Jazz Outside: WordJazz Lowstars (July 2012)
When: Thursday, July 19th, 8-11PM
Gates open at 7:30pm
Where: Kenny Dorham's Backyard
1106 East 11th Street
Bob Hoffnar's Lunch Money@9pm
Cost: A $5 donation is suggested to help DiverseArts continue it’s work promoting local arts and artists. Children have free admission.
Contact: Harold McMillan Director@diversearts.org
B.Y.O.B (cans and plastic only). Soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.
Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
The word/jazz performance series and Jazz Outside! presents collaborative spoken word and improvised music performances that feature an ever evolving all-star cast of Austin’s best performance poets, musicians, and writers who create live-on-the-spot spontaneous compositions.These are decidedly not "poetry readings."
Now one of Austin’s longest lived spoken word and music projects (since 2000), word/jazz creates a comfortable setting for exploration of how traditional call-and-response can be adapted to performance situations where artists are free to improvise based on real time inspiration of the moment.
Anchored by a rhythm section of gifted improvisers—Doug Marcis on drums, Chris Vestra on guitar, Harold McMillan on bass— and gifted soloists (Cami Rocha on saxophones) who keep the exploration moving with riff-based groove-noise, Harold McMillan’s word/jazz lowstars includes local spoken word stand-outs Ivanho, Thom the World Poet, Ricardo Acevedo, and others. Past featured performers include Valerie Bridgeman Davis, raulsalinas, Zell Miller, Daniel Davis Clayton, Poet on Watch, Sharon Bridgeforth, Chandra Washington and numerous other world-class Austin-based poets, writers, and players.
Willie Oteri has collaborated and performed with Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter) Dino J.A. Deane (John Zorn, Jon Hassel) Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, XTC), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, SteveVai) and others including Ronan Chris Murphy (producer and musician), Brannen Temple (Sheena Easton, Kevin Paige, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson), bassist Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson, Abra Moore, Mitch Watkins), Mike Malone (Jimmy Smith) and Ephraim Owens (Erika Badu). The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament to his musical versatility and talent. In recent years, it is Oteri's role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety coupled with a notable unique style on guitar. Dave Laczko has been on the Austin Jazz scene for decades including the Brarons of Rhythm and 14 years as a Jazz DJ for KAZI radio.
Bob Hoffnar's Lunch Money (Austin)
Bob Hoffnar -- pedal steel
Aaron Allen -- double bass
Chris Cogburn -- drum set
Each installment of the Series for 2012 will include performances by some of Austin's most gifted post-bop musicians, free-jazz proponents and improvisers, and spoken word performance poets. Stay tuned for more info on August dates.
We hope you will join us.