Hello listeners! I just wanted to tell you about some exciting shows coming up. Things in the world are awful and difficult and sometimes it feels like our little artistic endeavors don’t amount to a hill of beans, but sometimes music does bring us together (and it can be a way of working through these crazy emotions—see Fire In My Head below), so I’ll keep making it and hopefully you’ll keep listening to it. I hope to see you at one or all of these shows!
Circus Bella presents “Ring Out Loud!”
Shows Through June & July
Circus Bella presents its 10th Anniversary Circus in the Parks season (dedicated to the memory of our longtime friend and bandmate Ralph Carney), with shows throughout June and July at locations all across the Bay Area! With live original music from Rob Reich and the Circus Bella All-Star Band (including me)!
View the schedule here.
Nathan Clevenger Group (Pocket Edition)
Saturday 6/16, 8p, Jupiter, Berkeley
Nathan Clevenger is one of my favorite local composers and bandleaders, and it’s always a (really freaking challenging) treat to play with his group. With me on trumpet, plus Cory Wright, woodwinds, Lisa Mezzacappa, bass, and Jon Arkin, drums.
Jazz Inside Out with Jim Nadel & Friends
Friday 6/22, 8p, Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University
If you’re new to jazz and wonder how the musicians all play together without any sheet music, this special Festival kickoff concert is for you. Even if you’re a longtime jazz fan but still aren’t clear on when jazz musicians are improvising and when they’re not, SJW Founder and Artistic Director Jim Nadel will demonstrate with his horn and his band of top-notch players.
Fred Randolph Quintet
Sunday 7/15, 4:30p, Bird & Beckett, SF
Bassist and composer Fred Randolph brings his quintet to the great SF jazz & culture hub Bird & Beckett in Glen Park. With Sheldon Brown, saxophones, Ian Carey, trumpet, Dan Zemelman, piano, and Greg Wyser-Pratt, drums.
Class: Modern Jazz Improvisation
6 Weeks Starting Tues. 7/10, The Jazzschool at CJC, Berkeley
Ready to take your improvisational toolkit beyond bebop licks, modes, and blues scales and into the sonic worlds opened up by artists like McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, and Woody Shaw? This course will look into three different approaches for developing melodically compelling ideas for use in a wide variety of harmonic situations. (Basic knowledge of jazz harmony required.)
Save the Date! The Ian Carey Quintet+1: Fire In My Head: The Anxiety Suite (World Premiere)
November 4, Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center
This November, I’m thrilled to bring my Quintet+1 to the SFJAZZ Center for the first time. We’ll be premiering my new piece Fire In My Head (The Anxiety Suite), which was commissioned by Chamber Music America and deals with themes of anxiety (both personal and on a community-wide basis). With Sheldon Brown, woodwinds, Ian Carey, trumpet, Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone, Adam Shulman, piano, Fred Randolph, bass, and Jon Arkin, drums.
More info & tickets here.