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THE LATEST

Information about upcoming performances, recent recordings, and general goings-on. For details on each item, click on its title...

As part of the "Guitar Planet" video series, Jerome Harris was interviewed by master guitarbuilder Tom Ribbecke about the gorgeous acoustic bass guitar Tom built for him--click here to watch it.

Klezmer/funk/hiphop juggernaut Abraham Inc. was featured in a six-minute segment on National Public Radio's All Things Considered; click this link to check it out! The band's debut CD, Tweet Tweet, is available at http://abrahamincmusic.com/store/, or at iTunes.

Check out a feature article about Jerome's use of the acoustic bass guitar, in Bass Player magazine!


PERFORMANCES

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018
8:00 PM DAVID KRAKAUER ACOUSTIC KLEZMER QUARTET
Category: Performances
Location: Amherst MA
Yiddish Book Center (Hampshire College campus)
1021 West Street
Amherst MA 01002
PHONE: (413) 256-4900
WEB: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018
8:00 PM DAVID KRAKAUER'S KLEZMER MADNESS REUNION, WITH SPECIAL GUEST SOCALLED
Category: Performances
Location: Amherst MA
Yiddish Book Center (Hampshire College campus)
1021 West Street
Amherst MA 01002
PHONE: (413) 256-4900
WEB: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018
7:30 PM MARTHA REDBONE: BONE HILL--THE CONCERT
Category: Performances
Location: Middletown CT
Crowell Concert Hall/Wesleyan Univ Center For Arts
50 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown CT 06459
PHONE: (860) 685-3355
WEB: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/events/2018/07-2018/07192018-martha-redbone-bone-hill-the-concert.html

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018
8:30 PM ROY NATHANSON/BEN GOLDBERG/JEROME HARRIS/ARTHUR KELL
Category: Performances
Location: Brooklyn NY
Bar LunÁtico
486 Halsey Street (bet. Lewis & Stuyvesant Aves.)
Brooklyn NY 11233
PHONE: (718) 513-0339
WEB: https://www.barlunatico.com/calendar/2018/7/23/roy-nathansonben-goldbergarthur-kelljerome-harris

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018
4:30 PM RICKY FORD QUARTET--FREE!
Category: Performances
Location: Dorchester (Boston) MA
Mary Hannon Park
613 Dudley St. (bet. Howard Ave. & Folsom St.)
Dorchester (Boston) MA 02125
WEB: http://creativeculturalarts.org/

RECORDINGS

    Brooklyn Primal presents Evidence
    Bill McHenry: tenor sax
    Nicole Kampgen: alto sax, vocals
    Jerome Harris: electric guitar
    Ed Schuller: double bass, vocals
    Pete Davenport: drums

    Bob Stewart: Connections--Mind the Gap
    Pioneering jazz tubist Bob Stewart interweaves his arrangements of compositions by peers and heroes with the movements of In Color, a chamber piece specially commissioned from composer Jessie Montgomery and performed by the string ensemble PUBLIQuartet.

    Yard Byard--The Jaki Byard Project's Debut Recording: Inch By Inch
    "Yard Byard is a cooperative ensemble wonderfully based on a quirky body of work which in their capable hands proves extremely viable, the compositions of the late master musician and teacher Jaki Byard. What an inspiration, why didn't someone think of this before? This has to go down as one of my favorite new band sightings of the year." -- Willard Jenkins, "Open Sky"

    David Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint
    Der Klarinettist David Krakauer ist Bewahrer und gleichzeitig Innovator jüdischer Klezmermusik. Ob mit den Klezmatics, Fred Wesley, Iva Bittova, dem Kronos Quartet oder DJ Socalled, immer liegt dem New Yorker die Verbindung traditioneller Elemente der Klezmermusik mit avantgardistischen und zeitgenössischen Stilistiken am Herzen. So auch bei seinem neuesten Projekt, der Band Ancestral Groove, bestehend aus alten und ein paar neuen Weggefährten wie Bassist Jerome Harris, Drummer Michael Sarin, Gitarrist Marc Ribot und Organist John Medeski. Zusammen mit dieser kongenialen elektrischen Formation macht sich Krakauer an die Fortsetzung dessen, was er bereits mit seiner Band Klezmer Madness begann: aus dem Bewusstsein für Tradition eine neue spannende Musik zu gestalten. Hier verwirbelt er auf faszinierende Weise kulturelle osteuropäische Überlieferungen seiner Ahnen mit Jazz-Improvisation, Rock, Dance-Funk und urbaner DJ-Attitüde. So aufregend und Spaß machend kann ein Grenzübergang sein. -- Olaf Maikopf, Jazz Thing 103

    Roy Nathanson's Sotto Voce: Complicated Day
    Roy Nathanson: alto sax, voice
    Curtis Fowlkes: trombone, voice
    Sam Bardfeld: violin, voice, samples
    Jerome Harris: guitar, voice
    Tim Kiah: double bass, voice
    Napoleon Maddox: human beatbox, voice

    "In a world of useless shouting things, Roy Nathanson's Sotto Voce is sane, funny, beautiful and intimate." -- Elvis Costello

OTHER EVENTS

    Harris In Print--The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective
    Harris's piece, "Jazz on the Global Stage," is a wide-ranging "insider's view" of the history, present state, and future implications of the spreading and flourishing of jazz in locales far from its African American birthplace.

    Award-winning jazz scholar Ingrid Monson writes that:
    "Harris provides the most comprehensive portrait currently available of jazz outside the United States."