Chicago Green on Myspace

A quick plug for a new group that’s not avant, but sounds very good in a jam-band sort of way. Chicago Green features bassist Max Benson, son of my friend, the author Raymond Benson. Their debut CD will be out soon and I’m sure they will be playing live as well.


Upcoming at the Bohemian National Home


Friday, Aug. 31: Masul/Arrivistes/Ray Bertsch
Electronics/synth player Paul Giallorenzo has worked with many Chicago improvisers, including Jeb Bishop, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Dave Rempis, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly, Mike Reed, Josh Berman, Jason Ajemian, Jason Stein, and many others. Thomas Mejer, a contrabass saxophonist/composer from Luzern, Switzerland spent 4 months in Chicago in 2004, where he met Giallorenzo and formed the collaboration Masul, which has mostly performed in Chicago and Luzern. Mejer also works with the 774th St Quartet, a saxophone quartet with Aram Shelton, Guillermo Gregorio, and Keefe Jackson. This will be their first appearance in the region. Joining them is Arrivistes, an improv/experimental group, and Ray Bertsch, who allegedly does lovely songs in the rock/folk vein.
Doors at 8 pm; $5-10.

Later on Friday: Last Friday Rare Funk Party
Brad Hales and Frank Ranes play the platters that matter. You know the score. 12pm; $5.

Tuesday, Sept. 4th: Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens
This is one of the best young groups to come out of Chicago’s avant jazz scene. Every member is a significant player: Keefe Jackson (tenor sax), Josh Berman (cornet), Aram Shelton (alto sax), Fred Longberg-Holm (cello), Anton Hatwich (bass), Frank Rosaly (drums). Leader/principle composer Jackson has a focused sound on the tenor that eschews recycled lightning speed licks for a more logical, deliberate approach to improvising melodies. Berman’s sound has the color and intonation accuracy that is often lacking in younger avant brass players. Longberg-Holm and Hatwich are a great low string pairing who should should be familiar to Bohemian New Music regulars from their work with Ken Vandermark, Kyle Bruckman’s Wrack and many others. As a whole, the ensemble uses a wide variety of textures and devices to support challenging compositions that are still approachable and swing with authority. Doors at 8pm; sliding scale but $10 is strongly recommended.

Wednesday, Sept. 5: Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Sextet
Another all-star ensemble of rising musicians from Chicago: Rob Mazurek – cornet & electronics, Nicole Mitchell – flutes, Matt Bauder – bass clarinet & tenor saxophone, Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone, Jason Ajemian – doublebass, Mike Reed – drums & percussion.

A prime mover in the Chicago sound scene, Rob Mazurek is the leader/organizer of the Chicago Underground collective, Mandarin Movie and Exploding Star Orchestra. His discography includes recordings on Thrill Jockey, Delmark, Aesthetics, Mego, Family Vineyard and Bottrop-Boy (EN/OF). Featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wire, Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune and BOMB, Mazurek has toured extensively in The United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil and Japan. He has collaborated and/or recorded with Jim O’Rourke, Luc Ferrari, Tigersmilk, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Soul Ensemble, Gastr del Sol, Noamnesia, Isotope 217, Active Ingredients, Tortoise, Brokeback, Stereolab, Pan American, Sam Prekop. His solo projects reflect his experimentation with sound/visiual manipulation and musique concrete, with releases on Mego, Moikai, Bottrop-Boy (En/Of), Delmark and Aesthetics. A visual artist as well, he has exhibited his works at Heaven Gallery (Chicago), Naked Duck Gallery (New York), Gantner Multi-Media Center (France) and other locations throughout US and Europe.

Nicole Mitchell is an amazing flutist and band-leader in her own right. Co-president of the seminal Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Mitchell is the founder of the critically acclaimed Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings. #1 in Downbeat magazine’s critic’s poll for “Rising Star Flutist 2006 and 2007,” Mitchell has performed with creative luminaries including George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Lori Freedman, Miya Masaoka, James Newton and Muhal Richard Abrams. She also works on ongoing projects with Ed Wilkerson, David Boykin and Hamid Drake. Her playing and exuberance is simply amazing; she stands out in my mind as the performer who radiated the most positive energy in her personality as she played.

The rest of the group is made up of leading Chicago players all equally worthy of long paragraphs about the notable people they’ve played with, all of whom will be here this week! Well, almost. Doors at 8 pm; $10 suggested.

Thursday, Sept 6th: Eye Contact
Time to give the New Yorkers some! Eye Contact is composed of Matt Heyner (electric and acoustic basses) Matt Lavelle (trumpet, bass clarinet, cuica, flugelhorn) and Ryan Sawyer (drums). Although the sound might loosely be termed free jazz, the reality is far more complex, as a typical performance finds them drawing on elements of free improv, latin music, metal, drone and psychedelia.

Matt Lavelle is best known as a member of William Parker’s Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. His discography also includes work with Sabir Mateen, Assif Tsahar, Steve Swell, Ras Moshe and Daniel Carter.

