Pianist Michael Parsons got our “jazz club” series rolling back in July 2014, then went and fell in love, moved to Paris, and married the lovely Siham! A French work visa followed, and time rolls on as Michael makes the rounds of the Paris jazz spots… ’til the day Michael & Siham move back to San Francisco for good.
Michael and Siham are in town on holiday, and Michael Â is gigging in all the old haunts while they’re here. (The two are also showcasing their rock trio — “Of the Goldmine” — while they’re in town: get over to Noise – Balboa at 35th – Sunday afternoon to witness that!)
At Bird & Beckett, Michael’s quartet tonight will feature Danny Brown on tenor sax; Ricardo Diaz on bass; andÂ Andre Sumelius on drums.
Andre, Finnish by birth, spent 15 years establishing his jazz credentials on the two coasts of America, works from his base in Oakland and also calls Helsinki home, where he’s active on the jazz scene leading his own trio and the group â€œTonight at Noon.”
Danny was born and raised, and gained his jazz education, right here in San Francisco– simply one of the most astonishingly talented tenor sax players we know. With his mom and sister, he also runs the great record shop and gallery on Balboa in the Richmond District called “Noise.”
Ricardo is Chilean, a relatively new arrival on the local scene, and a wonderful player who quickly fell in with the best young musicians working in these parts.
Long a favorite musician of this establishment, Michael Parsons is a bebop player par excellence given to lush romanticism when the tune calls for it.
Come hear what all of Paris is crazy for. Â Le Jazz Fou!
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