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About dannykamins

I play saxophone and bass clarinet, and am the Jazz Band Director at Rice University.

December in Review

On December 4th, I booked an incredible show at AvantGarden in Houston. It was a duo between Michael Foster (sax) and Ben Bennett (drums). If you haven’t heard these two check them out- some of the best music I’ve heard in awhile. They were joined by a trio consisting of three beloved TX improvisers- Chase Gardner (voice), Karl Roeling (sax) and Megan Easely (amplified water).

I’m very pleased to announce that After Effects, my album with Damon Smith (bass), Alvin Fielder (drums), and Joe Hertenstein (drums) made the best of 2017 in FreeJazzBlog! It’s an honor to be listed next to Peter Evans and Mats Gustafsson, two huge influences on the music I currently make.

Much more to come in 2018!

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November/December Shows

November has been a solid month for shows so far. On the 3rd, I booked a great electroacoustic musician named Tim Kaiser (from Duluth, MN) at Sound Exchange, one of Houston’s beloved record shops. And on November 6th Jack Wright, a phenomenal veteran of improvised music and saxophone extended technique, came through and played a killer set at AvantGarden with his trio, Roughhousing (based out of Philadelphia, PA). It featured him as well as Evan Lipson on bass and Zach Darrup on guitar, both of whom are excellent.

Late November and early December is going to be great, too: Rice Big Big Band Fall Concert (11/17), Rice Jazz Combo at Khon’s (11/19), Rice Jazz Combo at Rice Coffeehouse (11/3). December 4th will be the amazing duo of Michael Foster (sax) and Ben Bennett (percussion) + a first time trio of Denton improvisors Karl Roeling (sax), Chase Gardner (electronics), and Megan Easely (amplified water) upstairs at AvantGarden.

Come on out!

September Shows

Here are 4 different shows I am booking/playing on this September:

Cut Shutters (incredible noise/sound collage duo from Denton, TX) with Deluge (Danny Kamins-sax, Megan Easely-amplified water)- Vinal Edge Records, September 8th, 7 pm

Sean Hamilton (Florida based solo percussionist) with the RVD Trio (Danny Kamins- sax, Robert Pearson- keyboards, Victor Hernandez- bass)- Khon’s, September 9th, 8 pm

Rodenticide (no wave rage/assault from NYC), CARL, Ak’chamel, :::kai/ros:::- Walter’s Downtown, September 13th, 9 pm

Jamie Branch/Anteloper (Trumpet/synth/drums duo from NYC), Thomas Helton/Danny Kamins/Victor Hernandez (sax/two basses)- Sound Exchange, September 20th, exact time TBA

Come out!

CARL 2017 Dirty South Tour!

I’m happy to announce the CARL 2017 Dirty South Tour! For those of you who don’t know, CARL is Houston’s premier free jazz/doom metal band, featuring me on sax and Andrew Durham on electric bass. We will be coming to a city near you:

7/31- Houston, TX, Avantgarden (w/ Sonia Flores/Damon Choice)
8/1- San Antonio, TX, Lowcountry (w/ The Whale)
8/3- New Orleans, LA, Allways Lounge (w/ Rob Cambre)
8/5- Jacksonville, FL, NeuSonics Music Festival (curated by Jamison Williams)

In addition, I (Danny Kamins) will be playing two dates with some different/awesome groups as well:
8/10- Denton, TX, Tom’s Daquiri (quartet w/ Rick Eye, Matt Frerck, Beth Dodds)
8/12- Shreveport, LA, Minicine Swampland (trio w/ Robert Pearson, Victor Hernandez)

Upcoming gigs!

Just want to announce a couple of upcoming Houston gigs: I’ll be playing a saxophone/amplified water duo with Megan Easely at Khon’s, July 7th. Not something you see everyday; in fact, it’s something I’ve never done before. Should be a good time. Robert Pearson will open with a solo set on keyboards. Show starts at 8 pm, $5 cover.

And on July 14th, I’m looking forward to playing at Vinal Edge records with NYC based drummer Joe Hertenstein. We will be playing trio with my new found Houston bass compadre, Victor Hernandez. The show is free! And there will be a keg of beer from 8th wonder brewery! Free show, beer and improvised music, what more could you want?

Look for summer tour dates coming soon.