RVA Music and Art

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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”
-Outkast

Marcus Tenney Trio
http://www.marcustenney.com

Devonne Harris aka DJ Harrison
http://djharrison.bandcamp.com

NO BS! BRASS
http://nobsbrass.com

Matthew E. White
http://matthewewhite.tumblr.com

Todd Herrington
http://toddherrington.bandcamp.com

Bio Ritmo
http://www.bioritmo.com

Butcher Brown
http://butcherbrown.com

32 Bar Records
http://www.32barmusic.com

Spacebomb Records
http://spacebombrecords.com

JJ Burton (Devonne Harris, Reggie Pace and Scott Burton)
http://www.labelwho.com/jj-burton

AZUL
http://www.greghoward.com/azul/

Brian Jones
http://www.brianjonesrva.com

Brunswick
http://brunswickband.com

Glows in the Dark
http://glowingrealm.tumblr.com

Ohbliv
http://ohbliv.bandcamp.com

Snow Panda
http://snowpanda.com

Fight the Big Bull
http://www.fightthebigbull.com

Trey Pollard and Straight Ahead Samples
http://straightaheadsamples.com

Lauren Serpa
http://photolauren.tumblr.com

Amy Black
http://amyblacktattoos.com

Nicole Gomez
http://nicolegomez.net

Travis Robertson
http://www.thearchivalist.com

David Tanner
http://davidtannerfineart.com

…….plus many many many more

more soon…..

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

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.

AZUL & ScottClark4tet @ Balliceaux 9/18

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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……….

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……

New Glows in the Dark Album out 3/12

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New Glows in the Dark Album out March 12

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:
Scott Burton-guitar/composions
Cameron Ralston-bass
John Lilley-saxophone
Reggie Pace-trombone
Scott Clark-drums

….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