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Four Free Concerts in June, July and September

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Support for RAW JAZZ comes from the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

BassDrumBone
Saturday, June 10 | 7:30 PM
Mark Helias, bass; Gerry Hemingway, drums; and Ray Anderson, trombone
“Like…very few other jazz ensembles, BassDrumBone’s collective improvisations can be bluesy or ethereal, pensive or raucous in the space of a few seconds.– Jon Pareles, New York Times
More information here.

Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Sunday, June 25 | 7:30 PM
Nakatani Gong Orchestra is a continuous, growing community engagement project; and the only bowing Gong orchestra in existence in the world today. In addition to Mr. Nakatani, this performance features 14 players from the Greater Hartford community.
“The fluid body of sound grew and waned and then grew again as some players switched from handmade bows to mallets and back again. The music was meditative, the gong vibrations washing over the audience.” – Cisco Bradley, Jazz Right Now
More Information here.

Tyshawn Sorey Septet
Saturday, July 29 | 7:30 PM
Tyshawn Sorey is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across an extensive range of musical idioms. He has recorded nationally and internationally.
Joining Sorey are Ben Gerstein, trombone; Stephen Haynes, trumpet; Todd Neufeld, guitar; and three basses: Mark Helias, Joe Morris and Carl Testa. Tyshawn will begin his tenure at Wesleyan University as a John Spencer Camp Professor of Music in Fall 2017.
More information here.

Mark Dresser 7
Saturday, September 9 | 7:30 PM
Mark Dresser is an internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator.
Personnel: Nicole Mitchell-flutes; David Morales Boroff-violin; Marty Ehrlich-clarinets; Michael Dessen -trombone; Joshua White-piano; Jim Black – drums; Mark Dresser-bass and compositions.
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