The Read: June 25, 2011

June 25, 2011 at 11:23 am 4 comments

1. Giving local musicians some love: This goes back a bit, but SFGate ran a nice profile of bassist Lisa Mezzacappa.

2. Quasi related, here’s a review of the band Cylinder in JazzWrap. Cylinder is a quartet that includes Aram Shelton (sax) and Mezzacappa; they’ve played around town for years, and it’s to my detriment that I’ve not seen them nor heard their album on Clean Feed. One more for the to-do list.

3. SOMArts in San Francisco is hosting a five-show dance/installation piece called The Book, by Avy K productions. Performances occur roughly weekly starting July 1. My main interest: experimental vocalist Ken Ueno and clarinetist (and sfSound founder) Matt Ingalls will be performing in Part 2, which takes place July 7.

4. Chris Speed’s Skirl label got a nice writeup in The Wall Street Journal. The story focuses on the general difficulties of selling CDs and getting music out to the public (or getting a fan base into the music).

5. Interesting discussion floating around the Web about whether younger jazz players are paying proper respect to their own sound and to their elders. Without a nightly bandstand to mature on, it would seem fewer musicians are interested in developing a bebop virtuosity. It’s an argument that has some credence and seems to have touched some nerves. Here’s a blog from writer Peter Hum about the issue; that’s a link that goes to other links, but it’s a good summary and a good starting place.

6. Remember that CD diptych from Steven Lugerner?  Here’s more about the former Berkeley native, from the L.A. Times and Berkeleyside.

7. From Louder Than War, a great long Cardiacs article.

8. From 2007, a piece on the coolness of Cryptogramophone.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. markweiss  |  June 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Ava Mendoza on bill with Amendola Blades next month at Starry Plough. Also, Stanford Jazz Workshop and series, especially the jam sessions free at Coho

  • 2. markweiss  |  June 26, 2011 at 8:59 am

    more on point: evelyn deanne in sf chronicle

  • 3. Aram Shelton  |  June 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Unfortunately maybe one of your last chances to see Cylinder for awhile in the Bay Area – we’re having an album release concert at Subterranean Art House in Berkeley on July 27th.

  • 4. Craig M.  |  July 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Great article on Evelyn Deane. Thanks, Mark.

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