Upcoming Events at the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: Vortex Jazz Club.

SAT 18 MAY 2019
George Crowley – tenor saxophone and bass clarinet Tori Freestone – tenor saxophone Rick Simpson – piano Dave Whitford – double bass Tim Giles – drums After the success of…
Time: 7.45 – 11.30PM

SUN 19 MAY 2019
Line up Caroline Kraabel (sax), Neil Metcalfe (flute) duo + Lullula – Armorel Weston (voice), Kay Grant (voice), Jim Dvorak (trumpet), Otto Willberg (bass/voice) quartet + John Russell (guitar) ,…
Time: 2 – 5.30PM
£8 / £6 Concession

THU 23 MAY 2019
For this performance Evan invites Robert Jarvis (trombone) and John Edwards (bass). Evan will play soprano saxophone. The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to…
Time: 7.45 – 11PM

FRI 31 MAY 2019
Following on from their recording and gig at Cafe OTO for trestle records as part of their ‘One Day Band’ series, Chris Sharkey (TrioVD, Sharkey / Sanders, Roller Trio) Charles…
Time: 7.45 – 11.30PM

San Francisco Scene: May 17-24, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, May 17

Fri 5/17 7:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St SF]
John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley
Friday and Saturday nights, two shows each night. Get tickets from The Chapel web site:

Fri 5/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A curated set of Icelandic contemporary music for solo cello, much of it written for Sæunn, Vernacular is the title of her first album on the Sono Luminus label. Pieces by Thuríður Jónsdóttir, Halldór Smárason, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and Hafliði Hallgrímsson showcase a unique soundworld in intimate monologues.

Fri 5/17 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Sarah Cahill & Regina Myers

Saturday, May 18

Sat 5/18 7:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St SF]
John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley
Friday and Saturday nights, two shows each night. Get tickets from The Chapel web site:

Sat 5/18 7:00 PM Bridge Storage and ArtSpace [23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804]
This live music event features Euphotic (Cheryl E. Leonard + Bryan Day + Tom Djll) plus a solo performance from Peter Whitehead. Doors at 7pm, Music at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase. TICKETS: http://euphotic-whitehead.eventbrite.com

Sat 5/18 7:00 PM Musical Offering Cafe [2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California 94704]
Bay Area chamber group, Sleight Ensemble (Erika Oba – flute, Mia Bella D’Augelli – violin, and Jacob Lane – piano) perform their new program Angles of Time featuring new works inspired by alternate notations of time in music. The program includes Steve Parris’s new piece, The Inner Planets and The Apple Tree–inspired by the orbit of the planets–and premiers of works by ensemble members. The program will also feature live visuals by composer and artist Jessie Austin.

Sat 5/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Beth Custer premieres Drawdown, an evening-length chamber work based on the compelling Paul Hawken book Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming with Custer on voice/clarinets, cellist Freya Seeburger and her ensemble Juxtapositions with Mia Nardi-Huffman (violin), Naomi Stine (piano) and special guest Jim Kassis on drums/percussion.

Sat 5/18 8:00 PM Oaktown Jazz Workshops [55 Washington St. Oakland, CA 94607]
David Slusser’s little-big-band pays tribute to visionary SUN RA’s 105 birth anniversary.
Featuring: Aaron Bennet, David Boyce, Chris Clarke, Mara Fox, Greg German, Cecilia Long, Joe Mckinley, Terry Rodriguez

Sunday, May 19

Sun 5/19 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Kretzmer/Clifford/Jordan
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor saxophone, Mark Clifford – vibraphone, Jordan Glenn – drums
8:30 pm Stone Raft
Josh Allen – tenor saxophone, Tom Weeks – alto saxophone, Tim Duff – doublebass, Aaron Levin – drums

Sun 5/19 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Sun 5/19 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Voice and piano duo performing new works by Stanford Graduate Composers and existing works by European Composers.

