5/24/2018 7:30:00 PM

Bird & Beckett Books and Records
653 Chenery St.

Lisa Mezzacappa Six : COSMICOMICS 2018 
Bookstore Residency!
New music for jazz sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s stories on the origins of the universe - developed in a series of salon performances at Bird & Beckett this year

Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums

Bookstore Residency & Work-in-Progress Salons
Thursdays at 7:30pm //$5-$10 Suggested Donation
May 24
July 5
Sept 13

Concert Finale
Sat Nov 3 7:30pm //$20 Suggested Donation

Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa visits with her sextet for a five-concert residency this year, to develop a new suite of music inspired by Italo Calvino’s extraordinary Cosmicomics stories. Over a series of Thursday evening salons, she and her band will explore new musical material drawn from Calvino’s supremely imaginative musings on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos. The salon series, which runs from April through September, concludes with a premiere of the complete work on Saturday November 3. 

Mezzacappa’s sensibility as a composer embraces the full panorama of jazz sound and feeling, from bluesy grooves to abstract soundscapes, playful collective improvisation and richly layered melodies that blend electric and acoustic textures. Her last suite of music for this ensemble, avantNOIR, was drawn from crime novels by Hammett and Auster - and earned a 4 1/2 star review in Downbeat Magazine last year. 

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6/2/2018 7:30:00 PM

Bird & Beckett Books and Records
653 Chenery St.

Imperial Jazz Company - jazz club! when lights are low...
The Jazz Philanthropists Union presents...

A supergroup including veteran Bay Area musicians like Phillip Greenlief, John Hanes, Myles Boisen, Tony Marcus, Kurt Ribak, along with vocalist Jill Rogers.

6/10/2018 7:00:00 PM

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St

AIR: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor

Rova Saxophone Quartet Presents 4 Guest Ensembles

Steve Adams, alto and sopranino saxes / Clark Coolidge, words / Lisa Mezzacappa, bass

Bruce Ackley, soprano and tenor saxes / Karl Evangelista, guitar / Andy Strain, trombone

Larry Ochs, tenor and sopranino saxes / Donald Robinson, drums

Jon Raskin, baritone and alto saxes / Darren Johnston, peace cannon / Vijay Anderson, drums / Safa Shokrai, bass

Rova performs an excerpt from Larry Ochs’ Certain Space, for Cecil Taylor

Struck by the loss of artistic giant Cecil Taylor in April, the Rovas feel compelled to pay respects to a hero. Each quartet member has invited guests to create special ensembles for the concert. The desire is to assemble groupings that enable the broader music community to participate in this farewell tribute to a man who impacted us all so much, both as a creative artist and as a fearless and unapologetic innovator. Join Rova and 9 dedicated and inventive practitioners to explore sonic realms presaged by Taylor’s iconic work.

6/21/2018 5:00:00 PM

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland
4499 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

Garden of Memory

Sharmi Basu
John Benson
Hugh Behm-Steinberg
John Bischoff
Krys Bobrowski & Karen Stackpole
Sarah Cahill with Kate Stenberg
Cornelius Cardew Choir
Sid Chen
Beth Custer & Stephen Kent
Paul Dresher & Joel Davel
duo B.: Lisa Mezzacappa & Jason Levis
Giacomo Fiore
Gabby Fluke-Mogul Group
Amy Foote and Danny Clay
Adam Fong
Larnie Fox and Bodil Fox
Guillermo Galindo with Lisa Sangita Moskow
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
Hae Voces: Majel Connery and Kristina Dutton
Anne Hege
Laura Inserra
Living Earth Show
Dylan Mattingly
Mobius Trio
Silvia Matheus
Amy X Neuburg
Maggi Payne
Robin Petrie and friends
Orchestra Nostalgico
Dan Plonsey with Goggle Plex
Randy Porter
Probosci: Gyan Riley & Timba Harris
Real Vocal String Quartet
Wendy Reid
Rova Saxophone Quartet
Dean Santiomeri & Cindy Soprano
Sparkleboys: Eric Brehm & Matthew Strange
Moe! Staiano and Guitar Ensemble
Adam Tendler
Faythe Vollrath
Zachary James Watkins
Peter Whitehead
William Winant Group
Theresa Wong
Pamela Z

Brenda Hutchinson will lead a sunset bell ringing as part of her Daily Bell Project.

6/30/2018 6:00:00 PM

Finnish Kaleva Hall
1970 Chestnut St.

Outsound Presents Fund Drive
The Saturday A Month Before Donor Thank You Dinner
featuring Actual Trio
with John Schott, Dan Seamans, and John Hanes
Join us in supporting a great organization with wonderful music and a buffet by Slippery Fish Catering
Reserve you seat at Indiegogo
or make donation via Paypal
Hailed as one of the most dynamic guitarists out of the Bay Area, composer/musician John Schott bring his Actual Trio to this year's Outsound Presents benefit dinner event!
Marrying deep pockets of groove and joyful swing to wayward harmonies and spontaneous excursions, Actual Trio is that rare bird: a high minded and concentrated Modern Jazz record that is engaging and accessible.
Unlike the genre busting compositions and extravagant orchestrations of Schott's previous records, this album’s approach is pure and simple. Actual Trio was recorded live in the studio, one session, without effects or overdubbing, and with minimal editing. This without a net approach, says Schott, "exposes a musician, which can be humbling, but results in something uniquely honest and direct. We’ve played so much together, we just needed to get in there and press 'go'."

Outsound Benefit Seats

7/26/2018 7:30:00 PM

Community Music Center
544 Capp Street

17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
'CarneyVal' a night celebrating the memory of Ralph Carney, a saxophonist and pillar of the San Francisco Bay Area music community for 28 years with
The Ralph Carney Memorial Octet
Rubber City

The Ralph Carney Memorial Octet has come together for the Summit in memory of Ralph Carney, a saxophonist and pillar of the San Francisco Bay Area music community for 28 years. The band will evoke his sounds and boundless energy, while embracing the musicians who loved, admired, and collaborated with him. Formed especially for this concert, the Octet unites the best players in the Bay Area to play new arrangements of Ralph's compositions - featuring material and members of his Serious Jass Project. David Slusser and Richard Saunders from Rubber City will join Karina Denike and Michael McIntosh from the Serious Jass Project, along with reedists Rent Romus and Phillip Greenlief (also the arranger), Myles Boisen on guitar, and Suki O'Kane on drums.

Ohio expatriates David Slusser and the late Ralph Carney with Chris Ackerman created the band Rubber City to pay tribute to their rust belt beginnings in Akron Ohio. Slusser, Carney, and drummer Chris Ackerman all barely escaped Ohio without gross disfigurements from industrial accidents to make music on the West Coast. This version of Rubber city will pay tribute to the recently departed Ralph Carney featuring alto saxophonist sheldon Brown and bassist Richard Saunders filling out the quartet.
David Slusser - saxophones, Sheldon Brown - saxophones, Chris Ackerman - drums Richard Saunders - double bass