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Fred Randolph Quintet at bird & beckett

Sunday, July 15th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Fred Randolph Quintet
which way west? Sunday concert series

$20 suggested donation; $10 for regulars, fixed income & students…it’s all very voluntary, but do help us support the Bay Area’s great professional jazz musicians to the extent you’re able! Bird & Beckett presents well over 200 live music events annually!

This afternoon…
Ian Carey, trumpet & flugelhorn;

Sheldon Brown, saxophones & flute;
Dan Zemelman, piano;
Fred Randolph, basses/composition;
Greg Wyser-Pratt, drums.

Original material by one of the Bay Area’s first-call bassists.

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Fred Randolph was born in raised in Hawaii, starting out on ukulele as a child, and switching to guitar at 11 when he first heard Jimi Hendrix on record. Just a few years later, in high school, the work of guitarist Howard Roberts and organist Jimmy Smith led him deep into jazz. He says that with that, “my musical direction was forever altered. I began to seriously study and play jazz, first on the guitar, and later, on the saxophone and trumpet during my college years at UC Berkeley. My instrumental epiphany occurred, however, when I was working on my Master’s Degree in Composition at CSU Hayward, and I fell under the spell of the bass, captivated by its endless possibilities and sounds. The acoustic and electric basses are now my main instruments. I have since studied bass with Carl Stanley, Brian Marcus, Alex Glickman, Frank Tusa, and the electric bassist Kai Eckhardt. I am currently a student of Timothy Spears.”

Fred’s working quintet has performed at The California Jazz Conservatory, The Sound Room, The Empress Theater, The Impulse Room, The Hillside Club, Octavia Lounge, Bistro Yoffi, Anna’s Jazz Island, and Joe’s of Lafayette. He also continues to perform as a bassist for many of the Bay Area’s finest orchestras and musicians, including Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Collective West Jazz Orchestra, Sandy Cressman’s Homenagem Brasileira, Michael Smolens’s Kriya, Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap, Kenny Washington, Marcos Silva, Michael O’Neill, Orquesta Dharma, Ian Carey Group, Scotty Wright, Dmitri Metheny, Barry Finnerty, Bob Kenmotsu, Rana Farhan, Calvin Keys, Charged Particles, Melanie O’Reilly, Al Molina, Melanthium, Terrence Brewer, Akira Tana, Carla Helmbrecht, and Frank Martin. He has also played at the World Music Festival in Shanghai, Vallejo Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and Fillmore Street Jazz Festival.

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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