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Re: “A New Bird at Birdland

I have played at Birdland a few times - twice with El Guajiro which is a quartet doing traditional Cuban country music, fronted by singer/guitarist J.Escobedo who hails from Jiguani, Cuba ('Chan Chan' country). A couple more times I played with Little Brown Brother, a band doing blues, jazz & R&B. This band, led by Carlos Zialcita (harp,vocs) & Ben Luis (bass), is composed mainly of Filipino-Americans from the Bay Area. Carlos is also the director of the Fil-Am Jazz Society in the San Francisco Bay. Another time I played with KUL-X which performs a Kulintang 'World/Jazz' hybrid type of music based on the traditional gong music and rhythms of the Maguindanao culture from Mindanao (Southern Philippines). This is a collaboration with master Magindanawan artist Danongan Kalanduyan, an NEA recipient, Nat'l. Heritage Fellow & teacher at SFSU & Skyline College.

There is nothing quite like Birdland in the entire Bay Area that I know of.It is not, per se, a club, bar, or an establishment. It is a gathering place where the art of music is shared with the community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and admiration. It is where kindred souls gather to be soothed, uplifted, inspired, rejuvenated, recharged and restored. Music from all over the world is played here. It is indeed refreshing to play and be here. BTW, the chicken BBQ is killer.

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Posted by bora boraz on 07/20/2011 at 10:24 AM

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