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Peter Apfelbaum Sextet
Kenny Barron / Terrell Stafford / Dayna Stephens / Matt Wilson
Alan Broadbent Trio
Jimmy Cobb Quartet featuring Kenny Barron
Ruth Davies Blues Night featuring Barbara Morrison
Basie and Beyond: Jamie Davis and the Fred Barry Jazz Orchestra
Sasha Dobson Trio
Lou Donaldson Quartet
Madeline Eastman / Dena DeRose
Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Group
Eddie Gomez Trio / Frank Wess Quartet
Wycliffe Gordon Presents the Jazz Mentors
Wycliffe Gordon Quartet featuring Matt Wilson
Albert "Tootie" Heath
Jimmy Heath
Bobby Hutcherson
Nancy King
Lee Konitz
Maria Marquez Quintet
Jeb Patton Trio featuring Tootie Heath
Nicholas Payton Quintet
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
John Santos Quintet
The Latin Side of the Great American Songbook with Peggy Stern
(New) Standards Night wtih Peter Stoltzman
Patrick Wolff Trio

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Bobby Hutcherson Quartet
Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson rose to prominence in the 1960’s, first playing with big band veterans Al Grey and Billy Mitchell. Moving to New York, he was part of the Birdland scene, which included Jackie McLean, Eric Dolphy and Hank Mobley. Hutcherson played on several now classic Blue Note recordings, including Dolphy’s “Out to Lunch,” and won numerous awards for his adventurous and bold technique, which utilized the vibraphone in fresh and unexpected ways. Even as he was recognized as one of the premier instrumentalists of the hard bop and avant garde style, he was just as adept as a blues player, and as his career matured, he transitioned into a more mainstream style. Hutcherson was a member of the all-star ensemble, the SFJAZZ Collective, until this year.

In order to get to know him better, we asked Bobby to answer a few questions. Here’s what he had to say:

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
Working with Babs Gonzales, and this sports guy, I don’t know exactly who he was, came on stage and actually, I hate to say this, beat up Babs Gonzales while I was playing.

What’s your favorite food?
Yardbird—which means chicken.

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Ravel—because of his voicings.

What’s your favorite tune?

What’s your favorite jazz venue?

Who is your greatest musical influence?
My Mom.

How much do you practice each week?
Every day!

What hobbies do you have?
Gardening and boating—I like to go to Lake Berryessa one week per month from May to October.

If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it be and why?
Transparent—because it suggests the reflection, not the image.


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