Rudresh Mahanthappa Tour Dates

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From Rudresh Mahanthappa:

2015/06/05 New Haven, Connecticut / Firehouse 12
8:30 Pm / Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls W/adam O’farrill, Matt Mitchell, François Moutin, and Jordan Perlso Tickets

2015/06/05 New Haven, Connecticut / Firehouse 12
10:00 Pm / Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls W/adam O’farrill, Matt Mitchell, François Moutin, and Jordan Perlso Tickets

2015/06/16 New Haven, Connecticut / Festival of Arts and Ideas
8:00 Pm / Rudresh W/ragamala Dance Song of the Jasmine Tickets

2015/06/17 New Haven, Connecticut / Festival of Arts and Ideas
8:00 Pm / Rudresh W/ragamala Dance Song of the Jasmine Tickets

2015/07/03 Iowa City, Iowa / Iowa City Jazz Festival
8:00 Pm / Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls Tickets

2015/07/08 Reno, Nevada / Reno Is Artown
7:00 Pm / Rudresh W/ragamala Dance Song of the Jasmine Tickets

2015/07/11 Krefeld, No State / Kulturfabrik
8:00 Pm / Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls W/adam O’farrill, Matt Mitchell, François Moutin, and Rudy Royston

2015/07/12 Rotterdam, No State / North Sea Jazz Festival
3:30 Pm / North Sea Jazz Festival Tickets

2015/07/21 Berlin, Berlin / Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt
8:00 Pm / Wassermusik: Mother India Tickets

2015/07/21 Plano, Texas / Colin College
8:00 Pm / Texas all-star Jazz Camp Tickets

2015/07/23 Washington, District of Columbia / Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art
8:00 Pm / Rudresh W/vijay Iyer: Raw Materials Tickets

2015/07/29 New York, New York / the Stone
10:00 Pm / Rudresh W/gerry Hemingway and Russ Lossing

Henry Grimes & Cooper-Moore in NY on May 31st

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Henry Grimes & Cooper-Moore: solos & duets + dinner Sun., May 31st, 2 p.m!
Manna House Workshops (School of the Performing Arts)
338 E 106th St, New York, New York 10029

Solos and duets. $20 includes delicious soul-food meal following the music, reservations required via Email to, or by text to 646-770-1712. The concert is at Manna House and the dinner nearby.

A few nights ago, Cooper-Moore wrote:

It was 1966 in Washington, DC. I had spent the summer in New York City working and hanging wherever the music was. Back in DC, the drummer Paul Avery let me share a room with him up on 14th and Fairmont, NW. Sometimes we would spend days listening to recordings. The vibraphonist Walt Dickerson was in town. He knew Paul and came by the crib for a visit. What I remember of the visit was all of us sitting and listening to Dickerson’s “Jazz Impressions of Lawrence of Arabia.” It was an album on which Henry Grimes was the bassist. That same year I bought McCoy Tyner’s “Reaching Fourth.” There Henry was again. I was 19 or 20 years old and dreamed of playing the music. But this was an example of a musical standard so high, how would I ever reach that level of playing?

I left Washington the following year to go live in Boston and soon after getting there met David S. Ware. David was a friend of Sonny Rollins. One afternoon on a visit with David at his apartment he put on “Sonny Meets Hawk!” the bass player again was Henry Grimes on some tracks and Bob Cranshaw on others. The next few years I bought Cecil Taylor‘s “Conquistador!” and “Unit Structures,” then Don Cherry’s “Where Is Brooklyn?” Henry Grimes was the bassist on them all. One of the things that we learn in this music is that the Great players hire Great players. Henry Grimes is a Great player.

I have only played with him a few times, once with him and Joe McPhee accompanying dancers in a collaboration project for ARTS FOR ART. Next was in William Parker’s “Jeanne Lee Project.” But what really opened my ears was in a Marc Ribot quartet, with Ribot on guitar, Chad Taylor on drums, Henry on bass and me playing piano. This was at the Stone. Henry set up in the crook of the piano and I got to hear everything that he was doing. I knew then that if the opportunity ever were to come again to perform with Henry, there would only be a YES! from me.

Gerry Hemingway’s Stone Residency Starts July 28

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From Gerry Hemingway, his upcoming dates at the Stone in New York.

Gerry Hemingway – Retrospective Stone Residency
July 28 – August 2, 2015

July 28 – Re-Ensemble – duos, trios, quartets and quintets – 8 + 10pm
2 set program – 20$ fee for both sets
w/ Anne LeBaron-harp , Earl Howard – sampler, saxes, George Grayvuh – pn, Susan Alcorn – pedal steel

July 29 – Improvisations #1 – Trios
8pm (15$)- w/Anthony Coleman- pn, Marty Ehrlich – reeds
10pm (15$)- w/Rudresh Mahanthappa – reeds, Russ Lossing – pn

July 30 – Compositions #1 – Songs & “Riptide” Quintet
8pm (15$)-Songs w/Lisa Sokolov-vo, Michael Winsch-pn, Terry McManus-gt, Kermit Driscoll-bs, Ellery Eskelin-sx
10pm (15$)-Riptide Quintet w/Oscar Noriega-reeds, Ellery Eskelin-sx, Terrence McManus-gt, Kermit Driscoll-bs

