Last year the ScottClark4tet had the honor of being asked to participate in the Mingus Awareness Project. “The Mingus Awareness Project is a series of concerts that benefits organizations that provide support for individuals who have ALS as well as their families. MAP concerts also provide opportunities for audiences and performers to celebrate the music of Charles Mingus, music composed by artists who worked with Mingus, as well as music by composers who perform during MAP concerts. Eleven Mingus Awareness Project concerts have happened in Chicago, IL and Richmond, VA since 2007.”
The show featured many Richmond bands including Glows in the Dark, No BS! Brass Band, The Angry Man Quartet, Hooten/Levin/Jones ft. JC Kuhl, and the Jon Hey Quartet. The Borderbend Arts Collective made a recording of the whole night, which is available on the Mingus Awareness Project bandcamp page here
. (here is a link to the 2nd half of the show
Enjoy the music and please consider purchasing a copy of the recording to support this great cause.
thanks for the support
I know that Jason Crane stopped doing the Jazz Session Podcast in October of 2012, but he has been so kind to all of us and has left the archive available for all of us to enjoy. There are so many great interviews in the archives (Jack DeJohnette, David Liebman, William Parker, Nate Wooley, Matana Roberts, John D’earth….and on and on and on and on!!) (also a few RVA musicians). It’s such a great resource for all of us musicians, and for the public at large, interested in learning more about so many great musicians of today. I find myself continuing to go back to Jason’s site to listen to interviews that I’ve already listened to or to see if there are interviews with musicians that I’d love to hear talk about their music and their art. (and also to discover new musicians that I might not have heard of).
I just want to share this site again for anyone interested….and I hope that this great resource stays available for a long time.
I’m really excited about the new Glows in the Dark album “Research and Development”, which will be released on March 12th. The record features a collaboration between Glows and hip hop MCs Count Bass D, John Robinson, 20/20, Jawwaad Taylor and remixes by Just Plain Ant, Yamin Semali and Marijuana Deathsquads. It’s been a dream of mine to collaborate with musicians from the hip hop community for a long time and it’s a real honor to have the first time be with such great MCs.
You can pre-order the album now and get an immediate download of the track “Fluorescence” featuring John Robinson.
Also, check out the new video (produced by Studio in the Sun) for the song “Ed Bradley”.
Glows in the Dark is:
Things I want:
World Peace, the end of poverty, access to quality health care for all people, no one to have to be hungry (unless they’re fasting), equal rights for all people, the end of racism, true and lasting peace, for all people to be able to marry the person they love, more love in the world, greater understanding of other people and their beliefs, shelter for all people, greater awareness of all of the history of the world…in the hopes that we can avoid some of the pitfalls of the past, more music in the world, more access to the good hip hop in the world, more balance in my own life, an mpc, a stick bag that will zip up, and a vibraphone……let’s start with that…..
This Friday March 1st…join us for the second, and hopefully continuing, edition of #rvafreejazzfriday…..a music event (and hashtag) bringing back the house show scene and offering a perfect environment to listen to music. This week the music will be at 611 Libbie Ave in Richmond. The night will feature Bryan Hooten performing solo and then my group the ScottClark4tet.
The grill will start up around 8pm and the music will start right at 9pm….
This promises to be a great time…..
Tell “me and you…..your momma and your cousin to…..”
Join us this Sunday night (Feb 10th) at everyone’s favorite watering hole and one of the best places to hear music in RVA…the Commercial Taphouse.
This show is a truly special performance as we will be joined by the great trombonist Jeb Bishop. Some of you may remember when Jeb’s trio opened up for NOBS a few years ago, or more recently in duo performances with Tim Daisy and Jorrit Dijkstra. Jeb has been a staple in the Chicago jazz scene for years and recently made the move to North Carolina. Now we’re excited to have him come back to Richmond to play with us.
You can read more about Jeb, and hear some of his music, on his website at
I hope you can join us….
ScottClark4tet+1 ft. Jeb Bishop
111 N Robinson St. Richmond, VA
(you can purchase our album here
Jeb Bishop was born in Raleigh, North Carolina during the Cuban missile crisis. He began playing the trombone at the age of 10, under the tutelage of Cora Grasser. Other influential teachers during junior high and high school included Jeanne Nelson, Eric Carlson, Richard Fecteau, Greg Cox, and James Cozart.
He majored in classical trombone performance at Northwestern University from 1980-82, studying with Frank Crisafulli. Deciding he did not want to pursue a career as an orchestral musician, he returned to Raleigh in 1982 and took up engineering studies at NC State University. Raleigh’s developing underground rock scene attracted him, and from 1982-84 he played bass guitar in rock bands in the Raleigh area.
