Some interesting upcoming shows featuring drummer Scott Amendola:
Thursday, April 8 — “The Good Life: The Music of Ornette Coleman.” Part of SF Jazz’s Hotplate series, where local musicians delve into the catalogue of one of the greats. Amendola (drums) has assembled a quartet of Ben Goldberg (clarinet), Trevor Dunn (electric bass), and Rob Sudduth (sax) for the occasion. Held in San Francisco at a cozy Mission District bar called Amnesia.
Goldberg, Dunn, and Sudduth all used to play together in Graham Connah‘s bands in the ’90s. Good stuff.
Friday, April 9 — At the Starry Plough (Berkeley), a double bill. First, Amendola vs. Blades, a funky duo with Wil Blades on organ. Check out the review in the L.A. Times. Then, a reprise of the aforementioned Ornette quartet.
Saturday, April 10 — Kinhoua, noted in this old post. This is one of the Larry Ochs not-jazz projects, teaming up Ochs on sax, Amendola on drums, Korean vocalist Dohee Lee using her voice as a wordless instrument, and one more person — previously a cellist, this time Trevor Dunn on bass.
UPDATE 4/7, 5:00 p.m.: A message to Larry Ochs’ mailing list says the new Kihnoua CD will be available at the show for $10. It won’t be in retail until May and will likely cost a lot more at the time, so you’ve been notified.