I’m really excited to be heading to Chicago to play some music with some musicians that I’ve been a huge fan of for years.
To my friends in the Chicago area, I’d love to see you at these shows.
Thursday May 29
2830 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Fl
Improvised Music Series
9 PM : STEIN/LONBERG-HOLM/CLARK
Richmond VA-based drummer Scott Clark makes a Chicago debut alongside two regulars on the improvised music scene.
10 PM : NICK BROSTE QUARTET
Trombonist Nick Broste presents the Elastic debut of his new working quartet.
Sunday June 1st
2319 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Dave Rempis- saxophone
Jason Roebke- bass
Scott Clark- drums
(Nate Wooley. Photo: Peter Gannushkin)
Nate Wooley is one of my favorite musicians and people. Every time I’ve had the chance to hear him play it’s always been a treat. (his records are pretty amazing as well). For 8 issues now Nate has been writing about, and interviewing, an amazing array of musicians on varying topics related to music for a series called Sound American. (http://soundamerican.org). Each issue provides some great insight into some of the voices of many of the great musicians of our time. The latest issue is entitled “What is Jazz?” and features interviews with Joe Morris and Ken Vandermark, Tim Berne, Gerald Cleaver, Chris Corsano, Mary Halvorson, Jeff Parker, Matana Roberts and so many more great modern voices in this music called “Jazz”. It’s a great read and there are some really great insights into how so many musicians view not only the word Jazz, but also the music that the word is intended to describe.
I look forward to these issues and I love sharing them with others when they get posted.
I hope you enjoy and while you’re at it, check out all of the music that these musicians are making and help keep the music alive…..
This is a very interesting listen.
It’s not something that many of us are aware of….and I believe it’s very important to expand our understanding.
Join us for our first show of 2014.
We make our return to the Commercial Taphouse & Grill
playing all your 4tet favorites plus a few new ones.
We hope you can join us…
//……tell all yo friendz…..\\
111 N Robinson St, Richmond, VA 23220
Jason Scott -saxophone
As the year winds down, I just want to take a minute and thank everyone that I’ve had the chance to play music with this past year….and to thank all of the friends that I’ve been able to make all around the world. It’s been an amazing year, and I’m looking forward to even more exciting things in the coming years.
There has been a lot of great music released this year in RVA and I hope that you’ll check out some of these great records/musicians and keep supporting the RVA music and art communities. We have a very special group of people in our city, doing some truly great and inspiring things.
Here are just a few records, and people, that I hope you’ll check out. I look forward to seeing, and hearing, more from them in the years to come.
“Yes we done come a long way like them Slim ass cigarettes
from Virginia, this ain’t gon stop so we just gonna continue”
Marcus Tenney Trio
Devonne Harris aka DJ Harrison
NO BS! BRASS
Matthew E. White
32 Bar Records
JJ Burton (Devonne Harris, Reggie Pace and Scott Burton)
Glows in the Dark
Fight the Big Bull
Trey Pollard and Straight Ahead Samples
…….plus many many many more
For years I’ve been studying Native American history….and that studying has been slowly taking over my life. When you study the history of a people (and a country), there are a lot of things you learn, some good and some bad, but it informs how you view the world today.
One of the events that I’ve been studying, with a great passion, has been an event that took place on this day November 29th 1864…The Sand Creek Massacre.
A village of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians were attacked not far from Denver, Colorado and between 70-160 men, women and children were killed and their bodies mutilated. The events leading up to, and following, the massacre are too many, and too complex, for a short blog post. All I can hope for is that on this day we take a second and reflect on what took place long ago and yet still has lasting affects to this day.
And here are some great books that will go more in depth into what exactly took place:
The Sand Creek Massacre by Stan Hoig
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Black Kettle The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace but Found War by Thom Hatch
A Misplaced Massacre Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek by Ari Kelman
I’ve been working on a suite of music inspired by this event, and many others, that I have studied over the past few years. I look forward to being able to share this music with everyone and I hope that what I’ve learned, and tried to process through music, will inspire others to try to understand the complicated history that we live with everyday.
thank you for all of the support…..
