Redwood Jazz Alliance

2009-10 Season

Another 1400 people enjoyed concerts by the world-class performers who graced our stages last season, and over 300 heard those same artists drop musical science at free public workshops--"religious experiences," one attendee has dubbed them. We're ready to do it again.

Admission is a recession-friendly $15 General Admission and $10 for students & seniors. Advance tickets will be available at People's Records, Missing Link, and the Works--and here at our website. Each of the artists below will present a workshop or clinic, usually the morning after the scheduled concert, which is free and open to the public. As the season unfolds, click on each artist's name below to navigate to a web page devoted to him or her. And feel free to contact us at with questions, comments--and donations!

Dave Douglas


Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy
Thursday, September 3, 2009 (8 p.m.) | Arcata Theatre Lounge
Dave Douglas, trumpet; Vincent Chancey, french horn; Luis Bonilla, trombone; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Nasheet Waits, drums

We're leading off with a vibrant new project by one of the most acclaimed and eclectic (and prolific!) composers of the past two decades. Dave Douglas has been a core member of John Zorn's Masada and the SF Jazz Collective in addition to leading diverse groups of his own--and he just took trumpet laurels in the DownBeat critics poll for the umpteenth time. "Brass Ecstasy" channels both Lester Bowie and New Orleans second-line while taking on everything from Hank Williams to Rufus Wainwright.  The quintet is touring behind the album "Spirit Moves" (leaping-out-of-the-seat applause from the San Francisco Chronicle) and coming to us after a run at New York's famed Jazz Standard and extensive summer travels through Europe.  

“A likably blustery ensemble...supple and dynamic.”
—Nate Chinen, New York Times
brass ecstasy videos: vimeo | npr

Holshouser, Bennink & Moore

Holshouser, Bennink & Moore
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 (8 p.m.) | Fulkerson Recital Hall, HSU
Michael Moore, reeds; Will Holshouser, accordion; Han Bennink, drums

Local-boy-made-good, multi-reedist Michael Moore, returns to Humboldt County with offbeat accordionist Will Holshouser and fellow ICP Orchestra member (and 2008 winner of the European Jazz Award), legendary drummer and wildman Han Bennink.  The group performed for a while as the "Third Man Trio," a name suggested to them by an Austrian friend—whom they reminded of the Viennese thugs in the Carol Reed film, surmises Holshouser. Hauntingly beautiful, though not exactly Amsterdam sidewalk cafe fare...except maybe as filtered through Fellini! (jump to web page)

"Will Holshouser is the secret weapon in several of the scene's most inventive and engaging bands."
Time Out New York

ramboy recordings
han bennink @ drummerworld

Ralph Alessi

Ralph Alessi & This Against That
Monday, November 9, 2009 (8 p.m.) | Kate Buchanan Room, HSU
Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Andy Milne, piano; Ben Street, bass; Mark Ferber, drums

This group showcases the New York-based, CalArts-trained Alessi's compelling writing and arranging, which draws ingeniously on everything from post-bop to neo-classical. But its players, whose alumni include heavyweights like Don Byron, Jason Moran, and Ravi Coltrane, are no slouches either. (The band has recorded two albums of adventurous, inside/outside music for Coltrane's RKM Music label.)

"Ralph Alessi shows there is still something modern to be found in modern jazz."
—Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Myra Melford

Myra Melford and Be Bread
Friday, January 29, 2010 (8 p.m.) | Fulkerson Recital Hall, HSU
Myra Melford, piano & harmonium; Cuong Vu, trumpet; Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Brandon Ross, guitars; Stomu Takeishi, bass; Matt Wilson, drums

One of our most popular guests returns, this time leading a new incarnation of an ensemble whose debut album, "The Image of Your Body" (Cryptogramophone) was an RJA favorite. Melford's influences as a composer are broad-minded and eclectic, and Be Bread is especially informed by her studies in India. The Arcata visit kicks off a bi-coastal tour in support of a brand new disc on Firehouse 12.

"Myra Melford is at once a dancer, a romantic and a savage suckerpuncher at the bench . . . beating all hell out of the piano and making it beautiful."
Coda Magazine

Frank Kimbrough

Frank Kimbrough with Noah Preminger
Thursday, February 25, 2010 (8 p.m.) | Morris Graves Museum of Art
Frank Kimbrough, piano; Noah Preminger, tenor sax

Kimbrough, whose influences run from Bill Evans to Andrew Hill, is another of our favorite pianists. With bassist Ben Allison, he co-founded the Jazz Composers Collective and the Herbie Nichols Project, and he holds down keyboard duties for the Maria Schneider Orchestra, among other jobs.  He'll appear with one of the wunderkinds of the New York jazz scene, tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger, whose album "Dry Bridge Road" was named best debut of 2008 by everyone from Slate to the Village Voice.

"Kimbrough belongs to an elite group of pianist-composers able to dream in many odd colors and time signatures, leaving curious designs - and brighter moods - in their wake."
—Gene Seymour, NY Newsday

""Preminger seems to have arrived on the scene fully-formed, with incisive musical instincts, a distinctive personal sound, and an ability to write great tunes."
—David Wayne, Jazz Review

Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez & Migration
Thursday, April 1, 2010 (8 p.m.) | Kate Buchanan Room, HSU
Antonio Sanchez, drums; David Binney, alto sax; Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Scott Colley, bass

Sanchez, Pat Metheny's recent drummer of choice (he's also done stints with Charlie Haden and Michael Brecker), is another in a series of phenonemal young innovators leading the nueva Latin Jazz movement: This version of Migration--whose debut 2007 album attracted the participation of Metheny, Chick Corea, and Chris Potter--will sport two top-shelf saxophonists, either of whom we'd love to bring to Humboldt County on his own (and one of whom we have!).

"Sanchez can play combustible figures in an array of styles, but what is most impressive is his ability to burn gracefully at low volume."
—Ken Micallef, DownBeat
antonio sanchez at drummerworld


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