Artist Profile

Henry Grimes: A jazz bassist is back in action has a nice article on Mr. Grimes.

Scroll down a discography of the great jazz bass player Henry Grimes and you come across something quite singular. A major league recording career that starts in 1957 and revolutionised jazz bass stopped suddenly, on December 18 1966, before resuming in 2003.

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Coming up at RUCMA

From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

December 7
7:30 PM
Shayna Dulberger Quintet
Shayna Dulberger – Bass
Jonathan Moritz – Sax / Tomas Fujiwara – Drums
Ben Gerstein – Trombone / Chris Welcome – Guitar
9:00 PM
Michael Bisio Quartet
Michael Bisio – Bass / Stephen Gauci – Tenor Saxophone
Avram Fefer – Saxes / Jay Rosen – Drums
10:30 PM
Yoni Kretzmer Group
Yoni Kretzmer – Tenor Sax
Jason Ajemian – Bass / Mike Pride – Drums

December 8
6:30 PM
The American Tribal Ensemble
Sarah James – Voice
Herb Robertson – Trumpet / Ed Schuller – Bass
8:00 PM
Pyeng Threadgill Group
Pyeng Threadgill – Voice / Tyler Wood – Keyboards
Derek Nievergelt – Bass / Evan Pazner – Drums
In Two Weeks

December 14
7:30 PM
Shot X Shot (Philly)
Matt Engle – Bass / Dan Capecchi – Drums
Bryan Rogers – Tenor Sax / Dan Scofield – Alto Sax
9:00 PM
Alexander Hawkins Quartet (UK)
Alexander Hawkins – piano / Rob Brown – Alto Sax
Mark Helias – Bass / Harris Eisenstadt – Drums
10:30 PM
Killer BOB
Johan Andersson – Saxes / Max Jaffe – Drums
Rob Lundberg – Bass / David Scanlon – Guitar

December 15
6:30 PM
JuJu Seahorse
Paul Harding – Spoken Music
Joe Ford – Saxes / Hill Greene – Bass
Karma Johnson – Vocals / TBA – Drums
8:00 PM
Mossa Bildner Group
Mossa Bildner – vocals / Brahim Fribgane – Oud
Andre Lasalle – Electric Guitar / VAL-INC – Electronic Percussions

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Umbrella Music Through November 22

Kent Kessler
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 11 November 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Joshua Abrams Group
David Boykin – reeds
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Joshua Abrams – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Nakatani/Baker/Abrams
Tatsuya Nakatani – percussion
Jim Baker – keyboards, ARP synthesizer
Joshua Abrams – bass
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Tim Daisy spins Inside Africa

Thursday, 12 November 2009
10:00PM | Ken Aldcroft Solo
Ken Aldcroft – solo guitar
11:00PM | Slow Cycle
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Sunday, 15 November 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Bottesini Chicago
Paul Riola – saxophones
Josh Berman – trumpet
Mark Clifford – vibes
Jeff Parker – guitar
Josh Abrams – bass
Antwon Owens – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 18 November 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Mars Williams Solo
Mars Williams – solo woodwinds
11:00PM | Williams/Kessler/Sandtrom/Hunt/Zerang
Mars Williams – woodwinds
Kent Kessler – bass
Brian Sandstrom – bass, guitar
Steve Hunt – percussion
Michael Zerang – percussion
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Kevin Drumm spins The Music of Akos Rozmann

Thursday, 19 November 2009
10:00PM | Delius/Kessler/Zerang
Toby Delius – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Michael Zerang – drums
two sets

Sunday, 22 November 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | KLANG
James Falzone – clarinet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Jason Roebke – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
11:00PM | Tobias Delius with Bishop/Stein/Abrams/Rosaly
Tobias Delius – reeds
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Josh Abrams – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

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Free Music

Ige*Timer plus Easley/Albert Free Download

From Open Ears Music:

This is the audio archive from 6 Oct 09. The files are 128k VBR mp3s.

