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, $5-10 donation suggested
3rd Bar (formerly 3rd St. Saloon)
699 W. Forest Ave., in the Wayne State neighborhood
Sun. Aug. 28: Frode Gjerstad Trio at Le Petit Zinc in the garden
Norwegian powerhouse improvisors, The Frode Gjerstad Trio, return to Detroit for a special Sunday evening concert. One of the leading figures of creative music in Northern Europe, Frode Gjerstad has made several visits to Detroit in the past few years. Showing a versatile range on saxophones and clarinet, he has performed as a soloist, with his various iterations of the trio and with Circulasione Totale, his hybrid music orchestra . His collaborators have included John Stevens, Dudu Pukwana, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Billy Bang, Borah Bergman,William Parker, Rashid Bakr, Louis Moholo, Peter Brøtzmann, Willber Morris, Kevin Norton, Pheeroan akLaff, Hamid Drake, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Steve Swell, Han Bennink, and
Marshall Allen among others.
Frode is joined by the ubiquitous Paal Nilssen-Love on drums. Detroit audiences have had the pleasure of seeing Paal in a wide variety of contexts- especially due to his extensive playing in the Chicago creative music scene. This time the trio features a new bass player, Jon Rune, who Frode and Paal are very excited about.
Le Petit will reopen Sunday evening at 6:30 with a select menu and refreshments.
Music starts at 7 pm. $5-10 suggested.
1055 Trumbull Ave, Detroit 48216
Wed. Aug 31: Scavenger Quartet at New Center Park (free lunchtime show)
All you late-night scribes, Cultural Center-lunchers, working DJs, not working booking agents, bartenders, Henry Ford Hospital employees and other gainfully available people
can make this free lunchtime performance by Scavenger Quartet at New Center Park. There’s a least one thing in it for each of you!
Scavenger Quartet has a new record in the works and these two sets are a good preview of the music on it. This makes the third release by the group that is lead by
Frank Pahl (ukelele, euphonium, Farfisa, inventions) and features Tim Holmes (saxophones, flute, toys), Joel Peterson (doublebass, siren, foot percussion and
Doug Gorlay (drumkit, dulcidrum, whiskey bottle etc.).
Music is 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. New Center Park is located at the corner of Second Avenue and East Grand Boulevard, in The New Center.
9/8 Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver
9/9 Jack Wright
11/14 Travis Laplante
In December: Tatsuya Nakatani’s New Gong Orchestra