Dave Holland Interview

English: current photograph of dave holland
English: current photograph of dave holland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Huffington Post:

I get surprised every time we play. When you’re working with people of this caliber, they’re constantly pushing the creative edge of what they do and we’re looking to, of course, keep change happening in the music, keep it developing. It’s just a natural part of how this music’s played, I think, traditionally. You don’t go up and play the same type of solo every night. You might try and find different ways to cover the tune from one night to the next, so there are often surprises, yeah. The surprises are in the way an interpretation might go down. Kevin [Eubanks] might come up with an interpretation of the melody that hasn’t happened before and you say, “Wow, that really is cool, it sounds great,” or Craig [Taborn] has an idea of doubling part of the melody at one point or changing the octave; all kinds of things happen. This, to me, is part of the joy of playing music with such great players. It’s a thing where nothing happens the same exactly every time we play.

Composers Now in New York, February 2014

Fred Ho (cropped version)
Fred Ho (cropped version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Composers Now celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to the cultural fabric of our society. Presented collaboratively by organizations throughout the five boroughs, the festival features a broad spectrum of performances in concert halls, jazz mobiles, opera stages, experimental spaces, conservatories, museums and other musical venues.

Some highlights from the February 2014 festival includes: Iktus Percussion, Fred Ho, ICE, and Thomas Buckner

The Bridge Shows in Chicago

Mwata Bowden
Mwata Bowden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Across the Bridges:


The Bridge #2
A transatlantic adventure in creative music and trance experiences
Joshua Abrams, Jason Adasiewicz, Avreeayl Ra & Aymeric Avice, Benjamin Sanz

The Bridge is proud to present the second ensemble borne out of its network of creative musicians from France and Chicago dedicated to presenting original transatlantic ensembles of musicians who have to desire to explore a new creative directions. The Bridge #2 is a daring and atypical ensemble that brings together Chicago-based musicians Joshua Abrams (bass, guimbri), Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone), and Avreeayl Ra (drums, percussion), and French musicians Aymeric Avice (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Benjamin Sanz (drums, percussion) in a musical adventure set to explore and bend the relationship between jazz and “trance” experiences, through improvisation (and repetition). November 1st through 15, the ensemble will perform in a variety of venues and contexts across Chicago, ranging from concerts at The Umbrella Music Festival, Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee, WI, and DePaul University; live film scoring at The Chicago French Alliance, workshops and master classes at Roosevelt University and DePaul University.

Nov 2, 8pm – Rebuild Foundation / Dorchester Projects
Film Screening w/ Live Score at the Black Cinema House
FREE, limited seating – info & RSVP: http://rebuild-foundation.org/upcoming-programs/0o2atvwyn7rv7ygmwqxg3rm8h6j3ri
6901 S. Dorchester Ave

Nov 2, 10pm – Rebuild Foundation / Dorchester Projects
Open Jam Session, feat. guests Mwata Bowden (bt sax & cl), David Boykin (tn sax & cl., bs cl), and Mankwe Ndosi (vocals)
FREE – get some action!
6901 S. Dorchester Ave

Nov 3, 2pm – Rebuild Foundation / Dorchester Projects
Sound for Film – Composing Film Scores Workshop
6901 S. Dorchester Ave

Nov 4, 3pm – University of Chicago, Franke Institute for the Humanities
The members of the quintet will participate in the seminar “Improvisation & Repetition” moderated by Arnold I. Davidson, Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Philosophy
1100 E. 57th St. – Room JRL S-102

Nov 5, 9.30pm – The Whistler, Relax Attack Jazz Series
feat. guests Harrison Bankhead (bass, cello), Mwata Bowden (bt sax & cl), Jason Roebke (bass)
NO COVER, 21+ – http://whistlerchicago.com/events/relax-attack-jazz-series-bridge-present-aymeric-avice-benjamin-sanz-mwata-bowden-harrison-ban
2421 N. Milwaukee

Nov 6, 7.30pm + 8.30pm – Dusable Museum of African American History
feat. guests Ari Brown (tn sax, piano), Fred Jackson Jr. (alto sax), Marquis Hill (trumpet), Jason Roebke (bass), Jason Stein (bs clt)
FREE, doors open at 6.30pm – http://www.dusablemuseum.org/events/details/the-bridge-2
740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

