The Vortex Jazz Club Shows

Steve Noble
Steve Noble (Photo credit: encosion)

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

WED 03 • 20.00 • £10 • MD
BRUNO HEINEN SEXTET

Pianist Heinen presents Tierkreis (Signs of the Zodiac) by Stockhausen with Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet) James Allsop (bass clarinet), Tom Challenger (tenor sax), Andrea Di Biase (bass), and Jon Scott (drums). The group will be playing Bruno’s re-working of one, twelve movement piece by Karlheinz Stockhausen. ‘Tierkreis’ was originally written for twelve music boxes, four of which have been in Bruno’s family since he was born, and are used in performance. This album launch is the first concert of a nationwide release tour for the Sextet’s recent recording for Babel Label.

THU 04 • 20.30 • £9 • MD
ACV + DIALOGUES

Launching their new album Busk, produced by Trio VD’s Chris Sharkey and released on Babel records. Drawing on prog rock, jazz & free improvisation ACV have “…a distinctive group sound and identity… are looking for something altogether darker and more organic and they succeed brilliantly.” thejazzman.com

Andy Champion (double bass), Graeme Wilson (tenor & baritone sax), Paul Edis (piano & keyboards), Mark Williams (guitar), Adrian Tilbrook (drums).

Dialogues creates a warm and familiar sound with a sting of excitement in the telling of their tales. Kieran McLeod, Matt Robinson, Chris Hyson, Corrie Dick.

FRI 05 • 20.30 • £9 • MD
DUCK BAKER TRIO & QUARTET

US finger-picker, Baker has worked with John Zorn, Roswell Rudd, Eugene Chadbourne, and many other avant-garde musicians over the years. Tonight he performs compositions by Herbie Nichols, Thelonious Monk, as well as his own. Drummer Steve Noble joins to make it a quartet on several numbers, with a nod towards free jazz and improvisation.

With Duck Baker (guitar), Alex Ward (clarinet) John Edwards (bass) Steve Noble (drums).

Henry Grimes’ April Schedule

English: Henry Grimes Quartet @ HotHouse (Chic...

From Henry Grimes:

Tuesday-Saturday, April 2nd-6th: Henry Grimes residency, including Henry Grimes and Avreeayl Ra in concert on Thursday, April 4th, 7:3O p.m. at Krannert Art Museum, 5OO East Peabody Drive betw. South 4th & South 6th St’s, Champaign, Illinois [6182O], 734-333-186O, -1861, http://kam.illinois.edu, http://www.kam.uiuc.edu/events/performances.html, directions http://tinyurl.com/cmyd7me, mailto:kam@illinois.edu. NOTE: This is part of a Henry Grimes five-day residency at the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana, April 2nd-6th; all events take place on campus and are free and open to the public. Jason Finkelman, mailto:finkelma@illinois.edu, 217-3OO-1715.

Tuesday, April 9th, 9 p.m: Henry Grimes solo (acoustic bass, violin, poetry), Elastic Arts, 283O North Milwaukee Ave. (one block north of West Diversey & North Kimball Ave’s), Chicago, Illinois 6O618, 773-772-3616, http://elasticarts.org, http://elasticrevolution.com, info@elasticrevolution.com, directions http://www.elasticrevolution.com/contact-us.php, http://transitchicago.com, Blue Line subway to Logan Square, tickets in advance from https://www.artful.ly/store/events/1032.

Thursday, April 11th, 5:3O-7:3O p.m: Henry Grimes master class w/ Mark Kirschenmann’s Creative Arts Orchestra, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, E.V. Moore Building, 11OO Baits Drive, 734-764-O583, http://www.music.umich.edu, http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/jazz_improv/index.php, mailto:sonikman@umich.edu, http://www.music.umich.edu/about/facilities/directions.htm.

Friday, April 12th, 7:3O-1O:3O p.m. (doors at 6:3O): The Henry Grimes Trio featuring Ronnie Burrage and Lee Robinson, at the Irma Freeman Center, 5OO6 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [15224], 412-924-O634, http://irmafreeman.org, https://www.facebook.com/IFCenter, mailto:kevinamosproducer@hotmail.com, mailto:sheiladali@irmafreeman.org, transit 86b Frankstown to Penn Hills / downtown.

