I have a lot of developments to update you on.
First, the 2019-2020 season of the Soundwaves New Music series I run at the Santa Monica Public Library is underway, and everything is just about set through next June. Here’s what’s coming up:
Not a bad lineup. All shows are free admission and start at 7:30, except for the Oct. 1 show, which starts at 7.
I also have lots of gigs on the way. I’ll just tell you about August right now.
On the 9th the great Oakland bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa and I are organizing an improvising bass ensemble for a show at Sunspace. We expect nine players, who work in jazz, classical, rock, and country music and all share the language of free improvisation. 8pm. $10.
On the 10th I’m playing a set of contemporary composed music downtown with the Sonic Open Orchestra, including Gavin Bryars’ “The Sinking of the Titanic” and Michael Gordon’s “Weather One.”
The 15th is the third Thursday, which is Ellen Burr and my shared residency at the Industry Cafe & Jazz in Culver City. This month we will be joined by Jeff Gauthier & Maggie Parkins for two sets of free improvisation. Also free as in no cover, but please buy food & drinks. 8pm.
On the 17th I am leading a jazz quintet at a fundraiser for Holly Mitchell’s campaign for LA County Supervisor. She has been an outstanding State Senator, passing the Crown Act, which barred discrimination based on natural hairstyles, and has done important work on racial disparities in maternal health, among other issues. She is leaving that office due to term limits. The band will be Dave Williams on trumpet, Sean Sonderegger on tenor sax, R. Scott Dibble on keyboard, and Peter Valsamis on drums. We’ll be playing compositions by Dave, Sean, and Scott, plus a few by Herbie Hancock in honor of his upcoming Hollywood Bowl appearance, and Prince, because everyone loves Prince. 2pm at a private home. Suggested donation is $50+, but less is OK. You can contact me for details.
My rock band The Red Cars plays the Cinema Bar in Culver City on the 20th. 9pm. We’ll be followed by T.J. Troy’s Run Downhill and The Wrinkling Brothers (Joe Dean & George Hurley). No cover, so buy lots of drinks. The Red Cars is singer/songwriter Adam Snyder, formerly of Mercury Rev, backed by drummer Richard Hynd (from Scottish popstars Texas), and myself.
Finally, on the 25th, The Decisive Instant, an experimental big band I co-lead with Charles Sharp, will be at the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach at 6pm. 737 Pine St. $10. Come at 4 for two other great acts.
And here are some recent recordings.
Charles Sharp, Michael Intriere, and I contributed to a compilation of sonic interpretations of Dorit Cypis’ art installation “Close Your Eyes if You Want to See,” now free here.
and The Decisive Instant played July 7 at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts: