John Brothers Piano Co. plays 'Mingus Plays Piano'
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John Brothers Piano Co.
SFJAZZ Hotplate

John Brothers Piano Co.

plays Charles Mingus' Mingus Plays Piano

NOV 15–18 | SFJAZZ HOTPLATE FESTIVAL

Nov 16
Joe Henderson Lab
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7:00 PM

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FriNov 16

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8:30 PM

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Formed by a pair of former Cal Berkeley students who shared a love of early jazz and barroom blues, the band returns for this Hotplate appearance, playing rollicking versions of tunes from Mingus’ 1963 Impulse! solo piano album. Now a major draw on the club and festival circuit, the band began as humbly and seemingly incongruously as possible, with the pair dragging their battered Wurlitzer spinet around to busk on street corners and in BART stations around San Francisco and the East Bay.

They have built a devoted fan base one show at a time, blending timeless classics and original compositions with nearly irrepressible energy, and the lineup has expanded to a quartet of prodigiously talented multi-instrumentalists. While retaining the heart and spirit of a guerilla street band, they’ve performed on stages around the country including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Warfield, Bimbo’s 365 Club, the Edwardian Ball, and the Belasco in Los Angeles, and released a pair of self-produced albums including their 2017 session, Fastball!. Asked to describe their sound and approach by The Bay Bridged, the band responded, “This group is a punk band with jazz instruments and classical inclinations.” In tackling the music of the iconic Mingus, the band finds a kindred spirit, as both share a taste for the irreverent and rambunctious freedom of jazz.

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Personnel

John “Thatcher” Boomer piano & clarinet
Arlo Perlstein piano & trumpet
Dustin Smurthwaite bass & trombone
Jimi Marks drums & piano

A punk band with jazz instruments and classical inclinations.

The Bay Bridged

Personnel

John “Thatcher” Boomer piano & clarinet
Arlo Perlstein piano & trumpet
Dustin Smurthwaite bass & trombone
Jimi Marks drums & piano

A punk band with jazz instruments and classical inclinations.

The Bay Bridged

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