Saturday, February 15th – 7:30–10pm
Calvin Keys Quartet
close enough for love…
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night
$20 cover charge / sliding scale available
A JitN Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund date
Without question, Calvin Keys is one of the greats of Bay Area jazz guitar, with a worldwide reputation and a long career under his belt. He’s released at least a dozen albums as a leader since his 1971 debut, appears as a sideman on six Ahmad Jamal albums released between 1971 and 1980, plus numerous others. His most recent, Close Enough for Love, was released by Lifeforce in 2015; Electric Keys was released by Wide Hive Records in 2013.
Mr. Keys recently returned from sold out dates in Germany and France celebrating Oakland’s Black Jazz record label, which released his first two albums, Shawn Neeq (1971) and Proceed with Caution (1974).
We’re pleased and proud to host Mr. Keys’ return to Bird & Beckett on February 15th, just days after a Los Angeles celebration of Black Jazz in the company of labelmate Henry Franklin.Read more about the Black Jazz celebrations in Paris, Berlin and Los Angeles here
This will mark his fourth performance on the Bird & Beckett stage, beginning in 2014. Tonight, Calvin leads a quartet featuring saxophonist Art Maxwell.
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
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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