I've been meaning to check out the "Blue Monday's Jazz Jam Session" happening every week at the 57th St Gallery in Oakland for awhile now, and last night was finally the night. Seeing legendary jazz guitarist Calvin Keys at the helm was one of the main reasons I wanted to check it out but unfortunately he was out of town this week. Regardless, the lineup was top notch and a who's-who of Bay Area heavyweight jazz talent. Keys' replacement, Carl Lockett, ripped it up on guitar and Leon Joyce Jr. absolutely killed it on the drums and made it look easy to boot. Holy wow. Such a great little gem of a down home Oakland jazz scene happening there every week. I highly recommend checking it out...
I met a few of the Monday night jam musicians last year during the filming of, "95 Lives" - a documentary film about the life of NY photographer Helen Levitt by filmmaker, Tanya Sleiman. The two-day shoot involved filming re-enactments of the time period, complete with some of the Bay Area's leading jazz artists creating the original soundtrack. I was thrilled to be involved.
After leaving the 57th St Gallery music jam full-hearted last night I was inspired to look back at some of the photos I shot from "95 Lives" and wanted to share a few of them here... ¡Viva la musica!
L-R: Leon Joyce, Jr (drums), Roger Glenn (vibes), bass player (can't remember his name! So sorry), and Glen Pearson (piano)
Calvin Keys looks on as Roger Glenn plays the vibes
Leon Joyce Jr.
Glen Pearson on piano