I’m very excited to announce that Paul Middendorf, Andrew Durham and myself will be presenting the Peter Brotzmann/Heather Leigh Duo in Houston May 25th! Our band CARL will be opening with John Kennedy and Beth Dodds on drums. We will be putting on two separate shows, one at 7:30 PM and one and 9:30 PM, at SpaceHL, one of Houston’s hippest art galleries. $20 per show, $30 for both. You can check out more info and buy tickets here:
Here are some shows I’m booking/playing/directing coming up in 2019:
January 13- Samantha Riott/Sandy Ewen Duo @Christmas Island, w/ CARL, Sonia Flores, and Enemy Goddess
January 26- Danny Kamins/Emmanuel Guajardo/Joe Wozny/Anders Zelinski @ Space HL
January 30th- Neutrals@ Khon’s w/ Tracksuit Superstar
February 2nd- Radio Shock@ Leon’s Lounge w/ CARL, Jessica Fuquay, Emily Aeyer/Megan Easely
February 10th- Michael Foster/Claire Rousay/Thomas Helton @ AvantGarden W/ CARL, David Dove/Megan Easely, Rebecca Novak/Ruth Langston
February 15th- Rice University Winter Jazz Concert, Gladu Band Hall, Rice University
February 16th- Rice University Jazz Combo @ Archway Gallery
February 21st- Rice University Moody Center Cocktail Hour: Kamins/Vinetz Duo
February 23rd- Rosalie Co-op House Show: Cyclops Joint, Danny Kamins Solo, Mephedrone, Pink Eye
February 28th- Philip White @ Khon’s w/ Brian Kehinde, RVD Trio, Annotation Trio
March 9th- Flender Tape Release w/ CARL, Carnival of Blood @ 3518 Griggs
March 12th- Nutria @ Khon’s w/ coyotebloodbath, Robert Pearson, Paul Connolly, KA (curated by Paul Connolly)
March 31st- HSDS (Houston Swing Dance Society) lesson/rehearsal at the El Dorado Ballroom- Rice University Big Band
April 5th- Rice University Spring Swing Dance Concert, Gladu Band Hall, Rice University
April 19th- All local Houston avant-garde fest at Khon’s: Rice University Improvised Music Trio, Enemy Goddess, Aaron Russell/Sonia Flores, LeJeune/Kamins/Adkison Trio, Megan Easely/Beth Dodds
May 4th- Rice/CyFair Jazz Band Concert, 6 Strings Music Academy, Cypress
Here are the dates:
Atlanta- Magic Lantern- 11/29
Philadephia- Random Tea Room- 12/2
NYC- Bushwick Public House- 12/3
Boston-Outpost 186- 12/6
Washington, DC- Rhizome- 12/8
Baltimore- True Vine Record Shop- 12/9
Shreveport- Minicine Swampland- 12/11
Additional dates with Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith:
Dallas- Top Ten Records- 12/13
Denton- Backyard on Bell- 12/14
Houston- Khon’s- 12/18
Huge thanks to Rob Cambre, Andy Durta, Majid Araim, Leo Suarez, Joe Hertenstein, Stephen Gauci, Damon Smith, Luke Stewart, Hayden Wright, David Nelson, Lily Taylor, Rick Eye, and Khon Lu for making this all possible!
New show added at Khon’s Saturday November 10th. Featuring my quartet with Robert Pearson, Beth Dodds and Victor Hernandez plus Brian Kehinde on solo poetry and Htown up and coming improvisers Pretty Dad. Don’t skip this one, it’s going to be great! More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/303452553787912/?notif_t=plan_user_joined¬if_id=1540483121499779
October 29th, 2018- T,WS with Abel Cisneros.
November 16th, 2018- Rice University Fall Jazz Festival.
November 17th, 2018- 14 Pews with Deluge (Megan Easely, Danny Kamins, Ryan Edwards).
November 29th, 2018- Majid Aram’s house, Atlanta, GA.
December 2, 2018- Random Tea Room with Jack Wright and Leo Suarez, Philadelphia, PA
December 3, 2018- Bushwick Improvised Music Series with Joe Hertenstein and David Leon, New York, NY.
December 6th, 2018- The Outpost 186 with Jeb Bishop, Damon Smith, and Ra Kalam Bob Moses, Boston, MA.
December 8th, 2018- Rhizome with Heart of the Ghost (Ian McColm, Luke Stewart, Jarrett Gilgore), Washington, D.C.
December 11th, 2018- Minicine Swampland, Shreveport, LA.
December 14th, 2018- Backyard on Bell with Etched in the Eye (Sandy Ewen, Danny Kamins, Robert Pearson), Denton, TX.
December 18th, 2018- Khon’s with Etched in the Eye, Houston, TX.
I’m very excited about an upcoming show at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 11th. This concert will feature graphic score works by four great musicians/composers: Vinny Golia, Motoko Honda, Karlton Hester and Garrett Wingfield. I will be performing in a sax trio with Vinny and Garrett, as well as playing with Karlton and Motoko on her composition Entanglement. Free admission, and open to the public! It will be held in the Lois Chiles Theater at the Rice Moody Center for the Arts.
There will also be a masterclass given by all four composers in the Shepherd School of Music, Lecture Room 1401.
Just as exciting is that Garrett, Vinny and I will take the sax trio on a regional tour of Texas following the Moody Concert. Here are the dates:
10/12- Masterclass at University of North Texas, Denton
10/12- Excessive Saxophone Music feat. Vinny Golia at Midway Craft House, Denton
10/14- Further Jazz w/ Vinny Golia, Garrett Wingfield, Danny Kamins at Wild Detectives, Dallas
10/15- MeMerMo Monday Series, Austin
10/16- Lowcountry Cocktail Bar, San Antonio
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.
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
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!
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!