Regular readers probably know by now that clarinetist Ben Goldberg is one of the more inventive jazz improvisers in the Bay Area. They probably also know that his appearances within the San Francisco city limits tend to be few and far between. It is therefore with some pleasure that I can announce that Goldberg will be making two such appearances here in San Francisco next week, playing with drummer Vijay Anderson at both of them.
This first of these will take place this coming Monday, October 7, when Goldberg will return to the Make-Out Room for this month’s free concert in the Make Out First Mondays series. Doors open at 8 p.m. with no cover charge. That is why the events are called “free.” Standard prices for drinks still apply, and the musicians get to divide up what they take in through donations. Goldberg will play as a member of Anderson’s trio, along with fellow reedman Sheldon Brown, for the first set, which will begin at 8:30 p.m. The other sets will feature Aaron Novik’s Cosimo Lissy at 9:30 p.m., led by reedman Novik with Kasey Knudsen on saxophone, Mark Clifford on vibes, and Jordan Glenn on drums. The final set, at 10:30 p.m., will present the Reckoning Quartet, consisting of saxophonists Josh Allen and Aaron Bennett, bassist Matt Montgomery, and drummer Donald Robinson. The Make-Out Room is located at 3225 22nd Street, between Valencia Street and Mission Street in the Mission District, and further information may be obtained by calling 415-647-2888.
Then, on Wednesday, October 9, Goldberg will perform in another one of Anderson’s trios, this one with Robert Overbury on bass. On that evening they will be the house band at the Comstock Saloon in the Financial District, performing in sets between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Comstock Saloon is located at 155 Columbus Avenue and may be reached at 415-617-0071. It also has a Web page on OpenTable for placing reservations for dinner.