While Los Angeles is being dumped with what looks to be a weeklong rainstorm (at least that's what the weather pundits say -- and what the bleep do they know?), here's a little round-up of things happening and happening things 'round town in the near future:
[Photo courtesy of Liquid Dirt]
Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre has introduced Jazz on Film: Capturing Creativity, a new Thursday night film series running through February. They've already shown John Coney's Sun Ra: Space is the Place (1974) and Bert Stern & Aram Avakian's Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960). Check out their site for upcoming screenings.
It's a bit 11th hour, but today from 2-5pm at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City is a memorial to alto saxophone player, Frank Morgan, who passed away from colon cancer on December 14. A lot of people are going to play - Art Hillery, Roy McCurdy, Jeff Clayton, Bill Madison, Jimmy Roberts, Frank Fontaine, Llew Mathews. For more details visit the club's homepage.
The downtown art gallery Dangerous Curves continues its vital "Is It Music?" series Sunday, January 13, 2008 from 7-10pm, featuring sets by Nathaniel Bartlett,
Dottie Grossman with Michael Vlatkovich
and Kris Tiner with Chris Schlarb. it's the best deal in town for great music, as DC also continues its merciful "$7.00--10.00 pay-what-you-want-in-that-range" policy. Yay!
On Wednesday, January 16, 7:30-10:30pm at the Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill saxophonist Azar Lawrence and his Quartet will be showcasing their latest Clarion Jazz release The Legacy & Music of John Coltrane. For more info, call (323) 466-9917.
It's also that time again, Redcat Theatre's Creative Music Festival on January 18-19. Singer Dwight Trible with poet Kamau Daaood on the 18th will be a GREAT show!! Not to mention the return of the mighty Art Ensemble of Chicago on the 19th. This month's hottest double-header!
Elaine Brown is a singer, songwriter, author & activist, who also headed the Black Panther Party in the 1970's. During that time, she recorded two albums of her songs arranged by Horace Tapscott and backed by the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. The first of those two albums, Seize the Time [pictured above], has just been reissued on CD. Elaine will be here in LA during the 3rd week in January, and on Friday night, January 18, will perform many of her songs at Largo on Fairfax Ave. For reservations (recommended - it is a very initimate venue), call (323) 852-1073.
On Saturday, January 19th, The Ramada Hollywood (1160 N. Vermont, on the east side of Vermont at the corner of Lexington ave.) presents The Arthur Blythe Quintet featuring Gust William Tsilis (vibes), Greg Erba (guitar), Essiet Essiet (bass) and Slyvia Cuenca (drums). Shows at 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm. There's a $20 cover charge at the door or $15 in advance; the minimum is $10 per person. There is safe and secure parking behind the Hotel for $5. For information and reservations call (323) 665-5207.
The Open Gate Theatre (which features extended Crypto family members Bill Casale, Alex Cline, Brad Dutz, Vinny Golia, George McMullen, William Roper and Will & Mitsu Salmon) is also going to be celebrating its 25th anniversary as -- in Mr. Cline's words -- "a wacky music/dance/theater group" with a performance next month, which we’ll inform you about as the time draws closer.
The Jeff Gauthier Goatette, led by our Fearless Leader and comprised of Alex and Nels Cline, David Witham and Joel Hamilton, will be going into studio next week to record the follow up to 2006's One and the Same. We hope to give you blog reports on the sessions themselves, depending on the Torment Level of the musicians involved.
And finally, in Nelz Newz (we changed the s's to z's because it's "cuter"), Mr. Cline pops up on four tracks ( "All Along The Watchtower" with Eddie Vedder; "Highway 61 Revisited" with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O; "Can't Leave her Behind" with Stephen Malkmus & Lee Renaldo; "Cold Irons Bound" with Tom Verlaine) from the soundtrack to I'm Not There, the new Todd Haynes/Bob Dylan flick. Nels is part of an ad-hoc group of ECP's (Extremely Cool People) dubbed "The Million Dollar Bashers": Steve Shelley, Tony Garnier, John Medeski, Lee Ranaldo, Smokey Hormel and Mr. Tom Verlaine, one of Nels' personal heroes. A great double-CD to purchase for these rainy January months. Nels will also pop by to help usher in the 10th Anniversary of the downtown bizarro-music venue The Smell, according to this recent post on Pitchfork Media. The Smell has come a long way, to be sure; in November it was even profiled by The New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones. Keep on stinking!
And finally, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the CLINE BOYS: 52 years young. Nels just played another show with Banyan last week; our friend Greg Burk wrote a nice review of the show for the LA Times. Alex is playing a show tonight at the Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center (2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA; 626-795-4989), a duo of himself and Vinny Golia in a tribute to the late Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi.