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Clarinetist Ben Goldberg will perform twice in San Francisco this coming week

Last month I wrote about opportunities to listen to the innovative work of jazz clarinetist Ben Goldberg as “long periods of radio silence … followed by multiple bursts of activity, often on the same weekend.” Last month that entailed two entirely different gigs on consecutive dates. Now it turns out that this kind of scheduling will repeat itself for the second consecutive month; and, once again, the two concerts will be significantly different.

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg
by Adam Goldberg, courtesy of the Center for New Music

This Thursday Goldberg will be the featured artist in the SFMusic Thursdays biweekly series of concerts organized by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. He will be playing with his group the Heebie Jeebies, whose other members are Theo Padouvas (trumpet), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Michael Coleman (piano), Ila Canto (guitar), Rob Adkins (bass), and Hamir Atwal (drums). The advance material for this gig describes it as “Another wonderful day in Ben Goldberg’s ongoing sonic exploration into the fundamentals of beauty, harmony, and human expression.”

SFMusic Thursdays concerts take place at the Center for New Music (C4NM). This performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. this coming Thursday, July 10. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of the corner of Market Street. Tickets are $15 with a $10 rate for members of the Center. Information about membership may be found on the Membership Web page of the C4NM Web site.

A little more than half a day later, Goldberg, Coleman, and Atwal will perform as a trio in the Concerts at the Cadillac series. This promises to be one hour of uninterrupted straight-ahead jazz as interpreted by these three virtuosos. It will also feature Coleman performing on the Patricia Walkup Memorial Piano, a meticulously restored 1884 Steinway Model D concert grand.

Concerts at the Cadillac events take place in the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel. This is located at 380 Eddy Street at the corner of Leavenworth Street. (Those who know their jazz history will recognize that this is a very short walk from where the Black Hawk nightclub used to be, the corner of Turk Street and Hyde Street, before it closed in 1963.) The performance by Goldberg, Coleman, and Atwal will begin at 12:30 p.m. this coming Friday, July 11. With the partial funding from the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District, all Concerts at the Cadillac performances are offered free of charge as a gift to the people of the Tenderloin by a hotel that calls itself “The House of Welcome Since 1907.”

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