From Detroit’s Trinospheres:
Friday, Jan. 3: Skeeter C.R. Shelton’s Spectrum 3 with Maxie Arthur and Khaleelah
One of the great musicians of the Detroit creative music scene, Skeeter C.R. Shelton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and uniquely emotive saxophonist who spent his early years in the company of Chicago’s legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, of which his father, Ajaramu, was a charter member. Skeeter has worked with James Blood Ulmer, Fred Anderson, Faruq Z. Bey, Hakim Jami, Thollem McDonas, The Northwoods Improvisers, Michael Carey and Kenneth Green. As a leader, he fronts the various incarnations of Spectrum–for this performance, a trio of veteran jazz and funk drummer Maxie Arthur and dancer Khaleelah, best known for her work with local percussionist Efe Bes.
Open for dinner at 7pm; concert at 8pm
$7-10 suggested; $20 including vegan-friendly dinner
Friday, Jan. 10: Kenn Thomas Quartet with Skeeter Shelton, Kurt Prisbe and Joel Peterson
Pianist Kenn Thomas did an early stint in Detroit’s legendary Griot Galaxy and then largely disappeared from the scene for years- until he performed a blow-out concert with his brother, noted bass clarinetist Oluyemi Thomas, at Bohemian National Home in 2007. Since that time, he’s been reactivated in Detroit’s creative music scene, and has performed in many combinations with people like William Parker, Thollem McDonas, Elliott Sharp and several Detroit notables. This concert will mark the first time he’s collaborated with tenor heavyweight Skeeter Shelton; his new quartet is rounded out by Kurt Prisbe (drums) and Joel Peterson (doublebass), who have performed extensively with Kenn and Skeeter separately. Expect a collision of Fire Music and sci-fi space jams from this one of a kind keyboardist.
Doors at 7 pm for dinner; music at 8 pm.
$10 suggested; $20 with dinner
Saturday, Jan. 18: The Young Mothers, Chatoyant
Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten first came to our attention through the Scandinavian free-jazz/garage punk unit The Thing and The Frode Gjerstadt Trio, where he shared rhythm section responsibilities in both bands with drummer Paal Nilssen Love. In the past couple years he has relocated to Texas, where he has formed The Young Mothers- a group that features Chicago’s Frank Rosaly on drums; Texans Stefan Gonzales on drums, vibes and vocals, Jason Jackson on saxophones and Jonathon F. Horne on guitar; and trumpet and electronics by Jawwaad Taylor, who splits his time between NYC and Texas. Eclectic as the line-up suggests, The Young Mothers have been compared to a hybrid of Don Cherry’s bands and The Brotherhood of Breath. Touches of free improv, underground rock, modern jazz and afro- grooves propel the dense compositions of Haker Flaten into a pluralist approachability.
Opening the show is Detroit’s free-improvisational, loosely categorized psych-band, Chatoyant. With barely a year under it’s belt, Chatoyant has released two small-run CD-Rs and a cassette, with a full length LP already recorded and ready to be pressed. Two regional tours are already behind it, and the band is ready to hit hard in 2014- if it can just simultaneously keep its members off the road with their other groups- like Wolf Eyes, Rodriguez and Crime and the City Solution for a few weeks.
Doors at 8pm; $8 min.- $10 suggested.
Monday, Jan. 20: Han Bennink and Mary Oliver
Friday, Jan. 24: Tony Holland with Djallo Djakate, Joel Peterson and Clarence Williams