Saturday, October 24th – 7:30-10 pm
Vinnie Rodriguez Quartet

VinnieSaxophonist Matt Zebley joins guitarist Luke Westbrook and bassist Don Prell in drummer Vinnie Rodriguez’ quartet this Saturday, for two sets of straight ahead jazz and bebop.

Matt Zebley released his first solo CD, “Live at Moondog” in 1999, MattZebleyand over the years has collaborated with the likes of Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Yusef Lateef, Bobby McFerrin and Wayne Shorter. Since 1999, Matt has performed with the rock and roll big band Brian Setzer Orchestra, and received a Grammy (Best Instrumental) for his work on “Caravan” from their 2000 release entitled Vavoom. Dr. Zebley is Director of Jazz Studies at Diablo Valley College.

Don Prell began his six-decade career in music in the mid-1950s, as a member of The Bud Shank Quartet, recording two albums with Shank – “The Bud Shank Quartet featuring Claude Williamson” (1956) and “Bud Shank on Tenor” (1957). Along the way, he put in 30 years with the San Francisco Symphony. He’s been a cornerstone of Bird & Beckett’s Friday evening jazz series since its beginnings in late 2002.

Guitarist Luke Westbrook has a subtle, complex and lovely approach to his instrument and virtuosic technique that belie his young age, while drummer Vinnie Rodriguez is a solid and steadily gigging drummer on the local jazz scene, with a long tenure leading Bird & Beckett’s fourth Sunday “jazz club” dates.