This early evening into the twilight, Bird & Beckett is pleased to present a combo comprising students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Roots, Jazz and American Music B.Mus. degree program. It’ll be a sextet, coached into being by Akira Tana, but set off on their own to represent! Trumpeter Carter Eng and drummer John Cavalier lead the group, which includes Morgan Harrison and Jayden Johnson, saxophones; Spencer Hoefert, guitar; and Alan Jones, bass.
A jam session open to young players from throughout the Bay Area, grounded by a trio of seasoned Bay Area jazz professionals (Glen Pearson, piano; Gary Brown, bass; Deszon Claiborne, drums) follows the combo performance.
Student musician stipends and a guaranteed fair wage for the professional musicians conducting the jam session are underwritten jointly by Jazz in the Neighborhood and the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project.
Together with the Bay Area JazzMobile, the Independent Musicians Alliance and the Musicians and Venues Development Alliance, we are bound in common cause to set standards for the wages and working conditions of Bay Area jazz professionals so that young musicians will find a career in jazz in the Bay Area to be sustainable, rewarding and meaningful.
We need the music, and we need the musicians! Thanks for supporting them and for supporting our efforts.
Admission is free, though donations to support the program are welcome and appreciated. Please bring cash or a check if you wish to donate. If we pull off a live stream on this one, it’ll be viewable on facebook and youtube– just look for the Bird & Beckett facebook page or the Bird & Beckett youtube channel. If you watch it in the stream, there will be donation info on screen. Use it! We need your support to do this stuff!
Audience capacity in the shop is limited, so please call the store for a reservation during regular business hours, Tuesday to Sunday, noon to six pm. (415) 586-3733.
Proof of vaccination and masks are requested and required. Please, no food in the store, although you may bring your own beverage.
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