ScottClark4tet @ Commercial Taphouse Nov. 17th 9pm

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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
ScottClark4tet
Commercial Taphouse
9pm FREE
11 North Robinson St.
Richmond, VA 23220

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

more soon….and thank you for all of the support

AZUL & ScottClark4tet @ Balliceaux 9/18

AZUL & ScottClark4tet

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

Balliceaux 
203 N. Lombardy St
9:30pm FREE

more info can on AZUL can be found on Greg Howard’s webpage
http://www.greghoward.com/azul/

https://www.facebook.com/events/199738680204594/

…..more soon

ScottClark4tet @ Commercial Taphouse 8/11 9pm

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Join us as we make our return to one of the best spots in rva, the Commercial Taphouse.
It’s been some time since we played at the Taphouse and we’re looking forward to trying out some new music.
(music by  Jean Sibelius, Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus…and all the ScottClark4tet standards….)

Also, we’ll be starting the music right at 9pm…..

And if you’ve been waiting for your chance to purchase one of the last few physical copies of our record “A&B”, now’s your chance.  (all major credit cards accepted…..!)

Thank you for all of your support…..

Sunday August 11
9:00pm sharp
Free
11 North Robinson Street
Richmond, VA 23220

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

more soon……….

ScottClark4tet Mingus Awareness Project Recording

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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 http://bit.ly/11xI8vu. (here is a link to the 2nd half of the show http://bit.ly/11yL4Mj.)

Enjoy the music and please consider purchasing a copy of the recording to support this great cause.

thanks for the support

more soon….

#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)

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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

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(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

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

…RVA Music…

…RVA Music…

I’ve been thinking a lot about Richmond and our music scene here…especially after my experience at this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival.  I wanted to give a shout out to some of the musicians that are in our fair city and all of the great music that they’ve made in the past year or so.  Please check out everyone’s music and maybe discover some gems that you didn’t know about….and hopefully that will lead to even more support of our great music scene in RVA.

(in no particular order…..)

Bryan Hooten:  One of Richmond’s finest trombone players, composers, and improvisers.  Bryan recently released a solo trombone record called “Richmond Love Call” and he also leads Ombak (featuring Trey Pollard-guitar, Cameron Ralston-bass, Brian Jones-drums, and recently JC Khul-saxophone).  They have two albums which are available on the Ombak bandcamp page and you can also hear Bryan on recordings by Fight the Big Bull, No BS!, and many other Richmond groups.  http://twitter.com/BryanHooten 

Scott Burton: Leader/Composer/Arranger for Glows in the Dark (Scott Burton-guitar, Cameron Ralston-bass, John Lilley-saxophone, Reggie Pace-trombone, and myself on drums).  Glows recently released a new recording of remixes from our last record (Beach of the War Gods) called “Tides of War” and we also recently recorded a new album featuring Count Bass D, John Robinson, Jawwad Taylor, and 2020.  Scott and I also play in a duo we call SCUO, and we just released our debut album on New Atlantis Records available here…and here (SCUO bandcamp page).  Scott was also featured on Jason Crane’s “Jazz Session” Podcast where he talks about the Richmond music scene, Glows in the Dark, movies and prog….a must listen for anyone interested in one of RVA’s finest. http://twitter.com/scotttburton https://twitter.com/glowsinthedark

Matthew E. White:  Matt White is a staple of the Richmond music scene, leader of Fight the Big Bull and he has recently released his first record as a singer, and the first record on his Spacebomb Records label (in collaboration with the Portland label Hometapes), called “Big Inner”.  The record features many of Richmond’s finest horn players, singers, string players and of course the Spacebomb rhythm section of Pinson Chanselle on drums and Cameron Ralston on bass, along with Matt White on guitar and Trey Pollard with string arrangements.  (also check out Matt on the “Jazz Session” Podcast and you can see him in Rolling Stone as an “Artist to Watch” or read interviews with him on various blogs and see reviews of “Big Inner” on Pitchfork and other music blogs) http://twitter.com/amattwhitejoint  https://twitter.com/fightthebigbull 

