Breaking ground and minding & mining the tradition–
live streaming from Bird & Beckett! it’s been beautiful and necessary, but we’re going to hit the pause button on it now.
Saturday evening, March 28th, jazz flautist Gerald Beckett led a trio to celebrate the release of his new album, “MOOD,” replete with beautiful originals from Gerald’s pen and solid gems from Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Harold Mabern, Wynton Marsalis and Cyrus Chestnut. Gerald leads a pantheon of great Bay Area jazz talent on “MOOD,” including his sidemen for the evening’s concert, Ari Caprow on guitar and Carl Herder on upright bass. It was a beautiful night. You can listen to it by going to our facebook page and choosing “videos.”
Sadly, it will have to hold you for awhile. We’re going to take a pause in the live streaming, as much as we hate to do it. There’s just too much doubt right now about how easily spread this virus is, and we just don’t feel right subjecting our much loved musicians to the risk of contracting it from casual contact during the few hours they would be here performing. Once the smoke is cleared, there will be plenty of music, starting with Todd Swensen and Derek Evans if humanly possible!
Bird & Beckett’s live streams during the early phase of this pandemic period helped keep the jazz flame burning, and most crucially provided some sorely needed income for Bay Area professional musicians whose livelihoods are slammed by the current circumstances. Click here to DONATE if you possibly can! $20 is a nice amount, and more is more than welcome — but if your own economic circumstances are dire, then listen free and take heart. Music is something we can’t live without. And live we must! Again, to find the videos recently streamed, use this link.
"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
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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