Monday, April 8: Friends and Neighbors (Sweden/Norway), Say Things (Worthington/Taylor)
Friends & Neighbors represents a new generation of bands from the Norwegian jazz-scene. The music can be described as energetic and melodic free jazz inspired by musicians like Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and John Carter. On their debut album ”No Beat Policy” (2011), Friends & Neighbors created an authentic and acoustic atmosphere that harkens back to the political roots of free jazz. The strong original compositions have resulted in a ensemble sound with a strong identity, crystal-clear presence and a distinct personality. The quintets members can also be heard in bands like Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Albatrosh and Cortex. Their second release Hymn for a Hungry Nation was received with 4 1/2 out of 5 stars in DownBeat Magazine. André Roligheten – reeds, Thomas Johansson – trumpet, Jon Rune Strøm – double bass, Tollef Østvang – drums
Also on the bill is the excellent duo of Detroit improvisers Say Things, comprised of Derek Worthington (trumpet, processing) and Jonathan Taylor (percussion). Self-described electro-acoustic glitch jazz, this gig marks the start of of their spring US tour.
Doors at 8pm; $10 min.
4/19: Heart of the Ghost, Pete Larson, Molly Jones
5/4: Steve Swell, Gehard Ullmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang
5/27: Urs Leimgruber and Jim Baker