Drummer Jimmy RyanÂ leads a stellar rotating crew of musicians on the 2nd Friday of each month — usually two horns on the front line, piano, bass and drums. Â This week, he’s gotÂ Stu Pilorz on trombone;Â Stephen Norfleet on tenor sax;Â Don Alberts on piano; andÂ Bishu Chatterjee on bass. Â Each time out, there’s a slight adjustment in the line-up, so the dates are always fresh and energized. Â It’s a wonderful Friday-after-work neighborhood crowd with the occasional visitor keen to see what all the fuss is about. Â Music ends at 8, so don’t be too late…
Jimmy learned his trade as a jazz drummer in L.A. in the â€™50s, and hit the San Francisco sceneÂ (by way of a short stint in Monterey) in 1960. Â He’s played alongside influential musiciansÂ Putter Smith, Vince Wallace, Kent Glenn and Bishop Norman Williams, putting in significant time in the early days at legendary San Francisco clubs including Jimboâ€™s Bop City, Ronnieâ€™s Soulville in the Fillmore and the Jazz Workshop in North Beach, and in a more recent era, North Beach’s Gathering Caffe on Grant Avenue.
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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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