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Chris Byars

Sunday, November 24th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Patrick Wolff Quintet
featuring NYC saxophonist Chris Byars
which way west?
Sunday concert series

$20-25 suggested donation (just $5 per musician!).
Any amount appreciated.

Patrick Wolff  & Chris Byars, saxophones
Jeffrey Burr-guitar
Michael Zisman-bass
Austin Harris-drums
Chris Byars is a mainstay of the NYC bebop scene, a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader who helped put the Smalls jazz club on the map. He has 15 albums out under his name, many of them on the legendary Steeplechase label. He recently appeared with the WDR Big Band in Köln, Germany as a guest soloist and arranger in tribute concerts to Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. In addition to the usual haunts, Chris has performed as a cultural ambassador for US Embassies in 46 countries. For this special show, he teams up with fellow saxophonist Patrick Wolff and some of SF’s swinging-est to present a mix of bebop classics and his own hip, harmonically rich compositions.
Follow the two links below for audio from KCSM programs about Chris Byars & Patrick’s take on him.
The first is from Patrick’s own radio program, “Have You Heard,” aired in August 2017, where he explores Chris’s work in depth.
The second is an interview that Patrick sat for just this past Wednesday on Chris Cortez’s midday show in anticipation of Chris (Byars)’ current round of Bay Area appearances — Wednesday night’s quintet date with Patrick’s band at the Deluxe, down at KCSM with a big band at noon this Friday and our own booking at Bird & Beckett!

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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