Joey Baron: Just Say Yes

Cover of "Down Home"
Cover of Down Home

An interview with Joey Baron from All About Jazz:

Combining technical acuity with a deep sense of groove, Joey Baron drums with playful exuberance. Throughout his more than 35-year career, he’s propelled experimentalists like guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist John Zorn, as well as mainstreamers like vocalist Carmen McRae and saxophonist David Sanborn. He’s even played with pop stars David Bowie and Marianne Faithfull. But Baron makes no distinctions between gigs, keeping an expansive, welcoming view of music. After leading the groups Barondown, Down Home, and Killer Joey, he’s recently focused on percussion work in solo, duo, and trio settings. A rare December, 2009 solo concert at Roulette offers the chance to experience Baron’s artistry at its most distilled.

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Upcoming Roulette TV Shoots

From New York’s Roulette:

Christian Wolff
ROULETTE TV SHOOT
Sat Dec 12 – 8:00 PM

All-Star quintet: Joey Baron, Robert Black, Larry Polansky, Robyn Schulkowsky, Christian Wolff present the music of Christian Wolff both old and new – including the premiere of new long form piece written specifically for this quintet.

Christian Wolff was born in 1934 in Nice, France. He’s lived mostly in the U.S. since 1941. He studied piano with Grete Sultan and composition, briefly, with John Cage. Though mostly self-taught as a composer, the work of John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor and Earle Brown have been important to him, as well as long associations with Cornelius Cardew and Frederic Rzewski. A particular feature of his music is the various freedoms it allows performers at the time of performance as well as the variable results possible for any one particular piece, for which various new notations have been invented. Underlying notions in the work are shared freedom, self-determination and democratically-spirited collaboration. The music is published by C.F. Peters, New York and much of it is recorded, on many labels. A number of pieces, starting in 1953, have been used and commissioned by Merce Cunningham and his dance company. Wolff has been active as a performer and as improvisor – with Takehisa Kosugi, Steve Lacey, Christian Marclay, Keith Rowe, William Winant, the group AMM, Kui Dong and Larry Polansky. His writings on music (up to 1998) are collected in “Cues: Writings and Conversations”, published by MusikTexte, Cologne. He has received awards and grants from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Ford Foundation, DAAD Berlin, the Asian Cultural Council, the Fromm Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (the John Cage Award for music) and the Mellon Foundation. He is a member of the Akademie der Kuenste in Berlin and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 he received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts. Academically trained as a classicist, Wolff was professor of classics and music at Dartmouth College from 1971 to 1999.

Joey Baron
ROULETTE TV SHOOT
Sun Dec 13 – 8:00 PM
Join us for the filming of Roulette TV’s special on Joey Baron! Avant-garde jazz drummer Joey Baron has worked with an impressive list of musicians, including everyone from Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, and Tony Bennett to John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Fred Frith, and Tim Berne. His own groups he has led include the “Down Home Group”, Barondown, and Killer Joey and was a member of “Naked City” (with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith and Wayne Horvitz) and of Zorn’s group Masada (Dave Douglas and Greg Cohen). Joey Baron was born 1955 in Richmond ,Va. He started drumming at age 9, performing profesionally the following year. His early musical education included private drum lessons as well as the wide genre radio programing of the 1960s. After finishing high school early through a special accelerated program, Mr. Baron spent time in Boston attending the Berklee School of Music.He settled in Los Angeles,California in 1975 to realize a dream of playing with the great jazz musician Carmen McRae,consequently becoming a much sought after singer’s drummer. Since moving to New York City in 1983, Mr. Baron has continued to expand his scope and develope his musical ideas through collaborations with various artists including Red Rodney, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, Ron Carter, and John Zorn ,with whom the collaboration continues to the present. Current projects include solo concert tours, duo concerts with Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, his own band, “Killer Joey”,The John Abercrombie Quartet, and the Schulkowsky, Studer, Baron drum trio.

