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Chester Thompson Quartet

  • SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)
…one soulful, strong, compassionate musician who can play it all ... blues, church, jazz, African, classical, sweet funk, intelligent, elegant, proud, no nonsense, you name it.
— Carlos Santana

Chester Thompson - Hammond B3 organ
Howard Wiley - saxophones
Danny Armstrong - trombone
Drew Zingg - guitar
Ron E. Beck - drums
Special guest: Destani Wolf - vocals

One of the most revered Hammond organists alive, Chester Thompson has led a charmed musical life – writing, recording and performing for four decades with two of the legendary bands to emerge in the 1960s and 1970s, Tower of Power and Santana. Arriving in the Bay Area in 1969, Thompson worked with stalwart San Francisco saxophonist Jules Broussard before forming his own quartet, eventually releasing his aptly named 1971 debut, Powerhouse, on the Black Jazz label. He served a 10-year stint with Oakland-based funk phenomenon Tower of Power beginning in 1973, composing most of the band’s instrumental tunes and touring relentlessly before leaving to explore new horizons with Santana.

Thompson recorded eight albums over his 26 years with Santana, and contributed greatly to their 1999 commercial zenith Supernatural, which sold over 30 million copies and won nine GRAMMY awards, including Album of the Year. Upon leaving the Santana fold in 2009, Thompson dove headlong back into jazz and released his follow-up to Powerhouse, entitled Mixology, featuring Bay Area saxophone great Howard Wiley. Wiley will be on hand for this night along with guest vocalist Destani Wolf and former Tower of Power drummer Ron E. Beck, revisiting the gritty organ grooves from Thompson’s now-iconic Powerhouse.

Earlier Event: June 5
Smith Dobson: Jam Session
Later Event: June 6
Ahmad Jamal