Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

FRI 5 DECEMBER 20.00 / £12

Alan Skidmore was part of Keith Tippett’s jazz fusion big band project Centipede and has worked – among others – with Soft Machine, Mike Gibbs, Elton Dean, and Kate Bush. Melling, Dankworth and Levin have played with a Who’s Who of British and American jazz of the last fifty years. Featuring Alan Skidmore on sax, Steve Melling on piano, Alec Dankworth on bass, and Miles Levin on drums.

MON 8 DECEMBER 20.00 / £10 / MD

This concert features the improvising duo of pianist Achim Kaufmann and double bass player Olie Brice. Berlin-based pianist Kaufmann is probably best known for his trio Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode, an improvising unit which has released four acclaimed albums. Double bassist Olie Brice has appeared at the Vortex with the likes of Paul Dunmall, Tony Malaby, Mark Sanders and Tobias Delius.

TUE 9 DECEMBER 20.00 / £10 / £12

Following the critical acclaim for drummer Eddie Prévost’s bold series of recorded concerts in 2011, join us for this unique monthly live series, revisiting the Meetings with Remarkable Saxophonists recordings and discovering how the music has evolved. With John Butcher on saxophones, Guillaume Viltard on double bass, and Eddie Prévost on drums.


Championed by John Peel in the 1970s, Yorkshire-born Michael Chapman has been compared to John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, and is celebrated for his uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style. James Blackshaw performs celestial and spirit-lifting guitar-led compositions, spiralling gracefully across complex patterns, motifs and harmonics.

Newsbits: Musical Genres / Jimmy Bennington Review / Seth Cooke & Dominic Lash Release / Robert Wyatt Compilation Review / In C in Pittsburgh / Maneri, Ban, and Hart in Baltimore

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An article on Something Else asks why we still need musical genres.

Dusted in Exile reviews a new album from Chicago’s Jimmy Bennington.

An EP entitled “PACT” by Seth Cooke & Dominic Lash is out now.

The new compilation album, Different Every Time, from Robert Wyatt, is reviewed.

A performance of Terry Riley’s In C will take place tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

Creative Differences presents the Mat Maneri & Lucian Ban New Quintet with special Guest Billy Hart Sunday December 7 at 5.30pm at the Windup Space, 12 W.North Ave, Baltimore MD 21214.

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows: December 5-12, 2014

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...
Rent Romus 

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, December 5

Fri 12/05 7:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum [2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
Five years ago, Terry Riley played at our very first L@TE event, and we are elated to have him return to close out the series. Pioneer of the minimalist aesthetic, seminal influence on the Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth, devotee of Hindustani classical music as well as jazz, Riley remains one of the most dynamic compositional voices of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He will joined by his son, guitarist and composer Gyan Riley. Don’t miss your last chance to hear his sublime music reverberate through our vast architecture.

Fri 12/05 8:00 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
The Beth Custer Ensemble

Fri 12/05 8:00 PM Zellerbach Playhouse [UC Berkeley]
Paul Dresher Electro-Acoustic Band and Amy X Neuburg
They Will Have Been So Beautiful: Songs and Images of Now

Fri 12/05 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Set One. Kaiborg – the dynamic duo from so called SoCal of Jeff Kaiser (LA) – trumpet plusplus and David Borgo (San Diego) – saxophones

Set Two. Music for Hard Times – Paul Winstanley – extended electric bass and Tom Nunn – invented instruments.

Saturday, December 6

Sat 12/06 7:00 PM The Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [Berkeley, California 94708]
Bristle celebrates the release of their new CD, Future(s) Now(s), out now on Queen Bee Records, with a special concert at the beautiful Maybeck Studio in Berkeley! The first set is a series of duos, trios and quartets, including appearances by Gargantius Effect, Kinda Green, duo B., Green Mitchell and members of the Weiner Kids & Bait and Switch, culminating in the debut of Big Bristle, an extended version of the core four ensemble. It’s going to be a party!

Randy McKean, Cory Wright, reeds
Murray Campbell, violin & oboes
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
with special guests:
Tom Djll, trumpet & electronics
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Jordan Glenn, Jason Levis, percussion
Tim Perkis, electronics

Sat 12/06 7:30 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Saturday Night @ the Nunnery ~ Kaiborg – Jeff Kaiser, trumpet and David Borgo, saxophone. Tom Dambly, trumpet and Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone PLUS Dave Mihaly, drums, guitar and voice.

Sat 12/06 8:00 PM Zellerbach Playhouse [UC Berkeley]
Paul Dresher Electro-Acoustic Band and Amy X Neuburg
They Will Have Been So Beautiful: Songs and Images of Now

Sat 12/06 10:00 PM Amnesia [853 Valencia St. San Francisco]
San Francisco Songbird Festival Presents – Year End Party at Amnesia
– Darren Johnston’S BROKEN 4TET
– (djset)

Sunday, December 7

Sun 12/07 7:30 PM SIMM Series [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 PM United Separatists
Drew Wheeler, guitar & things, Timothy Orr, drums & stuff
8:30 PM Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
Collette McCaslin – trumpet, Philip Everett – drums, Ray Scheaffer – bass, Rent Romus – alto saxophone
Special Guest Josh Allen – tenor saxophone
CD release performance of music from ‘Lords O Leaping’ from Edgetone Records

Sun 12/07 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Sunday Improv Salon with Gino Robair

Sun 12/07 8:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
New music and choreography from the spastic and disjunct ZE BIB! along with new pieces by the bay area’s hardest working group of dance artists, the Wax Poets.

