Three master musicians and an esteemed poet join together in honor of their late colleague and friend Glenn Horiuchi, born February 27, 1955. Horiuchi, who passed on June 3, 2000, was a key figure in the Asian American arts movements & companies that flowered in the San Francisco Bay Area and up and down the West Coast in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.
Saxophonist Francis Wong, co-founder and creative director of Asian Improv aRts (AIR), notes that Horiuchi
â€œwas a prime mover for Asian Improv aRts from our pre-history in the Asian American Movement until his transition. A role model and mentor for me and so many others, he played such roles as a musician, teacher, community organizer â€” most notably the redress movement but also in the El Salvador support movement, and of course Jesse Jackson for President â€” and Zen Buddhist practitioner, all the while being a devoted family man. He continues to inspire us with his life example, artistic work, and abiding spirit.â€
Francis Wong, considered one of “the great saxophonists of his generation” by the late jazz critic Phil Elwood, has performed for audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe with such with such luminaries as Jon Jang, Tatsu Aoki, Genny Lim, William Roper, Bobby Bradford, and the late Glenn Horiuchi, Fred Anderson, and John Tchicai. Wong’s imaginative career straddles roles as varied as performing artist, youth mentor, composer, artistic director, community activist, nonprofit organization manager, consultant, music producer, and academic lecturer.
Poet Genny Lim, born and raised in San Francisco, earned a BA and an MA from San Francisco State University. She earned a certificate in broadcast journalism from Columbia University and later worked as a reporter, producer, and commentator for CBS News. Lim is the author of the poetry collections Winter Place (1989), Child of War (2003), and Paper Gods and Rebels (2013); the childrenâ€™s book Wings for Lai-Ho (1982); and the plays Paper Angels (1978) and Bitter Cane (1989), among others. Her work appears in The Politics of Life: Four Plays by Asian American Women (1993), the Oxford Book of Womenâ€™s Writing in the United States (1995), and Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island (1980). Lim is the winner of the 1981 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. In 1982, she founded a theater company, Paper Angels Productions, now known as Theatre XX, a company that performs experimental theater. Lim has taught at the New College of California. Her papers are held at UC Santa Barbara.
Bobby Bradford (cornet) took up the cornet in 1949 and played with Leo Wright, Buster Smith, and John Hardee (1952), with Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy in Los Angeles (1953), and in Air Force bands. After belonging to the Ornette Coleman Quartet in New York (1961) he attended Huston-Tillotso
William Roper (tuba) is an interdisciplina
From Purple Gums, “Expect a tasty gumbo of jazz, free improv, ragtime and classical.” www.allmusic.com/album/purple-gums-mw0000040937
$20 cash cover charge at the door. BYOB. Proof of vaccination and mask required. Doors open at 4:45pm for the 5:00pm show. To reservations a seat, call 415-586-3733 — reservations are held only until show time. The performance will be streamed on Bird & Beckett’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Regarding Bobby Bradford:
One of the best trumpeters to emerge from the avant-garde, Bobby Bradford largely fulfilled the potential of Don Cherry… Bradford grew up in Dallas, playing trumpet locally with such local players as Cedar Walton and David Newman. In 1953, he moved to Los Angeles where he met and played with Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. Bradford spent time in the military and in school before becoming Don Cherry’s replacement with the Ornette Coleman Quartet in 1961-1963, a period when the group unfortunately rarely worked. After moving to Los Angeles, Bradford became a school teacher and also began a longtime association with clarinetist John Carter; his mellow trumpet blended in well with Carter’s dissonant flights. He recorded with Ornette Coleman in 1971, but otherwise is best known for his playing and recordings with Carter. Since the clarinetist’s death, Bradford has frequently led a quintet (the Mo’tet) featuring Vinny Golia and occasionally Marty Ehrlich. In the ’90s, he also performed with John Stevens’ Freebop, the David Murray Octet, and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. – Scott Yanow
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