December 29th:
The Aristocrats

which way west? concert series.
Every Sunday afternoon, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Never a cover charge, but it’s your generous donation at the show that makes it possible for us to pay the musicians.  All ages welcome.

The musicians joining guitarist Ray Scott in this quartet are all top flight Bay Area jazz professionals with decades of experience, ranging from countless small combo sessions in the region’s clubs and bars, to larger aggregations backing world class artists in concert halls throughout Northern California and on tour. Ray’s flowing guitar lines and strong rhythm is shot through by the fleet saxophone work of Charlie McCarthy, grounded by Chuck Bennett on bass and Mark Rosengarden on drums.  At Bird & Beckett this Sunday, you’ll hear two sets of high caliber straight-ahead jazz reflecting their decades of professional and artistic experience.

We’re convinced their best work can be heard when playing with friends and colleagues in intimate settings like this one, where the atmosphere is relaxed and the audience feels at home and takes delight in every solo and ensemble passage.  Their skill is attested to by the long list of entertainers who have hired each of them along the way — including the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and Art Pepper, Bette Midler and Sammy Davis Jr., Vince Guaraldi and Van Morrison, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz and many many more…