James Brandon Lewis// Jazz Festival Saalfelden// "An Unruly Manifesto"

James Brandon Lewis// Jazz Festival Saalfelden// "An Unruly Manifesto"

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James brandon lewis -saxophone

Jaimie Branch - trumpet

Anthony Pirog - guitar

Luke Stewatt - Bass

Warren Trae Crudup III - drums

His powerful and virtuoso playing has made the highly acclaimed US saxophonist James Brandon Lewis a sought-after instrumentalist. And that goes far beyond his ancestral genre: Lewis played with John Legend as well as with k.d. long. Solo he provides for unleashing: the free jazz of the New Yorker pairs precise Funk Drive with improvisation and creates a rousing sound that knows how to put tonal accents at the service of the rhythm.

Anton Hatwich Trio // Chicago jazz festival

Anton Hatwich Trio // Chicago jazz festival

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is there anyone of note on Chicago’s improvised music scene that bassist Anton Hatwich hasn’t played with? The list seems endless: Josh Berman, Jaimie Branch, Jason Stein,  Russ Johnson, Tim Daisy, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Aram Shelton, Tim Stine, Nick Mazzarella, Dave Rempis, Paul Giallorenzo, Jim Baker. That should tell you something about the Rockford native’s versatility as well as his chops. For all that activity, Hatwich has found time to lead his own adventurous groups, which reflect such influences as Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Giuffre, Steve Lacy and Henry Threadgill via Hatwich’s flexible, spatially minded compositions. For this performance, he’ll be joined by a group of all-stars: Keefe Jackson on saxophone, Jaimie Branch on trumpet and Avreeayl Ra on drums.

ANTELOPER//Jazz villette//paris

ANTELOPER//Jazz villette//paris

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  • Jaimie branch

  • jason nazary

Marquis Hill Blacktet

  • Marquis Hill

  • Braxton Cook

  • Joel Ross

  • Jeremiah Hunt

  • Makaya McCraven

    Belmondo Quintet

  • Lionel Belmondo

  • Stéphane Belmondo

  • Eric Legnini

  • Sylvain Romano

  • Tony Rabeson

An evening ranging from radical modernity to tradition, with electro-free duo Anteloper, trumpeter with R&B overtones Marquis Hill, and two stars of the French scene: the Belmondo Brothers celebrating the come-back of their 1990s quintet.

  • Duration: about 3h15 with 2 intermissions

EAST Coast tour // ANTELOPER // Blacks' Myths //Sunwatchers

EAST Coast tour // ANTELOPER // Blacks' Myths //Sunwatchers

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About this Event

Wednesday, September 4th

Blacks' Myths + Sunwatchers + Anteloper

9pm - $12 - All Ages


Washington, DC


"Blacks’ Myths’ is the project of drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup III and bassist Luke Stewart (also an editor at CapitalBop), the powerhouse duo that forms the bedrock of the acclaimed James Brandon Lewis Trio. One track on the album, “The Spear,” shares elements of Lewis’s hard-hitting punk-jazz aesthetic, but Blacks’ Myths is on the whole a meditative, circular-sounding album, often ruminating for minutes on a single musical idea. Stylistically, its closest relative may be 20th-century minimalism: The spare sonic landscape of “Black Flight” resembles the work of Morton Feldman, and the undulating, layered rhythms of “Upper South” hearken to Steve Reich. Julius Eastman’s use of spare, harsh textures as pained musings on identity and race resonate, too, as do the additive drones of experimental rock titans Swans. Yet Stewart and Crudup have their own sound, cohered by their intense sensitivity to each other and their willingness to stretch their instruments beyond their traditional roles. Stewart accomplishes this through looping and delay pedals, and Crudup through textural swells and muscular, Tony-Williams-esque barrages of intense, focused rhythm." - Jamie Sandel, Capitol Bop




Sunwatchers are a fierce New York ensemble creating jubilant, chaotic elegies to modern sound along the interstices of avant-jazz, punk, psychedelia, Ethio-jazz, and desert blues. Comprised of Peter Kerlin (bass guitar), Jim McHugh (electric guitars, phin and saz), Jason Robira (drums), and Jeff Tobias (alto saxophone/keyboard), the group features current & former members of Dark Meat, Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band, Arthur Doyle’s New Quiet Screamers, and the contemporaneous psychedelic Thai-Molam outfit Drunken Foreigner Band. Focused and frenzied by the implacable gauntlet of political horrors and the oppositional nature of their adopted hometown, 2018 saw the band relentlessly productive vis a vis North American and European tours, members recording solo material and making countless contributions to the records of others, and, most crucially, four full-length albums.




ANTELOPER is the electric brain child of JAIMIE BRANCH (fly or die, high life) and JASON NAZARY (little women, helado negro, bear in heaven). Branch and Nazary have been playing together as trumpeter and drummer for years, since meeting at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2002, but in this duo both musicians include synthesizers to push further into the spectral space ship ether. With deep rhythmic passages, telepathic improvisations and effortless melodic negotiations, Anteloper pushes forward, swinging its horns all the while.