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Sunday, May 13th – 4:00 pm
Gail Dobson & Her Quintet + Friends
celebrate music and Mothers Day!
which way west? Sunday concert series
$10-20 suggested donation, youngsters free

Appearing at Bird & Beckett Books on Mother’s Day, Gail Dobson and her Quintet plus guest student singers!

Gail will spolight the music of Gershwin, Jobim, Sting , Pharoah Sanders, Billie Holiday and other great songwriters, and some spoken word — bringing the message, “Peace on Earth!”

Her musicians on the date will include Smith Dobson and Masaru Koga on reeds; Luis Salcedo on guitar; John Wiitala on bass; Vince Lateano on drums. She’ll also be spotlighting the talents of a few of her wonderful young voice students.  Gail herself is a singer of long experience on the San Francisco jazz scene.

Native born San Franciscan, Gail Dobson, an endearing jazz vocalist with a smoky, amber contralto, traces her performance history to such legendary North Beach haunts as the Purple Onion, the Hungry i, the Jazz Workshop, and the Bach, Dancing, and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay. She is currently the featured vocalist for the horn player, Ray Brown’s Great Big Band, (23 years singing with the band), and her own exquisite and hard swingin’ band, Gail Dobson and her Quintet.

Gail says, “I am a Jazz Singer, Recording Artist, Vocal Teacher for over 30 years, and I am a Mom, and Grandma. I’ve sung all my life and have shared this blessing with my first husband, pianist, George Muribus, and my late husband, Smith Dobson, pianist/singer, and my children, Sasha Dobson-vocalist, guitarist, and Smith Dobson V-drummer, vibraphonist, saxophonist. I’ve experienced first hand what hard work and dedication, mixed with lots of fun can do for music in general, also for children who want to sing, play music and perform, and I’ve had the thrill of teaching this to hundreds and hundreds of children throughout the years.”

If you’re a mom, and want a lovely afternoon of jazz, come on out! If you want to treat your own mom well, bring her down! If you want some good music and your mom isn’t handy, do drop in! It’ll be a lovely afternoon of music!


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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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