Coming to Seattle

From Seattle’s Wayward Music:

THU. 12/16 – Monktail Creative Music Concern presents the second of three benefits for the Sounds Outside Festival, with Beth Fleenor, Gabriel Herbertson, Ken Jacobson, and David Milford

FRI. 12/17, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Julian Priester (trombone), with Dawn Clement (piano), Geoff Harper (bass), and Byron Vannoy (drums)

SAT. 12/18 – Three Duos: Ronin (Kenny Mandell & Don Berman, saxes, flutes, percussion) + Paul Kikuchi & Steve Barsotti (percussion, invented instruments) + Gregg Keplinger & Simon Hennaman (drums, guitar)

FRI. 1/7, 8 PM – Seattle Composers’ Salon – artists TBA

SAT. 1/8 – Monktail Creative Music Concern presents the second of three benefits for the Sounds Outside Festival, with Scott Adams, Samantha Boshnak, Mark Ostrowski, Stephen Parris

TUE. 1/11 – Gretta Harley

FRI. 1/14 – Amy Rubin

SAT. 1/15 – Seattle Percussion Collective

THU. 1/20 – Is That Jazz? Festival – artists TBA

FRI. 1/21 – Is That Jazz? Festival – artists TBA

SAT. 1/22 – Is That Jazz? Festival – artists TBA

THU. 1/27 – Is That Jazz? Festival – artists TBA

FRI. 1/28 – Is That Jazz? Festival – artists TBA

SAT. 1/29 – Is That Jazz? Festival – artists TBA

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society London Jazz Festival 2010 Streaming at the BBC

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
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BBC Radio 3 host this recording and provide free streaming for a few more days:

Jez Nelson presents a set by one of New York’s most exciting young bandleader-composers – Darcy James Argue and his eighteen-piece big band the Secret Society, recorded at Cafe Oto during the 2010 London Jazz Festival. Argue formed the Secret Society in 2005 and has an approach that fuses tradition and innovation. He says his aim is to evoke “an alternate musical history in which the dance orchestras that ruled the Swing Era never went extinct, but remained a popular and vital part of the evolving musical landscape”.

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Mike Pride’s From Bacteria To Boys To Play NYC And Philly In January

From Improvised Communications:

This January, drummer/composer Mike Pride and his working quartet, From Bacteria To Boys, will continue the celebration of their AUM Fidelity debut, Betweenwhile, with performances in New York and Philadelphia. On Friday, January 7th at 6:00 p.m., the group, which features alto saxophonist Darius Jones, pianist Alexis Marcelo and bassist Peter Bitenc, will open 2011 New York Winter JazzFest at Kenny’s Castaways in Greenwich Village. Six days later on Thursday, January 13th at 8:00 p.m., Ars Nova Workshop will present the band at Philadelphia Art Alliance.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Ellery Eskelin
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From Free Jazz:

Ellery Eskelin & Gerry Hemingway – Inbetween Spaces (Auricle, 2010) ****½
Rafael Toral – Space Elements Vol. II (Taiga, 2010) ****
Rafael Toral – Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance (Touch, 2001/2010)
Ray Anderson-Marty Ehrlich Quartet – Hear You Say – Live In Willisau (Intuition, 2010) ****
Irene Schweizer Trio & Dewan Motihar Trio – Jazz Meets India (MPS, 1967/2010) ****½

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