Upcoming ScottClark4tet Concerts

 

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I am very excited to announce a few concerts that are coming up this month for my group the ScottClark4tet.

First we will be playing at Balliceaux, in Richmond, on February 16th with the Brian Jones Trio.  This concert will feature music from our new release on Clean Feed Records “Bury My Heart” as well as some other SC4tet standards. The Brian Jones Trio will be playing some Brian Jones originals, as well as some standards and a number of other things. Brian’s bands are always amazing and you will not want to miss this. (more info here)

The following week we have two great shows.  First on Wednesday, February 24th we will be performing the “Bury My Heart” suite at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Millennium Stage in Washington DC.  Doors for this concert open at 5:30pm and the show will start right at 6pm.  Concerts at the Millennium Stage are free and open to the public.

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Then on Friday, February 26th we will be performing the suite again, but this time in NY at the ShapeShifter Lab.  This show is especially exciting as we will be sharing the stage with Nate Wooley and his Quintet.  Nate has been a big source of inspiration for me over many years and it was a great honor to have our new record released the same time, on the same label, as his Quintet’s new record.  If you’re not familiar with Nate’s music, or if you haven’t heard his latest record on Clean Feed Records, I truly encourage you to find out more info on him. (here is a great place to start http://natewooley.com) (also, more on Nate’s new record here Nate Wooley on Clean Feed Records and Nate Wooley Store)
This is an early show with sets at 7pm and 8:15pm $10.

Thank you all for your support and we hope to see you at one of these shows….

Tuesday, February 16th
ScottClark4tet & Brian Jones Trio @ Balliceaux
203 N. Lombardy St Richmond, VA
9pm $5

Wednesday, February 24th
ScottClark4tet @ Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
6pm Free

Friday, February 26th
ScottClark4tet & Nate Wooley Quintet @ ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215
7pm & 8:15pm $10

(If you haven’t picked up your copy of our new record…you can do so here https://scottwclark.com/listen/ or on the previous post below)

Nate Wooley’s “Sound American”

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(Nate Wooley. Photo: Peter Gannushkin)

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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…..

http://natewooley.com
http://soundamerican.org

more soon…..

Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley Duo w/ EGAHI @ ForInstance Gallery 10/5

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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.

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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
ForInstance Gallery
107 E. Cary St. Richmond, VA
$10 suggested donation
Doors at 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/506367972790026/

Ken Vandermark

http://www.kenvandermark.com

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

http://natewooley.com

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.

The Jazz Session Archives

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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.

You can learn more about Jason Crane here http://jasoncrane.org
And here is a direct link to the Jazz Session http://thejazzsession.com

more soon……