July 31 – Improvisations #2 – Brew trio & Anew Quartet
8pm (15$)-Brew-Miya Masaoka-koto, Reggie Workman-bs
10pm (15$)-Ned Rothenberg-reeds, Michael Winsch-pn, Mark Helias-bs

August 1 – Compositions #2 Solo & Quartet
8pm (15$)-Solo Works and Collabs w/Beth Warshafsky [artist] and Sarah Weaver [comp]
10pm (15$)-Quartet- Herb Robertson-tp, Ellery Eskelin-sx, Mark Helias -bs

August 2 – Musical Relationships over time
8pm (15$)-duo with Joey Baron – dr
10pm (15$)-BassDrumBone – Mark Helias-bs, Ray Anderson – tb

Cafe OTO in June

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From London’s Cafe OTO:

Monday 1 June 2015, 8pm
Iii人 + НАКАЗАНИЕ / Nakasanye + Paul Abbott (Solo)

Tuesday 2 June 2015, 8pm
Kilimanjaro Live Presents:
Mbongwana Star + Babe

Thursday 4 June 2015, 8pm
Sébastien Coste / Pat Thomas / Guillaume Viltard / Steve Noble

5–6 June 2015
Morton Subotnick – Two Day Residency + Cam Deas (Fri) + Max Eastley / Steve Beresford / Verity Susman (Sat)

Sunday 7 June 2015, 8pm
R.d. laing 50 with Luke Fowler + Dr Leon Redler + Dr Joseph Berke + the Bohman Brothers + I Love Them, for They Are My Friends

8–10 June 2015
Sun Ra Arkestra – Under the Direction of Marshall Allen – Three Day Residency

Thursday 11 June 2015, 8pm
Charanjit Singh

Friday 12 June 2015, 8pm
Selvhenter + Blood Music

Saturday 13 June 2015, 8pm
Slipshod Free Enterprise – Celebrating 10 Years of Golden Lab Records:
Richard Youngs + Michael Flower + Ashtray Navigations + the Gamecock

Sunday 14 June 2015, 8pm
Bird on the Wire Presents:
Jenny Hval

Monday 15 June 2015, 8pm
Silvia Tarozzi &Amp; Deborah Walker

Tuesday 16 June 2015, 8pm
Hans Joachim Irmler &Amp; Jaki Liebezeit

Wednesday 17 June 2015, 8pm
Junzo Suzuki

Thursday 18 June 2015, 8pm
Consumer Waste Presents:
Jason Zeh + Ben Gwilliam + Stephen Cornford

20–21 June 2015
Ben Chasny / Six Organs of Admittance – Two Day Residency

Monday 22 June 2015, 8pm
Annelies Monseré

Tuesday 23 June 2015, 8pm
Lydia Lunch Retrovirus + Mesa of the Lost Women (Junko / Yves Botz / Christophe Sorro)

24–25 June 2015
Schlippenbach Trio (Alex Von Schlippenbach / Evan Parker / Paul Lovens) – Two Day Residency

Friday 26 June 2015, 8pm
Chris Menist (Paradise Bangkok)

Saturday 27 June 2015, 8pm
Príncipe Presents:
DJ Firmeza + Niagara (Live) + Puto Márcio (Tia Maria Produções)

Sunday 28 June 2015, 8pm
Cikada Perform Laurence Crane

Monday 29 June 2015, 8pm

30 June – 1 July 2015
Trembling Bells – Two Day Residency

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From the Free Jazz Blog. In addition to the week’s usual reviews, the blog continues its overview of the AACM.

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord – Jeremiah (Hot Cup, 2015) ****
Je Suis – Ça Va? & Ça va pas du tout! (Umlaut, 2014)
Je Suis! – Ça VA? (Umlaut, 2014) ****½
Je Suis! – Ça VA Pas Du Tout! (Umlaut, 2014) *****
Kris Davis’s Infrasound – Save Your Breath (Clean Feed, 2015) ****½
Jack DeJohnette – Made in Chicago (ECM, 2015) *****
The Monash Art Ensemble – Hexis (Jazzhead, 2014) *****
Henry Threadgill Zooid – In For A Penny, In For A Pound (Pi Recordings, 2015) ****
Fred Anderson – Blue Winter (Eremite, 2005)
Frequency – Frequency (Thrill Jockey, 2006)
George E Lewis – Sequel (for Lester Bowie) (Intakt, 2006)
Roscoe Mitchell – Composition/improvisation Nos 1, 2 &Amp; 3 (Ecm, 2007)
Matana Roberts – Chicago Project (Central Control International, 2007)
Mike Reed’s People, Places, Things – About Us (482 Music, 2009)
Douglas R. ewart &Amp; Inventions- Velvet Fire (Aarawak, 2010)
Nicole Mitchell – Awakening (Delmark Records, 2011)
Chicago Trio – Velvet Songs – to Baba Fred Anderson (Rogueart, 2011)
Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens DE Couleur Libres / Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile / Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee (Constellation, 2011 – 2015)
Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble — Chicago Now – Thirty Years of Great Black Music Vols.1 &Amp; 2 (Silkheart , 1995)
Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Hamid Drake – Destiny (Okka Disk, 1996)
Lester Bowie Brass Fantasy the Odyssey of Funk &Amp; Popular Music (Atlantic, 1999)
Kahil El’ Zabar’s Ritual Trio – Africa N’da Blues (Delmark, 2000)
Wadada Leo Smith – Golden Quartet (Tzadik, 2000)
Matana Roberts, Josh Abrams &Amp; Chad Taylor – Sticks &Amp; Stones (482 Music, 2002)
Fred Anderson – Back at the Velvet Lounge (Delmark, 2003)
Jeff Parker, Kevin Drumm, Michael Zerang – out Trios Volume Two (Atavistic, 2003)
Ernest Dawkins – Mean Ameen (Delmark, 2004)

