“Ken Fowserâ€™s fluid phrasing and melodic approach to improvising developed as a result of his exposure to the rich musical legacy of the Philly Sound, following in time with the rhythmic footsteps of John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Philly Joe Jones, Benny Golson and The Heath Brothers.”
“Bruneau plays with clarity, exuberance and swagger…with a sophisticated harmonic palate…soul and beauty…brash or pretty…he’s a natural jazz musician.”
Touring out of New York City, saxophonist Ken Fowser and trumpeter Josh Bruneau will be coming into Bird & Beckett Tuesday night fresh off a five-night run at The Black Cat in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District — fully tuned up and wailing. From here, it’s the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver, Philly, then back to NYC where they’ll take up where they left off with a weekly Friday night booking at The Django, a jazz cave in Tribeca’s Roxy Hotel.
Fowser and Bruneau are major players on the New York scene, individually and with a long history sharing the bandstands of major clubs all around that town — notably including Smalls, Smoke, The Fat Cat, Zinc Bar… Fowser led the late night jam session at Smalls for four years of Tuesdays, and had a two-year weekly Friday night berth at Smoke. Joining forces in a blistering quintet under Fowser’s leadership, the Ken Fowser Quintet has been a monthly fixture at Smalls in the past several years and now draws crowds weekly every Friday night at The Django.
Hear Ken & Josh in performance on stage at Smalls at this link:Â Â https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcPVTjnp3dc
Joining Fowser and Bruneau at Bird & Beckett will be top San Francisco jazz talents Matt Clark on piano, John Wiitala on bass and James Gallagher on drums for two sets of top-drawer, bi-coastal, big city jazz!
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.
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