American Fingerstyle Guitarist

I hope to see lots of you at my big Berkeley gig! ... See MoreSee Less

Duck Baker & friends

March 27, 2018, 8:00pm - March 28, 2018, 1:00am

Duck returns to the Freight for the first time in several years to celebrate his recent solo LP of Thelonious Monk tunes as well as his upcoming release of archival recordings from the very beginning of his recording career, "Les Blues du Richmond," on the Tompkins Square label. He will be joined by many of the Bay Area's finest pickers and players, including Jim Nichols, Bill Evans, Tony Marcus and Phillip Greenlief. For more information and to make reservations, visit:

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It's always a treat to return to the Vortex, and always a blast to hit with Alex Ward, John Edwards, and Steve Noble. ... See MoreSee Less

Duck BakerTrio/Quartet

April 10, 2018, 8:00pm - April 10, 2018, 5:00pm

Duck Baker Trio/Quartet Duck Baker, guitar Alex Ward, clarinet John Edwards, bass Steve Noble, drums Fingerstyle guitar master Duck Baker returns to the Vortex with his trio/quartet, for another evening devoted to his own challenging compositions. The trio, with clarinetist Alex Ward and bassist John Edwards, will perform some of Baker’s newer tunes for the first set. These compositions reflect Baker’s long involvement with the music of Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk, among other things. For the second set, Steve Noble joins the group and the music moves more into the realm of free jazz and free improv. For listeners who have followed the development of free music and cutting-edge jazz in London in recent times, Baker’s cohorts probably need less introduction then he does himself, as all three have been vital and very visible contributors for many years.

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In the late 1970s and into the '80s I toured with 2 fairly small guitars, one of flamenco and the other a Gibson L-00, that fit nicely into a case I had made. It acquired quite a collection of stickers, and when it retired from service I didn't have the heart to throw it out, so it sits in my brother's attic in Richmond, VA now, collecting dust. Last time I was there Helen took a picture of it. I'm going to share this and tag a few people who remember it, or some of the stickers, including a few of you old folkies who probably had some of the same stickers and played the same clubs. Most are either Italian or German with a few from Belgium in there. I also see two that are Swiss, one American (which MANY will spot immediately), and one from a Scottish RAF base I played literally the day before many in attendance were due to fly out to the Falklands. A subdued and very attentive group they were, as you may imagine. ... See MoreSee Less

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