This Friday, I’m very excited to be bringing my Quintet+1 (with pianist Adam Shulman, bassist Fred Randolph, drummer Jon Arkin, alto saxophonist Kasey Knudsen, and multi-woodwindist Sheldon Brown) back to that great spot in downtown Oakland, The Sound Room (site of our really enjoyable CD release show for Roads & Codes last year–see some footage here). We’ve had some great rehearsals and the band is sounding fantastic, especially on the new music. (We’ll also be hitting new arrangements of some of our “greatest hits.”)
That would be exciting in itself–since I really love playing with them and it’s not easy to book a six-piece band these days–BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: you’ll also get to hear ANOTHER OUTSTANDING SEXTET, the Nathan Clevenger Group (“a sound that stands out from the crowd” – Andrew Gilbert, KQED).
Nathan is an outstanding composer/guitarist and his music has been consistently inspiring to me since I first encountered it, not least because we’ve had a habit of hiring some of the same great musicians. (He also writes for bass clarinet like nobody’s business, which inspired me to ask Sheldon to add that big axe to my music as well–come on out to hear the results!)
So please don’t miss this opportunity to hear TWO six-piece composer-led bands playing new, original music. Each group will be performing one long set–Nathan’s group will go first, with my group following around 9:30.
Hope to see you!