Dave Easley (pedal steel guitar) & Jeff Albert (trombone)
Set 1 (mp3)
Set 2 (mp3)
Ige*Timer, Dave Easley, & Jeff Albert
Set 3 (mp3)

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Squid’s Ear Reviews

Dave Douglas at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007.
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From the Squid’s Ear:

Jim Haynes:

Mika Vainio:
Aineen Musta Puhelin (Black Telephone of Matter)

EKG (Kyle Bruckmann & Ernst Karel):
(Another Timbre)

Szilard Mezei Wind Quartet:
We Were Watching The Rain

Barry Guy London Jazz Composers Orchestra With Irene Schweizer:
Radio Rondo

Joe Morris / Simon H Fell / Alex Ward:
The Necessary And The Possible

Slap and Tickle
(Smalltown Superjazzz)

Normand Guilbeault Ensemble:
Live at Upstairs 2008. Hommage a Mingus

Douglas, Dave & Brass Ecstasy:
Spirit Moves
(Greenleaf Music)

Lee Konitz and Martial Solal:
Star Eyes, 1983

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Dutch drummer can’t help but play

Han Bennink im Club W71 in Weikersheim
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Hn Bennink is featured on

Han Bennink was feeling frisky. Onstage with pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Kenny Millions at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center in 2007, the legendary Dutch jazz drummer displayed the mischievous wit and childlike exuberance for which he’s long been revered. Variously, he bounced a drumstick and caught it in mid-air, swung his foot atop his snare, percussively beat his ruddy cheeks and even created shadow puppets on the wall behind him.

Of course, in the same show he sensitively and creatively engaged in the three-way musical conversation taking place onstage, punctuating and commenting on his colleagues’ statements with dazzling acuity while continually ratcheting up the excitement.

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Taylor Ho Bynum’s Fall Schedule

From THB’s SpiderMonkey Stories:

Saturday, October 17, 9pm
New Music by Laura Andel
@ The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune), NYC
THB (cornet), Carl Maguire (Fender Rhodes), Shoko Nagai (piano),
Thomas Buckner (baritone), and the ensemble Gamelan Son of Lion
(Barbara Benary, Lisa Karrer, Skip LaPlante, Denman Maroney, and David

Tuesday, October 20, 8pm
Enescu Re-Imagined by Lucian Ban & John Hebert
@ Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, NYC
Mat Maneri (viola), Joyce Hammann (violin), Tony Malaby (tenor sax),
THB (cornet) Badal Roy (tablas), Lucian Ban (piano, orchestrations),
John Hebert (double bass, orchestrations), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
* discount tix available, contact me if you’re interested.

Sunday, October 25, 3pm
Taylor Ho Bynum Quintet
@ Hammond Performing Arts Series at Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston, MA
THB (cornet), Bill Lowe (bass trombone), Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), John Hebert (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Monday, October 26, 7:30pm
Bynum – Hebert – Cleaver Trio
@ RUCMA/Vision performance series at Local 269, 269 Houston St, NYC
THB (cornet), John Hebert (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Friday, October 30
Anthony Braxton Trio
@ Deutsches Jazzfestival, Frankfurt, Germany
AB (reeds, electronics), THB (brass), Mary Halvorson (guitar)

Saturday, October 31, 6:30pm
Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone with guest THB
@ Botticino Jazz Festival, Botticino, Italy
MH (guitar), JP (viola), THB (cornet)

Monday, November 2, 8pm
Bynum – Hebert – Cleaver Trio
@ Ars Nova Workshop at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
THB (cornet), John Hebert (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Saturday, November 7, 8:30pm
Bynum – Morris – Schoenbeck Trio
@ IBeam, 168 7th Street, Brooklyn NY
THB (cornet), Joe Morris (guitar), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon)
with Never Saw This Coming (Rich Johnson, Kirk Knuffke, Brian Drye, Curtis Hasselbring)

Friday, November 13, 8pm
Tyshawn Sorey Quartet
@ AACM at the Community Church, 40 E. 35th St, NYC
TS (drums), THB (cornet), Aaron Stewart (saxophone), John Escreet (piano)
with Amina Claudine Myers’ Ensemble

Monday, November 30, 7:30pm
Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge
@ RUCMA/Vision performance series at Local 269, 269 Houston St, NYC
JKH (violin), THB (cornet), Ken Filiano (bass), Andrew Drury (drums)

Monday, December 21, 7pm
PosCat 3
@ Barbes, 376 9th St, Brooklyn, NY
THB (cornet), Abraham Gomez-Delgado (percussion), Reut Regev (trombone)


Kinetic Harpoon (Pittman & Kaylor) Coming to Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

This is s duo of Kelvin Pittman and Mark E. Kaylor (sax and drums).
The show starts at 8pm at Waypost 3120 N Williams Avenue

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Brooklyn’s IBeam in November

From the IBeam:

Ibeam Music
168 7th Street
Brooklyn NY 11215

November 5th
9:00 pm $10 suggested

Ralph Alessi and This Against That
Ralph Alessi – Trumpet
Tony Malaby – Tenor Sax
Ben Street – Bass
Andy Milne – Piano
Mark Ferber – Drums

November 6th
8:30 pm $10 suggested

Tim Flood & The Magic Powerhouse
Tim Flood – bass guitar & computer
Megalithic drone music for solo improvisor.

