Patrick Wolff has assembled an all-star sextet to assay a bunch of new tunes and arrangements from the pen of PDub himself!
Mike Olmos, trumpet
Matt Renzi, reeds
Patrick Wolff, reeds
Richard Sears, piano
Marcus Shelby, bass
Gerald Cleaver, drums
$30 cover charge
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Read hereÂ on this sextet, as written up by jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert.
“(Patrick Wolff’s) latest endeavor is a talent-packed sextet that debuts this weekend at the Sound Room in Oakland on April 22 and at San Franciscoâ€™s Bird & Beckett Books and Records on April 24 (both shows will also be livestreamed). He documented an earlier incarnation of the band in 2011 on two captivating albums, Noose of Light and Your Obedient Ghost, which feature his intricate, intertwining compositions.
“(Wolff’s) impetus for jumping back into the sextet fray is the Bay Area presence of drummer Gerald Cleaver, who relocated from New York to San Francisco last year when the California Jazz Conservatory hired him as drum department chair. Heâ€™s exactly the kind of musician that Wolff treasures, which is to say that Cleaver has honed a personal approach to at least 70 years of evolving jazz idioms, from bebop to spontaneous composition.
â€œ’As soon as I heard that Gerald was spending some time here, I thought Iâ€™ve got to figure out a way to work with him,’ Wolff said. ‘Iâ€™ve been a huge fan of his for years. Pretty much everybody is. When I was in New York, he was on so many gigs and always sounding great. Heâ€™s one of my ideal types of players, so schooled in everything. Nothing forced. He just has a way of playing that accepts all of it.’
“The new relationship with Cleaver is balanced by Wolffâ€™s longstanding ties with the rest of the sextet, which features powerhouse trumpeter Mike Olmos and reed expert Matt Renzi. Los Gatos-raised pianist Richard Sears, whoâ€™s now living in Paris, is back in California for these dates, and the band is anchored by bassist Marcus Shelby. An almost iconic figure on the Bay Area jazz scene who now runs the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Shelby has long featured Wolff in his big band.”
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