Matt Heyner is one of the most in-demand bass players in New York City. He has toured internationally with the legendary improv unit NoNeck Blues Band, and is also well-known for his work in TEST with Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen and Tom Bruno. His current working groups include those of Sabir Mateen, Ras Moshe and Steve Swell, and he has had previous work with Thurston Moore, Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, Okkyung Lee and Samara Lubelski.

Ryan Sawyer was among the founding members of mythic Texas punkers At The Drive-In. He moved to New York, studied with Bobby Previte, played with Tony Malaby and Bruce Eisenbeil and is now a member of indie rockers Tall Firs and improv orchestra Stars Like Fleas.
Doors at 8 pm; $5-10

9/8 Earlier: James Ilgenfritz, Piotr Michalowski, Mike Khoury, Curtis Glatter, and James Cornish
9/8 After Dally Party: Ri Ri Garcia
9/14 & 9/15: Eugene Chadbourne and Jimmy Carl Black
9/21: Jack Rose/ Glenn Jones/ Windy and Carl/ Nick Schillace
9/22: Jack Wright, Tatsuya Nakatani, Michel Doneda
9/28: Nautical Almanc/ Demons

10/3 Magik Markers
10/8 Rempis Percussion Quartet
10/9 Damo Suzuki with Detroit Sound Carriers
10/13 Thollem McDonas with Skeeter Shelton
10/19 Trevor Watts and Jamie Harris- early show
10/26 Casey Neill
10/27 Yellow Swans
10/29 Sic Alps, Cadaver in Drag, Mammal

11/2 Gaida Hinnawi (Arabic ensemble)
also in Nov. Tatsuya Nakatani

12/18 Frode Gjerstad Trio

currently in the gallery: Michael Mikolowski- “New Work”
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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

This week’s shows in New York:

RASHIED ALI QUINTET (Tonight and tomorrow night) Rashied Ali has had a substantial career in the avant-garde, starting with his percussive role in the late-period groups of John Coltrane. But hard bop is the sturdy foundation for this quintet, with a front line of Jumaane Smith on trumpet and Lawrence Clark on tenor saxophone. At 8 and 10, Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue South, at Bleecker Street, West Village, (212) 255-3626,; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum.

LARRY CORYELL, MARK EGAN, PAUL WERTICO (Thursday) Mr. Coryell, the guitarist rightfully acknowledged as one of the trailblazers of jazz-rock, joins Mr. Egan, a well-traveled electric bassist, and Mr. Wertico, a propulsive drummer, in an all-star fusion collective. (Through Sept. 9.) At 8 and 10 p.m., Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121,; cover, $30, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

MARK FELDMAN AND MATT MANERI (Tuesday) Mr. Feldman, a violinist, and Mr. Maneri, a violist, share an attraction to spontaneity, and to a kind of penetrating lyricism. Their duets, largely improvised, should produce some fascinating results. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

★ PAUL MOTIAN, JOE LOVANO, BILL FRISELL (Tuesday through Thursday) On its recent album, “Time and Time Again” (ECM), this marvelous trio advances a distinctive brand of beguiling elasticity. As always, Mr. Motian, a drummer and composer, instigates smartly subversive decisions from Mr. Lovano (on tenor saxophone) and Mr. Frisell (on guitar and electronics); and, as usual, the group sets up here for a two-week run, which will be over in no time. (Through Sept. 16, except on Sept. 10.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

NIGHT OF THE RAVISHED LIMBS (Wednesday) In the first set of this Park Slope series, the alto saxophonist Lisa Parrott leads an adventurous trio, with Chris Lightcap on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Then the tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson leads Fast Citizens, a Chicago ensemble with an auspicious recent album, “Ready Everyday” (Delmark). At 8 and 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; cover, $10 a set. (Chinen)

TODD SICKAFOOSE’S BLOOD ORANGE (Thursday) Indie rock is more than a passing influence on this chamberlike group, which features the songs and stalwart bass playing of Todd Sickafoose, alongside contributions from the violinist Jenny Scheinman, the trumpeter Shane Endsley, the guitarists Mike Gamble and Jonathan Goldberger, and the twin brothers Alan and Mark Ferber on trombone and drums. At 9 and 10 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762,; suggested donation, $5. (Chinen)

Avant jazz set to take centre stage

The Guelph Festival gets previewed.

Since it was launched in 1994, the Guelph Jazz Festival has been celebrated for showcasing cutting-edge forms of jazz and improvised music.

The 14th edition, which runs Sept. 5-9, will be no different. Organized under a bold theme – “People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now!” – the event is touting first-time appearances by renowned artists such as multi-reedist Anthony Braxton, bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Carla Bley.

KFJC Reviews

From KFJC:

Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo – “Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo ” – [Vibraphone Records]

Carter, Tom / Robert Horton / Michael Shannon – “Turnstone ” – [Three Lobed Recordings]

Merzbow Carlos Giffoni – “Synth Destruction ” – [Important Records]

Vopat – “Calcutta ” – [Brutal Sound Effects]

A Band – “A Band ” – [Qbico]