Firehouse 12 in New Haven, now 3 weeks into its Fall 2015 season, presents Bryan & The Aardvarks for your listening pleasure this Friday October 2. The leader is bassist and composer Bryan Copeland while The Aardvarks include Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Joe Nero (drums), Jesse Lewis (guitar) and Julian Shore (subbing for Fabian Almazan on piano). As you might be able to tell from the instrumentation, this band focuses on melody but not at the expense of improvisation but as a basis for sonic explorations. Their 2011 debut CD, "Heroes of Make Believe", consisted of 12 tracks, 8 composed by the leader and 4 group improvisations. The band is currently preparing its sophomore effort for release in the next few months.
Bryan & The Aardvarks will play 2 sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. (separate admission fee for each set). For more information, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468. To lear more about the group, go to www.bryanandtheaardvarks.com.
Here's a track from that fine debut album:
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the Jackson 4 hitting the stage at 8:30. For more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com or call 860-434-0886.
Opening the show is a solo set from saxophonist and Hartford-area resident Richard McGhee III. Mr. McGhee has a long and impressive career as an improvising musician, one who is not afraid to take chances and who plays with both great fire and delicacy.
For more information, go to uncertaintymusic.com.
Here's the title track from the new Broadcloth album: