#rvafreejazzfriday

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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…..”

-more soon

ScottClark4tet+1 ft. Jeb Bishop (Commercial Taphouse RVA)

photo by lauren serpaimages

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 http://www.jebbishop.com/

I hope you can join us….

ScottClark4tet+1 ft. Jeb Bishop
Commercial Taphouse
111 N Robinson St. Richmond, VA
9:30pm
Free

ScottClark4tet:
Jason Scott-saxophone
Bob Miller-trumpet
Cameron Ralston-bass
Scott Clark-drums
(you can purchase our album here http://scottclark4tet.bandcamp.com/)

Jeb Bishop:
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.

Bandcamp Birthday Blowout Comb

photo by lauren serpa

(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)

click the A&B below to go to the Bandcamp page to download the album…..
ScottClark4tet A&B

Jeb Bishop & Jorrit Dijkstra w/ScottClark3tet+1 (w/Bryan Hooten)

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 http://driffrecords.bandcamp.com/album/1000-words

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.

Find more about Jeb Bishop and Jorrit Dijkstra via the links below:
http://www.jebbishop.com/
http://www.jorritdijkstra.com/

Doors at 8:30pm
$5-$10 donation
Forinstance Gallery
107 East Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220

I look forward to seeing everyone there…..

(http://www.facebook.com/events/128918747261296/)

4tet returns to the Commercial Taphouse 11/4

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
9:30pm
Free
11 North Robinson Street
Richmond, VA 23220

ScottClark4tet:
Cameron Ralston-bass
Jason Scott-saxophone
Bob Miller-trumpet
Scott Clark-drums

One more new video…

Here is a short video of the 4tet from our trip to Connecticut playing our song “Clockwise”.
Thanks again to Carl Testa for having us play at his Uncertainty Music Series.  If you live in the New Haven area (or if you happen to be visiting) be sure to check out what’s going on with the series.  There are always great shows happening and it’s a great series to support.

More soon…..

New ScottClark4tet videos

Back in May we took a short trip to play a few shows in New York and Connecticut.  The shows went great and we we fortunate to have our show in New Haven, Connecticut recorded for us.  The show was at The Elm Bar and was part of The Uncertainty Music Series presented by the great bassist/composer Carl Testa.

Here are two songs from that night.
Saucy Pink

F.A.

Both songs can be found on our new album “A&B” available from me or digitally on the bandcamp site (http://scottclark4tet.bandcamp.com/).

Thanks to everyone for the support
More soon…..

Jazz Session Interview

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting and hosting Jason Crane, the creator of the Jazz Session Podcast, while he was in Richmond.  Jason has been on a “Jazz or Bust Tour” of the country, traveling by Greyhound Bus to various cities and interviewing musicians along the way.  (as well as reading his poetry wherever possible).  You can find out more information about the Jazz Session, Jason’s poetry and the Jazz or Bust Tour on his website at http://jasoncrane.org/

While he was in town we were able to sit down and do an interview about the ScottClark4tet, our new album “A&B” and all things Richmond.  Here is the link to listen to the interview and a link to the digital version of our record.

Jazz Session Interview
http://thejazzsession.com/2012/07/19/the-jazz-session-390-scott-clark/

ScottClark4tet A&B
http://scottclark4tet.bandcamp.com/

This is a great thing that Jason is doing and if you would like to help support him on his tour you can do so by making a donation to his trip or by helping him find places to stay along the way.
You can follow him on twitter as well at @JasonDCrane

 
If you’d like to hear more interviews, Jason has interviewed many Richmond musicians or musicians with ties to Richmond (and just about any other jazz musician you could want to listen to).  Just check out the Jazz Session website to hear interviews with Reggie Pace, Matt White, Darius Jones, Scott Burton and others.

Style Weekly Article and Commercial Taphouse 6/10

In this weeks issue of Richmond’s Style Weekly there is an article about myself and the 4tet.  Thanks to Peter McElhinney, of Style Weekly, for writing the article and for all of the support.  You can read the article here (Style Weekly)

Also, we will be playing at the Commercial Taphouse in Richmond this Sunday (6/10).  The show starts at 9:30pm and is free.  We will have copies of the new ScottClark4tet cd, A&B, available at the show and if you can’t wait until then you can download your copy on the bandcamp page here. (http://scottclark4tet.bandcamp.com)

Thanks to everyone for your support and we hope you can make it to the show….
more soon….

ScottClark4tet
Sunday June 10th
Commercial Taphouse
111 North Robinson Street  Richmond, VA 23220
9:30pm
Free