Danny Bittker, clarinets & steel drum
Joyce McBride, piano
Scott Foster, guitar
Guitarist Scott Foster offers a wonderful array of ensembles at Bird & Beckett on the third Friday of each month, and he has another in store for us tonight.
Tonight, Danny Bittker brings his clarinets and steel drums to the party. This will be a performance of both intimacy and celebration, with a broad musical palette inspired by music of many rich sources. Danny has spent his life studying and enjoying jazz music as well as various African traditions, classical music of India, calypso and soca from Trinidad, and more.
Joyce McBride, on piano this evening, is the acclaimed director of the 30-women strong vocal ensemble, Conspiracy of Venus, which draws on her interest in the medieval troubadour tradition, early polyphony, Balinese gamelan, Middle Eastern rhythms, jazz, East Bay funk, new music, rock and punk.
As for Scott, he’s been a cornerstone of the Bird & Beckett jazz scene from its inception in late 2002, nearly twenty years ago. He’s been our favorite guitarist all along the way, and continues to please with his heart, talent and skill, and his openness to all that his collaborators bring to bear.
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Itâ€™s a time of too few gigs and too little gig income, so your support is crucial and very much appreciated.
$20 is nice, but pay what you can!
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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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