Nov 7, 9.30pm – Umbrella Music Festival @ Chicago Cultural Center
European Jazz Meets Chicago, Night 2
FREE – full lineup of the night + info: http://www.umbrellamusic.org/concerts/chicago-cultural-center/2013-11-07
78 E. Washington St. – Cassidy Theater

Nov 8, 2pm – Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts
master class + performance by the quintet
admission details TBA

Nov 9, 7pm – Rebuild Foundation / Dorchester Projects
Off The Record – details TBA
6901 S. Dorchester Ave
430 S Michigan Ave

Nov 10, 7pm – Woodland Pattern Alternating Currents Music Series (Milwaukee, WI)
$8 / $5 admission
720 E. Locust St, Milkwaukee, WI 53212

Nov 11 – DePaul University
6.30pm – Master Class
8pm – Series of performances:
> The musicians will take turns performing with student’s jazz combos
> The musicians will take performed two pieces alongside Dana Hall’s Polyglot Ensemble (Dana Hall drums, Joshua Abrams bass, Nick Mazzarella alto sax, Russ Johnson trumpet)
> The Bridge #2 performs two pieces as a unit to conclude the evening

Nov 12, 9.30pm – The Whistler, Relax Attack Jazz Series
feat. guests Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), David Rempis (drums), Jason Stein (bs cl), Michael Zerang (drums)
NO COVER, 21+ – http://whistlerchicago.com/events/relax-attack-jazz-series-bridge-present-aymeric-avice-benjamin-sanz-dave-rempis-jason-stein-f
2421 N. Milwaukee

Nov 13, 6.30pm – Alliance Francaise de Chicago: Music for Silent Movies, Luis Buñuel
The group will do a live score of L’Age d’Or / The Golden Age (Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí, 1930) & Un Chien Andalou / An Andalusion Dog (Luis Buñuel, 1929)
$8 w/ complimentary glass of French wine – info & registration: http://www.af-chicago.org/app/Calendar.php?event=1066&type=
54 W. Chicago Ave

Nov 14, 7.30pm – Comfort Station Logan Square
feat. guests David Boykin (tn sax & cl, bs cl), Keefe Jackson (alto sax), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Matt Lux (electric bass), Katherine Young (bassoon)
2579 N. Milwaukee

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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English: Steven Bernstein live at Saalfelden 2009 Italiano: Steven Bernstein live a Saalfelden 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Steven Bernstein at the Stone (Tuesday through Oct. 27) The trumpeter-bandleader-arranger Steven Bernstein will take over the Stone next week, making himself right at home. On Tuesday he plays music from his “Diaspora” album series, with the saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, the pianist Arturo O’Farrill, the bassist Brad Jones and the drummer Billy Martin. On Wednesday (and Oct. 26) he leads his band Sex Mob; on Thursday (and next Friday) he scrambles his Millennial Territory Orchestra. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Erik Friedlander at the Stone (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Friedlander is a cellist with a soulful and expressive style, and he has done uniformly strong work in recent years. He has been in residence at the Stone this week; among the remaining highlights is an album-release performance of “NightHawks,” featuring his band Bonebridge, on Saturday. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby Reading Band (Saturday) The tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby has a burly but beseeching tone, and in his own bands he often pushes toward an amiable ruckus. His name for this quartet suggests that he’ll be introducing new material on the bandstand — which wouldn’t be a setback, given the adaptive grace of its lineup, with the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Billy Drummond. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Tom Rainey Trio (Saturday) Tom Rainey is a starkly suggestive drummer who recently formed this working trio with Ingrid Laubrock, a tenor and soprano saxophonist adept with abrasive strategies, and Mary Halvorson, a young guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. “Camino Cielo Echo” (Intakt), the trio’s rewarding second album, captures some of the forceful expressivity it’s sure to demonstrate here. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid (Friday) The multireedist Henry Threadgill has long been one of the most thrillingly elusive composers in and around the jazz idiom, specializing in bristling counterpoint, unconventional timbres, and tough but slippery rhythms. Zooid, his band, has Jose Davila on tuba and trombone, Christopher Hoffman on cello, Liberty Ellman on guitar and Elliot Kavee on drums. It performs here under the aegis of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, which counts Mr. Threadgill as a charter member. At 8 p.m., Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan; aacm-newyork.com; $30, $15 for students. (Chinen)