Giuseppi Logan Kickstarter Project

Giuseppi Logan
Giuseppi Logan (Photo credit: jonrawlinson)

Via Kickstarter:

The story of Giuseppi Logan is one of grit and tenacity and the power of music. Giuseppi Logan was a contemporary of Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. An accomplished sax player, as well as clarinet, flute and piano player, Giuseppi became known for his free form compositional genius. Having studied at the New England Conservatory, in the sixties Logan was hailed as one of the bright lights of free jazz. In the seventies, Giuseppi disappeared from view and remained lost to the music world for well over 30 years.

In this project we will bring you the second record Giuseppi Logan record sponsored by the jazz community on Kickstarter. The goal of this project is to raise the funds to press vinyl for “And They Were Cool” a new record made possible in part by the previous Kickstarter for The Giuseppi Logan Project. When we went into the studio with Giuseppi in June this year, we did so with one goal in mind. Create an environment conducive to following the muse and playing pure jazz improv. Almost a year into recovering from his broken hip, Giuseppi was in better physical health and obviously energized by the talent in the room and having a talented young sax player to challenge him (Jessica Lurie). Piano as well as sax came into play and at the end of the day it became a question of what to leave off the record rather than what to include.

Ensemble Dal Niente in Chicago December 14

From Ensemble Dal Niente:

Friday, December 14, 2012 7:30pm
Hard Music Hard Liquor

Mayne Stage
1328 Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL
Tickets: $25 reserved / $20 general / $10 student
Available at

The holiday season brings you The Nutcracker and The Messiah. Dal Niente brings you Hard Music Hard Liquor.

Known for its fearless approach to difficult contemporary repertoire, Dal Niente throws several of its artists center stage in wild (yet classic?) soloistic displays of instrumental and vocal virtuosity, with remarkable piano works by Brian Ferneyhough and Stefan Prins, whose Piano Hero #1 places the musician in battle with an alter ego via live video. Back by popular demand will be Jesse Langen in a reprise of his signature role as The Duke of Prunes. This event welcomes all audience members ages 18 and up.

Brian Ferneyhough (b.1943): Lemma – Icon – Epigram (1981) for solo piano
Philippe Hurel (b.1955): Loops II (2002) for solo vibraphone
Stefan Prins (b.1979): Piano Hero #1 (2011) for piano, midi-keyboard, live electronics, and video (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
György Kurtág (b.1926): selections from Kafka Fragments (1987) for soprano and violin
Lee Hyla (b.1952): Passegiata (2007) for solo violin
Ray Evanoff (b.1984): New Work (2012) for solo horn
Chris Fisher-Lochhead (b.1984): Shredhaus (2012) for solo guitar (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
Malin Bang (b.1974): Turbid Motion (2010) for bass flute, bass clarinet, guitar, 2 percussionists, piano, violin, cello (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
Frank Zappa (1940-1993)/arr. Fisher-Lochhead: The Duke of Prunes (1966/2010) for amateur vocalist and chamber ensemble

Unfold Ordinary Mind (Eskelin, Cline, Smith, Goldberg, Sudduth) in Philadelphia December 9

Ellery Eskelin
Ellery Eskelin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Ars Nova Workshop:

Sunday, December 9, 2012 – 8:00pm
Unfold Ordinary Mind
Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone
Rob Sudduth, tenor saxophone
Nels Cline, guitar
Ben Goldberg, contra alto clarinet
Ches Smith, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to announce the Philadelphia debut of Unfold Ordinary Mind, the new quintet led by Ben Goldberg, featuring Ellery Eskelin, Rob Sudduth, Nels Cline and Ches Smith.

The clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg, a former student of Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano, has been pulling from the jazz, folk and Klezmer traditions for many years, always managing to discover something uniquely his own. He has worked with Zeena Parkins, Vijay Iyer, Myra Melford, and John Zorn, among others, and is the leader of several celebrated ensembles, including Tin Hat, the New Klezmer Trio and the Ben Goldberg Quintet. Tin Hat’s most recent release, The Rain is a Handsome Animal, is a 17-song cycle inspired by the American poet E.E. Cummings, and Goldberg’s Orphic Machine premiered its Allen Grossman-inspired pieces this year at the Jewish Music Festival.

After Orphic Machine’s debut, Goldberg got the idea for a quintet in which his Eb contra alto clarinet would take the place of a bass player. So he invited the tenor saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Rob Sudduth, the guitarist Nels Cline (of Wilco fame) and the drummer Ches Smith to Bunker Studio, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After a few hours of rehearsal, not only was Unfold Ordinary Mind born, but the group also recorded its first album; this eponymous debut will be released in January by Goldberg’s label, BAG Productions. About the music, Goldberg says it’s “raw, dire, and to the point.” Tonight the band makes its Philadelphia debut.

A Closer Listen Reviews

From A Closer Listen:

Sunhillow / Baldruin ~ Split
Alfred Brown ~ The Seagull – A Song Cycle
NE Trethowan ~ RS
Senna ~ Scenery In His Mind
Good Weather For An Airstrike ~ Lights
Marihiko Hara & Hideki Umezawa ~ Jigokuhen
David Newlyn ~ Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book
A Closer Look: Montreal’s AKOUSMA Festival
BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa ~ Góða Nótt

Henry Grimes in December

English: Henry Grimes Quartet @ HotHouse (Chic...
English: Henry Grimes Quartet @ HotHouse (Chicago, 12/03/2005) Français : Henry Grimes Quartet @ HotHouse (Chicago, 03/12/2005) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Henry Grimes:

Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2012, 9-10:45 p.m: Henry Grimes Trio w/ Marc Medwin & Tyshawn Sorey, Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd St. (2nd / 3rd Ave’s), 3rd floor, Manhattan (NYC), 212-371-7657.

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 6:30 p.m.-midnight: Vision Festival benefit for a new concert space, also honoring Ornette Coleman: VIP party launch, w/ Paul D. Miller (D.J. Spooky), “Antarctica” excerpt, 7:15-7:30 p.m; four solos betw. 7:30 & 8 p.m. — Roy Campbell, Jr., Henry Grimes, Christian McBride, and John Zorn; + artists’ round table, raffle, food by La Esquina, and open bar, tickets for the entire evening $150 or two for $250, ; followed at 8:30 by all-star benefit w/ Hamiet Bluiett, Rob Brown, Yoshiko Chuma, Cooper-Moore, Charles Gayle, Ben Gerstein, Milford Graves, Joe Lovano, Billy Martin, Miya Masaoka, Joe McPhee, Qasim Naqvi, William Parker, Judi Silvano, and more, + special guest John Forte, $45 not including the VIP party, tix , at Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St. just below Houston St. and just east of Ave. A / Essex St., Manhattan (NYC), 212-529-7194 (ofc.), 212-780-0175,

Monday, Dec. 31st (New Year’s Eve), 11:15 p.m: Marc Ribot’s Spiritual Unity, w/ Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell, Jr., & Chad Taylor, Albert Ayler’s ‘”Bells’ at Midnight,” at the Stone, northwest corner of Ave. C & 2nd St., Manhattan (NYC), $40 includes traditional champagne toast at midnight (preceded by a special surprise show at 7 p.m. to be announced, separate admission charge), , map , no phone, no advance ticket sales or reservations, so please be there early. Take the F train to 2nd Ave., use 1st Ave. exit, and walk east to Ave. C, or the M-9 or M-21 bus to the corner of Houston St. and Ave. C.