Apr 15 2019
The Lexington scene has got two more shows for you this week: Rempis/Lopez/Packard at The Kentucky School; Keigo Hirakawa at TeeDee’s
Yet more evidence that Lexington, KY is a magnet for the modern jazz scene is displayed this week, with shows that’ll give you something to do midweek and for the weekend.
On Tuesday is the next installment of the Outside the Spotlight series, featuring the trio of saxophonist Dave Rempis, bassist Brandon Lopez, and percussionist-electronics specialist Ryan Packard performing at The Kentucky School. The trio are touring in support of their latest recording The Early Bird Gets. If they’re anything in a live setting like they are on the recorded medium, then expect the kind of focused intensity that is as likely to bleed into a catchy groove as it is to explode into a thousand fragments of melody.
[Listen to more of the album, and purchase it, on Bandcamp]
And I’m sure they’ll also have stuff available at their merch table, which, really, is the best way to support the band. Their album is released on Aerophonic Records, and if you like what you hear on this recording, you should go give some of the other music in their catalog a listen, because it’s all bird of a feather stuff.
This is the 15-year anniversary, and Event #209, of Ross Compton’s Outside the Spotlight series. Ross is one of those local music scene heroes who devotes a ton of sweat work bringing great music to his community. There have been a ridiculous wealth of talent from the experimental and jazz pool that has performed in Lexington because of Ross’s efforts. And most of those shows, like this one, is free to the public.
I’m personally excited to go see another show at The Kentucky School. I caught one there last week, and their outdoor area was an excellent spot to catch some live music and have a beer. Check out my write-up of the Friends & Neighbors gig for a rundown of what it was like. Also, if the weather looks like rain, the venue has an indoor option, too, so don’t let that dissuade you from coming on out.
If you want to read more about the artist, check out Lexington journalist Walter Tunis’s write-up for Under Main. Nobody covers the Lexington music & arts scene like Walter, so be sure to bookmark him for future reading, too.
The show details:
When: Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 7:00pm
Where: The Kentucky School. 607 North Limestone, Lexington, KY.
It’s a free show.
The Facebook Event page-> LINK
The Kentucky School’s site-> LINK
The artist’s site-> LINK
And a shout-out of thanks to the local student-run radio station 88.1 FM WRFL for their part in helping bring this music to town.
Here’s a video from a recent gig at the Elastic Arts Studio, back in my old neighborhood in Chicago…
And your weekend plans are covered, too. On Saturday night, the next installment of the Origins Jazz Series goes down at TeeDee’s Lounge over on 2nd & Elm, right next to The Lyric Theater. Keigo Hirakawa will be in town with his trio performing two sets, at 7pm and 9:15pm. The pianist brings a straight-ahead sound, like a fastball right over the heart of jazz. My personal tastes trend toward the more experimental stuff on the scene, but when it’s Saturday night and I just want to be out on the town and hear some sounds, give me the kind of jazz that originally got me hooked on this music, y’know? This right here is the stuff.
Here’s a video from a recent show at a cool jazz joint, the Greenwich, just up north in our neighbor city, Cincinnati. It included a performance by JD Allen, who is an Origin Jazz Series alum, as well as a musician I’ve written some glowing words about previously. Go buy all of his music.
As I mentioned previously, this show is brought to us courtesy of the Origins Jazz Series, a non-profit that has been bringing an impressive array of jazz to Lexington. That includes all-stars like Christian McBride, The Bad Plus, JD Allen, Chris Potter, Tryptych, Kneebody, and in upcoming show, Regina Carter & Xavier Davis. This is their second season, and it’s in Lexington’s best interests to support this organization so that the pipeline for all this excellent music keeps flowing. And, hell, this is an ideal way to spend your Saturday night.
Hirakawa has some CDs retailing on Amazon. I’m guessing, however, that there will be better opportunities to buy music at the show.
The show details:
When: Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at 7:00pm (1st show), 9:15 (2nd show)
Where: Tee Dee’s Lounge, 266 E. Second Street, Lexington, KY.
Tickets are $17.50 for each seating or $30 for the entire night (purchase here)
The artist’s site-> LINK
Learn more about the Origins Jazz Series-> LINK
Some other shows on the horizon:
- Tuesday, April 30 – The Chicago Plan (of Steve Swell, Gebhard Ullmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang) plus the quartet of Keefe Jackson, Christoph Erb, Jason Roebke, Tim Barnes @ UK’s Niles Gallery
- Friday, May 3 – Regina Carter & Xavier Davis @ First Presbyterian Church of Lexington
- Wednesday, May 15 – Brian Krock’s liddle @ JGumbosLex
May 8 2019
Big reason to be in Lexington: Brian Krock’s liddle at J.Gumbo’s Lex on May 15th
It would be a very good idea to be in Lexington, KY on Wednesday night, May 15th. Brian Krock’s liddle will be hitting town for a 8pm show in the J.Gumbo’s Lex courtyard, located in the North Limestone corridor. The latest installment of the J.Gumbo’s Lex music series will see Krock performing music from his sophomore release liddle.
The saxophonist’s debut Big Heart Machine was a car chase movie scene as big band ensemble performance. By way of introduction, it was a bold statement that caught the attention of critics and fans alike. Krock’s follow-up brings him back full circle to the core quartet that began it all. The sophomore release liddle generates the frenetic energy and sudden changes that marked the success of his big band debut.
This iteration of Krock’s liddle ensemble includes guitarist Olli Hirvonen, bassist Marty Kenney, and drummer Steven Crammer. Lexington, KY has recently been host to a number of all-star outfits from the modern jazz scene. This is yet one more instance of outstanding music hitting town.
Here’s a track off their new album, liddle…
It’s available for purchase on Bandcamp and Amazon. I imagine that you will also have the opportunity to purchase music from the merch table on the night of the show.
The show is happening along the NoLi corridor, in the J.Gumbo’s Lex courtyard. Previously the site of art installations, the expanded courtyard now doubles as a performance area. It should be a great night to have a drink outside and hear some great music. Tickets are $10. If a meal is purchased inside at the restaurant, the ticket price is included with the meal. In addition, the meal-ticket deal comes with a guarantee for outside seating at the show. Reservations are highly recommended, as previous shows in the music series have sold out, and the venue is currently reporting that open slots are almost all gone. But don’t worry, there is additional capacity for show-only attendees.
The show details:
The Brian Krock site: https://www.briankrock.com/
The J.Gumbo’s Lex site: https://jgumboslex.com/
If you ‘d like to read more about the band and their music, check out Water Tunis’s interview with Brian Krock for UnderMain.
My write-up of Krock’s liddle has been published The Bandcamp Daily. It was included in my latest Best Jazz on Bandcamp recommendations column. In the meantime, here’s a write-up of his big band debut, Big Heart Machine. You should definitely go scoop that one up. It’s pretty amazing.
And here’s a couple live performance videos, the first at NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe…
… And the second at Freddy’s Bar in Brooklyn.
By davesumner • Announcement - Music, Jazz in Kentucky, Jazz Recommendations - 2018, Live Jazz • 0 • Tags: Brian Krock, J.Gumbo's Lex, Jazz in Kentucky, Lexington (Kentucky), Live Jazz, Marty Kenney, Olli Hirvonen, Steven Crammer