Friday, August 5 – 7:30pm
Life is a Romance
The Tony Saunders Quartet
Tony Saunders’ smooth
contemporary jazz and R&B
are infused with soul…
doors open at 7:20pm
reservations, call 415-586-3733
$20 cash cover charge
Nothing beats live jazz in the shop, but if you can’t make it…
Two-time Emmy Award winning bassist, composer, producer, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, son of legendary Bay Area keyboardist Merl Saunders– Tony Saunders’ life has been infused with one musical adventure after another. Newly signed to Baja/TSR records, he’s recently released his 5th cd as a leader, “All About Love.”
As an arranger, producer, composer and performer, Saunders has conquered the worlds of jazz, gospel, R&B, pop, rock and world music. He earned the first of his two Emmys at age 14 for collaborating with his dad on the PBS documentary Soul Is and by 17 was playing on Merl Saunders/Jerry Garcia projects over a five-year period. A scan of Tony’s Wikipedia page reveals contributions on bass and production to dozens of records from the mid-1990s by blues, soul and rock artists, including John Lee Hooker, Joe Louis Walker, Lady Bianca, Pat Wilder, Larry Vann, Ron Thompson, Neil Schon and Marty Balin.
Though he took one of his first musical lessons on piano from Herbie Hancock, and graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a pianist, it’s the bass that’s defined his mature career in the music.
The bass he received from John Fogerty’s brother Tom – and watching recording sessions with famed bassists Anthony Davis and Lee Miles – sparked a lifelong passion for that instrument that now, 50 years later, has led to his emergence as a major independent force in contemporary jazz.
Returning from an engagement at San Antonio’s Balcones Jazz Festival, Tony is proud to call San Francisco home.
“I remember going to summer camp just a few blocks from Bird & Beckett…
Silver Tree in the canyon…
Glen Canyon Park… is where I went.
“I grew up in The Haight during the 60’s. Later we moved to 17th and Irving.
I graduated from Washington High.
“I love that I grew up around a strong San Francisco Jazz Scene.
My dad, Merl Saunders made sure I got a great glimpse of all the great music.
“I grew up watching the greats and got to play with Les McCann, Esther Phillips,
Joe Sample and My Dad with Jerry Garcia.”
Smooth jazz is Tony’s musical home,
the bass guitar his beating heart…
“I Romance the Bass as I Romance Life”
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