Jacob Garchik Trio
Jacob Garchik – trombone
Jacob Sacks – piano
Dan Weiss – drums

Trombonist and composer Jacob Garchik has worked with Slavic Soul Party, Lee Konitz and the Kronos Quartet but here he presents elegant and energetic compositions for his lithe trio. “Odd and excellent, taut with paradox” – Ben Ratliff, the New York Times

November 7th
8:30 pm $10 suggested
Ignite a Noise Presents: A Residency in November 2009

Never Saw This Coming
Rich Johnson, Kirk Knuffke – trumpets
Brian Drye, Curtis Hasselbring – trombones

Taylor Ho Bynum Trio
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet
Joe Morris – guitar
Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon

November 13th
8:30 pm $10 suggested

Iron Dog
Sarah Bernstein – violin/processing
Stuart Popejoy – bass guitar/effects
Andrew Drury – drums/sounds

Iron Dog is electronic soundscapes, shifting distorted textures, freely synthesized, this and other worlds

November 14th
8:30 and 10 pm
$10 suggested
SWIPE Presents Cello Pudding Pops & The Nanny Problem

SWIPE (Sound Writers in Performative Emergence) is an experience that moves in the spirit of a collective There is no one given “sound” to SWIPE – rather artists draw upon their collective memories and influences to produce an eclectic body of We welcome and encourage members of the press and greater arts community to attend this fascinating double bill event.

1st set
SWIPE (Sound Writers in Performative Emergence) presents Cello Pudding Pops
Matt Steckler – reeds
Alex Waterman – cello
Andrew Drury – percussion

2nd set
SWIPE presents The Nanny Problem
Matt Steckler – reeds
Mark Taylor – french horn
Curtis Stewart – violin
Carl Maguire – piano
Joe Exley – tuba
Harris Eisenstadt – percussion

Nov 20th
8:30 pm $10 suggested
Ignite a Noise Presents:

Nate Wooley Duo
Nate Wooley – trumpet
Joe Morris – acoustic guitar

The only thing that can be predicted by these two improvisors is their consistent musical unpredictability. The duo recorded a beautiful CD at Roulette last year, which will come out on Clean Feed in early 2010.

We Can Build You
Rich Johnson – trumpet
Jason Rigby – tenor saxophone

Nov 21st
8:30 pm $10 suggested
Ignite a Noise Presents:

Chris McIntyre Duo
Chris McIntyre – trombone
Pete Drungle – pianist/composer

Matt Lavelle
“Music for Flugelhorn and String Quartet”
Matt Lavelle – flugelhorn
String Quartet: Hilliard Greene, Daniel Levin, Jason Kwang, Francois Grillot

November 27th
8:30 pm $10 Suggested

Elana Camerin Presents
Elena Camerin – voice
Nicola Fazzini -alto and soprano sax
Ron Hoton – trumpet
Khabu Doug Young – guitar
Bob Bowen – bass
Tony Moreno – drums

Music dedicated to Italian writer Italo Calvino

Nov 28th
8:30 pm $10 suggested
Ignite a Noise Presents:

The “Batteries” Duo
Gareth Flowers – trumpet and electronics
Josh Frank – trumpet and electronics

The “Batteries” Duo is an ambient psychedelic duo. Using laptops and samplers, the ‘Batteries’ duo creates a unique breed of spacious, timeless, non-jazz that is steeped in both traditional and non-traditional minimalism. The sets are mostly improvised, and often rely on a deliberately limited harmonic language to create the atmospheric, languishing sound that they are known for.

Rich Johnson – trumpet, laptop
Eivind Opsvik – bass, electronics
+ Special Guest TBA
Drone glitchfolk duo from members of experimental chamber pop group Opsvik & Jennings.

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Okkyung Lee Interview

From Roulette NYC:

Using her solid classical training as a springboard, Cellist Okkyung Lee incorporates jazz, sounds, korean traditional music, noise with extended techniques to create her own unique blend of music. On Thursday October 22 at Roulette Okkyung collaborates with video artist Kjell Bjørgeengen using pre-recorded sounds from the cobble stone street outside Location 1 as a source material to blur the physical boundaries between the venue and the outside.

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