Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Outpost 186 September 2017 Concerts & Events

Cettina Donato  - piano  (Italy)
Sunday 3 Sept. 7:30pm


OUTPOST: 186 ½ Hampshire St. (rear), Inman Sq. Cambridge - All Shows All Ages

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"Something for everyone, nothing for nobody!"

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Poetry Readings at Outpost 186 is a new series curated by renowned poet Ben Mazer, who is currently Poet in Residence at Outpost 186. See link above for complete calendar listings for the series. Series begins Sept. 2017.

May 2017: I was interviewed on Chan. 5 Chronicle program feature on Inman Sq about Outpost:


Steve Provizer has a jazz radio show, the Duplex Mystery Jazz Hour on WZBC 5-7 Thursdays. He has people on to play and promote their gigs. Contact if interested: s.g.improviz at gmail dot com  - streaming at :  90.3 FM


OUTPOST has now installed  theatre lights for performances, four (4) pots with gels on a wall dimmer. No more screwing around with the track lighting, you little bastards! ;)



some video of the 28 Jan. '12 Bern Nix show here

Interview with Bern Nix

We are saddened at the news of the passing of our friend Bern Nix, May 2017

NOTE: life drawing at Outpost is on hiatus til further notice. If you would like to conduct life drawing classes at Outpost please contact director Rob Chalfen

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Near cr. Prospect, opposite Hess gas, behind 7-11 parking lot. Big ‘186’ on R side. Follow walk at Left to gallery, REAR.

All shows 8pm door unless otherwise noted (8:30pm Mondays).
General admission, donations requested.
No reservations, come early!
All shows all ages.
No smoking, spitting, alcohol, ether, qat or laudanum please!
Note: nothing is served, it's just music & chairs, Pal!
Parking: are you feeling lucky? well are ya?

OUTPOST will be available for most public performances @ $100 per single event.
Recurring series of 3 or more events are available @ $75 per event.
Detailed rate card see OUTPOST PRODUCER'S HANDBOOK

CONTACT: Rob Chalfen, director:
DETAILS: OUTPOST PRODUCER'S HANDBOOK - You must read this before you produce a show @ Outpost!
AACHTUNG! You must be 21 to produce events at Outpost.


OUTPOST 186 is also available for meetings, readings, workshops, film shoots, theatre rehearsals, & other (non-musical) weekday daytime events.


Outpost regularly exhibits visual art! If you are an artist and would like to exhibit @ Outpost, please send your website url to, or arrange to show your portfolio. Outpost does not charge artists to display art.

Current Exhibit : Eric Rosenthal - landscapes, watercolors & acrylics

concerts & events :

Friday 1 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Acoustic Duo Series

Zachary King – drums & Isaiah Johnson - sax

Cole Blouin – guitar & Sam Talmadge - guitar

Robbie Pate – voice & Charles Overton - harp

Saturday 2 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o


Jackson Albert Mann - chromatic harmonica, keyboard, sound effects 

Alonzo Demetrius - trumpet

Omar Sosa - electric guitar

Muñeca Diaz - electric bass

Matthew Chenery - drums

Araqsana performs jazz/fusion music influenced by hardcore punk & experimental electronic music. 

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Sunday 3 September @ Outpost, 7:30pm $10 or b/o
Pat Battstone presents special guest
Cettina Donato - piano (Italy)
Pat Battstone – Fender Rhodes 

Ilona Kudina - flute
Jon Dreyer – bass
Joe Musacchia - drums

Tuesday 5 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

First Tuesdays Jazz Jam – Special Event!

House Band special guests: Blue Donut Safari!

BDS is a high-intensity jazz quintet featuring:

Chris Pitts - tenor sax / Michael Chasse – trombone / Richard Hale Shaw - bass / Alan Rowe – piano / David Mann – drums

A jazz jam open to the public to listen and for musicians to sit in and join us.

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Friday 8 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o


Andrew Wilcox - piano

Andrew Bedard - tenor sax

Charlie Lincoln - bass

Sam Palermo - drums

Saturday 9 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Drone Night

Join us for an evening of ambient and drone music from some of Boston's best experimental ambient musicians. Let your ears take in the soundscapes and parse through these rare frequencies.

Off Land (CD release show)


Tuesday 12 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Dan Clucas Boston quartet

Dan Clucas - cornet (Los Angeles)

Jeb Bishop - trombone

Damon Smith - double bass
Andria Nicodemou - vibes
Matt Crane - drums

LA trumpet hero Dan Clucas visits leading a brass-driven quartet of sonic adventurers for a set of improvised music that travels near and far.

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+ duo B. (San Francisco Bay Area)

Lisa Mezzacappa - acoustic bass
Jason Levis - drums

duo B. (San Francisco Bay Area)

duo B., the San Francisco Bay Area improvising and composing ensemble of percussionist Jason Levis and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, is a musical think tank of grand schemes and impossible scenarios.  Over a dozen years, the ensemble has developed and refined its singular approach to improvisation and composition, through cross-disciplinary projects with film, collaborations with improvising instrumentalists at home and abroad, and immersion in the improvised-composed musical worlds of masters Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor and Henry Threadgill. Over the past two years, duo B. has embarked on a new journey in long-form improvisation with its latest project, an exploration of the musical vision of pianist Cecil Taylor, re-imagined for bass and drums. The result is a new release, No Ins & Outs, released on Queen Bee Records September 2017 and followed by the group’s first East Coast tour.




