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.)
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.
more info on the Sound Room and the Uptown Kitchen:
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 .