Lyon Street Concerts

Springtime Jazz Concerts April 20th & 28th at 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 20th: East-West Fusion, with George Brooks, Kala Ramnath, Utsav Lal

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George Brooks is a prolific and diverse Grammy-nominated reed player and composer who toured with icons of R&B, jazz, and pop music. He is widely acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz, blues, and Indian classical music.  Violinist Kala Ramnath, from a 7-generation violin dynasty, regularly forges musical alliances with her “singing violin” in jazz, traditional African as well as Western Classical genres. Award-winning raga pianist Utsav Lal, has won wide praise for his “Ragas to Reels” concert tours that bring together both Traditional Irish and Classical Indian Music in piano and flute combination. 

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Sunday, April 28th: Jazz Quartet featuring Salim Washington on Saxophone

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Featuring Salim Washington – illustrious jazz performer, music historian and teacher – on tenor saxophone. Salim is a multi-instrumentalist with a musical background in jazz and other African American vernacular musics, but he relishes collaborations within and between differing genres and has performed and recorded with progressive musicians in various contexts. Pianist James Washington – our church’s own frequent Sunday morning musical collaborator – provides original compositions. A lifelong musician, Washington developed a playing style with a rich harmonic vocabulary and complex structure that is clear and soulful. Over the years, Washington has been heard by thousands of San Franciscans in clubs, cafes, churches, and hospitals, both as a solo performer and in combos. Also joining will be Bass Player Charles Thomas, San Francisco native and well-known player in the pop, reggae, jazz, and classical idioms. Thomas studied formally and informally various musical styles, from Fillmore blues and San Francisco acid rock/funk, to classical and jazz. The talented Bob Marshal on drums rounds out the jazz quartet.

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