The Bletchley Bombes play music from the songbooks of the great, often underrated, jazz composers. The pieces are not treated as museum pieces, but as vital, living music ready for the stamp of musicians with personal voices to with which to tell their own stories.
The band is Shane Krause on Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet, Dominic Conway on Tenor Sax, Eric Weiden on Trumpet, Russell Sholberg on Bass and Ben Brown on Drums.
Influences include: Thelonious Monk, Grachan Moncur III, Herbie Nichols, Mal Waldron, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Anthony Braxton, Rudi Mahall, Atomic, Charles Mingus, Booker Little, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Duke Ellington, Fredrik Rzewski, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, .........
DJ Set by Francois Marchand of the Vancouver Sun
Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun's music critic, spins some of his favourite tunes.
Equal parts ambient and virtuosic, melancholic and playful, CJ Boyd's bass playing melts glaciers, creating a sea of low, flowing rhythms, while also supplying melodies that soar over the ocean to melt the sun itself. Waves of bass loops are garnished with harmonica drones and constant improvisational exploration. This is deep-sea-diving for the hungry and alone. While certainly following in the footstep of great bassists like Mingus and Meyer, Boyd's aesthetic sensibility also seeks to wed the minimalism of Reich and Glass with what might be called the maximalism of Beethoven chamber music. But all this is further complicated by the presence of Boyd's improvisational prowess. Not funky, not a bassplayer's bassplayer exactly, but something refreshing and impressive-improvising with fingers that only know how to dance to the deepest tunes. One thinks Nietzsche might have had CJ in mind when he said, "Maturity consists in regaining the seriousness one had as a child at play." This is childsplay for the experienced listener.
Sir Run Run's Tiny Dynasty is an opportunity to hang out in the early evening, drink some nice beer (or your preferred equivalent), socialize a bit, and also hear great performances by a wide range of exceptional artists.
Every Wednesday, 6pm onwards in the newly transformed and cozy-ified lobby of the Rickshaw Theatre.
Entry is by donation, and all proceeds go to the WISH Drop-in Centre Society, a non-profit society that provides a variety of services within a nurturing and non-judgemental environment.
To learn more about WISH visit: www.wish-vancouver.net/index.cfm
Thanks to Steamwhistle Brewing, the Georgia Straight, and Offseason.
+19 Doors: 6:00 PM
By donation proceeds to WISH drop-in centre