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About dannykamins

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

New show added!

As if there wasn’t enough to do this fall, one more show has been added to the list. This will feature Ben Roidl-Ward, a great improvising bassoonist, along with some veteran local acts.

Sound Exchange, Friday, September 7th
Roidl-Ward/Kamins Duo
Thickets (Austin Cooley, Carol Sandin Cooley, Rebecca Novak)
7 pm-11 pm
$5 donation for out of town musicians.

Summer Tour+Fall 2018 Gigs

This past July, I went on a tour of the West Coast with CARL (Andrew Durham-electric bass, me- sax). We played the Wayward Music Series in Seattle, HumanFleshBodyWorld in Portland, Old Nick’s Pub in Eugene, VAMP records and a house show in Oakland, and Coaxial Arts in LA. Huge thanks to Alex Cohen, Neil Welch, Steve Peters, Reese Lopez, Joshua Isaac Finch, Alex Cohen, Max Nordile, and Lucas Gorham and Zoe Knutsen-Bradac for making it all happen.

Here are some upcoming fall gigs I’ll be playing/directing. All are open to the public and are in Houston, TX unless otherwise stated:

September 15th- Khon’s, with Pearson/Kamins/Dodds/Hernandez quartet and more TBA

September 17th- Rice University Shepherd School Recital with Ben Kamins

September 29th- Archway Gallery, Rice Jazz Combo

October 10th- Christmas Island- Sexual Jeremy, CARL, and more TBA

October 11th- Harrisburg Graphic Score Concert at Rice University Moody Center for the Arts, with Karlton Hester, Motoko Honda, Vinny Golia, and Garrett Wingfield

October 15th- MeMerMo improvised music series (Austin) with Golia/Wingfield/Kamins Sax Trio

October 16th- Contemporary Whatever series (San Antonio), with Golia/Wingfield/Kamins Sax Trio

November 16th- Rice University Big Band Fall Concert

December 3rd- Bushwick Improvised Music Series (NYC) with David Leon, Joe Hertenstein

East Coast Tour Dates Announced!

I’m going on a small East Coast tour in late April. Here’s where I’ll be playing:

April 18th- The Pharmacy, Philadelphia

April 19th- The Outpost, Boston

April 22nd- The Legion, NYC

April 23rd- Spectrum, NYC (still yet to be confirmed)

Big thanks to Josiah Reibstein, Leo Suarez, Michael Foster, Yoni Kretzmer, and Zack Clarke for helping to set all this up!

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!

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!