David James’s GPS: Jazzy Border Crossings @ Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco [23 June]

David James’s GPS: Jazzy Border Crossings

19:30 - 22:00

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Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St, San Francisco, California 94110
David James (Afrofunk Experience, Beth Custer Ensemble) brings his rhythm-horns-and-strings sextet back to the Poppy for an evening of stylistic border-crossing. This performance will feature songs from the acclaimed album Billionaire Blues, as well as new compositions and arrangements.

David James – guitar, voice
Beth Custer – clarinets
Alan Williams – trombone
Ela Polak – viola
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass
John Hanes – drums

GPS (Good People, Son) is a jazz-meets-chamber rock sextet led by celebrated guitarist and composer David James and featuring local luminaries Beth Custer, Alan Williams, Lisa Mezzacappa, Ela Polak, and John Hanes. A lifelong Bay Area resident, David has been involved with seminal local groups for decades, sculpting guitar feedback and ambient sounds with Thessalonians, touring and recording hip-hop with Spearhead and the Coup, playing Afrobeat with Afrofunk Experience, and presenting funky art-song with the Beth Custer Ensemble, all of which has led to GPS, whose 2016 album, Billionaire Blues, was highlighted as an outstanding debut by NPR.
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