8 pm - Alula:
Alula features Caroline Davis (alto saxophone/compositions), Greg Saunier (drums), and Matt Mitchell (Prophet 6 synthesizer). After various duo shows with each of these performers, Davis wrote music for this trio in early 2016, most of which is inspired by the interaction of the alula wing, which acts as a thumb, on many species of birds. Matt, Greg, and Caroline all bring a range of musical influences to this band. www.carolinedavis.org
Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music.
Greg Saunier - Ater training as a classical musician at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he moved to San Francisco and formed Deerhoof, which has forged a convulsive, improvisatory playing style.
Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer, saxophonist, and educator Caroline Davis moved to New York in 2013, and has proven to be an active leader and sidewoman in the national jazz scene. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz’s best releases, and she was named one of JazzTimes’ Best New Artists in the 2012 Expanded Critics’ Poll. Her second album, Doors: Chicago Storylines, was just released as an audio documentary that uniquely sets stories from Chicago's jazz scene from the 80s and 90s alongside her original music. This year, she was named one of Downbeat’s “rising stars” in the alto saxophone category.
9:30 pm - Dave Ballou Project:
Dave Ballou, trumpet
John Dierker, saxophones and clarinets
Janell Leppin-Pirog, cello and effects
Anthony Pirog, guitar
Trumpeter/Composer Dave Ballou has released nine internationally recognized CD’s as a leader or co-leader. He has performed or recorded with ensembles led by Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Steely Dan, Michael Formanek, Woody Herman, Andrew Hill, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Sheila Jordan, Oliver Lake, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, Maria Schneider and an extensive list of music artists. Ballou has performed Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto #2 with the Bella Musica Orchestra of New York, Larry Austin’s Improvisations with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Gunther Schuller’s Journey into Jazz with the Spokane Symphony and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He also was a featured soloist for the world premiere of Schuller’s Encounters and an orchestra member for the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of 42nd St. (2001-2004).His compositions have been performed and recorded by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Trumpeter Jon Nelson, French hornist Adam Unsworth and the TILT Brass EnsembHe earned a Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) from Berklee College of Music in 1986 and a Master of Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 1992. His principal teachers were Julio Tancredi, Herb Pomeroy, Greg Hopkins, Laurie Frink, Clark Terry, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Joe Maneri, Keith Polk and Paul Caputo. Dave is an Associate Professor of Music at Towson University and the leader of the Jazz and Commercial music division. He is director of the Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency and the Improvisation ensemble. Dave is a member of the International Society for Improvised Music, serves as chair of the jazz recommendations committee for the International Trumpet Guild and is a board member of the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society.
Tickets: $20 advance /$23 door /$10 full time student with ID