Bobby Hutcherson

"Happy Birthday" by Various

Jan 22, 2013

Jazz legend and Bay Area resident Bobby Hutcherson says he is  always grateful to live another year. He celebrates his birthday this Sunday, January 27. 

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Bay Area Beats: Bobby Hutcherson

Jan 22, 2013
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For more than 40 years, Bobby Hutcherson has lived a life most artists can only dream about. After making his name in the 1960s in New York as one of the youngest stars on the iconic jazz record label Blue Note, Hutcherson returned to his native California. He and his wife Rosemary settled into a new house near the San Mateo coast and raised a family, as Hutcherson built his international reputation and toured the world as one of the great jazz vibraphonists.

Bobby Hutcherson: Master of the vibes

Mar 27, 2012
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The great jazzman Milt Jackson had an easy way of telling people he met what instrument he played. He pointed to his lapel where he wore a gold pin in the shape of his instrument. It saved him from explaining what his instrument was to nearly every stranger he met.

Most would call it a xylophone, but with electronic accessories it can produce a vibrato. That instrument’s called the vibraphone.

When musician Eddie Marshall died last fall, he had been on the top rung of Bay Area jazz for more than 40 years. In 2000, he was the first recipient of the prestigious San Francisco Jazz Beacon award for lifetime achievement. Reporter David Ross spoke with Marshall in this piece from our archives.

On a beautiful summer day in a bucolic forest near the San Mateo coast, the sounds of Eddie Marshall’s drum set reverberates off the redwoods at Jazz Camp West, where jazz lovers of all ages go for a week each summer to study with jazz masters.