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Gigs: Takoyaki 3 @ Birdland Jazzista 3/14

1962727_10152254479907070_314219761_nHi folks, I’m happy to announce that this Friday, March 14, TAKOYAKI 3 (the streamlined, street-food-style version of my Quintet+1) will be playing in Berkeley at the Birdland Jazzista Social Club. BJSC is a labor of love from Michael Parayno, which features live music and barbecue for just a $10 donation (B.Y.O.B.). We’ll be playing music from Roads & Codes and Contextualizin’ (and maybe even one or two from Duocracy!), plus some unusual standards and classics by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols, and Neil Young. Here are the details:

Who: Adam Shulman, organ; Ian Carey, trumpet; Bryan Bowman, drums
When: Friday, March 13, 7-10pm
Where: Birdland Jazzista Social Club, 1731 Sacramento Street, Berkeley
How Much: $10 donation (includes barbecue), B.Y.O.B

Hope to see you there!

Announcements: Quintet+1 at Chez Hanny, Takoyaki 3 at Yoshi’s Lounge + Grant & Review News

Hi folks, I have a bunch of interesting stuff to throw at you at once. First, I’m doing two shows next week with two different bands, both guaranteed to be interesting!

Next Thursday, May 30, Takoyaki 3 (the streamlined, street-food-style version of my Quintet+1) will be returning to the lounge at Yoshi’s in San Francisco as part of their Local Talent Series.  We’ll be doing underplayed jazz classics, originals, and even a standard or two!

WHAT: Ian Carey’s Takoyaki 3
WHO: Ian Carey, trumpet; Adam Shulman, organ; Jon Arkin, drums
WHEN: Thursday, May 30, 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Yoshi’s Lounge, San Francisco

A few days later, the Quintet+1 will be making its first appearance since our CD release show, at the intimate San Francisco house concert venue Chez Hanny.  We’ll be performing music from Roads & Codes (“★★★★½ – a highly skilled band of improvisers, harmonically pleasing compositions… it all works” —Downbeat), including compositions by me, Stravinsky, Charles Ives, and Neil Young, as well as new arrangements of music from previous albums and the premiere of a brand new original piece. This will also be the debut with the band of the great Bay Area woodwind wizard Sheldon Brown. Seating is limited, so best reserve early!

WHAT: Ian Carey Quintet+1
WHO: Ian Carey, trumpet; Adam Shulman, piano; Jon Arkin, drums; Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Sheldon Brown, tenor saxophone & flute; Fred Randolph, bass
WHEN: Sunday, June 2, 4pm
WHERE: Chez Hanny, San Francisco
HOW MUCH: $20 suggested donation (see link above for ticketing/reservation info)

In other news, reviews for Roads & Codes are still trickling in, including this very poetic one from Jazz Weekly:

Ian Carey leads a small band in which he plays trumpet, flugelhorn and handles most of the writing with a lithe as cirrus cloud team … The melding of the three horns, especially when Francis is on the flute, create a lovely graciousness  of sound that feels like a breeze teasing linen drapes, as on the mellifluous “Wheels.” A pastel haze floats above the plain on “Rain Tune” while Neil Young’s “Dead Man’ features Carey’s lonely and gasping trumpet.  Some firm and forte bop is displayed on the driving “Count Up” which has some pungent stick work by Arking, while Charles Ives’ “West London” is delivered with a porcelain fragility. Nice and fresh music here that sparkles like morning dew on citrus trees.

Mellifluous indeed! It has been very interesting to see the wide varieties of effects the record has had on people.

Finally, I’m happy to announce that the great local organization San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music has chosen me as one of the fortunate beneficiaries of their 2013 Musical Grant Program. I’ll be writing a new multi-part “Suite for Quintet+1,” to be premiered at the Jazzschool in Berkeley in fall 2014. Time to get crackin’!

Audio: KZSC Interview + Live Takoyaki 3

Hi folks, I’m continuing to be happy with the good press and airplay Roads & Codes has been getting–it’s in the top 100 in the U.S. jazz charts, and the top ten in Canada, which is more than I expected for an album with no standards and multiple tracks over ten minutes.

