It worked out that, after playing Roscoe’s Seabird Lounge on April 1 with Dave Williams‘ Latin jazz project, I have no more April gigs. That’s actually good, because I just got the digital galleys of my book to proofread. It really looks like a book now. Terrifying!
May, on the other hand, is going to be packed.
On the 5th the West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio will play Alva’s Showroom in San Pedro. If you are anywhere in the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim Metropolitan Statistical Area, this is worth the trip. Virtuoso flautist Ellen Burr (LA Flute Orchestra, Adam Rudolph, Vinny Golia, Steuart Liebig, Harris Eisenstadt, etc.) and I play Andrea Centazzo‘s music with the man himself on drums. Andrea was a pioneer of free improvisation in Europe, working with Steve Lacy, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Albert Mangelsdorff, and many others, and also has composed prolifically for varied ensembles in many genres. This band revisits and unites these strands of his work. Two sets, ten bucks. Check it out!
The next night Ellen and I will be at the Open Gate concert series at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts in a quartet with harpist Anne LeBaron and multi-instrumentalist Charles Sharp, playing a set of free improvisation. This was an idea I had to celebrate my 50th birthday, to combine two of my most frequent collaborators, Charles and Ellen, with someone none of us had played with before. The Saxon/Vogel Duo also appear.
I get to rest for a couple of weeks, then on Monday the 22nd the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble will premiere Jack’s new score for the 1920 silent “Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde” at the Art Theatre in Long Beach and on Sunday the 27th the Santa Monica Symphony will present their Memorial Day concert.
Not a bad month. And what’s up with that image? I tell you what: it’s a blue wave.