City Slang: This week at Trinosophes

March 25, 2014


This Wednesday, March 26, Trinosophes hosts the Bobby Bradford Quartet with Frode Gjerstad, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten and Frank Rosaly.

They say, “Trumpeter Bobby Bradford moved from Mississippi to Texas in 1946, where he met a young Ornette Coleman. They were reunited in LA in 1953, a little before Coleman’s pivotal breakthrough. Bradford was drafted into the US air force and Don Cherry replaced him as the trumpet player in Ornette’s landmark quartet recordings and during the band’s relocation to NYC, but Bradford rejoined the group in New York from 1961-1963, before returning to the West Coast to pursue more study. There he began a long association with clarinetist John Carter, which resulted in several recordings. Other collaborators have included Eric Dolphy, Bob Stewart and David Murray, his former student in the 70′s. He currently teaches at Pasadena City College and Pomona College in California.
For this concert Bradford is backed by some of our favorite musicians, who have performed in our series many times with various groups: Norway’s Frode Gjerstad (Frode Gjerstad trio, Joe Mcphee, VCDC, Brotzmann tentet) on saxophone and clarinet; Norwegian/Texan double-bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (The Thing, The Young Mothers, Atomic, Ken Vandermark); and Chicago’s Frank Rosaly (Esacada Music, Fast Citizens, Rempis Percussion Quartet, Josh Abrams’ Natural Information, Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Valentine Trio, Marshall Allen, Roscoe Mitchell etc.) on percussion.”

Doors are at 8 p.m., and cover is $10-$20.


On Friday, March 28, the venue hosts Drag City recording artists the New Bums.

“They’re not your father’s Bums, but they’re bringing good old-fashioned songcraft back for another try. Ben Chasny from Six Organs of Admittance and Donovan Quinn from Skygreen Leopards; two voices and guitars with the occasional other element all compete for the loneliest sound in the room. Lots of laughs too — if you like ‘em dark, that is.
With Clay Rendering, the duo of Mike Connelly (Hair Police, Wolf Eyes) and Tara Connelly (The Haunting), and Shells (Shelley Salant of Shells, Rebel Kind, Tyvek, WCBN’s Local Show, Michigan Happenings, and more!).”

Doors are at 9 p.m., cover is $7-$10.

Finally, on Saturday, March 29, Thollem McDonas and Brian Chase, and the 696 Blues Band will be at Trinosophes.

“Perpetual touring-machine and long-time honorary Detroiter Thollem McDonas returns in a duo collaboration with Brian Chase, best known as drummer of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs- but also a fixture on the New York improvised music scene. The two recently collaborated on the group Whistling Joy Jumpers with legendary Half Japanese frontman Jad Fair and became an accidental duo at a session at Olympia’s famous Dub Narcotic Studios when the third member of a trio fell ill and couldn’t make it. Embracing the results and naming the record Dub Narcotic Session, the duo is now on touring in support of the new release. McDonas, in particular, has probably been involved in more Detroit-based projects and performances than any other visiting musician we can think of in recent years. His astounding piano technique, wide-open ears and diversity of presentations has made him a consistent favorite since he first landed here almost a decade ago on his first solo tour.
696 Blues Band is probably Detroit’s most unpredictable act right now- changing radically from show to show. It may or may not include finger-picked guitar, tape loops, echoplex, hammond organ and mixer manipulation. Possibly percussion too, or substitute fuzz-picked guitar. This is blues-based music in the sense that The Magic Band is blues based music– but it doesn’t sound like them either.”

Doors are at 9 p.m., cover is $7-$10.

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