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Jun 10 | 7:30 PM



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RAW JAZZ: BassDrumBone


The First Free Concert of RAW JAZZ for 2017, BassDrumBone is touring in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.

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

“BassDrumBone – the trio of Mark Helias on bass, Gerry Hemingway on drums and Ray Anderson on trombone romps through its music, artfully pulling compositions in three directions at once. 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

“The story keeps unfolding for this fabled trio that released its first outing in 1978. With rest stops along the way, the musicians’ synergy remains as a source of amazement, coupled with their perpetual creative sparks that sculpt a route embedded with fresh concepts and supreme musicianship.” – Glenn Astarita

BassDrumBone’s first record, “Oahspe”, was released in 1979 on the Auricle Record label. Bob Rusch in his review of the record, wrote: “Exceptionally good music, fearlessly played and tightly coordinated. Recommended.”

In 1984 “Right Down your Alley” was released on Soul Note Records of Italy and in the beginning of 1986 “You Be” was released on the Minor Music label of Germany. Both records received acclaim from the European and American press including a five star review in Downbeat magazine for “You Be.” Next in 1988 came “Wooferlo” which was released on the Soul Note label. Ben Watson of Wire Magazine commented: “Each musician has a story to tell, the solos are stuffed with event and happenstance.”

After 1988 the group went into a temporary dormancy while all three of its members pursued their own individual groups. In the fall of 1993 BassDrumBone became active again for a tour in Europe. A tour in 1996 yielded “Hence the Reason”(enj9222) and in March of 1999 BDB released some archival material from 1986-97 on an Auricle Records cd entitled “Cooked to Perfection”. BassDrumBone celebrated its 25th year together with the release of “March of Dimes” on the Dutch label Data. On the eve of our 30th anniversary, Clean Feed released “The Line Up”. Followed by “The Other Parade” also on Clean Feed in 2009.

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