A Closer Listen Reviews


Source: A Closer Listen.

Dave Phillips ~ South Africa Recordings
The Unfathomless Series: Five Elements Music and Stéphane Marin
A Winged Victory for the Sullen ~ Iris
Juan Antonio Nieto ~ Imperfect

Chicago Scene: January 14-21, 2017


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This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, January 14th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Yes We Can : A Tribute to Allen Toussaint Benefitting Orleans Public Defenders
musicians including Steve Dawson, Sima Cunnigham, Macie Stewart, Liam Kazar, Mars Williams, Jeff Albert, Dan Pierson, Nolan Chin, Matt Lux, Anton Hatwich, Steve Marquette, Quin Kirchner, Mike Reed, Charles Rumback

Sunday, January 15th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Mabel Kwan, Shanna Gutierrez, with Fredrick Gifford — music by Carolyn O’Brien, Chou Wen-Chung, Alex Temple, Elisabeth Lutyens, Fredrick Gifford, Olga Neuwirth

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jason Stein, Anton Hatwich, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, January 16th 2017

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, January 17th 2017

9:00PM at The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton, 773.384.3243
Dave Rempis, Kent Kessler
Gunwale : Dave Rempis, Albert Wildeman, Ryan Packard

Thursday, January 19th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Marquis Hill, Makaya McCraven, Josh Johnson, Joshua Abrams

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Toastmasters : Ben LaMar Gay, Macie Stewart, Jason Roebke
TV Pow : Todd A Carter, Brent Gutzeit, Michael Hartman

Friday, January 20th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Matt Ulery’s Loom, with Geof Bradfield, Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Jon Deitemyer
Matt Ulery’s Pollinator, with Hunter Diamond, James Davis, Steve Duncan, Paul Bedal, Quin Kirchner

Saturday, January 21st 2017

7:30PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($20)
Hit The Ground Running Fest : Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Illinois
Darin Gray Solo
Marker : Ken Vandermark, Macie Stewart, Steve Marquette, Andrew Clinkman, Phil Sudderberg
Ben LaMar Gay, Ayana Contreras
Dave Rempis, Matt Piet, Tim Daisy

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Improvised Music in Bristol UK


Bristol Improvised Music – Jan/Feb 2017

Monday 16th January – The Fringe

Calcine Trio – Matthew Grigg – Guitar, Amplifier, Rebecca Sneddon – Saxophones, Roger Telford – Drums

SALTINGS – Andrew Cooke – Electronics, Caitlin Alais Callahan – Double Bass, Liz Muir – Cello

Monday 31st January – The Fringe

Fringe Free Music – Paul Anstey – Double Bass, Bob Helson – Drums, with guests Matthew Grigg – Guitar, Amplifier, Rebecca Sneddon – Saxophones

Monday 6th February – The Crypt of St Paul’s Church

OCCAM : Nate Wooley – Trumpet, Rhodri Davies – Harp & Dominic Lash – Double Bass, play Éliane Radigue

Thursday 9th February – The Greenbank

1st Set – Calcine Trio
Matthew Grigg – Guitar, Amplifier, Rebecca Sneddon – Saxophones, Roger Telford – Drums

2nd Set – Ghosts + Flowers 7tet
Matthew Grigg – Guitar, Amplifier, Rebecca Sneddon – Saxophones, Dave Jones – Tenor Saxophone, Harry Furniss – Cornet, Hugh Kirkbride – Double Bass, Paul Anstey – Double Bass, Roger Telford – Drums

Monday 20th February – The Fringe

Calcine Quartet. Calcine Trio (Matthew Grigg – Guitar, Amplifier, Rebecca Sneddon – Saxophones, Roger Telford – Drums) with Dominic Lash – Double Bass

Schizophonia – Odysseas Pappas – Guitar, Stathis Kampylis – Modular Synth

Thursday 23rd February – The Greenbank

1st Set – Temporary Front
Roger Telford – Drums, Dominic Lash – Double Bass, Mark Langford – Reeds

2nd Set – Paper Tiger
Phil Gibbs – Guitar, Hugh Kirkbride – Double Bass, Dominic Lash – Double Bass, Harry Furniss – Cornet, David Mowat – Trumpet

3rd Set – Model Railway News
Roger Telford – Drums, Dave Jones – Tenor Sax, Mark Langford – Reeds, Phil Gibbs – Guitar, Hugh Kirkbride – Double Bass, Dominic Lash – Double Bass, Harry Furniss – Cornet, David Mowat – Trumpet

Monday 27th February – The Fringe

Fringe Free Music – Mark Langford – Reeds, Phil Gibbs – Guitar, Paul Anstey – Double Bass, Bob Helson – Drums

Winter Jazzfest Review


Source: Bleader.

Last weekend I stumbled around Manhattan trying to take in the bonanza of the annual Winter Jazzfest. The event has expanded from two days to six, but its heart remains a two-night marathon spanning Friday and Saturday. This year more than 150 first-rate groups performed downtown at more than a dozen venues. Winter Jazzfest takes place during the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, where curators and programmers talk shop and check out artists who want the organization’s members to book or hire them. This can make the Winter Jazzfest function something like a bazaar, where browsing is encouraged—sets are sometimes disrupted by crowds entering or exiting during the music. On the plus side, though, there are few other opportunities anywhere in the world to hear so many groups in such a short time.