Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

Jordan Glenn 1
Jordan Glenn 1 (Photo credit: michaelz1)

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Saturday, June 28
Sat 6/28 6:00 PM The Emerald Tablet [80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA, 94133, United States]
The evening will begin with a presentation by composer and sound artist Brenda Hutchinson! She’ll be discussing some of her work in direct public engagement and presenting an interactive performance with the audience. After her talk we’ll have a Q&A, followed by a break. Then, the Johnston/Dutton/Rankin-Parker/Pearce Quartet will play a set of improvisational music inspired by Hutchinson’s presentation and the ensuing discussion.

Sat 6/28 8:00 PM First Congregational Church of Oakland [2501 Harrison St. Oakland, CA]
Heaven Down Here is a unique chamber opera project by Andrew Jamieson that brings together sounds of avant-garde and experimental improvisation with traditional songs of the black gospel tradition and the Pentecostal church. It is also a re-presentation of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple and both the great hope and great abuse that was found there. The first two performances will take place on June 25th and June 28th at 8:00pm at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland CA and tickets are $20/$10

Sat 6/28 8:00 PM Berkeley Home of Harry Bernstein and Caren Meghreblian [1068 Spruce Street Berkeley 94707]
Rova Saxophone Quartet in an intimate “chamber concert” at the classic Berkeley home of Harry Bernstein and Caren Meghreblian. “We’ll have two sets of Rova, with an intermission during which time we’ll be serving wine, cheese and fruit. We hope some of you can make it!” Music including notation and improvisation. Featuring a suite of pieces by the late Steve Lacy plus an array of Rova-composed works. Rova = Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin

Sunday, June 29
Sun 6/29 7:30 PM SIMM Series [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Jim Ryan @ 80: A celebration and concert with Bay Area sonic luminary, saxophonist, and poet…
7:30pm Jordan Glenn’s Mindless Thing featuring poetry by Jim Ryan
Jordan Glenn- conductor, composer, percussion, Robert Lopez- vibes, percussion, Michael Coleman- piano, percussion, Damon Waitkus- dulcimer, percussion, Karl Evangelista- guitar, percussion
8:30pm Jim Ryan 4tet
Scott R. Looney piano, Jason Hoopes double bass, Jordan Glenn drums, Jim Ryan flute&sax

Sun 6/29 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
8 pm Kris Tiner (Bakersfield) – trumpet; Motoko Honda – piano; Elizabeth Schenck – saxophone 9 pm Tiberius: Dominique Cramp – electric piano, electronics; Mike Guarino – drums; special guest: Phillip Greenlief, alto & tenor saxophones More…

Sun 6/29 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Larry Ochs – Don Robinson Duo 9 pm
Darren Johnston – Vijay Anderson Duo 10 PM

Monday, June 30
Mon 6/30 7:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
The Sixth Annual Monday a little less than a Month Before Benefit Dinner Concert
Featuring Music from master percussionist and Grammy Award Nominee
William Winant
Also featuring a set by Thea Farhadian & Amy X Neuburg

Wednesday, July 2
Wed 7/02 8:00 PM Yoshi’s San Francisco [1330 Fillmore St SF]
David Murray Infinity Quartet
Tenor Sax – David Murray
Bass – Jaribu Shahid
Drums – Ranzell Merritt (Wed) / Nasheet Waits (Thu)
Piano – Joe Warner (Wed) / Orrin Evans (Thu) More…

Wed 7/02 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
8 pm Hamir Atwal will be presenting a set of improvised music on the drum set. 9 pm Joshua Smith-tenor saxophone; Michael Coleman-piano The duo utilizes both traditional jazz improvisation as well as free playing and move freely between song forms and open sections.

Thursday, July 3
Thu 7/03 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Cheryl Leonard performs at the opening reception of her exhibition “Of Land and Sea: Natural-Object Instruments.” Leonard crafts music out of micro sounds from amplified sand, bone, rock, and wood in a performance inspired by martial arts and the five elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) from Chinese philosophy. A short interview and Q & A will follow the peformance.

Thu 7/03 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm: The Norman Conquest
9pm: Earth Blind
Nick Obando – saxophone, Michael Dale – keyboard, Aaron Levin – drums More…

Thu 7/03 8:00 PM Yoshi’s San Francisco [1330 Fillmore St SF]
David Murray Infinity Quartet
Tenor Sax – David Murray
Bass – Jaribu Shahid
Drums – Ranzell Merritt (Wed) / Nasheet Waits (Thu)
Piano – Joe Warner (Wed) / Orrin Evans (Thu) More…

Thu 7/03 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Steve Adams/Lisa Mezzacappa Duo
Steve Adams, saxophones and flute
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Cabbages, Captain, & King
Eli Wallace, piano & compositions
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Jon Arkin, drums More…

Saturday, July 5
Sat 7/05 7:00 PM 871 Cayuga [871 Cayuga Street, San Francisco]
A delightful evening of duos:
Shelton-Glenn duo (Aram Shelton: reeds; Jordan Glenn: drums)
Rankin-Parker/Pearce (Teddy Rankin-Parker: cello; Daniel Pearce: drums) More…

Sat 7/05 8:00 PM The Hillside Club [2286 Cedar St Berkeley, CA 94709]
A performance of original music by renowned double bassist/composer/vocalist, Jeff Denson with his quartet, Secret World. The group features extraordinary trumpeter, and former member of the Pat Metheny Group, Cuong Vu, as well as Dahveed Behroozi on piano and Jon Arkin on drums.

New Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara Release and Tour

English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007
English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara:

On July 1, 2014, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Tomas Fujiwara will release Through Foundation, a self-produced, limited edition vinyl and digital album celebrating 20 years of collaboration between the artists. Through Foundation will be released as a deluxe colored vinyl album with a run of 249 copies, and digitally on Bandcamp. The duo will also be embarking on a short North American tour in support of the album, with performances at the Fort York Historic Site in Toronto, ON (7/1), the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee, WI (7/5), the Hungry Brain in Chicago, IL (7/6), Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI (7/8), and the Stone in New York, NY (7/12).

Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith lead Angel City Jazz fest lineup 

Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quintet
Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quintet (Photo credit: volume12)

From the Los Angeles Times:

Presented by the Jazz Bakery and co-produced by Angel City Arts, this year’s bill remains no less forward-looking in its lineup, which stretches across eight days and seven venues with performers that include Wadada Leo Smith, Allison Miller, Matana Roberts and recently named NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton.

But for the first time since its 2008 debut, the festival returns to the Barnsdall Art Park for an all-day finale on Sept. 28 that features two stages with a mix of local and nationally known talent that includes Azar Lawrence, Daniel Rosenboom, Taylor Ho Bynum and Craig Taborn. The day culminates with an all-star tribute and benefit for saxophonist Arthur Blythe, who performed at the 2008 festival and is currently facing steep healthcare expenses.

John Cage Performance in Boston

John Cage
Cover of John Cage

From Boston’s ARTery:

On June 29, 100 musicians—noise art freaks and electro-acoustic improvisers, percussionists and violinists, seasoned professionals and green novices—will gather in the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville to perform John Cage’s “Variations III” for the season finale for the Opensound experimental music series. Spread out across the vast hardwood floor while the sinking sun glances obliquely through the Armory’s tall windows, each equipped with a score and a clock, they will play for 90 minutes. What it will sound like is anybody’s guess.