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Great moments in bebop with the Barry Hutcherson Quartet

By Jean Bartlett

Pacifica Tribune Arts Correspondent


When drummer Barry Hutcherson was a kid, it was a normal thing for him to see such legends of jazz as Joe Sample, Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, George Cables and Lenny White walk through his family's front door. But then Barry's dad is the world celebrated vibraphonist and marimba player Bobby Hutcherson.

"I was about 8 or 9 years old when I realized that my dad was one of those legends," Hutcherson said. "I was raised on '60s Blue Note Jazz." The Barry Hutcherson Quartet is playing Saturday night at Pacifica Performances. Members of the quartet are Hutcherson on drums, Anton Schwartz on sax, Grant Levin on piano and Sam Bevan on standup bass. Read more



Influenced at an early age in jazz by father Bobby Hutcherson, Barry was exposed to great jazz musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Jackie McLean as well as many others.  He has studied with legendary drummers Eddie Marshall, Billy Higgins and Los Angeles fusion drummer Joey Heredia.

Barry took up the drums at 13 years of age and has been playing gigs since the early 1980’s at numerous jazz clubs throughout the Los Angeles area including Marla’s Memory Lane, The Baked Potato, Billy Higgin’s World Stage, etc., Barry has also lead various bands.  He is now living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area, this photo was taken at Yoshi's with George Cables, Roy Hargrove, Peter Barshay and  Bobby Hutcherson.

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