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…
Quite a month ahead:
On the 5th I’m playing in the Open Gate Theatre 20th Anniversary Concert. For the past 20 years Will Salmon and Alex Cline have been presenting creative music on the first Sunday of the month. To celebrate their anniversary, they’ve invited an epic lineup of west coast free players for mix and match improvisations. String basses: Devin Hoff and myself, bass guitars: Steuart Liebig and Darryl Tewes, trumpets & cornets: Bobby Bradford, Dan Clucas, Daniel Rosenboom, and Bruce Friedman, etc. You get the idea. An honor to be in this company… Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. 7PM https://www.facebook.com/events/409…
On the 10th and 24th I’m with Dave Williams and His Rhythm Agents at the Exhibition Room. 9:30PM-12:30AM. This is a trio (Dave on trumpet, Patrick Butler on guitar) playing jazz standards in a quasi-retro mode. This may be the end of our residency at the Exhibition Room so, if you’ve been waiting to check us out, now’s the time.
On the 15th I am presenting Michael Pisaro on my Soundwaves concert series at the Santa Monica Public Library. 7:30pm. free.
On the 21st I’ll be playing a set of improvised music to open Jonathon Grasse‘s faculty recital at California State University, Dominguez Hills with Tom Steck, Dr. Grasse, and TBD. 7:30pm.
And the 26th is the long-awaited return of Scrappers, at The OffBeat – A Bar On York. 7pm. This is a free improvising unit convened by Dan Clucas, in which he and I are joined by Joe Baiza and Brian Christopherson from SST Records legends Saccharine Trust. This will make 3 1/2 gigs for us in about 10 years. I don’t know when the next one is going to come around…
Eagle Rock, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Compton, Long Beach, Highland Park! Dig it.
I realize I have not yet plugged this year’s gigs here.
For classical music, I’m in the bass sections of the Santa Monica and Palisades symphonies. Many shows coming up, all free. Santa Monica is playing the Firebird Suite – I’m especially stoked about that.
For jazz, I’m playing every other Friday with Dave Williams and his Rhythm Agents at the Exhibition Room in Long Beach, 930pm- Call ahead.
and then there’s the unclassifiable creative stuff:
- West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio Feb. 15, 7:30 at the Santa Monica Public Library. This is Andrea Centazzo’s group with Ellen Burr and me, playing his compositions. Free show.
- Open Gate Theater Improvaganza Mar. 5, 7pm at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. I am honored to join a mass aggregation of LA creative musicians, from Vinny Golia and Bobby Bradford down to, well, me, for an evening of mix & match free playing. $10.
- JAB (with Anna Homler & Breeze Smith) Apr. 6, 8pm at the Battery Books & Music.
- and Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble Apr. 27, 7pm at the Santa Monica Public Library, live score to The Mark of Zorro. Free admission.
I’m happy to report I got funding for the Soundwaves concert series at the Santa Monica Public Library for the full year and have booked a killer lineup:
- Jan. 18: Emily Hay & Steuart Liebig
- Feb. 15: West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio (Andrea Centazzo, Ellen Burr, and myself)
- Mar. 15: Michael Pisaro
- Apr. 19: Bonnie Barnett with Dan Clucas (trumpet), Daniel Goode (clarinet), Richard Wood (alto saxophone), Hal Onserud (bass), and Garth Powell (drums)
- May 17: Harry Partch films, instrument demonstrations, and a performance by John Schneider
- June 7: Southland Ensemble plays Pauline Oliveros.
- July 19: Sean Sonderegger‘s Magically Inclined
- Aug. 16: Tom Peters Plays Tom Johnson
- Sept. 20: Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time
- Oct. 18: Tone Drift (GE Stinson, Kris Tiner, and Steuart Liebig)
- Nov. 15: Eric Barber Quintet
- Dec. 20: TBD
All shows are free and start at 7:30PM.
The new music series I’ve been organizing at my workplace, with Daniel Rothman‘s help, continues! We have booked the first half of the year, with some great folks queued up for the second half and maybe a bonus show or two to be added.