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Strings: Music of the Beatles

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)
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This music is about a balance of excitement and beauty, and Hot Club of San Francisco has found the perfect balance...
— jazzweek.com

Hot Club of San Francisco
Paul “Pazzo” Mehling guitar
Evan Price violin
Isabelle Fontaine vocals & guitar
Jordan Samuels guitar
Sam Rocha bass

San Francisco String Trio
Mads Tolling violin
Mimi Fox guitar
Jeff Denson bass

Tickets ($25 - $55)

The two best Bay Area string bands share a bill devoted to the timeless music of the Fab Four. Led by guitar master Paul Mehling, the Hot Club of San Francisco is the country’s longest running ensemble devoted to the Gypsy jazz tradition pioneered by Django Reinhardt. Mehling was first inspired to pick up a guitar when the Beatles launched the British Invasion on the Ed Sullivan’s show in 1964, so it was only a matter of time before he focused his creative mojo on Lennon and McCartney’s vast and enduring treasure trove of songs. HCSF recently released John, Paul, George and Django, a revelatory reimagining of classic Beatles tunes.

The San Francisco String Trio is made up of three masterful string players including jazz guitarist Mimi Fox, who learned to play by absorbing the Beatles’ hugely influential 1965 album Rubber Soul. She’s led eleven sessions and worked with artists including Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, and Branford Marsalis. GRAMMY-winning violinist Mads Tolling is best known for his work as a member of the Turtle Island Quartet and with bass legend Stanley Clarke. Bassist Jeff Denson first made a name for himself with saxophone great Lee Konitz, and has worked extensively in jazz and classical settings. The trio’s new album, The Sgt. Pepper Project, was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles masterpiece.

Earlier Event: June 7
Jonah Levine Ensemble
Later Event: June 7
Diana Purim and Eyedentity