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Will Bernard & Beth Custer: Original Melodic Chamber Jazz Duets
February 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| $20 - $25
Guitarist Will Bernard and clarinetist/vocalist Beth Custer present an evening of original compositions and arrangements exploring blues, jazz, folk, and classical music.
Will Bernard – guitar
Beth Custer – clarinet, vocals
Guitarist Will Bernard is a Grammy-nominated bandleader and founding member of all-star Bay Area jazz conglomerate T.J. Kirk, as well as Galactic drummer Stanton Moore’s rollicking trio. Bernard is a virtuosic performer whose bone-deep, groove-heavy playing was a vital part of Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble and the guitarist’s own funky quartet, Motherbug. Amazon.com calls Bernard’s latest Posi-Tone release, Out & About, “elegantly lyrical and brilliantly evocative of a more modern jazz sensibility.”
With a musical palette that seamlessly combines vivid shades of jazz, blues, Afro-Caribbean and contemporary classical music, clarinetist Beth Custer is one of the most vital and productive composers on the Bay Area scene, having recorded over 30 albums with her various ensembles. The New York native first gained attention in the early 1980s composing for Club Foot Orchestra, a San Francisco ensemble known for performing innovative scores for classic silent films. Custer pilots a series of bracing ensembles, including Clarinet Thing, Trance Mission, and Beth Custer Ensemble.
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Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM
Admission: $20-25 sliding scale
Tickets will not be sold in advance for this event – please arrive at the Red Poppy when doors open to purchase tickets. All ages are welcome.