Sunday, November 18th:
Ron Crotty / Frank Phipps Duo

Sunday, November 18th – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
which way west? Sunday concert series.
Never a cover charge, but your generous donations
help us pay the musicians.  All ages welcome!

10″ lp – The Dave Brubeck Trio with Ron Crotty on bass and Cal Tjader on drums (1950)

Ron Crotty in the late 1940s

Ron Crotty is one of the very top players who link us directly back to the fertile San Francisco jazz scene of the late 1940s and the 1950s.

A frequent presence on the Bird & Beckett stage over the past several years, Ron’s professional history dates to 1949 with the first Dave Brubeck Trio and subsequent decades of work with the likes of Vince Guaraldi, Cal Tjader, Paul Desmond, Virgil Gonzalves, Brew Moore, Wally Rose, Earl Hines and Sarah Vaughan.

Frank Phipps, on bass trumpet, at The Cellar, 1959 in San Francisco’s North Beach at 576 Green Street.

Witness this photo, Frank Phipps‘ history on the local jazz scene goes right back into the heart of the 1950s.  The compact horn Frank plays these days is a marching trombone — a valve trombone about the size of a flugelhorn, with a deep, mellifluous tone that perfectly melds with Ron’s bass lines.

Come and hear an afternoon of marvelous and intricate music created by two jazz veterans drawing on 60+ years of devotion to the art.


  1. Bob Steele says:

    Ron Crotty was a good friend and fellow musician of recently past, Davis Ramey. I would like to know if Ron has heard of any type of celebration of Davis’s life. Davis lived, played and taught in the Santa Rosa area.
    Bob Steele