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Bishop O'Dowd

Sunday, May 1 – 5pm
Tomorrow’s Jazz Now! Young Players Test the Traditions

Bird & Beckett, in association with Jazz in the Neighborhood and the Independent Musicians’ Alliance, presents a jazz jam session for young players on the first Sunday of each month, starting always at 5pm with a student ensemble from one of the Bay Area’s many fine jazz education programs, from post-secondary down to the high schools. Students of the music of any age and from any direction are welcome to participate in the jam session that follows — always helmed by a trio of some of the Bay Area’s finest professional musicians.

This month, Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland provides us with a jazz combo directed by bassist Fred Randolph, who heads up the band program there. The jam session will be led by bassist Peter Barshay’s trio with pianist Ben Stolorow and drummer Ron Marabuto, three veteran players with deep credentials, all favorites at Bird & Beckett!

Students: come to play in the jam!

Audience: come out to hear some remarkable talent and to eavesdrop on the learning process that happens on the bandstand. Bring some ducats to throw in the bucket to help us pay the trio a guaranteed fair wage and to pay the students in the opening ensemble a small stipend for pulling together and presenting a set of jazz standards.

No charge, but donations welcome and appreciated!
Live in the shop! Seating from 4:45, show at 5pm

You can also take it in live streamed
on our YouTube channel or Facebook page.
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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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