Jazz history right here! Bebop, lovely standards, fragments of old New Orleans… from “Ornithology” to “Doxy” — from “For All We Know” to “St. James Infirmary.”
Bassist Don Prell just turned 87 on August 4th, and shows no sign of flagging. His roots are in the West Coast jazz realm of SoCal in the 1950s, and no one plays with more intensity, or joy.
Trumpeter Al Molina has become a vital component of Seabop in its current incarnation– San Francisco-born (1935), Al grew up in a musical family and dove into jazz early and permanently. He’s got a beautiful style, lyrical and fiery at once.
Jerry Logas, on sax, has more than fifty years of jazz performance under his belt, and plays sweet and soulful clarinet, tenor and baritone sax. Â He’s nowhere happier than on a good bandstand, and gigs all over town. Keep any eye out for him at the Deluxe, Topsy’s and other fine establishments. You’ll have no trouble keeping an eye or an ear on him here!
Vinnie Rodriguez drums to beat the band. He’s been steady with Don’s ensemble for three years at least, and has led his own Bird & Beckett date one Saturday a month for more than a year.Â
Come out and join your neighbors. Bring $10 for the musicians! If you can’t afford that, bring five, and if you can’t afford that at the moment, come anyway! It’s great music and we want everyone to share it. But do what you can — we need to pay the musicians to keep them healthy and optimistic while they do what they love without reservation! Live music, especially jazz, is vital, living and breathing. But it does need to eat regularly!
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.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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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.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site