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Sunday, May 12th
7:30pm-8:30pm |$10/$15/$25
A WEEK OF JAZZ LEGENDS - THE GRAND CULMINATION!

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

An ageless wonder, Harold Mabern remains one of the most powerful and important pianists in jazz! The New Yorker says: “Harold Mabern may just be the hardest working octogenarian in jazz. To celebrate his eighty-third birthday, the hard-bop patriarch will do what he does best: “get out of the house and play some gigs!” And a celebration it will be at Black Cat! 4 nights celebrating Mabern, and revisiting some of his greatest Blue Note recording moments, including Hank Mobley’s “Dippin” and Lee Morgan’s “The Gigolo”. Mabern is “one of our last living piano legends…his affinity for the blues honed from Memphis, through the Windy City, and years in the Big Apple!” As a young pianist in Memphis, Mabern met a young cafe server who was then known as Anna Mae Bullock. He helped spawn her musical career that evolved into “Tina Turner”: 12 Grammys, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the sale of 200 million albums.

Knowing that bit of history, it’s no surprise that The New York TImes described Mabern’s piano style as being “aggressive, very positive, crashing out chords that drop like pile drivers and warming up and down the keyboard with huge whooping bursts of action…while showing a keen sensitivity as an extremely perceptive accompanist.” Mabern regularly headlines the top NYC jazz venues, including the venerable Village Vanguard, Smoke, and Jazz Standard.

Being back in the San Francisco “historic Tenderloin jazz district” will bring back great memories for Mabern: in 1963 he spent 6 weeks at the Black Hawk with Miles Davis! Mabern has played and recorded with all the legends — Miles, Cannonball Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Sarah Vaughan, Lee Morgan, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, Roy Haynes, Betty Carter, Grant Green, and the list goes on.

Mabern’s rhythm section — drummer Joe Farnsworth and bassist Michael Zisman — react to the bluesy and hard-bop machinations of Mabern’s pianistics with the intimacy of family members.

Come to the first show if possible because you will want to return!!!

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EMPRESS “LOVELY I AM”: THE SOULFUL, UNPLUGGED PREVIEW OF HER DEBUT ALBUM

EMPRESS “LOVELY I AM”: THE SOULFUL, UNPLUGGED PREVIEW OF HER DEBUT ALBUM

CLOSED THIS EVENING

THE BEN WINKELMAN TRIO

THE BEN WINKELMAN TRIO

OWEN CLAPP & EAST OF EDEN

GENR8R FT. 3X GRAMMY-WINNING KEYBOARDIST SAM BARSH & ISRAELI VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR, PLUS SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST OLIVIA RUFF!

OWEN CLAPP & EAST OF EDEN

GENR8R FT. 3X GRAMMY-WINNING KEYBOARDIST SAM BARSH & ISRAELI VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR!

ZEPHYR AVALON QUADROPHONIC BAND

GENR8R FT. 3X GRAMMY-WINNING KEYBOARDIST SAM BARSH & ISRAELI VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR

ALBUM RELEASE: “THE NINE” COMMISSIONED TO CELEBRATE THE FIERCE AND NOTORIOUS RUTH BADER GINSBURG!

CLOSED THIS EVENING

BAND OF ALL-STARS: SYLVIA CUENCA + BEN STOLOROW + DOUG MILLER + ANDREW SPEIGHT “CELEBRATING JAZZ STRAIGHT AHEAD!”

BAY AREA LEGENDS! BASS LEGEND CHRIS AMBERGER & THE HOT DOGS FEATURING THE YOUNG BRATS!

SAX LEGEND SMITH DOBSON QUINTET “SOME MONK AND SOME OF MINE”

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

CLOSED THIS EVENING

FREDDY CLARKE & WOBBLY WORLD: “A NIGHT IN MOROCCO!”

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

TOKA

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

CLOSED THIS EVENING

OWEN BRODER PRESENTS: “HODGES & DUKE”

OWEN BRODER PRESENTS: “HODGES & DUKE”

OWEN BRODER PRESENTS: “HODGES & DUKE”

OWEN BRODER PRESENTS: “HODGES & DUKE”

LAURA CORALLINI & TOMER ELDOR QUARTET

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

CLOSED THIS EVENING

TONY TIXIER TRIO

TONY TIXIER TRIO

TONY TIXIER TRIO

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

TONY TIXIER TRIO

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF