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Jazz Pianist Adam Shulman's Sextet

In a follow-up to the crowd-pleasing revisiting of Art Blakey's "Ugetsu Project" some months ago, the Adam Shulman Sextet will feature mostly original music, written by Adam and inspired by the Jazz Messengers, for this show in an intimate uptown Oakland venue. The Sound Room website says to expect "an abundance of swing and a good dose of the blues.  The alto replacing the trombone lends for a slightly smoother sound and a higher and often more crunchy harmony with lots of half steps between the horns.  The idea was to create compositions firmly rooted in the bebop and post-bop tradition with a little bit of modern seasoning in the harmony."

The musicians are:

Joel Behrman - trumpet
Harvey Wainapel - alto saxophone
Anton Schwartz - tenor saxophone (leader of band from prior "Ugetsu"-related event)
John Wiitala - bass
Smith Dobson - drums
Adam Shulman - piano (also performed in band at "Ugetsu" event)

TICKETS: Buy your own tickets. Cost is about $22 if you buy online in advance. Seating is general admission. This is a small venue (seats only about 70 people) which may sell out, so it's best to buy your ticket ahead of time to make sure you get in.

Ticket site: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/466394

WHERE/WHEN TO MEET: Meet out front of the Sound Room no later than 7:00 p.m. when the doors are due to open, so we can promptly pick up our tickets, snag good seats, mingle and (if desired) order some food before the show starts at 8:00 p.m.. Do *not* count on other members to save seats for you.

HOW TO FIND ME: I'm WF, 5 feet tall, in my late 50s, with chin-length, slightly wavy auburn hair (no bangs/no glasses). I'll send my cellphone number and a description of what I'm wearing to RSVPers, so be sure to bring that with you Saturday. Once I get seated, I'll post a Comment to the Event Page saying where I'm seated, and I will leave my cellphone on until showtime.

IMPORTANT: If your plans change before the event and you realize you can't make it, please change your RSVP status to No and/or post a Comment to the Event page so we'll have an accurate headcount for the event. (The Jazz/Blues Meetup group discourages no-shows.)

MORE INFO:

VENUE AND FOOD:

The Sound Room is a small nonprofit-based venue that grew out of the founders' long-running home concert series. They partner with pop-up restaurants that rotate cooking appearances in the adjoining space. At the prior Meetup event here, members loved the small plates (salads, quiche-type dishes, desserts, etc.) and the wine. They also serve soft drinks. NOTE that, due to the small scale of the operation, they may run out of some food by intermission, so it's best to order before the show starts.

VENUE WEBSITE:

http://soundroom.org/

more info on the Sound Room and the Uptown Kitchen:

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/the-sound-room-and-uptown-kitchen-share-risks-and-rewards/Content?oid=3501996

 

'UGETSU' BACKGROUND:

http://blogcritics.org/music-review-art-blakeys-jazz-messengers2/

TRANSIT:

The Sound Room is located less than 3 blocks from the 19th Street BART station, which is also located on Broadway.

PARKING: There is some street parking, especially on side streets or away from the Paramount, and there are also outdoor paid parking lots nearby (on Webster, one block parallel to Broadway, and also near San Pablo, parallel to Broadway in the other direction). However, if you need more information on parking or driving, I recommend you ask fellow Meetup members or contact the Sound Room for suggestions, since I don't have a car and cannot advise you on this. And, of course, you can always get more parking information from Google Maps and Yelp, and directions from 511.org .

 

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  • Paula M.

    If you missed this show -- or want to hear some of it again -- FYI that I just noticed on the KCSM radio website that they'll be featuring a recording of part of the concert TONIGHT, April 10, 2014, from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Pacific time: http://kcsm.org/

    April 10, 2014

    • Jim B.

      Since I'm a member I thought I would mention I met some of you that night. The broadcast is on my weekly show, in The Moment. The recording turned out well. The program is a good way to hear jazz shows again that you may have attended, or to catch gigs you may have missed
      Jim

      April 10, 2014

    • Paula M.

      Cool ! Thanks for the info. After I posted my comment above, it belatedly occurred to me that recording was likely your doing. Thanks for posting about the weekly show, too! :)

      April 10, 2014

  • Paula M.

    Solid performances by the entire band, performing a cross-section of standards and original compositions (the horn section in particular wowed the crowd). Another example of excellent programming and coordinating by the creators of the Sound Room. Bonus points for the terrific flourless chocolate cake, which had us all uttering "yummy noises."

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Paula M.

    We're seated on far left, one table back. Got a seat for you, A

    October 12, 2013

  • Paula M.

    Beth and I are out front; will likely go inside to get out of the cold.

    October 12, 2013

  • Paula M.

    I just emailed my cellphone number to RSVPers, so be sure to bring that with you or have access to it tonight, in case you need it. I'll leave my phone on until everyone shows up and/or until the show starts.

    October 12, 2013

  • Jim B.

    I'm afraid I can't sit with you but can talk with you between sets or before and after the show, so I will change my RSVP to no, to free up a seat. Thanks Paula!

    October 12, 2013

    • Paula M.

      OK, sounds good, thanks! Looking forward to meeting up; as folks mingle, you can likely trade off seats with me or someone else, too, so you get off your feet for a bit :)

      October 12, 2013

  • Paula M.

    I'll send my cellphone number, etc., to RSVP list folks by 1:30 p.m. since the event is filling up fast now. (If more folks RSVP before the cut-off time, I'll email them that info individually just after 4:00 p.m., or whenever we reach the 8-person limit.) I've currently limited the RSVP headcount to 8 people, on the theory that we can comfortably fit 4 people around each of 2 adjoining tables.

    October 12, 2013

  • Paula M.

    I'm trying to get a feel for how many seats/tables we'll need to grab for tonight's performance. JIM: will you be at the sound board all night, or will you want a seat with the group? ... KAREN: I believe you're one of the founders of the Sound Room, yes? :) ... do you want to sit with the Meetup contingent, or will you be in 3 places at once keeping things flowing in the usual ship-shape Sound Room fashion?

    October 12, 2013

  • Miriam N.

    May I give anyone a ride or get a ride from anyone in the city? I'm not great with driving to new places and trying to read the directions at the same time. I've talked to one of you on the phone and met one of you at the movies. Excited to meet everyone else.
    Thanks,
    Miriam

    October 12, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Please say hi!

    October 11, 2013

  • Jim B.

    I will be doing sound and recording for KCSM.

    October 11, 2013

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