which way west? Sunday concert series.
All ages welcome!
No cover charge, but your generous donations
make it possible for us to pay the musicians.
Sunday, May 5 â€“ 4:30-6:30 pm: Trio BZF.
Pianist Ken French, bassist Ron Belcher and drummer Jim Zimmerman first found common musical ground a dozen years ago when they began traveling together with vocalist Clairdee, and their musical rapport is evidenced on the stunningly cohesive & joyful cd — called simply “Trio” — that they recorded as Trio BZF in a single afternoon in 2006.Â Their individual careers have kept them busy on divergent paths, but they’ve maintained this trio throughout, playing together whenever their schedule allows.
Drummer Jim Zimmerman was on the road with Cleo Laine for decades as well as traveling regularly with Diane Schuur and playing in venues from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo’s Blue Note club with Peggy Lee, Michel Legrand, the Spinners, the Temptations, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.Â He’s recorded with both Laine and Schuur as well as Joe Williams, Art Pepper, Gerry Mulligan and Blue Mitchell.
Ken French has played piano in venues from Japan to the Atlantic Seaboard and has been accompanist, arranger and musical director for Clairdee since the turn of the millennium.
Ron Belcher is the go-to bassist in San Francisco for a deep roster of jazz artists, and has been acclaimed on concert stages from France to Japan and across the U.S.
For more on the Trio, including music samples, visit their site at http://www.triobzf.com/Home.html.Â Â Their very fine cd will be available at Bird & Beckett at their performance on May 5th.
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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