Thur, Fri. & Sat. November 7, 8 & 9 : Doug Hammond Special
A native of Tampa and ex-Detroiter who first gained notice on Tribe Records, Doug Hammond returns from Linz, Austria in a rare US appearance.
Doug Hammond (Austria) – percussion and vocals
Dwight Adams – trumpet
Marcus Elliott- sax
Rocco Popielarski – double-bass
Best know as a free-funk/avant-garde jazz drummer, Hammond began his recording career with the auspicious release “Reflections in the Sea of Nurnen” on Detroit’s influential Tribe Records. Featuring funky jazz instrumentals and soulful vocals by Hammond alongside solo modular-synthesizer freakouts and other musical curveballs, the album is both highly creative and full of socially conscious lyrics. Even before this first release as a leader, Hammond had begun collaborating with some of the greatest artists in jazz, An outstanding songwriter, no less than Charles Mingus made Hammond’s tune “Moves” the showcase of his record Mingus Moves, and bassist Dave Holland has covered Hammond’s music on multiple records. Artists of the stature of Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Sam Rivers, James Blood Ulmer, Donald Byrd and Kirk Lightsey have enlisted Hammond’s talents for their projects.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Thollem and special Detroit guests plus the debut of Lumino (Sonia Lee- violin, Lisa Raschiatore- clarinet and John Etsell- piano)
What can we say about Thollem that we haven’t said before? Maybe that this amazing virtuoso pianist and improviser has a new record out with the also amazing heavyweights Nels Cline and Michael Wimberly? Or that this current Detroit residency is featuring a multitude of various collaborators and projects connected to this city? There will be various iterations happening all week, but it all culminates with Saturday night New Music super show! You can checkout the multitude of Thollem’s collaborations with people from other parts of the world (from Pauline Oliveros to Mike Watt to William Parker to Jad Fair to Nate Wooley. Also on the bill is the debut of Detroit’s newest contemporary chamber music ensemble, Lumino. Clarinetist Lisa Raschiatore and violinist Sonia Lee have made names for themselves in classical and New Music circles in Detroit and beyond. They recently met playing my chamber music and decided to start an ensemble together- adding young up-and-comer John Etsell at the piano. Ranging from 20th-century modernism to contemporary music, Lumino is just the sort of high-execution, high-ambition ensemble that Detroit’s chamber music world so desperately needs. Doors at 8 pm; $12.
11/22 Exhibition opening for “HOLD”
12/13: Ben Miller’s Sensorium Chamber Orchestra
12/15: Xylouris White