Reed & flute player Chuck Peterson initiated Bird & Beckett’s tradition of Friday jazz sessions back in October of 2002, and now finishes out the month’s schedule of Fridays in the stellar company of four long-time associates, each of whom has been at the top of the jazz scene locally and nationally for six decades.
Reed player Howard Dudune plays with the easy grace of Lester Young and a swinging humor all his own, while guitarist Glen Deardorff drives the rhythm with a fierce insouciance. Bassist Dean Reilly, one of the most respected elder statesmen of the local jazz scene and a well traveled pro, looks , acts and plays like a youngster with his first ducktail. And drummer Tony Johnson, still sporting the Aussie accent of his own youth, swings effortlessly and keeps time with unerring precision. The band is joined by vocalist Dorothy Lefkovits every other month (including January, March, et seq).
For their December 27th date, Glen Deardorff has to elsewhere, but fear not– guitarist Brad Buethe is dropping in to handle the chordal duties. Bay Area based until the early 1980s, Brad made an indelible mark in New York, where he led a group that included Joe Lovano on sax and Mike Clark on drums… pretty strong credentials there! In New York, he also gigged with pianists Jaki Byard and Barry Harris as well as organist Jack McDuff. Since his 1989 return to the Bay Area, his career has continued apace. A sign of the esteem that the Bird & Beckett gig holds among seasoned jazz professionals is the willingness of a guitarist like Brad to drop in for an evening’s work.
Do come! And bring a few bucks to help us pay these fine musicians. Want to support what we do? Bring a check made out to the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project, a California nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. The culture thanks you!