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Jack Wright, Damon Smith and Patrick Crossland

Where: Willimantic Records 744 Main St (Entrance & Parking Are in the Back on Riverside Dr) Willimantic, CT

When: 2017-08-16, 7pm

Performers: Jack Wright, Damon Smith and Patrick Crossland

The bill will be 

Jack Wright and Patrick Crossland playing a saxophones/trombone duo set


Quartet of Jack and Patrick with Mike Yarrish, double bass, and Phil Mazza, guitar

Jack Wright:
Patrick Crossland:


Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 74 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. He continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any saxophonist, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. He has had a book published, Jan. 2017, The Free Musics, which is becoming very popular among improvisers. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist 
Jack Wright is king"

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Lantner / Bishop / Smith trio

Where: The Outpost 186 1/2 Hampshire Street in Inman Square, Cambridge

When: 2017-08-22, 8pm

Performers: Steve Lantner - piano
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass

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Quartet Quartet

Where: Tea in Sahara 69 Governor St, Providence, Rhode Island 02906

When: 2017-09-08, 8pm

Performers: Dan Clucas trumpet, Matt Crane drums, Damon Smith double bass, Jeff Platz guitar.

improvised music

Duo B. + Clucas / Bishop / Smith / Crane

Where: OUTPOST: 186 ½ Hampshire St. (rear), Inman Sq. Cambridge

When: 2017-09-12, 8pm

Performers: Duo B. + Clucas / Bishop / Smith / Crane

Duo B. plays Cecil Taylor
Lisa Mezzacappa - double bass
Jason Levis - drums

 Clucas Boston quartet:

Dan Clucas - cornet (Los Angeles)
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass
Matt Crane - drums

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The Sump Work Series

Where: The Sump: 1090 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385-5757, United States

When: 2017-09-14, 8pm

Performers: Shelley Hirsch - voice
Sarah Berstein - violin
Damon Smith - double bass

Creative Music Concerts Presents: Narada Burton Greene / Damon Smith / Ra-Kalam Bob Moses + Eric Zinman solo

Where: The Lilly Pad 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

When: 2017-10-07, 7:30pm

Performers: Narada Burton Greene / Damon Smith / Ra-Kalam Bob Moses + Eric Zinman solo

Set one:
Eric Zinman - piano

Set two & three
Narada Burton Greene - piano
Damon Smith - double bass
Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - drums & percussion

This rare appearance of Maestro Greene will also mark the release of two albums on the French Improvising Beings labeL

Zither Gods by Eric Zinman & Compedium (solos, duos & trios) by Burton Greene

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Creative Music Concerts presents: Joe Morris / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder

Where: Outpost 186 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Inman Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

When: 2017-10-28, 8pm

Performers: Joe Morris - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass
Alvin Fielder - drums

Joe Morris is one of the most important figures in creative music in America. He keeps himself aware of all aspects of the music while never losing sight of how much can still be done with swing. Alvin Fielder and Damon Smith are a true rhythm section and have five albums that all move swing into the 21st century. 

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(Archival) Gentle Traces of Transient Being - Performed by Ordinary Affects

Where: RISD Museum Providence, RI

When: 2017-07-23, 11am-5pm

Performers: Ordinary Affects:
Morgan Evans-Weiler, violin
Laura Cetilia, cello
James Falzone, vibes
Luke Martin, objects and electronics
Mark Cetilia, electronics
Luke Modolf, lap steel guitar
Steph Clarke, clarinet
Luke Damrosch, percussion
Damon Smith, bass

Ordinary Affects will perform Antoine Beuger's 'Gentle Traces of Transient Being' in its entirety. This 50 page score was written for the group in 2016 and the expected duration is to be about 5 hours. This will be the first full performance of the work. 

Please come and sit with us!

Moses Bob
(Archival) Joe Mcphee / Ra-Kalam Bob Moses / Jeb Bishop / Damon Smith

Where: Outpost 186 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Inman Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

When: 2017-04-23, 8pm

Performers: Joe Mcphee - saxophones & brass
Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - drums
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass


A monumental meeting between the great Joe McPhee and drum legend Ra-Kalam Bob Moses. Not to be missed. Joe & Jeb Bishop also recorded one of the greatest American improvised music CDs in the 90s as a duo, Brass City on Okka Disk. 

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(Archival) Fire Music at the Legion

Where: Legion Bar 790 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

When: 2017-05-28, 8pm

Performers: Yoni Kretzmer - saxophone
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass
Tom Rainey - drums


The Steve Swell Ensemble

This last-sunday-of-May edition of "Fire Music at The Legion" will feature two of the most unique trombone players around, along side other fantastic musicians.

8pm: Swell/Heberer/Niggenkemper/Carlstedt
Steve Swell - trombone
Thomas Heberer - trumpet/cornet
Pascal Niggenkemper - double bass 
Jeremy Carlstedt - drums

9pm: Bishop/Kretzmer/Smith/Rainey
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Yoni Kretzmer - tenor sax
Damon Smith - double bass
Tom Rainey - drums

hope you can make it out