Smith Dobson, soprano sax
Charlie Gurke, baritone sax
John Wiitala, bass
Evan Hughes, drums
Each of these four musicians is hugely respected on the local professional jazzÂ scene; together, they’llÂ dig deep into someÂ wonderful music.
Smith Dobson, the very great San Francisco multi-instrumentalist, has recently been working on a notoriously difficult horn, the soprano sax, and has been nursing the burning idea of digging into some originals and tunes by the likes of Thelonious Monk with a group built around the soprano sax/baritone sax pairing, along the lines of the music made in the late ’50s and early ’60s by soprano sax master Steve Lacy.
Lacy’s album “The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy,” which featuredÂ Charles Davis on bari, John Ore on bass and Roy Haynes on drums, showcases this approach applied to tunes by Monk, Miles Davis and Cecil Taylor. Monk’s album “San Francisco Holiday” provided the band name. Smith, Charlie, John & Evan are providing the living, breathing jazz music!
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.
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