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.

Mingus Awareness Project Concert July 20th @ The Camel 9pm

This Friday, July 20th at The Camel, the ScottClark4tet is excited to be a part of a great benefit concert called the Mingus Awareness Project, featuring some of Richmond’s finest musicians.  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. Ten Mingus Awareness Project concerts have happened in Chicago, IL and Richmond, VA since 2007.  This year the concert will feature 5 groups all playing arrangements of Mingus’s tunes.

The show starts at 9pm.  (all proceeds will be donated towards ALS research).

If you are free please come and enjoy this great night of music and help support a great cause….

Mingus Awareness Project concert
Friday, July 20 (9 p.m.)

The Camel
1621 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA  23220

more information can be found at http://www.mingusawarenessproject.org/

The night will feature:

The Angry Man Quintet

  Jason Scott — alto saxophone
JC Kuhl — tenor saxophone
Trey Pollard — guitar
Brian Jones — drums
Randall Pharr — bass

performing —

“Pithecanthropus Erectus”
“Self Portrait in Three Colors”
“Reincarnation of a Lovebird”

Glows in the Dark

Scott Burton — guitar/arranging
Scott Clark — drums
John Lilley — saxophone
Cameron Ralston — bass
Marcus Tenney — trumpet

performing —

“Tijuana Gift Shop”
“Free Cell Block F, ‘Tis Nazi USA”
“Scenes in the City”

ScottClark4tet

Cameron Ralston — bass
Jason Scott — saxophone
Bob Miller — trumpet
Scott Clark — drums

performing —

“What Love”
“Tonight at Noon”
“Weird Nightmare”

Hooten/Levin/Jones w/ JC Kuhl

  Bryan Hooten — trombone
Daniel Levin — cello
Brian Jones — drums
JC Kuhl — bass clarinet

performing —

“The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines”
“God Must Be a Boogie Man”
“Goodbye Porkpie Hat”

No BS! Brass

performing —

tbd

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

ScottClark4tet album “A&B” now available for download (and in person)


I am happy to announce that the ScottClark4tet album is officially available for download via our bandcamp site. (http://scottclark4tet.bandcamp.com/)
We had a great show celebrating the release of the album and we were fortunate to have Tim Daisy and Jeb Bishop play a duo set to start out the night.
Their set was amazing and they are touring in support of their new duo album “Old Shoulders”.  You can find more information about their album and how to get a copy on Tim’s website.  (http://timdaisy.wordpress.com/).
Thanks to everyone for coming out to the show and showing your support.

Physical copies of our record are also available for $10 (partially hand painted by yours truly).  Send me an email if you would like to purchase one.

We will be playing on Sunday June 10th at the Commercial Taphouse in Richmond (9:30pm FREE), and we will have cds available at that show.
(there may also be a special guest at the show….stay tuned for more info)

More soon…
Thanks again for the support

ScottClark4tet cd release show May 22nd @ The Camel (w/Tim Daisy and Jeb Bishop duo!)


Well, the time has finally come.  Tuesday May 22nd will be the official release of the first ScottClark4tet album “A & B”…and we will be celebrating with a great show at The Camel in Richmond, VA featuring two truly great musicians from Chicago, Tim Daisy– drums and Jeb Bishop– trombone.  Some of you may remember Jeb Bishop from his amazing show at The Camel with his trio (opening for NO BS!).  Tim Daisy has also been to Richmond a few times playing some great shows with Ken Vandermark.  This is the first time that Tim and Jeb are traveling as a duo and they are touring in support of their new record “Old Shoulders”.
(You can read their press release below)

Also, in case you missed it, last week we were on the CBS 6 morning show called “Virginia This Morning”.  If you weren’t able to see it live, you can watch it here.
(http://wtvr.com/2012/05/08/virginia-this-morning-scott-clark-4-tet/)

I hope you can make it out to the show and celebrate with us.

ScottClark4tet
w/Tim Daisy + Jeb Bishop Duo
The Camel (1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA)
9pm
$5

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

Chicago based percussionist Tim Daisy and Trombonist Jeb Bishop embark on a tour of the southeastern United States in support of their latest release “Old Shoulders” available now on Relay Records. 

Both Tim and Jeb are mainstays in the fertile Chicago improvised music scenes and have collaborated in a number of groups over the years including: The Vandermark 5, The Engines, and the Chicago Improvisers Group.
This will be their first tour in a duo format. Come out and help celebrate their new release!

