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About dannykamins

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

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!

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.

Summer Events!

It’s a busy summer! On June 10th, I went up to Denton to play improvised music with Robert Pearson (keys) and Victor Hernandez (bass). Big thanks to Rick Eye and Rachel King for making it happen. It was great to see my Denton buddies again.

On June 15th, I played with Thomas Helton (bass) and Victor Hernandez at the newly opened Rice Moody Center for the Arts. We performed two sets: one of entirely improvised music, and one that was a 30 minute long, 3 page excerpt of Treatise, the seminal graphic score piece by Cornelius Cardew. We performed on Repeater, a scuplture/installation by Brooklyn based artist David Scanavino. Much thanks to Ian Cion, Allison Weaver, and Joel Thompson at the Moody Center for making it happen.

And last but definitely not least, I have a record coming out on the British label FMR Records! It is entitled After Effects, and features the talents of me, Damon Smith (bass), Alvin Fielder (drums), and Joe Hertenstein (drums). It will be available for purchase/streaming on my bandcamp page soon.

Look for more events coming up soon!