Meanwhile, here are two quick audio cuts for you–first, I had a nice chat yesterday with Nicholas Mokover at KZSC (UC Santa Cruz). We talked for about ten minutes about my background, and the old NYC vs. Bay Area question. The entire interview is here:

Ian Carey Interview, KZSC (3/12/13)

Second, here’s another cut from our Takoyaki 3 show last month in Berkeley–this is our version of the classic Ornette Coleman anthem “Lonely Woman” (originally on The Shape of Jazz to Come). Check out the looping effects at the end of the track–that’s something I’ve been experimenting with more & more since originally attempting it to recreate the effects we used on our version of the theme from “Dead Man” (which you can hear a streaming version of here).

Takoyaki 3: Lonely Woman
(Ian Carey, trumpet/effects; Adam Shulman, organ, Jon Arkin, drums)

New Reviews for ‘Roads & Codes’ + Bonus Audio

Hello folks, thanks to everyone who made it out to our Takoyaki 3 show last week–if you missed it, we’ve got two more later this month, at Rose Pistola (3/24) and Yoshi’s Lounge (3/27). See the end of this post for a free track from the show!

It’s been really gratifying to see more positive press for Roads & Codes coming in–the most exciting being my first appearance in Downbeat Magazine, where James Hale featured the album in a set of reviews of trumpeters from around the world, and gave it 4 and 1/2 stars:

Bay Area veteran Ian Carey knows it can take creative packaging to get great music noticed these days. Roads & Codes showcases both the trumpeter’s sideline as an illustrator and his primary gig as the leader of a highly skilled band of improvisers. Carey takes advantage of their chops by writing to their strengths–a lesson gleaned from his mentor Maria Schneider–and mixes his own harmonically pleasing compositions with pieces by Neil Young, Igor Stravinsky and Charles Ives. While the combination of graphic art and arty covers might sound contrived, it all works.

Continue reading New Reviews for ‘Roads & Codes’ + Bonus Audio

Announcements: TAKOYAKI 3 Live in Berkeley This Thursday

First off, thank you to everyone who came out to our CD release show last week–it was really successful and the band had a great time. (Video to come!) Also: I still have signed limited edition prints of the album art for sale (priced to move at $50-90!), so if you’re interested in potentially picking one up, leave your email in the comments.

takoyaki3_jBut if you weren’t able to make it (or if you were & you just want more), I’m going to be playing this week in Berkeley with Takoyaki 3, the 3-piece streamlined, street-food-style version of our quintet. The group features Adam Shulman on organ and Jon Arkin on drums, each of whom played on our new album, Roads & Codes (“Stellar band… smart and arresting.” —San Francisco Chronicle)

We’ll be playing music from the new record, plus selections from our previous two albums, originals by Adam, and some forgotten gems by great jazz composers including Herbie Nichols, Lennie Tristano, and Ornette Coleman.

The venue is a brand new gallery, school & performance space (with a beautiful piano!) called Garden Gate Creativity Center, now in its first month of performances. Wine & refreshments will be served.

WHAT: Ian Carey’s TAKOYAKI 3
WHO: Adam Shulman, organ & piano; Jon Arkin, drums; Ian Carey, trumpet & flugelhorn
WHEN: Thursday, February 28, 8pm
WHERE: Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Ave. (@ Ashby), Berkeley
TICKETS: $10-20 sliding scale donation (advance tix available here.)

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

Takoyaki 3 @ Yoshi’s Lounge, March 4

Hi folks, I’m happy to announce an upcoming show for my new-ish trio Takoyaki 3, which I like to think of as the streamlined, street-food-style version of my quintet. It features the talents of my friends Adam Shulman on organ and Bryan Bowman on drums. The book consists of a sizable chunk of original tunes by the three of us, plus select chestnuts from the jazz (BAM!) tradition and even some American Popular What-Have-Yous.

We’ll be playing at the beautiful Yoshi’s Lounge in San Francisco as part of their local talent series. So come on down for some delicious sushi & sake and support live music (by which I mean me)!

What: Ian Carey’s Takoyaki 3
Who: Adam Shulman, organ; Ian Carey, trumpet & flugelhorn; Bryan Bowman, drums
Where: Yoshi’s Lounge, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco
When: Sunday, March 4, 6:30-11pm
How Much: Free!