Thursday, December 11

Thu 12/11 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm GIF Problem
Sharmi Basu – electronics, Josh Marshall – tenor sax, Aaron Oppenheim – electronics
9pm Key West
Brian Pedersen – saxophones, Rent Romus – saxophones, Dave Dupuis – upright bass, Randylee Sutherland – euphonium/drums

Thu 12/11 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Charlie Hunter – Scott Amendola Duo

Friday, December 12

Fri 12/12 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
The Guerrilla Composers Guild presents Teleformation: the symbiosis of early and new musical styles and ideas. Local composers (Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Joseph Colombo, Sam Withrow) are collaborating with dynamic Bay Area performers Vijay Chalasani (viola), Crystal Pascucci (cello), and Chris Whitley (violin), to produce a show that intertwines the forms of the vintage masters with the styles of rising local talent.

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Nick Hoffman/Tim Olive – No Flag (Copy For Your Records)
Nick Hoffman – ‘Barbarous Tongues’ – (Gravity Swarm)
D’Incise – O esplendor natural das coisas e inferno (Moving Furniture)
Inside/Outside – Territory
Ur 1st Luv – Dunlop/Slazenger, 9-15 Bowden St, Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia, 2015 (Access through carpark at 17-21 Bowden St, Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia, 2015) (Avant Whatever)
Jean-Luc Guionnet/Éric La Casa – Home: Handover (Potlatch)
Seth Cluett – Forms of Forgetting (Line)
Ferran Fages/Ernesto Rodrigues – Cru (Creative Sources)
Nate Wooley/Chris Forsyth – Third (Rekem)
Back Magic – Chorus Line to Hell (Milvia Son)
Dinah Bird – A Box of 78s (Gruenrekorder)
Christian Wolff – Pianist: Pieces (Sub Rosa)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times


Miller Theater (Friday, Tuesday) Keeril Makan is the latest focus of the exceptional “Composer Portraits” series at Columbia University’s Miller Theater. Friday’s concert, with the Either/Or ensemble, features the world premiere of “If We Knew The Sky” (2014) and the local premiere of the glacially still “Letting Time Circle Through Us” (2013). On Tuesday, the young Mivos Quartet raids the stage for a pop-up, hourlong, utterly free concert of Martin Stauning’s “Atmende Steine”; Gyorgy Kurtag’s set of microludes, the “Hommage à Mihaly Andras”; and works by Patrick Higgins. Friday at 8 p.m., Tuesday at 6 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799,; Friday, $20 to $30, Tuesday, free. (David Allen)

‘On Behalf of Nature’ (through Sunday) The latest music theater work by the composer, vocalist and choreographer Meredith Monk is a spare, largely textless elegy for our planet, featuring eight vocalist-dancers, some of whom also play instruments. Ms. Monk, celebrating the 50th year of her New York career, is featured in what she has called a “nonverbal rant,” but the mood of the piece as a whole is more melancholy than angry. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100,; $20 to $50. (Woolfe)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

John Medeski performing with Medeski Martin Sc...
John Medeski 


Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day (Thursday) A venturesome drummer and composer, Mr. Eisenstadt walks the line between free-form exploration and meticulous composition with Canada Day, featuring the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the saxophonist Matt Bauder, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the bassist Pascal Niggenkemper. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770,; $15, $12 for students and 65+. (Chinen)

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood (Saturday) The jazz guitarist John Scofield has never met a groove he couldn’t finesse, and in his on-and-off alliance with Medeski Martin & Wood (that’s John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood) he has pliable partners as fully in the moment as he is. Their fourth album together — “Juice,” released this fall — builds on a bedrock of soul-jazz and New Orleans funk, with covers of familiar fare by Bob Dylan, Cream and the Doors. Saturday at 8 p.m., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., 631-288-1500,; $75 to $115. Thursday at 7 p.m., Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street, Clinton, 800-745-3000,; $30 in advance, $35 day of show. (Chinen)

Nublu Jazz Festival (Through Dec. 14) Organized by the saxophonist and club owner Ilhan Ersahin, this East Village marathon features a range of improvised music, both at Nublu and the nearby Studio 151. Mr. Ersahin performs in a 10:30 p.m. set on Friday night, along with the trumpeter Eddie Henderson and others; Saturday’s highlights include the free-jazz saxophonist Charles Gayle, at 9 p.m., followed at 10:30 p.m. and midnight by the Sun Ra Arkestra. Among the offerings next week are Penn Station, a group featuring the bassist James Genus, at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, and a midnight set on Thursday with the guitarists Marco Cappelli and Marc Ribot and the pianist Shoko Nagai. At Nublu, 62 Avenue C, and Studio 151, 151 Avenue C; schedule and prices at (Chinen)

Tyshawn Sorey Trio (Wednesday) On “Alloy,” his elegant and shadowy new album, the drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey interrogates long stretches of through-composed music, nodding to masters as varied as Morton Feldman, Claude Debussy and Muhal Richard Abrams. As on the album, he performs here with his trio, featuring the pianist Cory Smythe and the bassist Christopher Tordini. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363,; $20; $15 for students and 65+. (Chinen)

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid Performs the Quintet Book (Friday) Mr. Threadgill, the great unclassifiable composer, multireedist and bandleader, caps off a productive year with this two-night premiere, which started on Thursday. Featuring members of his ensemble Zooid, he’s presenting new pieces for quintet, including “Dosepic,” a drum feature for Elliot Kavee, and “Trisepic,” a showcase for the cellist Christopher Hoffman. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363,; $25; $20 for students and 65+. (Chinen)