Friday through Sunday, April 19th-21st: Prof. Amiri Baraka and Henry Grimes, duo performance on Sunday, April 21st, 1O-11 p.m. (22-23:OO), part of a three-day ARIKA symposium exploration of the concept of freedom and ways in which musical, poetic, and critical practices engage with or enact it, developed with author / poet Fred Moten, featuring performances by and discussions with musicians, poets and important critical figures working within the Black Radical Aesthetic, also including Ray Brassier, Daniel Carter, Mattin, Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, No-Total Or Staying Within the Tale, William Parker, M. NourbeSe Philip, Howard Slater, Wadada Leo Smith, and John Tilbury, all at Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE, Scotland, U.K., box office +44 (O)131 556 O878, +44 (O)845 33O 35O1, +44 (O)131 556 O878, http://arika.org.uk, http://arika.org.uk/events/episode-4-freedom-constant-struggle/programme/wordmusic, http://www.tramway.org/Pages/home.aspx, http://arika.org.uk/events/episode-4-freedom-constant-struggle/book-tickets, mailto:info@arika.org.uk, mailto:info@tramway.org.

Wednesday, April 24th, 8 p.m. (2O:OO): The Henry Grimes Trio w/ Rasul Siddik and Mark Sanders, Rue Francaise by Miss China Gallery, 3 rue Francaise, 75OO1 Paris, France, +33 (O) 1 4O 28 O5 49, http://www.ruefrancaise.fr, mailto:misschina@ruefrancaise.fr (métro Etienne Marcel).

Thursday, April 25th, 8 p.m (2O:OO): The Henry Grimes Quartet w/ Bobby Few, Rasul Siddik, and Mark Sanders, Espace z’Avant-Garde, 137 rue de Sèvres, Paris 6è (métro Duroc), +33 (O) 1 4O 31 34 86, mailto:noahrosenpianist@gmail.com, http://zavantgarde.free-jazz.net. Please phone for the door code to the building.

Friday, April 26th, 8 p.m. (2O:OO): The Henry Grimes Quintet w/ Bobby Few, Rasul Siddik, Elaine Mitchener, & Mark Sanders, Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St., London E8 3DL, England (U.K.), +44 (O) 2O 7923 1231, http://www.cafeoto.co.uk, http://www.cafeoto.co.uk/henry-grimes-bobby-few-rasul-siddik-mark-sanders-elaine-mitchener.shtm, mailto:info@cafeoto.co.uk, tickets / map / transportation http://www.wegottickets.com/event/210884.

Saturday, April 27th through Sunday, May 19th: Henry Grimes residency at Uncool, Casa Bondietti, Via dal Poz 69, CH-7742 Valposchiavo, Switzerland in the Italian-Swiss Alps, to include a public concert in Lo Spazio (a concert space at the same address) on Saturday, May 11th at 8:3O p.m. (2O:3O), plus a workshop for schoolchildren and other artistic activities, +41 81 844 OO5O, http://www.uncool.ch/2013/residence.php, http://www.uncool.ch/2012/media/UNCOOL_program_2012.pdf, http://www.sharepeace.ch, mailto:thekey@uncool.ch.

Devin Hoff Interview

Devin Hoff 3
Devin Hoff 3 (Photo credit: michaelz1)

From the Bleader:

In the two years bassist Devin Hoff lived in Chicago he was a fairly ubiquitous presence around town, playing in countless ad hoc configurations and forming several ongoing projects he’s remained part of since leaving for Los Angeles in 2011. In April he’ll play with one of those bands, his trio with reedist Dave Rempis and drummer Mike Reed called Days After Next Wednesday, at the Hideout—you can check out a track by the group toward the bottom of this post. That’s just part of his wide-ranging monthlong residency here, which will be helmed by Monday-night gigs at the Skylark. The core of his visit comprises four performances (including one in Milwaukee) by a relatively new band, the Devin Hoff Bastet, that includes a couple of strong colleagues (drummer Darrell Green and tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley) from his days in the Bay Area, along with Chicago alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella.

The Stone in April

Drummer Whit Dickey performing at the world pr...

From New York’s Stone:

4/2 Tuesday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Matt Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Whit Dickey (drums)

4/3 Wednesday (DDT)
8 pm
Matt Shipp and Ivo Perelman
Matthew Shipp (piano) Ivo Perelman (reeds)

10 pm
Matt Shipp and Darius Jones
Matthew Shipp (piano) Darius Jones (sax)

4/4 Thursday (HB)
8 pm
Matt Shipp and Steve Dalachinsky
Matthew Shipp (piano) Steve Dalachinsky (poetry)

10 pm
Matt Shipp and Rob Brown
Matthew Shipp (piano) Rob Brown (sax)

4/5 Friday (ICS)
8 and 10 pm
Matt Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Whit Dickey (drums)

4/6 Saturday (CWL)
8 and 10 pm
Matt Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Whit Dickey (drums)

4/7 Sunday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Matt Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Whit Dickey (drums)

