From the Bohemian in Exile:
Wed., August 10th: Absolute Tonalist Society at New Center Park
The latest group from cohorts Faruq Z. Bey (saxophones), Michael Carey (saxophones, flute, bass clarinet), Joel Peterson (double-bass) and Kurt Prisbe (percussion) is envisioned as an evolving group that acts as a Detroit composers’ repertory band. In this iteration of Absolute Tonalist Society, dense and rhythmic themes give way to sparse percussive textures- then its off to the races with echoes of Coltrane, John Gilmore and Eric Dolphy. For those who fear jazz and poetry combined, Faruq Z. Bey’s incantations will remind you that music and poetry have a common foundation: sound. This show is FREE and happening at lunchtime: 11:30 am-1:30 pm. New Center Park is located at the corner of W. Grand Blvd and Second Ave. in the New Center neighborhood.
LATER on Wed., August 10: William Hooker Trio at Northern Lights
Drummer William Hooker is a musician who spans more than just two worlds. His early days included stints with The Isley Brothers and Dionne Warwick, followed by a long and largely undocumented period in the 70’s New York loft scene. He emerged on record again in the 90’s in a variety of contexts, making releases with free jazz Heavy Weights like William Parker and Sabir Mateen, experimentalists like Zeena Parkins and Eliot Sharp-and an ongoing string of releases with Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth. His eclecticism has also spread to recent projects with DJ Spooky and Christian Marclay, but for this concert, his trio features two guitarists- Ed Rickart and Dave Ross.
Doors at 9 pm; $5-10 donation.
Northern Lights is located 660 W. Baltimore, between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave.-also in the New Center neighborhood.
Sat., August 27: 3rd Annual Planet D Nonet Tribute to Suns Ra at 3rd Bar
It’s hard to think of any other band in town that could do justice to the dense arrangements of Sun Ra‘s big band material of the 50’s and 60’s. For three years running, Planet D Nonet has featured this brilliant body of work in a tribute that utilizes the prodigious size of their group to great advantage. Sun Ra’s Arkestra varied in size greatly over then years, but he always displayed a mastery for making medium-big ensembles sound giant- and Planet D is a perfect embodiment of this. Each year they and more and more Sun Ra material to the repertoire as well, so its interesting to hear where they are in the chronology. Special guest this year is the outstanding trombonist Vincent Chandler, who has played with serious folks like Joe Henderson and Clark Terry! The first two Sun Tribute shows were released by Planet D as a double CD, named Jazz of the Year at the DMA.
9 pm doors
3rd Bar (formerly 3rd St. Saloon)
699 W. Forest Ave., in the Wayne State neighborhood
8/28 Frode Gjerstad Trio
8/31 Scavenger Quartet at New Center Park
9/8 Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver