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Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

The Miguel Zenón Quartet

7:30 - $28.

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Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. 

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released twelve recordings as a leader, including the Grammy Nominated Yo Soy La Tradición (2018) and Típico (2017), as well as his latest Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (2019). As a sideman he has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Perez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, The Jeff Ballard Trio, Antonio Sanchez, David Gilmore, Paoli Mejias, Brian Lynch, Jason Lindner, Miles Okazaki, Ray Barreto, Andy Montañez, Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman.

Zenón has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune. In addition, he topped both the Jazz Artist of the Year and Alto Saxophonist categories on the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll and was selected as the Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association in 2015, 2018 and 2019.

As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, NYO Jazz, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Logan Center for The Arts, The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MIT, Jazz Reach, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet and many of his peers. 

Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over the world, and is a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. In 2011 he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free-of-charge Jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico. In April 2008 Zenón received a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Later that year he was one of 25 distinguished individuals chosen to receive the coveted MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant”. 

The personnel ​​for this evening is Miguel Zenón, alto sax, Luis Perdomo, piano, Matt Penman, bass and Henry Cole, drums.

For more info: www.miguelzenon.com

GiG Patreon rewards not available for this show.

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

The Quiet Ones Meet The Gas Men

7:30 - $22

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The Quiet Ones are an Irish traditional music duo. They are Patrick Egan (concertina) and Nicola Stathers (uilleann pipes). Patrick comes from County Wicklow in Ireland. He began playing the Concertina when he was seven years old. Nicola comes from California and started to play Irish music and uilleann pipes when she was twelve. Together they have performed all over the world, from their most recent home bases in Washington DC, Cork and London town, to trips that took them as far as Athens, Greece and British Columbia, Canada. They weave a mix of their love for Irish music, lore, language, dancing to bring a wide range of musical styles to their performances. 

https://www.thequietones.net/

Joining them will be long time collaborators Vince Keehan and Cormac Gannon, members of San Francisco's infamous band, The Gas Men. Vince is a renowned musician, singer and songwriter in the Irish music scene in San Francisco. Originally from Galway, Ireland, he made an album there called "Nights in Shanaglish" with Patrick. Cormac comes from Mayo, is a mult-instrumentalist and recently released an excellent album, "Different".

https://www.nightsinshanaglish.com/

https://www.cormacgannon.com/

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Bruce Dunlap & Brahim Fribgane

7:30 - $22


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Bruce Dunlap - Guitar

"A tour de force" Jazz Times 
"Evocative and spellbinding." New York Times
"The grace and emotional import of fine poetry.” Jazziz
"Pianistic guitar virtuosity… accomplished work by a true jazz virtuoso." Elusive Disc
"A startling display of virtuosity, technical wizardry, and clarity." Jazz Now “
"Used tonal color so vividly that the musical notes felt like wet paint." allaboutjazz.com
"Acoustic jazz guitar played stunningly well... fascinating new compositions." Jim Hall

Brahim Fribgane - Dumbek and Percussion 

Born and raised in Morocco, Brahim Fribgane brings to his music the rich and varied musical styles he grew up with - North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian music. Moving to New York City in his twenties, through diverse musical collaborations, he developed his unique style, a blend of childhood influences and many international traditions.  

Brahim has had the privilege of performing with such amazing artists as Peter Gabriel, Paula Cole, Adam Rudolph, Hindi Zahra, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Hassan Hakmoun, Club d’Elf, SamiYusuf, Will Calhoun, Zakir Hussein, Giovanni Hidalgo, Hamid Drake, Selva Ganesh, Steve Gorn, Larry Coryell, Reggie Workman, Hubert Laws, Corey Segal, Adam Deitch,  Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Amit Chattergee, and Medeski Martin & Wood, to name a few.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

LENI STERN AFRICAN TRIO

7:30 - $22

Leni Stern's music traces the paths of jazz and rock, riding the groove back to their source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again.  Leni has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured member of American Female Jazz Quartet from the US State Department's cultural exchange to Nicaragua.  She was also featured in the recent feature documentary "The Last Song Before the War" about the Festival au Désert in Timbuktu, Mali.  Leni runs her own record label and has led heavyweight bands for over 20 years in NYC. Her trio features the master musicianship of Senegalese bandmates Alioune Faye on percussion and Mamadou Ba on bass.  

www.lenistern.com and www.facebook.com/lenisternband

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

C.W. Stoneking

7:30 - $22 in advance, $25 day of show

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C.W. Stoneking is an artist for whom "unexpected" is probably the default setting. How else to describe such a fine purveyor of American roots music who also happens to be a towering, youthful-faced white Australian man? He surprises first-time listeners, throws curveballs at long-time fans, and everything he does contains at least some background level of bafflement for all involved.

There are multitudes in Stoneking's music. It's probably easiest to describe him as a "blues artist," but the term disguises what makes his music special. There's so much in there. A 1920s pre-war blues sound is key, but there's almost equal helpings of New Orleans jazz, jug band music, hokum, country and calypso, and he's lately brought in elements of jump jive, early rock 'n roll and gospel. His gift is that he brings them all together without anything sounding out of place. He finds the strands that connect all of these different styles and gently braids them together. It's what he values more than anything: "It's getting everything to unify, really. The music, the flow of it, keeping it moving, with no dead spots. Then I guess having the lyrics and the meaning that flows in that too, you know? Getting it all to knit together in a way that, if you didn't speak English maybe, you'd still be able to feel the melody, or the sounds of the words. If you did, then the meaning would also flow. That's sort of what I'm trying to do, I guess."

When so many on the blues scene are trying to sound "authentic"—whatever that is—it's that unity of sound that allows Stoneking to actually achieve it, and with apparent ease, too. Back in the day, no-one was "just" a blues musician, or a jazz or country musician, and so neither is he.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251. Presented by AMP Concerts.

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