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jazz club! every Saturday night, when lights are low…
Saturday, April 30th – 7:30-10 pm
The Mario Guarneri Quartet
presented in collaboration with Jazz in the Neighborhood

Tonight, Bird & Beckett’s Saturday night jazz club! 
partners with the jazz presenting organization
“Jazz in the Neighborhood”
to bring you two sets of jazz by

The  Mario Guarneri Quartet


Mario Guarneri, trumpet
Randy Vincent, guitar
John Wiitala, bass
Akira Tana, drums

$5-$20 sliding scale

Trumpeter Mario Guarneri brings to his performances a fresh creative voice, amazing technical ease, and an intense desire to touch people with his music. His career has encompassed everything from playing with Louis Armstrong at the age of 13 to fifteen seasons with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Guarneri has recorded solo albums on the Crystal and Nonesuch labels, played principal trumpet with the LA Chamber Orchestra for ten seasons, and appeared on over 300 TV and motion picture soundtracks, most notably as soloist on Godfather III.

Since his return to the Bay Area, where he was born and raised, Mario has concentrated his energies on the Guarneri Jazz Quartet. He teaches trumpet and improvisation at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is the inventor of the BERP, a learning tool for brass instruments which is sold all over the world ( He has performed over the years with a diverse list of creative musicians including Earl “Fatha” Hines, Frank Zappa, Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Lane, and Roger Kellaway.

Mario will be joined by
guitarist Randy Vincent, bassist John Wiitala and drummer Akira Tana
three of the City’s very best jazz players with decades of professional experience



The Mario Guarneri Quartet, with Mario Guarneri on trumpet, Randy Vincent on guitar, John Wiitala on bass and Akira Tana on drums.

For more on jazz in the neighborhood, visit their site by clicking here!  They’ve been doing a magnificent job of finding good audiences for high quality jazz performances by top flight local musicians all around the Bay Area. We’re honored to share a Saturday night with them at Bird & Beckett.

Jazz in the Neighborhood, like Bird & Beckett, is a nonprofit organization and accomplishes its mission with your support at the shows, your tax-deductible donations and your paid memberships! At a minimum, go to their site, view their calendar and get on their mailing list!

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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