Megasound Releases and Tours

Megasound is a new Italian label soon to launch. They have two recent releases, both highly recommend. A USA tour may follow this summer.

Neo is an italian Jazz-punk-blues trio and have released Water Resistance.

Tribraco is a jazz-rock quartet, with a first album “Cracking the Whip.” In August 2009 they had a tour in Sardinia, were they played with Roscoe Mitchell (The Trio) from Art Ensemble of Chicago, at the Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival “Ai confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 009”.

With both of the bands we are organizing a tour all over the USA on summer 2010, 7.500 mi, more than 20 cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., New Orleans.

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Respect Sextet and Ethan Iverson coming to Le Poisson Rouge

From NY’s Le Poisson Rouge:

FORMED IN 2001, The Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational musics. Relying on their explosive energy, rare telepathy, outstanding musicianship, and a deep friendship, Respect pieces together free improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, television commercial jingles, text pieces, jazz standards, game pieces and more into “a whirling collage,” shouts Exclaim! Magazine, “that ransacks and reshapes the entire jazz tradition, from New Orleans march to Misha Mengelberg, Sun Ra to Charlie Parker.” Named “one of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz” by Signal to Noise.

Respect returns to LPR’s stage on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 to present a set of exciting original music. Opening the show will be the innovative pianist Ethan Iverson (of The Bad Plus), playing a set of “cocktail music” on solo piano.

Tickets: $10 (Advance tickets available at
Doors: 9:30pm Show time: 10:00pm

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In DC This Weekend: Futterman/Levin Duo, Cheer-Accident

From Washington City Paper:

On Saturday, hop over to Twins Jazz for a free-jazz concert the likes of which the District doesn’t get enough these days, as pianist Joel Futterman and reedist Ike Levin duo it up. Futterman played Twins Jazz a couple years ago with legendary New Orleans saxophonist Kidd Jordan, and immediately won me over with a style that is most easily compared to a somewhat more accessible Cecil Taylor. He’s been playing with Levin at least since 2002, and this should be an excellent night for those who miss the shows like this that Transparent Productions used to put on regularly.

On Sunday, a trek up to Orion Sound Studios will be rewarded with a show by the always unpredictable Cheer-Accident, who last played there in April following their performance at Avant Fairfax, pictured above. This long-running Chicago band writes music by throwing genres and expectations into a blender and adding a dash of Zappa-like whimsy—and they come out with something completely different every time they do it. Baltimore bands Armed Elephant and Isthmus open; the latter’s Isis/Neurosis brand of metal is great, if an odd fit for the bill.
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Michael Moore to Play New Orleans


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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Upcoming Washington DC Shows

From Black Plastic Bag:

* Thursday, April 16: Composer/arranger Ed Palermo will be conducting the U.S. Army Blues ensemble in a program comprised entirely of the music of Frank Zappa. (What.) This takes place at 7:30pm in Brueker Hall at Fort Myer – 400 McNair Road, Fort Myer, VA.

* Friday, April 17: Cuneiform Records artist Beat Circus (Myspace), a rock ensemble whose current lineup includes all kinds of strings and horns (including a tuba), will be at Orion Sound Studios south of Baltimore. Opening is Fern Knight, with whom I’m not familiar but who are described as a mix of “Krautrock, UK folk, and early baroque and renaissance music.” Cool. Orion is at 2903 Whittington Ave., Baltimore, MD. Show at 8pm.

* Saturday, April 18: The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet (Myspace), plus drummer, performing at Orion. This sax quartet has a diverse, fun repertoire that “ranges from New Orleans ’second-line’ to jazz, Afro-Cuban to Balkan, klezmer and beyond.” Show at 8pm.

* Sunday, April 19: Japan’s psychedelic rockers Acid Mothers Temple (Myspace) hit DC9. AMT seems to be constantly on tour, and their shows are semi-legendary for their stoned-out, hazy heaviness. Also, Japanese psych-rock is pretty much just reliably crazy. Show is at 9pm, Sonic Suicide Squad are opening.

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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey on Tour

From JFJO:

Spring 2009 Tour Dates:

Thu. March 26th – Norman,OK – The Deli
Fri. March 27th – Dallas,TX – Granada Theater (w/Oso Closo & Yells at Eels)
Sat. March 28th – Austin,TX – The Parish (w/Funkotron)
Sat. April 4th – Chicago,IL – House of Blues ‘Back Porch’ (w/Fifth World)
Sun. April 5th – Lansing,MI – Mac’s Bar (w/Ultraviolet Hippopotomus)
Tue. April 7th – Cleveland,OH – Beachland Tavern
Wed. April 8th – Columbus,OH – Skully’s
Thu. April 9th – Cincinnati,OH – Blue Wisp
Fri. April 10th – Pittsburgh,PA – Rex Theater
Sat. April 11th – Syracuse,NY – Funk & Waffles (w/Otis Grove)
Sun. April 12th – Burlington,VT – Club Metronome (w/Xander Naylor Trio)
Tue. April 14th – Philadelphia,PA – Johnny Brenda’s (w/Nick Bockrath Quartet (from Bodega) & special guests)
Wed. April 15th – Brooklyn,NY – Southpaw (w/Peter Apfelbaum)
Thur. April 16th – Baltimore,MD – The 8×10 (w/Lafayette Gilchrist)
Sat. April 18th – Manchester,CT – Main Pub (w/Kelley Ravin Trio)
Mon. April 20th – Raleigh,NC – The Pour House Music Hall
Tue. April 21st – Atlanta,GA – Variety Playhouse (*opening for John Scofield*)
Wed. April 22nd – Charleston,SC – The Charleston Pour House
Thurs. April 23rd – Asheville,NC – The Rocket Club (w/The Odd Meters)
Fri. April 24th – Knoxville,TN – World Grotto
Sat. April 25th – Tuscaloosa,AL – Mellow Mushroom
Sun. April 26th – New Orleans,LA – Private Party
Tue. April 28th – New Orleans,LA – Dragons Den
Fri. May 1st – New Orleans,LA – HiHo Lounge (w/Living Soundtrack, Caddywhompus, & My Name is John Michael!)
Fri. May 8th – OKC,OK – 51st Street Speakeasy
Thurs. June 4th – Ozark,AR – Wakarusa Music Festival
Fri. June 12th – Kansas City,MO – Jardine’s (late show) w/guest Mark Southerland
Sat. June 13th – Kansas City,MO – Jardine’s (late show) w/guest Mark Southerland

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German jazz pianist Georg Graewe plans to jam with some of the Crescent City’s top musicians

An upcoming New Orleans Georg Graewe show is previewed.

As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans remains one of the best spots to explore the music’s early history. But thanks to a handful of adventurous local presenters, the Crescent City is also becoming a good place to see how the city’s own brand of new music improvisers fits in with developments around the world.

In recent years, such top-notch European players as Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink and Frank Gratkowski have played here. Their programs showcased the full range of the European styles, from spacey chamber jazz and dada-style theatrics to full-blown expressionist wailing.

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