2/26/2017 7:30:00 PM

SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission

7:30pm James Washington Quartet
Steven Faivus - alto saxophone, James Washington - piano, Rob Bassinette - bass, Carl Hofmn - drums
8:30pm The Matt Renzi Trio
Matt Renzi- saxophone, oboe, English Horn, Lisa Mezzacappa- bass, Jason Levis- drums

Pianist and band leader Jim Washington began performing in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1968. In his early years he studied at the Berkelee School of Music studying with Ran Blake in New York and Madam Chaloff in Boston. During his years in San Francisco he's composed music for film, theater and dance blending classical, jazz, and improvisation as well as exploring the American Song Book, piano music by George Gurdjieff and Paul Hindemith.

Multi-reedist Matt Renzi has been performing professionally for the past 20 years at international jazz festivals and music venues worldwide. For the past decade, he has been recognized multiple times by jazz organizations in Italy, Spain, Belgium, India and Israel as well as in the United States for his advanced concepts in spontaneous group composition and collective improvisation.
Matt can be heard on a variety of recordings including the award winning “Lines and Ballads" (Fresh Sound Records) as well as his latest release entitled “Lunch Special" (Three P’s Records) which features his trio. Matt has been leading his NY based trio for over 13 years now and continues to use this formation to push the limits of group improvisation and composition. He also leads another project, which combines contemporary classical composition techniques and spontaneous improvisation.

3/4/2017 8:00:00 PM

Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave

Toychestra: 20 Years

Toychestra with Fred Frith, performing Dan Plonsey’s What Leave Behind: Concerto for Toy Orchestra and Guitar
Members of Eskimo (John Shiurba and David Cooper)
New Zombies
Peter Conheim
Myles Boisen
Boron (Dan Nelson)

Doors at 7pm, music at 8pm

More info & tickets:

3/9/2017 8:00:00 PM

Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St

3/16/2017 8:00:00 PM

The Night Light
311 Broadway Oakland, CA

EFFT (8:30pm)
psychedelic electro folk-pop duo of vocalist Sarah Elena Palmer and guitar wizard Noah Phillips

Two Aerials (9:30pm)
dreamy alt chamber pop by cellist/vocalist Crystal Pascucci and vibes player Mark Clifford

Lisa Mezzacappa: avantNOIR (10:30pm)
CD release! Moody unsettling avant jazz for six musicians by bassist/bandleader Lisa Mezzacappa
with Aaron Bennett - John Finkbeiner - William Winant - Tim Perkis - Jordan Glenn

3/17/2017 6:00:00 PM

Presidio Officer's Club
50 Moraga Ave

avantNOIR is a suite of compositions for improvising sextet by bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa. The music is inspired by noir genre fiction set in New York City (where Mezzacappa was born and raised) and the San Francisco Bay Area (where she has lived for the past 15 years). avant-NOIR is a musical companion to Paul Auster’s abstract “soft-boiled” crime stories from his New York Trilogy of the 1980s, set in conversation with the West Coast classic hard-boiled 1920s-era detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett. The music progresses like a detective’s case, using clues and imagery from the crime novels such as maps, letters, messages and relationships between characters and places, to create compositions with acoustic and electric sounds and composed and improvised material. The suite has been performed at the California Jazz Conservatory, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' New Frequencies Festival curated by Myra Melford, the Outsound New Music Summit, SFJAZZ Center, and SFMusic Day. A CD was released in January 2017 on Clean Feed Records.

5/25/2017 8:00:00 PM

Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street

8pm TBA
9pm Phillip Greenlief/Scott Walton duo