More info at:
www.timdaisy.com

Now Available:  RELAY RECORDS 004 :: Jeb Bishop + Tim Daisy Duo — “Old Shoulders”  Limited Edition 300 cd’s. Original Artwork by Bill Tucker (Thanks Bill!) Send an email to: timothydaisy@warpmail.net — I’ll send a Paypal Invoice ASAP

Free Jazz, Local Morning News, Shows in NYC and CT….and more

photo by Lauren Serpa

This week the 4tet goes on the road for a short stretch of shows in Connecticut and New York…and we play on the local Richmond CBS morning show “Virginia This Morning”.

First on Tuesday May 8th, we’ll bring our free jazz sounds to the early morning local news.  Free Jazz and Morning News are not usually talked about in the same sentence, so be sure to tune in to see what happens.  The program is on CBS 6 in Richmond, and runs from 9-10am.  We will play twice so we hope you’ll check it out or set the dvr.

Next, on Wednesday May 9th we’re going to New Haven Connecticut to play at The Uncertainty Music Series presented by the great bassist/composer Carl Testa.  The show will take place at The Elm Bar (372 Elm St. New Haven, CT).  Show starts at 9pm ($5 suggested donation) and we’ll be playing 2 sets of music, one of which will be the second performance of our suite of music based off of the book “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown and on my own research into my family history.  (more info

Then on Thursday May 10th we’ll be playing at IBeam in Brooklyn, NY.  This show will be with Blood Syndicate Trio featuring Darius Jones– alto, Jason Nazary– drums and Sean Conly– bass.  Cameron, Darius and myself used to have a trio together when Darius was still living in Richmond called CUD, and we’re excited to be sharing the stage together again.  The show starts at 8:30 and there is a $10 suggested donation.  (IBeam 168 7th Street  Brooklyn, NY 11215)

And if you happen to be in, or near, Richmond on Wednesday May 9th there is going to be a great show happening in town.  The amazing Peter Evans and Travis Laplante will both be playing solo sets and this will be the second show at the amazing ForInstance Gallery with the phenomenal artwork of local artist Martin B. Johnson (http://www.martinbjohnson.com/) as the back drop to the show.  They will be joined with a great trio of musicians from Richmond featuring Scott Burton- guitar, Pinson Chanselle- drums and John Lilley- sax.  The last show featuring Bererberg was a great success and we’re excited about having these world class musicians coming to Richmond.  We hope that you’ll come show support for the music. (Some more information can be found via the facebook event here http://www.facebook.com/events/420593331292846/)

Peter Evans- Trumpet
Travis Laplante- Saxophone
Scott Burton, Pinson Chanselle, John Lilley
ForInstance Gallery
107 East Cary St Richmond, VA 23220
Doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:00pm
$5 ($10 Suggested Donation)

Thanks for everyone’s support and we hope to see you at these great shows.
Stay tuned for more shows coming in May including the ScottClark4tet cd release show on May 22nd.

Thursday April 19th ScottClark4tet w/Bererberg @ Forinstance Gallery

I am very excited to announce this amazing show with some great musicians from out of town and some from in town as well. And, we’re excited about performing at the amazing ForInstance Gallery with the phenomenal artwork of local artist Martin B. Johnson (http://www.martinbjohnson.com/) as the back drop to the show.

ScottClark4tet
Bererberg (Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Christoph Erb)
ForInstance Gallery
107 East Cary St Richmond, VA 23220
Doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:00pm
$5 ($10 Suggested Donation)

We are very excited about bringing this music to you and we hope that you will help support our community of musicians, and artists, and join us for this great night of music.

