Sundays can sometimes be a drag, what with the work week looming just over the horizon. Fortunately, two Northern California jazz presenters are doing their best to change that.
The Bird and Beckett in San Francisco has long hosted the Sunday afternoon Which Way West? series. Those shows are taking on a new twist as the store works in conjunction with Outsound to present Outftest! The series gets under way this Sunday and is billed as “five consecutive Sundays of spontaneous jazz.”
Here’s the schedule.
Sunday: Time is Now, Not Money with Lorin Benedict (voice), Scott R. Looney (piano), Bishu Chatterjee (bass), Bryan Bowman (drums).
August 7: Forward Energy with Jim Ryan (saxophone, flute, trumpet), Rent Romus (saxophone), Scott R. Looney (piano), Eric Marshall (bass), Timothy Orr (drums).
August 14: Chuck Manning/Stu Pilorz Outfit
August 21: Time Is Now, Not Money Redux with the aforementioned and Kasey Knudsen (saxophone).
August 28: Lords of Outland with Rent Romus (saxophone), C.J. Reaven Borosque (trumpet), Ray Schaffer (bass) and Philip Everett (drums).
If you’re not familiar with the BackYard Jazz House Concerts series in Santa Rosa, this is the weekend to discover what it’s all about. Saxophonist Richard Howell is the draw and he’ll perform “Joyous Jazz: Coltrane Meets Harp” with a band featuring Destiny Muhammad (harp, vocals), Frederick Harris (keyboards), Gary Brown (bass) and E.W. Wainwright (drums).
The performance is set for 2 p.m. Sunday poolside at a home in Santa Rosa. Admission is a $20 donation and there are a myriad of other details, all of which can be discovered by clicking here. Far more important is the series’ dedication to the music.
Gerry and Elizabeth Sanders of Santa Rosa host BackYard Jazz House Concerts poolside in their own back yard or inside their home in order to showcase the talents of the many jazz musicians living right here in our own Bay Area “Backyard,” as well as those who travel the House Concert “circuit” playing before appreciative audiences in intimate settings. The House Concert experience is the perfect opportunity for jazz artists to share the music they love the way they love to play it. It’s an opportunity for these artists to express themselves freely, to play with and to communicate with an audience that wants to hear live jazz for its own sake, not as ambient background music for a social or entertainment function.
The series hasn’t announced an August performer but Andrew Speight headlines in September and Azar Lawrence in October.
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