(Photo: Myles Boisen)

Wednesday 13 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Dane Rousay – solo percussion (San Antonio Texas) + Variant State

Dane Rousay is a drummer and composer based in San Antonio, Texas. “I work mostly by improvising on acoustic drum-kit, looking for exciting or emotional overlaps of rhythm, speed, and texture.

“My newest work is "anatomize", a series of chance compositions and improvisations aiming to magnify the minimalist percussion performance with a bold and enveloping sound. Like much of my work, it involves a duet of precision and accident. Recorded in 2017, it is my second album on percussion and drum-kit.”

Variant State

Variant State [....] is a project instigated by Howard Martin (reeds and trombone), Jesse Kenas-Collins (trumpet, reeds, feedback objects), and Michael Rosenstein (amplified surfaces and objects, modified field recordings, oscillators.) Working In various configurations, they explore the interactions of acoustic instrumentation, electronics, multiphonics, abraded and degraded recordings, and feedback within collectively improvised settings. Their open-form sonic investigations draw on aesthetics of spontaneous interaction and dynamic cooperative structures.

Friday 15 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

The Johnny Horner Trio Jazz jam session. Come and play

Johnny Horner – piano / Dave Mann - drums / Ricard-Hale Shaw - bass

Saturday 16 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

String Theory

PEK – clarinets, saxophones, double reeds

Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice

Other strings TBD


Sunday 17 September @ Outpost, 4pm $10 or b/o

Pat Battstone presents special guest

Cettina Donato II - piano  (Italy)

Pat Battstone – Fender Rhodes

Ilona Kudina – flute

Todd Brunel – clarinets, soprano sax

Jon Dreyer – bass

Joe Musacchia - drums

Sunday 17 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

ad hoc music series presents

Curators’ Showcase

 Solo, duo, and trio performances from the series curators:

Dan O’Brien - woodwinds

Drew Wesely - guitar

Grant Beale - guitar

Wednesday 20 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Dave Bryant Quartet

Dave Bryant - keyboards

Gabriel Solomon - violin

Jef Charland - bass

Curt Newton - drums

Thursday 21 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorers Club

Charlie Kohlhase - alto, tenor & baritone saxs / Seth Meicht - tenor sax / Daniel Rosenthal – trumpet & flugelhorn / Jeb Bishop – trombone / Josiah Reibstein – tuba / Eric Hofbauer – guitar / Aaron Darrell - bass / Curt Newton – drums

Music of Graham Connah, Eric Hofbauer, Elmo Hope, Charlie Kohlhase, Makanda Ken McIntyre and John Tchicai.

Friday 22 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

James Merenda & Tickle Juice

James Merenda - alto sax / Tom Duprey – cornet / Vanessa Morris – piano / Paul Dilley - guitar / Scott Sandvik – guitar  / Paul Dilley - guitar /Jon Dreyer – bass / Miki Matsuki - drums

With their debut album Roots to the Stars in 2014, improvisation meets liquid jazz, Bulgarian reggae and Michael Jackson at a rock concert, shaken (not stirred) with your local orchestra and resident street musicians. These parched and passionate improvisers meet the music of James Merenda, exploring beyond where dreams take you.

Saturday 23 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Kit Demos’ Dark Matter Series

Kit Demos – bass  / Pat Battstone – piano / guests tba

Tuesday 26 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Steve Lantner Quartet

Allan Chase - saxophones

Steve Lantner - piano

Joe Morris - bass

Luther Gray - drums


Monday 2 October @ Outpost 8:30pm $10 or b/o

Pat Battstone & Harvey Diamond welcome the Italian Divas :

Antonella Chionna & Gianna Montecalvo – vocals

Pat and Harvey will alternate sets, one set of free improvisations, the other of standards done a la Lennie Tristano.

Pat Battstone – piano, electronics

Harvey Diamond - piano

Kit Demos  & Jon Dreyer – bass

Giuseppe Paradiso - drums

Tuesday 10 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Dave Bryant Quartet

Dave Bryant - keyboards
Neil Leonard - saxophones
Jacob William - bass
Bob Gullotti – drums

Monday 16 October @ Outpost, 8:30pm $20
Roberto Ottaviano (Italy)
Roberto Ottaviano – soprano & tenor sax
Richard Poole – drums / Chris Rathbun – bass
Roberto Ottaviano is the heard of the jazz dept. at Concevatorio Nicolli Piccini
During his active international career lasting more than three decades, Italian saxophonist, composer and pedagogue Roberto Ottaviano has been considered one of the leading and influential European voices. He got into music as self-taught drummer and flutist, studied clarinet at the Conservatory, and later on, mesmerized by the music of Lester Young and John Coltrane, started learning to play saxophone independently.

