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JOHN HANDY 80th Birthday Celebration
February 24, 2013
Jazz Heritage Center 5th Anniversary Tribute to Jazz Legend John Handy for his 80th birthday.
Sunday, Feb 24, 3:00pm-5:00pm
- $80 VIP - 2PM Reception
- $50 Show only
Host - Sonny Buxton, Jazz 91.1/KCSM-FM
Special guest appearance - John Handy
Piano - Glen Pearson
Bass - Ron Belcher
Drums - Jaz Sawyer
Sax - Robert Stewart
Vocals - Jamie Davis
Vocals - Denise Perrier
Event will include a 2pm VIP Champagne Reception that will be followed by a musical Tribute hosted by JAZZ 91.1/KCSM-FM radio personality Sonny Buxton. The day is also a Fifth Anniversary Celebration and fundraiser for the Jazz Heritage Center, which is committed to preserving the history of jazz in San Francisco and especially the Fillmore.
Join stellar long-time Bay Area musicians for a celebration of the legendary John Handy. Performances includes a special appearance by John Handy, pianist Glen Pearson, Guitarist Calvin Keys, Bassist Ron Belcher, Drummer Jaz Sawyer, Saxophonist Robert Stewart, and Vocalists Jamie Davis and Denise Perrier. Artist, curator and former Kearney Street Executive Director Nancy Hom will curate a John Handy exhibit opening in the Koret Heritage Lobby adjacent to Yoshi’s that same day.
About John Handy:
Jazz encyclopedias list John Handy as an alto saxophonist who also plays tenor and baritone saxophone, saxello, clarinet, oboe, and vocals. He is actually a consummate world musician and teacher who has devoted his life to using music to elevate the human spirit.
His soulful and fiery saxophone style is instantly recognizable to generations of jazz fans world-wide.
As a performer and composer he continues to sweep audiences into ecstasy with his vast range of creative, emotional, and technical inventiveness. With a superb knowledge and practical experience with music of several cultures, he fuses, with each selection, a musical genre that is coherent, provocative, logical, and enjoyable.
As a singer, he brings a kind of storytelling narrative to the blues that is entertaining, educational, and moving; while his "up tempo" scat vocals could be compared to the best scat singers anywhere. He sings ballads with inventiveness that is rare among singers.