Michael Zilber, saxophone
Matt Clark, piano
Essiet Okon Essiet, bass
Mike Clark, drums
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Inextricably tied to the Headhunters, drummer Mike Clark is a funk legend whose beats for Herbie Hancockâ€™s hugely influential mid-70s band have been endlessly sampled. But long before he brought East Bay grease into the keyboardistâ€™s pioneering combo, Clark was a Philly Joe Jones-idolizing jazz cat who came up on the 1960s Bay Area jazz scene playing bebop.
On the recent Sunnyside album he co-leads with East Bay saxophonist Michael Zilber, Mike Drop, Clark swings with old-school power and precision on a rich repertoire of tunes by the likes of McCoy Tyner, Duke Pearson, Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk, and several sharp originals contributed by Zilber.
Described as â€œone of the best players and composers around anywhere!â€ by saxophone great and 2011 NEA Jazz Master David Liebman, the Vancouver-born Zilber is a sublimely gifted instrumentalist who has led or co-led eleven albums and worked with an impressive list of fellow masters including Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Steve Smith, and Miroslav Vitous, among others.
Matt Clark’s bio is hard to find and his playing speaks for itself. He’s one of the giants of jazz piano in San Francisco and environs. A first call player, and a marvelous one.
As for Essiet, we would ask that you read up on him here. He’s one of the greats worldwide. We’re proud that he plays here!
Thanks for coming out! Jazz is alive and well in San Francisco as we approach 2023!
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.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site