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Roulette in December

From NY’s Roulette:

HANS TAMMEN & THIRD EYE ORCHESTRA: Anagenesis
Mon Dec 7 – 8:30 PM
Hans Tammen creates music that has been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. Using Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, thoroughly composed and purely improvised at the same time. He gets his thrill out of exploring the world of sounds, and by superimposing or phasing of multiple rhythms. His new work ANAGENESIS draws from a single repertoire of around 100 pre-conceived musical units. The conductor uses the orchestra as an instrument, while each performer shapes the music through virtuosic improvisation and the individual stylization of musical performance. “Everything about Third Eye Orchestra… indicates mastery and control”

Shaking Ray and Shelley
Tue Dec 8 – 8:30 PM
“Ole’ Timey Avant-Garde” ensemble The Shaking Ray Levis team up with eccentric vocalist Shelley Hirsch for an explosive evening of improvisation. The Shaking Ray Levis were conceived by Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner in 1986, and have since been the first American group be be released on Derek Bailey’s Incus Records. Using synthesizers (analog & digital), MoogerFoogers, samplers, vocals and percussion they achieve an incredibly unique blend of experimental sound with an Ole’ Timey feel.

Jim Staley w/ Ikue Mori & Kyoko Kitamura
Wed Dec 9 – 8:30 PM
Trombonist, composer, and founder of Roulette Jim Staley has been shaking up the downtown scene for over 30 years. Working primarily with improvisation, crossing genres freely between post-modern classical music and avant-garde jazz, Staley has collaborated for many years with other highly experienced improvisers, both dancers and musicians. Tonight, Staley is joined by laptop virtuoso and longtime collaborator Ikue Mori and multilingual, electronics enhanced vocalist Kyoko Kitamura.

INTERPRETATIONS: FLUX Quartet performs David First / Dom Minasi String Quartet
Thu Dec 10 – 8:00 PM
An evening of music by two guitarist/composers, both writing for chamber string ensemble – FLUX, comprised of many of New York’s premiere instrumentalists. “Guitarist and electronic composer David First’s subtle way with drones and other extended tones reveals a musician who successfully controls the barely controllable” (K. Leander Williams, Time Out NY). Tonight, the eclectic composer and punk-era innovator premiers new music for string quartet, performed by the fearlessly dynamic new music ensemble, the FLUX Quartet. Guitarist/composer Dom Minasi offers his own unique take on the concept of a string quartet, fashioning an ensemble that is equal parts chamber music and jazz. Comprised of players with whom Minasi has worked for many years, the music was not simply composed with a specific instrumentation in mind, but each unique player’s personality was embedded into the writing. Minasi’s group will perform music from their recent CD Dissonance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder, featuring Dom Minasi on nylon string guitar, with violinist Jason Hwang, cellist Tomas Ulrich, and bassist Ken Filiano.

Susie Ibarra “Drum Sketches”
Fri Dec 11 – 8:30 PM
Percussionist/Composer Susie Ibarra performs a rare evening of new solos and compositions featured on her solo cd, Drum Sketches on Innova Records. Drum Sketches are mixed with folkloric and contemporary percussive sounds and field recordings which “translate her interpretations of Filipino ambiance” in non traditional ways . “In the past decade, her willingness to step out from behind the kit and embrace non jazz forms- opera, poetry experimental sound, dance-has taken her from that initial buzz from below Houston Street to international reknown as a composer, performer and proponent of folkloric music.” New York Times.

