Steve McQuarry’s “Living Tribute to Carla Bley” Comes to SF Jazz

by on June 5, 2015

Keyboardist, composer, and producer Steve McQuarry is one of the Bay Area’s most prolific performers. McQuarry’s Resonance Jazz Octet blends strings and horns with traditional acoustic jazz instruments; his Steve McQuarry Trio and McQuarry Electric Quartet covers both his original music, as well as tunes by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Joe Zawinul, to name but a few; His newest endeavor, “Tribu” even explores his love of Latin jazz. This Friday at SF Jazz Center’s Miner Auditorium, McQuarry, along with some very talented musicians, brings to life selected original works of Oakland native Carla Bley.

Beginning with four pieces played by his Mandala Octet, then three by his newly formed, 19-member Mandala Orchestra, this living tribute to Ms. Bley honors her creative, cutting-edge compositions.

Not long ago, McQuarry became acquainted with the Bley family, and was given manuscripts of a few of Bley’s pieces, never performed in public, until now. “We musicians have always loved her pieces,” McQuarry says of Ms. Bley’s music. “We think she’s a great composer, and she has great humor. She’s had such wide variety in her career: playing with Jack Bruce, playing with the free-jazz movement, playing with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra and with her own orchestra. It’s always been an undercurrent in our musicians’ world.”

In April, Ms. Bley became one of only four recipients of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. This is also the second in a series of four performances by McQuarry at SF Jazz, following his Resonance Octet’s debut earlier this year.

Steve McQuarry’s “Living Tribute to Carla Bley”
Friday, June 5th @ 8:00 pm
SF Jazz
Franklin & Hayes Streets, San Francisco, CA
Admission: $25

E. ”Doc” Smith

E. "Doc" Smith is a musician, producer and recording artist with Edgetone Records, who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Madonna, Mickey Hart and many others. He is also the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick and makes his home in San Francisco.

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