 by Arturo Riera, Sylvia Ramirez and John, the LJYE is a community grassroots organization that offers free scholarships to learn how to perform Afro-Latin jazz music. It’s been a spawning ground for some of the Bay Areaâ€™s most exciting new talent, many of whom have gone onto to play both nationally and internationally.
Tonight at Bird & Beckett, they’ll be performing Latin jazz and jazz music to enrich & enliven your soul!
John Calloway & Daniel Rivera, flutes
Ruben Sandoval, trombone
Nora Stanley – alto sax
Omree Gal-Oz – piano
Alex Farrell – bass
Eric Mendez – drum set
Arek Boloyan & Arturo Riera – percussion
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