improvised music is apparently super cool

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Back from Vancouver and had an amazing trip. A huge thank you to the Atrux collective who brought me out there. Part of their mandate is to connect musicians from distant places together and see what happens, and what happened with Clinton Patterson and I was a whole lot of music making, hanging out, me learning colorful new expressions care of Atlanta and LA, and some recordings that I think will turn out really well.

One of the best shows we had over the weekend was also the strangest. Picture a club. A very swanky, new club. Picture all the mid 30′s really cool people that you you see on the really cool street in your town. The one’s with the weird dichotomy of baddass tatoos with huge nerd glasses, the web designers, the budding architects, the fashion designers. Picture them all drinking nice scotches, nice wine, and local beers. They’re laughing, having fun, and really into the music that’s happening. Now: picture me on stage with Clinton and a great bass player named Russel Scholberg making a complete cacophony of noise and looped trumpet and distorted beats, and people completely loving it. That’s just another Thurs/Fri/Sat. at the club Guilt and Company. It’s a beautiful venue with great sound, experienced staff, committed solely to having improvised music go on. And people love it. It’s totally bizarre, but amazing. If you’re in Vancouver, go down and check it out while it lasts before free jazz becomes uncool again.

Lots of shows this week, back in town for a little stretch now, so if I haven’t seen you in a while lets hang out.

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