Thanks to the accidental meeting with Steve Lacy, his model and adviser, Ottaviano honed his skills under Lacy’s tutelage during 1980–1986 partly in France partly in Italy. While in the USA he studied under Ran Blake, Bill Russo and George Russell, and in Europe received instructions in composition from Giacomo Manzoni and Luigi Nono, as well as attended master classes and workshops led by other music coryphées.

Ottaviano collaborated and recorded with a number of European and American luminaries including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Mal Waldron, Albert Mangelsdorff, Chet Baker, Enrico Rava, Georg Grawe, Franz Koglmann, Barre Phillips, Keith Tippett, Giorgio Gaslini, Ray Anderson, Steve Swallow, Irene Schweizer, Kenny Wheeler, Ran Blake, Henry Texier, Paul Bley, Aldo Romano, Myra Melford, Tony Oxley, Misha Mengelberg, Nguyen Le, Han Bennink, Mark Dresser, John Taylor, Graham Haynes, Myra Melford, Tony Oxley, Ralph Alessi, Marc Ducret, Martin France,Francis Bebey, Trilok Gurtu, Lamina Kontè, "Singing Drums" and  the European Chamber Ensemble of Pierre Favre, A.Andersen , and many others.

In addition to directing his own groups,as the QuatkTet with Alexander Hawkins, Michael Formanek and Gerry Hemingway, is part of the Italian Instabile Orchestra and Canto General with Louis Moholo.
Ottaviano admits, that his music is greatly influenced by his European culture as well as other medias – theatre, dance, film, poetry and visual art.

The musician has travelled all around Europe, toured in the USA, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, Cameroon and other exotic countries. His discography amounts to 69 albums, 13 of which as a leader for such label like  Red , Splasc (h), Soul Note , Dodicilune , Hat Art, Intakt , ECM, DIW and Ogun .

He is chairman of the Jazz Department in the Conservatoire of his Hometown.


Wednesday 18 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Jacob William Para Quintet
Forbes Graham - trumpet
Jim Hobbs - alto sax
Steve Lantner - piano
Jacob William - bass
Laurence Cook - drums
Tony Malaby

Daniel Levin
Randy Peterson
Wednesday 25 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Jorrit Dijkstra / Jeb Bishop / TBA
+ Tony Malaby / Daniel Levin / Randy Peterson
Jorrit Dijkstra – reeds / Jeb Bishop – trombone  / TBA
+ Tony Malaby – tenor sax / Daniel Levin – cello / Randy Peterson - drums
Three innovative improvisers, engaging in collective free playing that traverses both ferocious and
introspective aspects of their dialogue with tremendous technical skill and highly creative strategies.

Saturday 28 October @ Outpost, 8pm $

Joe Morris / Alvin Fielder / Damon Smith

Joe Morris – guirar / Alvin Fielder – drums / Damon Smith – bass
Monday 30 October @ Outpost, 8:30pm $10 or b/o
'We 5'
Jerry Sabatini - trumpet
Charlie Kohlhase - saxes
Eric Hofbauer - guitar
Jacob William - bass
Curt Newton - drums

Occasional Series:

Rob Chalfen presents: subconsciouscafe new chamber music series
Rob Chalfen's long-running improvised music series continues at OUTPOST. Innovative chamber music at play on the spectra of jazz, electronic, classical and world. Also may be dug by the non-subconscious mind.

Dave Bryant - veteran Ornette Coleman Living Color pianist presents an ever-changing ensemble of originals and avant classics (jazz) Monthly, tba

Jessica Bozek presents : The Small Animal Project Reading Series - poetry & fiction (occas. Tuesdays)

Jacob Williams Para Quintet - the great bassist presents various combinations

Boston Poetry Marathon - annually, usually 2nd weekend of August 
2016: July 16 & 17

Regular Monthly Series:

MONDAY : 2nd & 4th : Max Ridley

MONDAY : 3rd : Nick Wickstrom #1

TUESDAY : 1st : Gillian DeLear presents Jazz Barracudas - jazz jam 

TUESDAY : 4th : Steve Lantner presents: jazz originals & free-improv with a tight group of sympaticos

WEDNESDAY : 4th : Michael K. Harrist presents Original Music drawing from the Ottoman Art Tradition


THURSDAY : 3rd : Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club - challenging & humorous arranged pieces by Kohlhase, John Tchicai, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker & others, mid-size ensembles (jazz)

FRIDAY : 1st : Robert Pate Duo Series

FRIDAY : 2nd : Nick Wickstrom #2

FRIDAY : John Horner - March through May 2017

FRIDAY : 4th : James Merenda presents Tickle Juice - featuring James Merenda - alto sax & his regular band (jazz) "high-energy original music, jazz & beyond!"

SATURDAY : 1st : Michael Redmond 

SATURDAY : 3rd : Dave Pek & Leap of Faith

SATURDAY : 4th :  Kit Demos presents Dark Matter Series


SUNDAY : 3rd : Ad Hoc Music Series

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Thank you,
Harlan T. Flash
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