No BS! Brass Band:  Featuring almost all of Richmond’s best horn players (Reggie Pace-trombone, Bryan Hooten-trombone, John Hulley-trombone, Dillard Watt-bass trombone, Rob Quallic-trumpet, Marcus Tenney-trumpet, Taylor Barnett-trumpet, David Hood-alto saxophone, Stefan Demetriadis-tuba) and one of RVA’s most amazing drummers/recording engineers in Lance Koehler. No BS! has been a staple in Richmond for years now and their last record, entitled “No BS!”, is a great representation of what you can expect at one of their consistently packed shows.  There’s also word on the street that they have been working on a new album, so be on the look out for that.  https://twitter.com/nobsbrass 

Trey Pollard:  Guitarist, composer, arranger, audio engineer, computer software programer you name it and it seems like Trey does it.  He is a co-founder of Songwire Studios (along with Ryan Corbitt), guitarist with many of Richmond’s great bands, and a composer and arranger for many bands and for commercials and television shows.  He is an integral part of the Spacebomb Records sound and also recently released an album with his band “Old New Things” , along with trumpeter Taylor Barnett,  called “Ghosts” which is one of my favorite albums of the past few years.  http://twitter.com/pollardtrey  http://twitter.com/SongwireStudios   http://twitter.com/S_A_Samples   http://straightaheadsamples.com/

Gabe Churray aka Snow Panda:  What can be said about Snow Panda?  Gabe has been a major influence of the sound coming from Richmond, either from his solo records or from his many remixes of Richmond groups and national bands including most recently Bon Iver.  Gabe has also lent his keyboard soundscapes to many recordings helping to create a sound that is truly unique to Richmond.  (see any ILAD recording or some future Spacebomb recordings, and come see Matt White’s band live and hear it first hand).  Snow Panda also performed a solo set at the Hometapes Friend Island Day Party at Hopscotch this year.  It was truly one of the best performances that I saw at the festival….amazing.  Hear more for yourself here….(Snow Panda Bandcamp pagehttp://twitter.com/snowpandamusic

Cameron Ralston:  Cameron is one of the most in demand bass players in VA.  He plays with the ScottClark4tet, Glows in the Dark, Matthew E. White, Fight the Big Bull, Ombak, Brian Jones, as well as many other projects….and he’s appeared on numerous recordings with each of these, and other, groups.  He is also one of the founding members of Spacebomb Records and is part of the house band for the label.  There are truly just too many good things to say about Cameron….just check out anything that he’s on and you won’t be disappointed http://twitter.com/cameronthewise

Pinson Chanselle:  Drummer/percussionist extraordinaire.  Also a founding member of Spacebomb Records and part of the house band for the label, Pinson plays on Matthew E. White’s new album as well as recordings by Fight the Big Bull, James Wallace and the Naked Light, Josh Small, David Karsten Daniels just to list a few.  Definitely one of the best drummers around.  http://twitter.com/pinsonthemighty

Reggie Pace:  Reggie plays trombone Glows in the Dark, No BS! Brass, Fight the Big Bull, and many other Richmond groups and has recently been traveling the world with the Grammy winning group Bon Iver, led by Justin Vernon.  Reggie and I have a duo called Etaka that we’ve been working on and plan on recording some new music for.  He also leads some groups of his own including the Trio of Justice (featuring the great drummer Devonne Harris and fellow trombonist Reggie Chapman) and he is a founding member of the No BS! Brass Band.  No one has been a bigger advocate of, and integral part of, the Richmond music scene than Reggie and you can hear an interview with Reggie on the “Jazz Session” Podcast where he talks about all things No BS! and Richmond. http://twitter.com/ReggiePace

