San Francisco Scene: January 3-9, 2015

English: Fred Frith performing at Mills Colleg...
Fred Frith 

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Saturday, January 3

Sat 1/03 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2087 Addison Street Berkeley]
Kasey Knudsen with vocalist Jua Howard

Sunday, January 4

Sun 1/04 5:00 PM Actual Cafe [6334 San Pablo Avenue Oakland]
John Schott Group

Sun 1/04 8:00 PM TAC: Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
RTD3 is the meat in an improv sandwich. The bread will be randomly drawn from a hat. Bring your instrument, put your name in the hat, and a few trios will be selected to play before and after.
RTD3 is Ron Heglin, Tom Nunn, and Doug Carroll.
Names guaranteed to be in the hat are Jacob Felix Heule, and Danishta Rivero.

Monday, January 5

Mon 1/05 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Improvised Quartet (Francis Wong-ts, Nick Obando-as, Karl Evangelista-gtr, Robert Lopez-dms)
Set #2: Frank Rosaly Solo
Set #3: Darren Johnston’s Standard Candles (Aaron Bennett-woodwinds, Darren Johnston-tpt, Lisa Mezzacappa-b, Frank Rosaly-dms)

Mon 1/05 8:30 PM Spice Monkey [1628 Webster St Oakland]
Avant-Jazz & Experimental Noise Every Monday / APE LIKE IMPACT plus HAMIR ATWAL GROUP

Wednesday, January 7

Wed 1/07 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]

Thursday, January 8

Thu 1/08 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Collision Stories(Bryan Day, Jorge Bachmann, Michael Gendreau, Mason Jones), Shani Aviram, Tom Djll + Gino Robair + Tania Chen at Berkeeley Arts Festival

Thu 1/08 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm Marshall/Allen/Spirit
9pm Ross Hammond/Max Johnson

Friday, January 9

Fri 1/09 8:00 PM The Emerald Tablet [80 Fresno St SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch (Bennett-Anderson-Mezzacappa-Finkbeiner)
with House of Ramen (from Berkeley High!)

Fri 1/09 8:00 PM Victoria Theater [2961 16th Street San Francisco]
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2015: David Wessel, Conlon Nancarrow, Walter Ruttmann, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano, Theo Mathien, Isobel Anderson, Jason Bolte, Gordon Delap, Jane Rigler, and Diana Salazar

Fri 1/09 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Drums + Saxophones: Rosaly / Ochs / Glenn / Shelton
A night of improvisations in duos, trios and quartet with Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Larry Ochs, tenor and sopranino saxophone; Jordan Glenn, drums and Frank Rosaly (from Chicago) drums. Expect energy and subtlety from each of these wide ranging improvisers.

Fri 1/09 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Max Johnson Trio West:
Darren Johnston – Trumpet
Max Johnson – Bass
Donald Robinson – Drums

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Barry Altschul, moers festival 2011
English: Barry Altschul, moers festival 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Bad Plus (through Sunday) This was a banner year for the Bad Plus: in addition to a sturdy new album of originals, the band released its take on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” and took a bravura spin through Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction.” All of which adds up to a wealth of possibilities for its annual stand at the Village Vanguard, straddling the turn of the new year. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

Irabagon Festival (Friday through Sunday) A smart young saxophonist who has successfully ducked in and out of the mainstream jazz tradition, Jon Irabagon works on Friday with an expeditious trio featuring two veterans of the avant-garde, the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Barry Altschul. On Saturday, Mr. Irabagon leads a different but equally expeditious trio, with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Nasheet Waits on drums. And Sunday’s offering will be an Irabagon quartet with the pianist Luis Perdomo, the bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the drummer Rudy Royston. Friday and Saturday at 9 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Matt Mitchell Quartet (Tuesday) Matt Mitchell, a proficient and probing pianist, has had a hand in some of the better bands of recent vintage, like Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and the Dave Douglas Quintet. He surfaces next week with his own quartet, which will record an album days after the gig; it features the saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed, the bassist Chris Tordini and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

