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AfroSolo in the Gardens: David Hardiman’s San Francisco All-Star Big Band

Aug 4
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718

AfroSolo in the Gardens: David Hardiman’s San Francisco All-Star Big Band

Aug 4, 1:00pm3:00pm


Tribute to Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday & Ella Fitzgerald featuring Denise Perrier and Nina Causey

Photo of singer Nina Causey by Eric Muetterties Photography and photo of singer Denise Perrier

Trumpeter David Hardiman Sr. came up on the Indianapolis jazz scene in the early 1960s when it bristled with brilliant young players like trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, guitarist Wes Montgomery, and composer David Baker. And like the late Baker, one of jazz’s most revered educators, Hardiman spent decades devoted to teaching, particularly at City College of San Francisco, where he started the jazz studies program. These days he’s focusing on playing, and his blazing 19-piece San Francisco All Star Big Band celebrates their 40th anniversary paying tribute to the magnificent music of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Joined by two supremely sophisticated ladies, the orchestra gets a galvanizing dose of soul from Nina Causey and globe-trotting jazz and blues great Denise Perrier, who grew up in the East Bay and was discovered by Louis Armstrong.


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