Sunday, June 14th – 3-5 pm
Blues/Roots Saxophonist Nancy Wright
Note the 3pm to 5pm time for this gig! The Warriors are taking the NBA by storm, and we recognize that many of you want to be glued to this game!
Fear not! No reason to miss blues saxophone powerhouse Nancy Wright & her trio, with Lorenzo Farrell on organ and Jay Hansen on drums. We’ve shifted the time up a bit for our Sunday “which way west?” session, so that you can indeed have it all!
Jazz & basketball: will wonders never cease?
With 30 years in the business, Nancy Wright has performed with B. B. King, John Lee Hooker, Elvin Bishop, Lonnie Mack, Commander Cody, Joe Louis Walker and Katie Webster. She’s been on innumerable recordings, not the least of which was BB’s Grammy-winning 33rd studio album released in 1993, “Blues Summit.” On that lp, BB joined one blues great after another and it was Nancy’s good fortune and pleasure to be a member of Katie Webster’s band for a performance with Mr. King of “Since I Met You Baby.”
In 2013, Nancy was named Saxophone Player of the Year by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, and the San Jose Mercury News has called her “One of the hottest blues sax players in the business . . . known for powerful, soulful, fascinating playing.”
A few months ago, she released her CD “Putting Down Roots,” a powerful display of her instrumental, vocal and songwriting prowess. Click here to hear the band’s rendition of Keep Your Hands Off Him at Nancy’s CD release party in February at Biscuits and Blues.
Nancy’s trio for this Bird & Beckett date features two busy touring musicians, both members of the legendary Little Charlie & the Nightcats — Lorenzo Farrell and Jay Hansen.
For a good take on the remarkable drummer Jay Hansen, read this excellent interview in the Greek blues site “Blues.GR”
Organist Lorenzo Farrell, Kentucky born and Indiana bred, took up jazz bass in high school, got a degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley, studied religion in India, and has since become a highly sought-after multi-instrumentalist on organ, piano and bass.
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