Christian Wolff ROULETTE TV SHOOT
Sat Dec 12 – 8:00 PM
All-Star quintet Joey Baron, Robert Black, Larry Polansky, Robyn Schulkowsky, and Christian Wolff present the music of Christian Wolff both old and new – including a premiere of new long form piece written specifically for this quintet. Christian Wolff studied piano with Grete Sultan and composition, briefly, with John Cage. Though mostly self-taught as a composer, the work of John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor and Earle Brown have been important to him, as well as long associations with Cornelius Cardew and Frederic Rzewski. Tonight marks the filming of the next episode of Roulette TV

Joey Baron ROULETTE TV SHOOT
Sun Dec 13 – 8:00 PM
Avant-garde jazz drummer Joey Baron has worked with an impressive list of musicians, including everyone from Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, and Tony Bennett to John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Fred Frith, and Tim Berne. His own groups he has led include the “Down Home Group”, Barondown, and Killer Joey and was a member of “Naked City” (with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith and Wayne Horvitz) and of Zorn’s group Masada (Dave Douglas and Greg Cohen). Tonight Joey Baron presents an evening of solo percussion music for this installment of Roulette TV.

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

ALHAMBRA TRIO (Wednesday) “Alhambra Love Songs” (Tzadik), a new album by John Zorn, features his compositions exclusively, with a style uncharacteristically skewed toward romance. Two of its three cast members — the pianist Rob Burger and the drummer Ben Perowsky — reconvene here with the bassist Shanir Blumenkranz (filling in for Greg Cohen). The first set draws from the album; the second set features other even newer music by Mr. Zorn. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $10 per set. (Nate Chinen)20090827

SATOKO FUJII MIN-YOH ENSEMBLE (Tuesday) Satoko Fujii, an adventurous pianist and composer from Japan, has worked fruitfully over the years with a number of American improvisers; in the Min-Yoh Ensemble, named after a form of Japanese folk music, her lineup includes Andrea Parkins on accordion and Curtis Hasselbring on trombone, as well as her husband, Natsuki Tamura, on trumpet. Two years ago this group released an album, “Fujin Raijin” (Victo); they will record its sequel soon after this performance. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)20090827

? STEVE LEHMAN AND CRAIG TABORN (Sunday) Mr. Lehman, an alto and soprano saxophonist, and Mr. Taborn, a pianist and keyboardist, share an ultramodern worldview and an attraction to intelligent frictions. Each is a conceptual thinker as well as a daring improviser, and their duo interplay should be illuminating. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $10 per set. (Chinen)20090827

? RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA NORTH SEA QUARTET (Wednesday) An intense and inventive alto saxophonist, Rudresh Mahanthappa works here with a group that last convened a year ago at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Its personnel consists of serious partners, each attuned to a restless ideal: Craig Taborn on piano, François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street , (212) 582-2121, iridiumjazzclub.com; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20090827

DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP (Sunday) On his recent albums Donny McCaslin has applied his assertive tenor saxophone style to Latin American-inspired fusions. He does that here with expert help: the guitarist Lage Lund, the bassist Ricky Rodriguez and the drummer Adam Cruz. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; $10. (Chinen)20090827

? PAUL MOTIAN, JOE LOVANO, BILL FRISELL (Friday through Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday) Mr. Motian, a drummer and composer, sets a tone for this blue-chip trio that’s shadowy, slippery and as open-ended as a koan; his longtime partners are Mr. Lovano, on tenor and soprano saxophones, and Mr. Frisell, on guitar. They have memorably recorded at the Village Vanguard, and each of their returns feels like a generous occurrence. (Through Sept. 6.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $35. (Chinen)20090827

? JOHN SURMAN QUARTET (Tuesday through Thursday) The baritone and soprano saxophonist John Surman has long been a leading figure in British jazz and improvised-music circles, and he doesn’t surface here nearly often enough. He’s celebrating the release of “Brewster’s Rooster” (ECM) with that album’s sterling cast: the guitarist John Abercrombie, the drummer Jack DeJohnette and the bassist Drew Gress. (Through Sept. 5.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $30, general seating; $40, premium seating. (Chinen)20090827

? CECIL TAYLOR (Monday) At 80, Mr. Taylor is an elder statesman by any measure, and his pianism has continued to bedazzle, growing more luminous but no less rigorous. He has made a handful of staggering appearances just in the last couple of years, and there’s no reason to doubt the potential of this one. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea , (866) 468-7619, highlineballroom.com; $25 in advance, $30 at door. (Chinen)

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DMG Newsletter July 17th, 2009

From DMG:

Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers 4 CD set! Weasel Walter w/Henry Kaiser & Peter Evans! Bill Frisell w/ Jenny Scheinman! James Carney w/ Tony Malaby & Josh Roseman!

