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….

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.

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

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.