I’ve been thinking a lot about teachers for the past few months. We all have had great teachers (and bad ones) along our path. I want to vocalize my thanks to some of the great teachers that I have been fortunate to have….whose teaching still inspires me and motivates me today. (some of their lessons I’m just now beginning to understand…..). (in no particular order….)
My Parents, Howard Curtis, Doug Richards, Bob Hallahan, Skip Gailes, Donald Bick, Jan Collins, Dean Collins, Dr. Frank Morgan, Ms. Coghill, Mark Ford, Dave Harris, Scotty Sells, Susie Ibarra, Patty Newman, Cory Blake, John Winn and many others…..
As a teacher, I hope that I can share with my students the same level of inspiration that these teachers have shared with me…..
This Sunday (November 17th) at 9pm the ScottClark4tet will be playing at the Commercial Taphouse in our fair city #rva. It’s always a great honor to get to play with this group and we’re excited to try out some of our new music.
I still have a few copies of our record A&B and I’ll have them with me.
(in the meantime you can still purchase digital copies here http://scottclark4tet.bandcamp.com/)
I hope that you can join us….
November 17th, 2013
11 North Robinson St.
Richmond, VA 23220
more soon….and thank you for all of the support
I’m really excited to announce a show that will be happening on Saturday, October 5th at ForInstance Gallery (107 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA). The show will feature the duo Ken Vandermark (saxophone) and Nate Wooley (trumpet). Both musicians have been to Richmond many times in the past, but this is the first time that they will be here playing together. Ken and Nate are truly two of my favorite musicians and I can’t wait to have them both back in Richmond.
Opening the show will be a new group of mine called “EGAHI” featuring Scott Burton on guitar and Jason Ajemian on bass. Scott and I have been making music together for many years in various bands. I have also had the opportunity to get to play with Jason a number of times and it’s a real honor for me to have a group with both of them.
More information on Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley can be found below…or by clicking on the links to their websites. If you are unfamiliar with their work, I hope you will take the time to check out more of their music and join us to hear these world class musicians live.
Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley Duo w/EGAHI
Saturday October 5th, 2013
107 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA
$10 suggested donation
Doors at 7pm
Born in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 22nd, 1964, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990′s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris, and Nate Wooley). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone.
Citations of Merit:
- One of the “Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts, 1994″ (Chicago Tribune, January 1, 1995) for his work with the Vandermark Quartet.
- Selected as one of the “25 For The Future,” the most significant improvising musicians under the age of 40, by Down Beat magazine, June 1998.
- Selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.
- In 2004 was named among the “Musicians Of The Year” by All About Jazz, New York.
- Picked as one of Chicago’s “40 Cultural Heroes” by Time Out magazine in September 2008.
- Was the first musician to be featured leading his own groups two years in a row at the Newport Jazz Festival (the Vandermark 5 in 2009, Powerhouse Sound in 2010).
- Selected as “Artist in Residence” for the Chicago Jazz Festival, 2012.
Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. His time in Oregon, a place of relative quiet and slow time reference, instilled in Nate a musical aesthetic that has informed all of his music making for the past 20 years, but in no situation more than his solo trumpet performances.
Nate moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.
Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile”.
In the past three years, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language. Time Out New York has called him “an iconoclastic trumpeter”, and Downbeat’s Jazz Musician of the Year, Dave Douglas has said, “Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole”. His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen, the WRO Media Arts Biennial in Poland, Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013 he will perform at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist.
Nate is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music (www.dramonline.org) and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American (www.soundamerican.org) both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music through their online presence and the physical distribution of music through Sound American Records. He also runs Pleasure of the Text which releases music by composers of experimental music at the beginnings of their careers in rough and ready mediums.
I hope you’ll join us at Balliceaux on September 18th when we share the stage with AZUL. AZUL features Brian Caputo on drums, Greg Howard on chapman stick and John D’earth on trumpet. I’ve heard some of their music and it is truly special music by truly amazing musicians. We can’t wait to share the stage with them. Here is just a small taste from one of their first shows…..
The show starts at 9:30pm and is free.
The ScottClark4tet is Cameron Ralston on bass, Jason Scott on sax, Bob Miller on trumpet and myself on drums.
AZUL & ScottClark4tet
Wednesday September 18th
203 N. Lombardy St
more info can on AZUL can be found on Greg Howard’s webpage