Franz Koglmann/Vladimir Nabokov! Itaru Oki! In the Country! Jandek! Francisco Lopez! Giancinto Scelsi! Bruno Maderna! Peter Hammill!

Plus Historic Discs from Dick Heckstall-Smith, Mel Collin’s Circus, Anekdoten, Gong, Cressida, Chico Magnetic Band, Liverpool Scene, and Powell St. John!

Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, July 26th at 6pm:
JASON KAO HWANG & STEVE SWELL! Ace Violinist & Tremendous Trombonist!

Sunday, August 2nd at 6pm:
GIACOMO MEREGA / NOAH KAPLAN / MARCO CAPPELLI!
International Electric Bass / Saxes / Guitar Trio!

Sunday, August 9th at 6pm:
TED DANIEL TRIO! CD Release Celebration from Legendary Loft Jazz Trumpet Hero!

Sunday, August 16th at 6pm:
CLIFTON HYDE Returns!

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Michael Moore to Play New Orleans

From NOLA.com:

Moore’s distinctive voice on clarinet and alto saxophone has landed him in the front ranks of contemporary improvisers, performing with such artists as Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, Han Bennink, and Misha Mengleberg’s Instant Composers Pool Orchestra. The 54-year-old California native was voted the world’s No. 1 clarinetist in Downbeat magazine’s annual critics poll in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Although Moore’s work has been documented on more than 80 CDs, Thursday’s performance at the Hi-Ho Lounge will be the first chance to hear him live in New Orleans. He will lead a quintet assembled from some of the city’s most progressive improvisers: cellist Helen Gillet, guitarist Jonathan Freilich, drummer Doug Garrison and bassist Jesse Boyd.

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Bill Horist, Jakob Riis, JP Jenkins in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

Portland New Music Society presents:
Sunday, June 21st
8pm
@ Enterbeing (ne 16th and Alberta)
$5 donations

Bill Horist-(Seattle)-unique prepared guitar improvisation
Jakob Riis-(Denmark)-laptop and electronics.
JP Jenkins – (Portland)-guitar & electronics

Bill Horist
(b. 1971, Washington DC, US)
Since arriving in Seattle in the mid- nineties, Bill has established himself as a highly regarded performer, composer and improviser. He has appeared on over 50 releases and has performed hundreds of concert around the world. In addition to his solo endeavors and work with bands Master Musicians of Bukkake, the Paul Rucker Ensemble and Ghidra to name a few, he has collaborated with a wide range of artists including John Zorn, Secret Chiefs 3, Ruins, Bill Frisell, KK Null, Vidushi Sumitra Guha, Kinski and Aiko Shimada among many others.
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Jakob Riis
(b.1964, Vejle, Denmark)
Composer, electronic musician, improviser. Active in the experimental fields of electronic music, soundart, improvisation and contemporary composition. Former trombonist, now focusing on electronic music, laptop pioneer on the danish experimental scene. Today Jakob Riis is primarily making electronic, noise and electroacoustic music, often making solo laptop prefomances, improvising within open structures. As a composer he has composed music for bigband, chamber ensembles as well as electronic and electro acoustic music, for ensembles like Copenhagen Art Ensemble, The Orchestra and The Ghettoblaster Ensemble. As an improviser he is playing with people like Axel Dörner, Jassem Hindi, Philipp Wachsmann, Peter Ole Jørgensen, Mats Gustafsson, Pål Nilssen-Love, Lotte Anker a.o. Studied trombone at the Rhythmic Conservatory (RMC) in Copenhagen, where he graduated in 1990. In 97-99 he studied composition with Bob Brookmeyer at RMC.

