If you’re anything like me, you are busy these planning your fall arts calendar. It’s no easy feat determining which performers/productions you can realistically catch between now and the holidays given packed professional schedules and limited personal finances.
That being the case, let me suggest you place the final two installments of the Center for New Music’s Best Coast Jazz Composers Series near the top of your list.
Curated by Lisa Mezzacappa, the series spotlights “the extraordinary and singular talents of some of the Bay Area’s most creative and prolific jazz artists,” the website notes. It features “local composers in evening-length, profile concerts that explore several aspects of their diverse musical personalities and celebrates the emergence of an eclectic, innovative and wildly creative New West Coast Sound in jazz.”
The series continues October 25 with an evening dedicated to the work of Aram Shelton (above). A composer-performer with close ties to both the Bay Area and Chicago music scenes, Shelton’s music “draws inspiration from the rich history and language of free jazz and the African American avant-garde … he brings a fresh, lean, focused compositional aesthetic to his many projects.”
The series closes November 8 with Randy McKean. He hails from the Sierra town of Grass Valley, which may explain the presence of ragtime and fiddle music in his jazz compositions. Admission ranges from $12-$15, a bargain.
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