This show is going to feature a set with the ScottClark4tet playing music that we’ve been working on inspired by some of the events described in the book “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown and by my own research into my family history. It is a suite of music that has been exciting for us to explore and we are excited to present it for the first time as a unified suite.
ScottClark4tet:
Cameron Ralston-bass
Bob Miller-trumpet
Jason Scott-saxophone
Scott Clark-drums

We are also excited to welcome cornetist Josh Berman and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm from Chicago and saxophonist Christoph Erb from Switzerland, who form the group Bererberg. More about the band and each of the musicians can be found below.
http://joshberman.net/
http://www.lonberg-holm.info/
http://www.erb.li/

Bererberg
Like the name, a mashup of three individuals with different sensibilities but a unified purpose. All three have worked together in different groups but the idea of making a trio only came recently. Erb and Lonberg-Holm have a forthcoming duo record (Screw and Straw). For Berman and Erb this will be only the most recent collaboration of multiple improvised groupings in the States and Switzerland. Berman and Lonberg-Holm are both members of the Fast Citizens and have logged many hours in ad hoc situations in Chicago. So…Two horns and a strung box. A set of references that span “trad jazz” to “noise rock”. Where the music will go from night to night is an unknown but a commitment to follow through is the only guarantee they can offer.

Fred Lonberg-Holm (BS Brooklyn College, MA Mills College) has studied composition with Morton Feldman, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Bunita Marcus and Noah Creshevsky and cello with Orlando Cole and Ardyth Alton. He currently lives in Chicago where he works with a wide variety of musicians in as many situations as possible. Current and ongoing projects include the Valentine Trio (with Jason Roebke and Frank Rosaly), the Peter Broetzmann Chicago Tentet, Joe Mcphee’s Survival Unit III (with Michael Zerang), Friction Brothers (Colligan, Lonberg-Holm and Zerang), The Boxhead Ensemble, Horses Ha (Janet Bean and Jim Elkington), ADA trio (w/ Broetzmann and Nilssen-Love) Vox-Arcana, Sherpa, Stirrup, The Fast Citizen’s, Ballister as well as numerous one off projects. He has appeared in numerous festivals on several continents. Improvisors he has worked with include Clare Cooper, Charlotte Hug, Andrea Neumann, Shelly Hirsch, Carrie Shull, Carrie Biolo, Birgitte Uhler, Rachel Wadham, Mary Halvorson, Joelle Leandre, Joanne Powers, Zeena Parkins, Judy Dunaway, Lotte Anker as well as a number of guys. He also leads a revolving cast large ensembles under the name Lightbox Orchestra. His extensive discography includes free improvised and free jazz recordings as well as new music, pop, rock and noise.In addition to composing and performing he has made a number of sound installations including recently at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Joymore and Geschiedle Galleries.

For more than ten years, cornetist, improviser, composer and music presenter Josh Berman has been an essential contributor to Chicago’s active improvised music scene. His work encompasses both developing opportunities and forums for presenting improvised music – as co-founder of the critically acclaimed Umbrella Music Group and as vice president and co-curator of the Emerging Improvisers’ Organization – and performing in a variety of highly collaborative formats – including as bandleader of his own groups, Josh Berman’s Old Idea and Josh Berman and His Gang, and as co-leader of the Chicago Luzern Exchange. In Down Beat Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 Critic’s Poll, Berman was voted Rising Star, Trumpet. In addition to his work as bandleader, Berman has performed and recorded with some of the most internationally respected improvising musicians and composers in jazz and improvised music: Bill Dixon, Ab Baars, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, and Jeb Bishop. He is also a frequent collaborator with dance artists; his most recent collaboration with dancer Ayako Kato and musician Jason Roebke was awarded a CROSSCUT grant for New Collaborations in Sound/Movement from Experimental Sound Studio and Links Hall. He has toured the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Christoph Erb, is a tenor saxophonist / bass clarinetist, improviser, composer and music presenter. He’s born in 1973, in Zürich, and lives in Lucerne, Switzerland where his own label, veto-records, is based. He organized his own festivals including, veto-records Label-Festival and Erb’s Impro Festival. In 2006 he won the ZKB Swiss Jazz prize with his group erb_gut. In 2007 he was awarded the culture prize of the city Lucerne. 2009 brought the Scholarship of the city and canton of Lucerne for a four month stay in Chicago as an artist in residence where he recorded several sessions: Erb/Baker/Zerang, Erb Alone, Erb/Lonberg-Holm/Roebke/Rosaly, and a duo with cellist Lonberg-Holm. He leads his own bands: Lila, Veto, BigVeto and erb_gut. Erb has performed and recorded with some of the most internationally respected improvising musicians and composers in jazz and improvised music: Jim Baker, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Roebke, Frank Rosaly, Jason Stein,Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber, Daniel Humair, Harald Härter, Peter Schärli, Christian Weber, Christian Wolfahrt and many others. As a sideman he has collaborated with Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6.