NYC Winter Jazzfest (Thursday through Jan. 10) The jazz event of the season, going on its 11th year, will kick off on Thursday with two distinct all-star events. “Blue Note Now!” — at 8 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village — is a celebration of the current Blue Note Records roster, with performances by the Robert Glasper Trio, the singer José James, the bassist Derrick Hodge and the drummer Kendrick Scott. “Jazz Legends for Disability Pride” — at 7 p.m. at the Quaker Friends Meeting Hall, 15 Rutherford Place, near East 15th Street, East Village — is a fund-raiser for the nonprofit Disability Pride NYC, featuring more than a dozen artists, including the bassists Ron Carter and Buster Williams; the saxophonists Benny Golson and George Coleman; the pianists Harold Mabern and Brad Mehldau; and the drummer Jimmy Cobb. A full schedule is at (Chinen)

AMN Reviews and Interviews: December 2014

English: Phil Minton Français : Phil Minton
Phil Minton

Last month we published the following reviews and interviews:

Ben Bennett / Jack Wright – Tangle
Phil Minton + Audrey Chen + Guy Segers + Peter Jacquemyn + Teun Verbruggen – Quintet; Phil Minton + Audrey Chen – By the Stream
Andrew Drury’s Content Provider and The Drum
Yann Novak – Snowfall
Browne / Thompson / Sanderson – The 1926 Floor Polish Variations
Anthony Braxton – 12 Duets (DCWM) 2012
Brownout – Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath
San Francisco Tape Music Center – Music from the Tudorfest
Sawako –
Brice Catherin – Early Works
Steve Roden / Stephen Vitiello – The Spaces Contained In Each

Ted Zook

Newsbits: New Moonjune Releases / Butch Morris Release / New Robert Rich / ICP Orchestra in DC

MoonJune Records has two new releases out: Tesla Manaf from the Indonesian progressive jazz guitar phenom, Tesla Manaf, and a 2-CD set of simakDialog’s performance at The Orion, September, 2013.

The Cultural Association Punta Giara, organizer of the Italian festival ‘At the Borders between Sardinia and Jazz’, announced its new release: the CD “Possible Universe: Conduction n.192” by Lawrence “Butch” Morris.

Robert Rich wishes us a Happy New Year with an announcement of a new album coming out soon.

Creative Differences presents ICP Orchestra plus Jarrett Gilgore and Deric Dickens, Wednesday, January 7 at 8pm. doors at 7.30pm, The Windup Space, 12 W. North Avenue,Baltimore, MD.

Arraymusic in January

From Toronto’s Arraymusic:

January 11. 8:00 pm Somewhere There Improvisation.
January12. 8:30 Mike Segger Sextet Concert.
January 13. 8 pm Audiopolination.
January 15. 7 pm Alma Chamber Ensemble Recital
January 16. 7:30 pm Meandering Streams of Consciousness
January 17. 8 pm Arraymusic presents David Schotzko in the Ontario premiere of Michael Oesterle‘s Spanning Tree for solo percussion.
January 18. 1 pm Array/Evergreen Community Gamelan. Open to the public – hands on music making.
January 25. 2 pm Toronto Improvisors Orchestra.
January 28 – 31. Workshop / February 1. 2 pm Performance: The Indigenous Creators Project by Red Sky and Arraymusic.

Cuneiform Records Winter Releases

Ray Russell appearing live at the Cinque Ports...
Ray Russell 

From Cuneiform Records:

Cuneiform’s Winter 2015 releases include:

Dawn, a series of previously unreleased archival recordings by the late, great British saxophonist Mike Osborne. Featuring many of the leading names in cutting-edge British jazz and improv music, Dawn is a valuable document of the new era a British jazz.

Switzerland 1974: previously unreleased video and audio recordings by Soft Machine, filmed at one of Europe’s most famous jazz festivals

The Kandinsky Effect’s Somnambulist: new music by this young transcontinental (Paris/New York) jazz-electronics ensemble

Schnellertollermeier‘s X: post-rock music by a Swiss ensemble that merges minimalism and elements from new rock and post-jazz.

And – an edgy and delightful, duo-guitarist album by Henry Kaiser and Ray Russell, which combines “something old” – the free-spirited proto-noise guitar sound that Russell formerly explored in his acclaimed free jazz recordings from the late 60s/early 70s – with “something new” – new recordings made with improvisor Kaiser and some of Kaiser’s associates, imbued with lessons learned over the past 30 years.