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Mean to Me ft. Judy Butterfield

  • Bird and Beckett 653 Chenery Street San Francisco, CA, 94131 United States (map)

Tickets at door ($20)

Mean to Me resurrects classic jazz of the 1920s through ’40s filtered through the unique sensibilities of the band, which boasts a proclivity for bop, soul and latin jazz as well. Think Monk sauntering up Tin Pan Alley and turning onto Bourbon Street… Sweet and low down, and always swingin’. Mingus is there… Ahmad Jamal, too…

Mean to Me’s core comprises Judy Butterfield, trained as a cabaret singer but with an abiding love for soul music; Ben Slater, a pianist whose interest in exploring the roots of jazz grew from time spent living in New Orleans; and Dave Shaff, a trumpeter drawn to some more modern and funky sounds. All three grew up in San Francisco and have played together on and off for ten years now.

They know how to have a good time, and so do their confederates on this date: Scott Foster, guitar; Sam Heminger, bass; Cairo McCockran, drums.