4/8 Monday (MJ)
8 pm
Frank London’s Shekhina Big Band
Greg Wall, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Zach Mayer, Paul Shapiro, Doug Wieselman, Jessica Lurie (saxes) Justin Mullens, Steven Gluzband, Ronald Horton, Pam Fleming, Rob Henke (trumpets) Curtis Hasselbring, Jacob Garchik, Matt Haviland, Brian Drye (trombones) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano) Uri Sharlin (accordion) Brian Glassman (bass) Roberto Rodriguez (drums) Renato Thoms (percussion)

4/9 Tuesday (JM)
8 and 10 pm
Jon Madof’s Zion80
Jon Madof (guitar, conductor) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie, Zach Mayer (bari saxes) Yoshie Fruchter, Aram Bajakian (guitars) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Rich Stein, Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)
The latest large group project from Jon Madof (Rashanim, CircuitBreaker) features music by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach set to arrangements inspired by Nigerian Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. After their sold out Stone residency in the fall and a studio recording for Tzadik the band is razor sharp and white hot!

4/10 Wednesday (ICS)
8 and 10 pm
Jon Madof’s Zion80
Jon Madof (guitar, conductor) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie, Zach Mayer (bari saxes) Yoshie Fruchter, Aram Bajakian (guitars) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Rich Stein, Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)
The latest large group project from Jon Madof (Rashanim, CircuitBreaker) features music by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach set to arrangements inspired by Nigerian Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. After their sold out Stone residency in the fall and a studio recording for Tzadik, the band is razor sharp and white hot!

4/11 Thursday (SK)
8 and 10 pm
Jon Madof’s Zion80
Jon Madof (guitar, conductor) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie, Zach Mayer (bari saxes) Yoshie Fruchter, Aram Bajakian (guitars) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Rich Stein, Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)
The latest large group project from Jon Madof (Rashanim, CircuitBreaker) features music by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach set to arrangements inspired by Nigerian Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. After their sold out Stone residency in the fall and a studio recording for Tzadik the band is razor sharp and white hot!

4/12 Friday (KM)
8 pm
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz – ABRAXAS – John Zorn’s Masada: Book of Angels – Vol. 19
Eyal Maoz, Yoshie Fruchter (guitars) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (gimbri) Kenny Grohowski (drums)
ABRAXAS: Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz steps out on his own to make one of the most primal and tribal installments in the “Book of Angels” series. Drawing on his Sephardic roots, Shanir plays gimbri throughout, giving the music a primeval Moroccan edge. Featuring the intense guitar pyrotechnics of Eyal Maoz and Yoshie Fruchter (from Edom and Pitom respectively) and the atavistic drumming of Kenny Grohowski, this is Ritualistic Jewish Rock for the 21st century by a brilliant young lion from the East Village via Brooklyn/Israel!

10 pm
Yoshie Fruchter’s Pitom
Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Kevin Zubek (drums) Tom Swafford (violin)
Avant-rock meets the Jewish sound in Pitom, a shredding instrumental band led by guitarist Yoshie Fruchter. Cacophonic guitar, surly heavy metal bass and a soaring violin echo Mahavishnu and the Melvins, with catchy melodies drawing from the Jewish tradition. With two records on Tzadik, the band is rocking hard as ever, and continues to develop its unique sound in the Radical Jewish Culture scene.

4/13 Saturday (ICS)
10 pm
Jon Madof’s Urim
Jon Madof (guitar) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Yoshie Fruchter (bass) David Freeman (percussion)

8 pm
The Flail
Brian Marsella (piano) Dan Blankinship (trumpet) Stephan Moutot (tenor sax) Reid Taylor (bass)
Playing compositions by Brian Marsella (Beat the Donkey, Banquet of the Spirits, Edom and Zion80), this super tight quintet has been playing together for over 12 years. 1st performance at the Stone!

4/14 Sunday (CL)
8 and 10 pm
Jon Madof, Marlon Sobol and Special Guests
Jon Madof (guitar) Marlon Sobol (percussion)

4/15 Monday (BLG)
8 pm
Frank London’s Shekhina Big Band
Greg Wall, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Zach Mayer, Paul Shapiro, Doug Wieselman, Jessica Lurie (saxes) Justin Mullens, Steven Gluzband, Ronald Horton, Pam Fleming, Rob Henke (trumpets) Curtis Hasselbring, Jacob Garchik, Matt Haviland, Brian Drye (trombones) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano) Uri Sharlin (accordion) Brian Glassman (bass) Roberto Rodriguez (drums) Renato Thoms (percussion)

4/16 Tuesday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
SLOBBER PUP
Jamie Saft (organs, keys) Joe Morris (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Balazs Pandi (drums)

4/17 Wednesday (MJC)
8 pm
BURNING GENITALS
Jamie Saft (piano, fender Rhodes, keys)
Jamie Saft Solo Electric set