At the same time, he developed an interest in philosophy, eventually majoring in the subject, and spent 1984-85 studying philosophy at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
Returing to Raleigh in 1985, he spent the next few years working at menial jobs and playing guitar, bass, cheap keyboards, drums, etc., in rock bands including and/or, the Angels of Epistemology, Egg, and Metal Pitcher.
In 1989 he left Raleigh to pursue graduate studies in philosophy, first at the University of Arizona, then at Loyola University of Chicago (where he was awarded the Crown Fellowship in the Humanities). During 1991-92 he returned to Europe, spending the summer of 1991 studying German at the Goethe-Institut Iserlohn (now closed), and then pursuing independent studies in philosophy at the French-language division of the University of Louvain.
Returning to Chicago in 1992, he completed his M.A. at Loyola in 1993. By this time he had already begun to make connections with improvising musicians in Chicago, having joined the Flying Luttenbachers as bassist (later adding trombone) in late 1992, and playing guitar occasionally in a quartet with Weasel Walter, Ken Vandermark, and Kevin Drumm. Other bands during this period included the Unheard Music Quartet (with Vandermark, Mike Hagedorn on trombone, and Otto Huber on drums) and the Rev Trio (with Walter and saxophonist Joe Vajarsky). Bishop played electric bass in both these bands.
In late 1995, Bishop joined the Vandermark 5 as one of its founding members, and remained with the band through the end of 2004. During this period he also became associated with many other groups, including the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, School Days, Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio, and became a very frequent participant in ad hoc and free-improvised concerts in Chicago. Bishop performed in the inaugural concerts of two of the longest-running free-music concert series in Chicago: the Myopic Books weekly concerts (originally at Czar Bar; with Rev Trio) and the Empty Bottle Wednesday night concert series (with a quartet of Terri Kapsalis, Kevin Drumm, and Jim O’Rourke). He curated the monthly Chicago Improvisers Group concerts at the Green Mill from 1999-2002, and co-curated the weekly Eight Million Heroes concert series at Sylvie’s in 2005-6.
Bishop has made dozens of recordings with many different groups, has toured North America and Europe many times, and maintains a busy performing schedule.
(yeah the title of the post is a Digable Planets reference….and?)
If you’ve been waiting to get the ScottClark4tet record “A&B”, now’s the time. In celebration of my birthday you can download your copy from the Bandcamp page for $5. Enjoy! And thank you to everyone for all of your support….
More music to come…..
(you can see us live on Sunday Feb. 10th at the Commercial Taphouse, Richmond, VA)
I am really excited about this Friday’s show as part of our continuing series at FORinstance Gallery. This show has been in the works for a long time and it’s finally happening (and I hope this will be the first of many such nights!) This Friday, Jan 11th, will feature solo sets by some of my favorite musicians in Richmond including Bryan Hooten-trombone, Scott Burton-guitar, Cameron Ralston-bass and a special duo performance featuring Kevin Johnson-tabla and Paul Willson-sarod.
(I will also be performing a short solo set as well).
I hope to see you there….
Doors will open at 7:30pm with music starting promptly at 8pm.
FORinstance Gallery is located at 107 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA 23220
(right next door to Beauregard’s Thai Room….with plenty of on street parking)
$5 suggested donation
Thanks for the support…..more soon……
I’m excited to let everyone know about the next show in the series that we’ve been doing at the wonderful ForInstance Gallery in Richmond, VA (107 East Cary St.). This wednesday (11/14) will feature former Chicago trombone player, now living in North Carolina, Jeb Bishop in a duo performance with the great saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra. They are touring in support of their new album “1000 Words”.
(You can hear some samples of their music, and purchase a copy of their new album, on their bandcamp page at
Joining the show will be a slight variation of my ScottClark4tet, this time group will feature Bryan Hooten on trombone.
I hope you can come and join us for a great night of music and welcome these musicians to rva. ForInstance Gallery is a great intimate space to hear just this kind of music. Plus the backdrop of the amazing art by Martin Johnson makes for a truly unique experience.
Doors at 8:30pm
107 East Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220
I look forward to seeing everyone there…..
Join us as we make our return to one of the best spots in rva, the Commercial Taphouse.
The four of us spent the past month touring with Matthew E White and the Mountain Goats and now we’re ready to get a little freaky back in rva.
The show is free and the beer and food will be flowing so get there early and stay late.
We’ll also have some copies of our new record “A&B” with us for sale.
Sunday November 4th
11 North Robinson Street
Richmond, VA 23220