Creative Music in DC

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Upcoming Performances of Creative Music in DC

Monday, June 1 @ 8pm
David Torn
Presented by Transparent Productions
David Torn (Solo Guitar, ECM Recording Artist)
Admission $15
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every Monday @ 7pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Artists of any discipline welcome!
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Thursday, May 28 @ 7:30pm
Escapism :: Guerilla Toss :: Horse Lords
Archipelago Presents
ESCAPE-ISM (Ian F Svenonius solo project, DC)
Guerilla Toss (Indie Funk-Punk, Boston)
Horse Lords (Polyrhythmic World Rock, Baltimore)
Admission $10
Capital Fringe Arts Bar
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Thursday, May 28 @ 9pm
Quicksails :: Brett Naucke :: Aaron Leitko :: Feralcope
SELECT DC Presents
Quicksails (Ben Billington Solo Electronics, Chicago)
Brett Naucke (Solo Modular Synth, Chicago)
Aaron Leitko (mem of Protect-U with a solo electronic project, DC)
Feralcope (Modular Synthesis?, DC?)
Admission $7
Safari Lounge DC
4306 Georgia Ave NW
Located off the corner of Georgia Ave and Varnum Street

Saturday, June 6 @ 8pm
Boat Burning – Music for 70 Guitars, A Benefit for Music in DC Public Schools
BOAT BURNING: MUSIC FOR MASSED GUITARS brings over 70 electric guitars to SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS at FRANCIS-STEVENS in support of music in D.C. public schools.
School Without Walls at Francis Stevens
2425 N St NW
Located at the corner of N & 24th Streets NW

Thursday, June 11 – Saturday, June 13
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft Festival Series
Presented by CapitalBop
June 11: Trio of Trios
Gary Thomas Trio
Kris Funn and Corner Store Trio
Warren Wolf Trio

June 12: Warehouse Jazz Loft Party
Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra

June 13: AACM at 50
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins’ Orchestra
Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed
Organix Trio
Admission $20adv/$25door, Festival Pass $42
Hecht Warehouse
1401 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off 16th street NE

Wednesday, June 17 @ 8pm
Tashi Dorji :: Dunums :: Weed Tree :: Ian McColm
Tashi Dorji (Prepared Guitar, Asheville)
Dunums (Freaky Folky World Prog, Asheville)
Weed Tree (Prepared Guitar/Prepared Drum Duo, DC)
Ian McColm (Prepared Guitar/Electronics, DC)
Suggested Donation $9
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Aerophonic Records Releases

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From Aerophonic Records:

Aerophonic Records is pleased to announce the release of the ninth and tenth projects in its catalog, Western Automatic, by the Chicago Reed Quartet, and Cash And Carry, by The Rempis Percussion Quartet, set for a joint release on June 23rd, 2015. These two new releases document a pair of radically different quartets. Western Automatic is the recorded debut of the collaborative, compositionally-based Chicago Reed Quartet, featuring some of the best known saxophonists to emerge from Chicago in the last twenty-five years. Cash And Carry is the seventh commercially released recording of the free-improvising Rempis Percussion Quartet, one of Rempis’ oldest working bands.


Four generations of Chicago saxophonists join forces in this collaborative quartet, each one separated in age by almost exactly ten years. This wasn’t a calculated decision when Dave Rempis and Ken Vandermark first brainstormed the idea of the group in late 2013. The lineup came together based purely on the musical affinity of the personalities involved. (Oddly enough, Nick Mazzarella and Mars Williams had also been discussing the idea of forming a saxophone quartet at that time). This recording was made mostly in one day, all in single takes, on a laid-back, closed-door, summer afternoon session at Chicago’s Hungry Brain. And within these eight pieces, one can hear an ongoing artistic dialogue that stretches back for decades.


On August 31st, 2014, The Rempis Percussion Quartet celebrated its tenth year in existence with an increasingly rare hometown concert at Chicago’s venerable Hungry Brain, a bar whose dark, relaxed, and frequently hard-drinking atmosphere helped to define more than a decade of the Chicago improvised music scene. On this document of the night’s festivities, you can hear the group dive in face first, working over every facet of the simple melodies and grooves that form the underlying basis of their extended improvisations, tearing them apart, and reconstructing them in a multitude of new ways.