Grant Levin never fails to astonish when he takes to the piano at Bird & Beckett as he does several times each month. Â 2nd & 4th Saturday afternoons showcase Grant in a duo format with one or another of his closest jazz collaborators. Â 2nd Saturday nights, Grant has led a quartet date since the beginning of our “jazz club” series in the summer of 2014.
As a jazz pianist, Grant is one of the best kept secrets in the Western World, just ask anybody!
Saturday, 8/13 – 4-6 pm: The Grant Levin – Charles Thomas Duo. Â This week, the versatile and deep bassist Charles Thomas shares the stage with Grant. Charles is equally comfortable in classical, funk, r&b and jazz settings – and it seems to be jazz that’s closest to his heart.
If you haven’t made one of these duo dates, you owe it to yourself to hear just how rich these afternoons can be.
Saturday, 8/13 – 7:30-10 pm: Saxophonist Jesse Levit featured with the Grant Levin Quartet. Â Pianist Grant Levin has lead a quartet date monthly in our 2-year old jazz club series since its inception in the summer of 2014 – and each and every month it’s been one of the most acclaimed high spots on the Bird & Beckett calendar.
Tonight, along with the fabulous drummer Hamir Atwal, Grant welcomes bassist Josh Thurston-Milgrom and saxophonist Jesse Levit to the stage.
Jesse, an Oakland native, recently moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and is back for a tour of the local jazz spots with his close associate Josh joining him on each date. Bird & Beckett is pleased to welcome Jesse back to the Bay for this brief moment to share the stage with Hamir and Grant!
An album of photos from the date can be found at this link!! Check it out.
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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