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

In the Times:

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY (Friday) “Infernal Machines” (New Amsterdam) is the long-awaited debut of this modern big band, led by Mr. Argue, an indefatigable young composer. Girded with indie-rock textures and a generous sense of drama, it deserves the big unfurling that has been organized here. At 10 p.m.; doors open at 9, Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, at Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, (718) 222-8500, galapagosartspace.com; $10. (Chinen)

BILLY BANG AND WILLIAM PARKER (Friday) Mr. Bang, a violinist, and Mr. Parker, a bassist, share deep history in New York free-jazz circles, as well as an abiding interest in combining musical forms to new ends. Their duo rapport should be sturdy and, with some luck, intermittently surprising. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000, rmanyc.org; $20; $16.20 for members. (Chinen)

PETER BRÖTZMANN TRIO (Sunday) Few modern saxophonists can sound as powerfully abrasive as Mr. Brötzmann; this group, with the comparably more mainstream rhythm team of Eric Revis on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums, could stir some melodic undercurrents as well. The opening band, at 9 p.m., is Radio I-Ching, which recently self-released a vibrant album, “No Wave Au Go Go.” At 10 p.m., Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (212) 253-0036, cake-shop.com; $10. (Chinen)

BILL FRISELL TRIO (Tuesday through Thursday) On the last two trio releases under his name, both partly recorded at the Village Vanguard, the guitarist Bill Frisell conjured a compelling hallucination of the American popular songbook. His partners, now as then, are the bassist Tony Scherr and the drummer Kenny Wollesen, a widely traveled rhythm team. (Through May 17.) At 9 and 11 p.m. Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA (Monday) This meditative large ensemble, scheduled to perform at Roulette for the next three Monday nights, is a project of the open-minded percussionist, composer and conductor Adam Rudolph. Drawing inspiration from earthy and elemental sources, it features changeable layers of woodwinds, strings, percussion and guitars. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15; $10 for students, 60+ and those 30 and younger. (Chinen)

OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC (Monday) This free-improvising supergroup, performing at 9 p.m., consists of the trumpeter Roy Campbell, the multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, the bassist William Parker and the drummer Charles Downs. In an earlier set, at 7:30, the guitarist Cristian Amigo and the bassist Clif Jackson will perform as a duo. At the Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, (212) 254-1142, rucma.org; $10 for the first set; $15 for the second; students, $7 and $8. (Chinen)

POSITIVE CATASTROPHE (Friday and Saturday) This raucous 10-piece ensemble, jointly led by the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the percussionist Abraham Gomez-Delgado, has a new album, “Garabatos Volume One” (Cuneiform), which nails its distinctive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythm and freewheeling improvisation. Most of the album’s cast reassembles here, including the saxophonist Michaël Attias, the vocalist Jen Shyu and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $15 per set; $10 for members. (Chinen)

MARC RIBOT (Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday) Mr. Ribot, the guitar-playing polymath with a recorded history both subtle and scabrous, celebrates his 55th birthday this month with a cavalcade of shows, beginning on Saturday at the Brecht Forum with his fellow guitarist Marco Cappelli. On Sunday he appears in Brooklyn with his much-beloved “fake Cuban” band, Los Cubanos Postizos; on Wednesday he leads his Spiritual Unity band and a separate trio at Joe’s Pub. He’ll be at the Stone on two evenings, Tuesday and Thursday, performing in solo and diverse group settings. Saturday at 9 p.m., Brecht Forum, 451 West Street, near Bank Street, West Village, (212) 242-4201, brechtforum.org; $20. Sunday at 1 p.m., Rose Live Music, 345 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 599-0069, roselivemusic.com; $15; $10 for mothers (must bring proof of motherhood) and children under 14. Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10. Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 967-7555, joespub.com; $20. (Chinen)

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

28-Feb-09 Bill Frisell
The Best of Bill Frisell: Vol. 1 – Folk Songs (Nonesuch Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

28-Feb-09 Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn
Farmers By Nature (AUM Fidelity Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

27-Feb-09 HAR-YOU Percussion Group
Sounds of Youth (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

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