Date(s) - 10/09/2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Bird and Beckett Books
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The Lost Trio + Beth Schenck
- Phillip Greenlief – tenor and alto saxophones
- Dan Seamans – bass
- Tom Hassett – drums
- with special guest Beth Schenck – alto saxophone
Beth Schenck is a saxophonist, composer and educator, who has made previous forays at Bird & Beckett in the bands Sifter and Social Stutter, and as a guest with the Lost Trio. She feels most at home with music that blurs the line between composition and improvisation. Beth’s music has been described by critics as “frank and beautiful” (Greg Burk), “reliably enthralling” and “transporting” (Andrew Gilbert).
The Lost Trio has been together since 1994, and “stepped into existence” with a weekly gig at The Rose Pistola in North Beach, a residency that was followed by a four-year stint on Sundays at Cato’s Ale House in Oakland. The Lost Trio has a history of touring through venues up and down the west coast, and have done many live radio appearances and in-store performances along the way. The groups’ repertoire began with a program of mainly standards by Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and others before veering into other sources. Since then, the group has fashioned a unique collection of over 600 songs from composers as diverse as Hank Williams, Nino Rota, Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, Billy Strayhorn, Mel Tillis, The Grateful Dead, and PJ Harvey; not to mention numerous original compositions by members of the trio.
Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer known as a principal founder of the free jazz genre, a term derived from his 1960 album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. His pioneering performances often abandoned the chordal and harmony-based structure found in bebop, instead emphasizing a jarring and avant-garde approach to improvisation.
Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including “‘Round Midnight”, “Blue Monk”, “Straight, No Chaser”, “Ruby, My Dear”, “In Walked Bud”, and “Well, You Needn’t”. Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington.
Bird and Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (BBCLP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization charged with the mission to present, document and archive the creative work of significant living writers and musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, for a neighborhood audience and future generations.