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Smith Dobson by Dennis Hearne

Tuesday, July 27 – 7:30-10pm
The Smith Dobson Quartet
a date with Ellington & Strayhorn!

Audiences returned to Bird & Beckett in mid-June 2021.

Smith Dobson, tenor saxophone
Keith Saunders, piano
Eric Markowitz, bass
Tony Johnson, drums

Concluding their three-week “Deluxe Holiday” run, the Smith Dobson Quartet, led by a tenor player with a deep feeling for the cool intensity and beautiful facility of Lester Young and Stan Getz, takes the stage tonight. Two sets, with guest musicians sitting in on the second set.

Doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 show. BYOB. We request that patrons remain masked inside the venue regardless of vaccination status to keep each other healthy and so all can relax and enjoy the music.

$20 cash cover charge/$10 after 9:30pm.  BYOB.*

For musicians coming to sit in:
$10 at the door, $5 back if you make it on to the bandstand to play. 

Can’t make it to the shop tonight?
Catch the quartet in the stream at showtime on YouTube or Facebook, and donate $10 by Paypal, Venmo or the Cash app!

Don’t miss Patrick Wolff’s quartet on Wednesday 7/28! Last date in this sequence, which has been a delightful ride.

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Why do we call it a Deluxe Holiday? It’s a plush cushion of music you’ll enjoy at Bird & Beckett, and it’s also an acknowledgement with great admiration of the unique weekly jazz combo residencies of Mike Olmos (Mondays), Smith Dobson (Tuesdays) and Patrick Wolff (Wednesdays) that are a decade-long Club Deluxe tradition, transplanted to Bird & Beckett for the month of July!

Do call the Deluxe and tell them you want your favorite jazz dates back on their calendar now that we’re all getting a handle on how to live with the pandemic! 

Along with Bird & Beckett, the Club Deluxe and Mr. Tipples are the go-to spots to find jazz in San Francisco any night of the week. Visit those fine establishments for a show soon, and remind them that we all count on them for that! They’re a big part of what makes San Francisco a jazz town, in keeping with a century of valued tradition — making the San Francisco Barbary Coast a destination in league with St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Pittsburgh & Philly, New Orleans and a handful of other crucibles of jazz!

Noir? Bix? Word.? The Jazz Mobile? Tell us about your favorite spots! Tourists are always asking, and so are the locals… especially spots where savvy audiences are really tuned in to the music and spots with an all-ages policy (like Bird & Beckett, Word. A Cafe in the Bayview and the Jazz Mobile in its many curbside spots around town!). 

We particularly want to emphasize venues that prioritize the payment of fair wages to their musicians! Join Jazz in the Neighborhood to be part of that campaign!

If you’re a musician or promoter, join the Independent Musicians Alliance and the Musicians & Venues Development Alliance (inquire at [email protected]) to make your voice heard and build the solidarity it will take to forge a decent future for gigging musicians in the midst of rising temperatures and raging pandemics.

More jazz venues are what this town needs! Patronize them all, pay those cover charges and feed the tip jars when prompted! And implore your District Supervisor and Mayor Breed to help take some of the pressure off the venues by using your tax dollars to support a guaranteed fair wage for gigging musicians.

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  • In re: our BYOB policy — Glen Park Station (the bar, not the BART station) is a good place to hang before and after the show and on the break, and has an off-sale liquor license. Fetch something there and bring it in if you like. Buddies Market at the corner of Chenery and Diamond is great but closes at 8! So don’t dally if that’s your planned stop! Really want to make us happy? Bring your own glass, too! Less plastic, mo’ betta! Speaking of plastic, cash is king at Bird & Beckett. Be advised!

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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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.

https://www.independentmusiciansalliance.org/

Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site