10 pm
GERALD FLETCHER MEMORIAL GRINDCORE EXPLOSION
Jamie Saft (guitar) Balazs Pandi (drums) Dylan Walker (vocals)

4/18 Thursday (CL)
8 pm
Jamie Saft
Jamie Saft (piano)

10 pm
Jerry Granelli/Jamie Saft Duo: The Only Juan
Jerry Granelli (drums, percussion) Jamie Saft (keyboards, electronics)
A RARE NYC appearance from master drummer Jerry Granelli. Jerry Granelli was a core member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio as well as drumming stints with Mose Allison, Ornette Coleman, Lou Rawls, Sly Stone and Lenny Bruce! Jerry also taught extensively at Naropa In Boulder, CO. Don’t miss this rare New York reunion of Granelli and Saft.

4/19 Friday (KM)
8 and 10 pm
Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio
Jamie Saft (piano, fender Rhodes, keys) Brad Jones (acoustic bass) Craig Santiago (drums)
New Zion Trio = Uniting Roots Reggae and Dub, Spiritual Jazz, Jewish Mystical Paths and Trancelike States.

4/20 Saturday (RK)
8 and 10 pm
Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio with special guest H.R. of BAD BRAINS!!! CD RELEASE PARTY
Jamie Saft (piano, fender rhodes, keys) Brad Jones (acoustic bass) Craig Santiago (drums) H.R. Human Rights (vocals)
Celebrating the 4.20 release of their new album “CHALIWA” on Veal Records with very special guest H.R. of Bad Brains.

4/21 Sunday (JM)
8 pm
Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio
Jamie Saft (piano, fender Rhodes, keys) Brad Jones (acoustic bass) Craig Santiago (drums)
New Zion Trio = Uniting Roots Reggae and Dub, Spiritual Jazz, Jewish Mystical Paths and Trancelike States.

8 and 10 pm
KINGSTON YARD
Jamie Saft (keys, guitar) Craig Santiago (drums) with special guests
Dub and Reggae-Roots and Culture

4/22 Monday (JI)
8 pm
Frank London’s Shekhina Big Band
Greg Wall, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Zach Mayer, Paul Shapiro, Doug Wieselman, Jessica Lurie (saxes) Justin Mullens, Steven Gluzband, Ronald Horton, Pam Fleming, Rob Henke (trumpets) Curtis Hasselbring, Jacob Garchik, Matt Haviland, Brian Drye (trombones) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano) Uri Sharlin (accordion) Brian Glassman (bass) Roberto Rodriguez (drums) Renato Thoms (percussion)

4/23 Tuesday (RJP)
8 and 10 pm
Steve Coleman and Five Elements with special guests
Steve Coleman (alto sax) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Miles Okazaki (guitar) David Bryant (piano) Anthony Tidd (bass) Sean Rickman (drums)

4/24 Wednesday (BK)
8 and 10 pm
Steve Coleman and Five Elements with special guests
Steve Coleman (alto sax) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Miles Okazaki (guitar) David Bryant (piano) Anthony Tidd (bass) Sean Rickman (drums)

4/25 Thursday (NY)
8 and 10 pm
Steve Coleman and Five Elements with special guests
Steve Coleman (alto sax) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Miles Okazaki (guitar) David Bryant (piano) Anthony Tidd (bass) Sean Rickman (drums)

4/26 Friday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Steve Coleman (alto sax) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Anthony Tidd (bass) Sean Rickman (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

4/27 Saturday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Steve Coleman (alto sax) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Anthony Tidd (bass) Sean Rickman (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

4/28 Sunday (DS)
8 and 10 pm
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Steve Coleman (alto sax) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Anthony Tidd (bass) Sean Rickman (drums)

4/29 Monday (DDT)
8 pm
Frank London’s Shekhina Big Band
Greg Wall, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Zach Mayer, Paul Shapiro, Doug Wieselman, Jessica Lurie (saxes) Justin Mullens, Steven Gluzband, Ronald Horton, Pam Fleming, Rob Henke (trumpets) Curtis Hasselbring, Jacob Garchik, Matt Haviland, Brian Drye (trombones) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano) Uri Sharlin (accordion) Brian Glassman (bass) Roberto Rodriguez (drums) Renato Thoms (percussion)

4/30 Tuesday (RJP)
8 pm
CYRO BAPTISTA & BANQUET OF THE SPIRITS
Cyro Baptista (percussion) Brian Marsella (keys) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Tim Keiper (drums)

10 pm
CYRO BAPTISTA & BANQUET OF THE SPIRITS with NONOKO YOSHIDA
Cyro Baptista (perc) Brian Marsella (keys) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Tim Keiper (drums) Nonoko Yoshida (sax)