Friday, April 10th: Taylor Ho Bynum/Thomas Fujiwara Duo, The Sure Shots, Jeff Marx Detroit Quartet
At Detroit Evolution Laboratory
Our first event at Detroit Evolution Laboratory in Eastern Market is a variety show like we haven’t seen in a while. Taylor Ho Bynum and Thomas Fujiwara are two leading improvisers of theor generation. Bynum has played cornet with the heaviest of the older generation, including Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor and Bill Dixon. He has also shined in groups with Jason Kao Hwang and Joe Morris. Fujiwara plays percussion in both Bynum’s trio and sextet; he also performs with another noted brasswind player, Nate Wooley, and spent some time touring with the off-Broadway hit Stomp.
Jeff Marx made a big impression on those only familiar with his inside playing at our recent 2739 Edwin performance. His agile phrasing and big sound on assorted saxophones was a real pleasure to hear in an unamplified settinG. We’ll have more of the same from his quartet of Marko Novachcoff, Kurt Prisbe and Joel Peterson.
Jennie and the Sure Shots just can’t stop playing everywhere all the time! We’ll be fresh out of the studio and rearing to go.
Detroit Evoltion Gallery is a new space in Eastern Market dedicated to healthy living through food, exercise and community events. They serve food, teach cooking classes, host yoga-and now they feature music and other events as well. 1434 Gratiot (at Russell St.). Doors at 8:30. $5-15 suggested.
Wednesday, April 15th: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Psychedelic Horsesh!t and TBA at Old Miami
The amazing Quintron and his puppet-wielding partner Miss Pussycat return to Detroit for the first time since their huge, just-after-Katrina show at the Bohemian. Swap rock organ, automate d drum buddies and Edgar Varese style percussion can all find their way into Quintron’s bag. But undeniably, this is dance music of a type unique to Quintron’s spell casting.
With Columbus’ Psychedlic Horsesh!t and another act TBA.
The Old Miami is at 3930 Cass Ave. Doors at 8:30; $8.
Friday, April 17th: BoxDeserter Trio at Detroit Institute of Arts
Our favorite pianist, Thollem McDonas, returns to his favorite American city to kick off a tour by BoxDeserter Trio, with Skeeter Shelton and Joel Peterson. Speaking of favorites, Diego Rivera’s mural in the DIA is another of Thollem’s, which he didn’t realize was in Detroit until I took him to the museum. Now he gets to perform surrounded by it!
BoxDeserter mixes new chamber music, free improvisation and the broad repertoire of its members to create innovative, yet highly accessible music. Thollem has a new record coming out on ESP Disk and another release featuring his recent concert on Debussy’s piano in France! Skeeter Shelton is one of the great unsung saxophonists in Free Jazz and has performed with Fred Anderson, James Blood Ulmer, Dushun Mosley, Hakim Jami, Faruq Z. Bey and others. This will be the kick-off to BoxDeserter Trio’s midwest and east coast tour, so join us in The Rivera Court for two amazing sets- it’s free, of course!
5/5 Peter Brotzmann Duo
5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love)
5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh
Boxdeserter Trio tour dates:
Apr 17 2009 8:00P
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit
Apr 18 2009 8:00P
Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 19 2009 8:00P
Hungry Brain Chicago
Apr 20 2009 8:00P
Iron Post Urbana, Illinois
Apr 21 2009 7:30P
Charles and Limey’s Lounge (w/ End Times Trio) Springfield, Illinois
Apr 23 2009 8:00P
Schlafly Tap Room St Louis, Missouri
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
Schlafly Tap Room St. Louis, Missouri
Apr 28 2009 8:00P
Exile Long Island, New York