West Oakland Sessions Performances

Source: Paul Dresher Ensemble.

Saturday, January 30, 2022, 4pm
Rent Romus — Saturday, January 30, 2022

The Life’s Blood Ensemble “damn well rock their Jazz” says blogger disaster amnesiac while exploring the influences and inspirations that make the art of jazz and improvisation timeless. Their repertoire features original compositions and contemporary local and international composers who explore the influences and inspirations of jazz and improvisation.

Rent Romus: alto saxophone — Joshua Marshall: tenor saxophone — Heikki “Mike” Kosikinen: e-trumpet and tenor recorder — Mark Clifford: vibes — Safa Shokrai: double bass — Max Judelson: double bass — Timothy Orr: drums and percussion

Sunday, February 20, 2022, 4pm
Ben Goldberg Trio with Liberty Ellman and Gerald Cleaver

Ben Goldberg: clarinet — Liberty Ellman: electric guitar — Gerald Cleaver: drums

Clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio “kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music” (SF Chronicle), Ben has shaped a career through curiosity and experimentation. The New York Times says Ben’s music “conveys a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising, the constant usefulness of musicians intuitively coming together and pulling apart.” Downbeat Magazine has twice named him Rising Star Clarinetist.

Sunday, February 27, 2022, 4pm
Richard Howell and Sudden Changes

David Frazier: percussion – Frederick Harris: piano – Elé Salif Howell: drums – Ravi Abcarian: bass – Jasim Perales: trombone – Miles Quale: violin – Richard Howell: saxophone, vocal

In many ways, Howell is a secret weapon of the Bay Area music scene, an artist who’s provided the creative glue holding together an extraordinary range of projects. Richard and his group RHQ won an Izzie Award for his collaboration with choreographer Gregory Dawson in “bird’s eye view” at the Black Choreographers Festival. He’s produced several albums by the Bay Area Afro-Brazilian ensemble Vivendo de Pão, as well as the award-winning jazz/spoken-word ensemble UpSurge! And he played an essential role as producer, arranger, and soloist on two albums by the Mo’Rockin Project, which created a singular synthesis of jazz and R&B with traditional North African modes and instruments.