Brian Jones:  One of the best drummers/musicians/composers in Richmond, Brian is one of the major figures in the Richmond music scene.  He’s played with everyone and is one of the most in demand drummers in VA.  Brian continually puts out his own albums featuring different combinations of Richmond musicians to form unique bands, all of which are amazing, and all of his album are a must listen….especially if you want to hear some of what continues to inspire the Richmond scene.  (just some of his groups are M.A.P. Trio, Brian Jones Double Quartet, Brian Jones Percussion Ensemble,  Boots of Leather…)

Daniel Clarke:  An amazing musical talent, Daniel has recently been traveling the world playing piano and singing with the great singer K.D. Lang.  He’s also played with Mandy Moore, Rachel Yamagata, The Courtyard Hounds, Dixie Chicks, Mike Viola, Ryan Adams, Jesse Harper, Old School Freight Train, Jason Mraz, Chris Keup, John Alagia, Glyn Johns, The Congress….and the list goes on and on.  Check out KD’s new album “Sing it Loud” here.

Jason Scott:  Jason is an amazing saxophonist/composer and he is also a integral part of my group the ScottClark4tet and Scrio.  As a member of Fight the Big Bull, he played on their most recent recording “All is Gladness in the Kingdom” and he most recently recorded on Matthew E. White’s album.  He leads his own groups….Smalltown and the Hi-Steps.  (and he was voted as a Rising Star for clarinet in Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll for 2012)  http://twitter.com/jschwill

Bob Miller:  Simply one of my favorite trumpet players, musicians, and people.  Bob plays with just about everybody and has recorded with more people than I can list.  Right now, you can hear him on the new ScottClark4tet recording, or on recordings by Fight the Big Bull, Bio Ritmo, The Big East, most of the Spacebomb recordings and many many more.  http://twitter.com/mambobobmiller

Bio Ritmo:  Bio Ritmo put on a great show at this years Hopscotch festival….which, at this point, shouldn’t be any surprise….they’ve been putting on great shows for over 20 years.  Check them out at one of their shows in Richmond (or around the world) and hear for yourself.  (Bio Ritmo is Rei Alvarez-Vocals, Guiro, Giustino Ricco-Timbal & Coro, Hector Barez-Conga, Mike Montanez-Bongo, Bob Miller-Trumpet, Synth & Coro, Mark Ingraham-Trumpet, John Lilley-Sax, Toby Whitaker-Trombone, Marlysse Simmons-Piano, Organ, Eddie Prendergast-Bass)
http://twitter.com/bioritmomusic

Chris Ryan: Guitarist/song writer…I’ve been lucky  to play more with Chris the past few years and also recorded on his album “Pray for the Rain” along with Brian Mahne and Derrick Englert.  You can find out more about Chris and check out his record here on itunes.

Bryce McCormick:  Pianist/song writter/video maker….Bryce kind of does it all.  I was fortunate to be apart of his new album “Let It Go” produced by Trey Pollard and Bryce and also featuring Andrew Randazzo on bass.  Check out more about Bryce and listen to some tracks from his album here…(Bryce McCormick bandcamp page)  http://twitter.com/BryceMcCormick

Other Richmond Musicians that more people in the world should be aware of:

Lauren Serpa (Lauren’s photo page)
John Lilley
Devonne Harris
Marcus Tenney
Andrew Randazzo
Paul Wilson
Todd Herrington
DJ Williams
Kelli Starwbridge
JC Kuhl
Randal Pharr
David Hood
Larri Branch
Brian Cruse 
Brian Mahne
Lucas Fritz
C.J. Wolfe
The Big East
Stephanie Auld
Aaron Williams
Dean Christesen
Ryan Corbitt
John Winn
Wells Hanley
Alan Parker
Abinnet Berhanu
Doug Richards
Skip Gailes
Clifton McDaniel
Adam Larrabee
Suzi Fischer
David Tenenholtz
Abby Outlaw
Lindsey Prather
Evan Sarver
Toby Whitaker
Eddie Prendergast
Taylor Barnett
Reggie Chapman

(by no means is this intended to be a complete list….)

Also, here is a pretty amazing chart, done by Peter McElhinney, connecting some of the musicians in Richmond together….