The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project in association with Jazz in the Neighborhood presents:
Ray Skjelbred, piano
Clint Baker, trumpet
Riley Baker, drums
A sublime stroll through the history of early jazz and the stride era.
Many have had good things to say about Ray:
He plays so good it scares me. – Jess Stacy
Tremendous ability and imagination – Turk Murphy
Ray’s playing is the ultimate illustration of jazz as the “sound of surprise.'” – Hal Smith
No money can pay your true value – Barbara Dane
What an honor, Ray! I listen to this cd (Pass the Jug) so often and it gets better each time. How could it go wrong with the genius of Ray Skjelbred.- Ida Melrose, daughter of “Kansas City” Frank Melrose
…the nearest to Art Hodes I’ve ever heard.Â – John G. Featherstone (Storyville Magazine)
In Ray Skjelbred we have another two-handed pianist whose inspirational melodic vision is partnered by a driving left-hand that needs no bass or drums to prop it up.Â – Clarrie Henley (Jersey Jazz)
You are really a great musician and authentic jazzman.Â – John Simmen, Swiss jazz critic.
I really appreciate the depth and soul of your playing. – Bill Carter
Like any good Chicagoan he always plays hard for right now…Â – Richard Hadlock
The sheer range of Skjelbred’s mastery is impressive, but his application of jazz taste and historic awareness (in context of the styles) is equally dazzling.Â – William J. Schaefer (Pass the Jug review, Mississippi Rag)
Our presentation of The Ray Skjelbred Trio is a Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund event, where each musician will receive a $150 guarantee for their work. The Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund is a project of Jazz in the Neighborhood, established with the aim of raising gigging musicians’ wage standards so they can afford to stay in this very expensive city and region.
$20 cover charge. Sliding scale available to musicians, students and the like.
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