Monday, May 20

Mon 5/20 2:00 PM KFJC [KFJC 89.7 FM / http://www.kfjc.org]
“Planet Bass” A large ensemble of contrabass players (a dozen or so) from around the Bay Area and elsewhere play live on KFJC. Improvisations, compositions, surprises. Nothing but basses. An extravaganza of low frequencies. Hosted by DJ Max Level with invaluable assistance by Musical Director Lisa Mezzacappa. Live broadcast on 89.7 FM along with live audio/video streaming on the web.

Mon 5/20 8:30 PM Sunnyvale [patricktalesforejr@gmail.com Sunnyvale]
Mechanical Bull, Lydia Von C w/ Patrick Talesfore, Jr., and Slob in Sunnyvale

Mon 5/20 9:30 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
OFJS: Jamieson/Bang & Wood/Metal/Plastic

Tuesday, May 21

Tue 5/21 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – An Evening With or Without INVISIBLE GUY

Wednesday, May 22

Wed 5/22 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Raskin-Brown-Hoopes-Robinson Quartet

Thursday, May 23

Thu 5/23 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Liveware is an audiovisual ensemble consisting of Shawn Lawson (graphics) and Michael Century (music), with Jeremy Stewart processing both graphics and sound using machine learning algorithms. Lawson is an expert practitioner of live-coding with graphics languages and environments he developed. Century performs on piano and accordion, and uses software he developed allowing live manipulations of performed material on both instruments.

Thu 5/23 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Infinexhuma – dark ambient/industrial
9:00 pm 99 HOOKER – Kaoss Enhancer
feat. Hitomi Honda – keyboard, Akio Mokuno – electro-acoustical live processing

Thu 5/23 8:00 PM Land and Sea [5428 San Pablo Ave, Oakland]
Anne Guthrie
Gretchen Jude & Kevin Corcoran – Hirakito CD release
Matt Davignon

Friday, May 24

Fri 5/24 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
John Bischoff / OMMO / CORUSCANT

Upcoming DC Shows

On Saturday, June 8th, @8PM, in collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival, Transparent Production’s presents guitarist Joe Morris & drummer Tomas Fujiwara. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC.

And on Sunday, June 16th @ 5PM, Transparent Production’s presents saxophonist David Murray & drummer Kahil El’Zabar duet. ***Special Outdoor*** performance. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC.

On Saturday, May 18th@8PM, trombonist Craig Harris’ Sextet presents ‘Brown Butterfly’, a tribute to the music of James Brown. @An Die Musik, 409 North Charles Street, in Baltimore, Maryland.

On Friday, May 24th, @8PM, the Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, w/Tony Malaby on tenor and soprano saxophones, Kris Davis on piano, Michael Formanek on double bass, and Ches Smith on percussion. @An Die Musik, 409 North Charles Street, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Also on Friday May 24@8PM@Rhizome, “The Reasoning”. Jamal Moore (Percussion, Reeds, Electronics) & Nik Francis (Drums) / Jamal Moore (Tenor Sax), Ras Moshe (Tenor Sax) & Eliel Sherman Story (Tenor Sax) / Cher Jey (Vocals, Dance and Poetry)
@Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC.

On Saturday May 25@ 7:30PM, The Milo Trio, w/Celaya Kirchner on violin, Emma Hays Johnson on cello, & Carl Banner on piano. Performing Mendelssohn Trio #1 in d, Op. 49, and Brahms Trio #1 in B, Op. 8. This takes place at the Church of the Ascension, located at 633 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

And on Friday, May 31st, @ 8PM & 9:30PM, the pianist Matthew Shipp’s Trio.. @An Die Musik, 409 North Charles Street, in Baltimore, Maryland.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Interstellar Music of Sun Ra

Source: Treblezine.

There’s probably no question in music more loaded than “Where do I start with the music of Sun Ra?” He’s released around 90 albums, recorded over 1,000 tracks, and has taken more stylistic detours than just about any other jazz musician, save for Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. (And probably a few others while we’re on the subject.) But there’s another aspect to it: Sun Ra was doing things that nobody else was doing at the time. He was doing things that nobody else even realized you could do. It’s not quite right to say he had any actual peers; Sun Ra operated on his own plane. The man, after all, claimed to have landed on Saturn.