This month is going out with a bang!
Tuesday the 21st I’ll be at Cal State Dominguez Hills opening Jonathon Grasse’s faculty recital in a set with Dave Williams, Tom Steck, and Dr. Grasse himself, invoking some revolutionary musical spirits to deal with the present situation. Archie Shepp might have called it Dumpster Fire Music. 7:30pm in the University Theater. $5-10.
Friday the 24th Dave and I are playing our usual gig at the Exhibition Room. Standards with Patrick Butler on guitar. 930-1230. Reservations required.
Saturday I am subbing in a 2 women (plus band) show about Patsy Cline in Garden Grove. Thanks to Rebecca Lynn for the hookup.
Sunday is a double-header. New Valley Symphony at Forest Lawn at 2, playing all your favorite bits from Carmen, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute, then Scrappers 6-9 at The Offbeat, in which Dan Clucas and I improvise with Joe Baiza and Brian Christopherson from Saccharine Trust.
Two albums are in the pipeline: Cello Pudding (with Vetza, Dave Travis, and Michael Intriere) is free improvisation for three cellos, bass, and voice. Great recording, mix, etc. by Mark Wheaton and cover art by Dean Westerfield. No release date set, but it’ll definitely be before we play the Eagle Rock/Open Gate series Aug. 6. That’ll be a CD. Zorro, by the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, is going to drop Apr. 27 as a download only. This is Jack’s music for the silent film The Mark of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks. The album is like one of those John Zorn Filmworks CDs, with like, 20 2-minute cues. I convinced him to record long Liberation Music Orchestra-style blowouts on a couple of the themes, but they didn’t make the cut. It’s a great-sounding product, recorded by former Sparks guitarist Earle Mankey. This version of the JCDE is Alicia Byer, Charles Sharp, Angelo Metz, Scott Dibble, “Slam” Nobles, and myself. Links to get these albums coming soon…