Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Outpost 186 April 2017 Concerts & Events

Joe McPhee Sunday 23 April 8pm

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

"The finest in real-time analog musical experience!"
"Something for everyone, nothing for nobody!"

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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

SUNDAY LIFE DRAWING WITH DAVID LEE is back! Contact: dleeway1116@hotmaildotcom
OUTPOST now hosts life drawing classes, Sunday mornings 10am - 1pm
Each and every Sunday Mick Goodrick and I host a meeting of the art worlds. 3 hours of drawing and our live improvisational music. We call it right brain sanctuary. It's quite amazing and indescribable how these sessions, with a live model, great friendly artists, musicians, music and chocolate all combine to offer the deepest insights into the creative process, how art and music inform one another. 
If you're free, Outpost Gallery 186 1/2 Hampshire Street, Inman Sq Cambridge from 10 AM to 1 in the afternoon. We collect $15 for the model. All are welcome, bring your own drawing materials.

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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 is currently available for most public performances @ $75 per single event -
Recurring series of 3 or more events are available @ $50 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.

Saturday 1 April @ Outpost, 8pm $5 or b/o


Grace Herzog – keyboards, percussion
Sylvie Leys - saxophones, recorder, voice
Cha Feliz – guitar, percussion
Dennis Suozzi – drums, guitar
Zack Facco - bass
Julius Gravy – guitar, dobro
Michael Redmond – drums, percussion

may be some special guests.

Sunday 2 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Hush Point

Jeremy Udden - alto saxophone
John McNeil - trumpet
Aryeh Kobrinsky - bass
Anthony Pinciotti – drums

Hush Point's second release on Sunnyside Records, "Blues and Reds" has plenty of momentum, having received 4.5 stars in Downbeat, and a feature on the album and John McNeil on NPR's "All Things Considered"

The chordless quartet has been described as playing "...dry and intimate and surprising music, much of it a kind of X-rayed blues language, volume cut in half, swing rhythm subtly stretched into more up-to-date grooves..." (Ben Ratliff - New York Times). "Hush Point’s methods and musicianship are exemplary, setting the new standard for the pianoless jazz quartet." (James Rozzi - Jazziz)

The foursome has a kinetic chemistry no less powerful for being kept under a constant, careful restraint.

Shaun Brady, DOWNBEAT

The band focuses on subtle interplay and refined melodic improvisation, demonstrating an elegant rapport too often lacking in jazz today.

Peter Margasak, CHICAGO READER

The quartet’s newly released, self-titled début album is among the most substantial jazz releases of the year so far.


The quartet Hush Point conjures the possibilities of small group hipness. One that quips instead of guffaws, and prefers covertness to the obvious.


Tuesday 4 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Jazz Barracudas Jazz Jam

Chris Pitts - tenor sax / Michael Chasse – guitar, clarinet / Richard Hale Shaw - electric upright bass / Michael Ball - upright acoustic bass

Johnny Horner – piano / David Mann – drums

March madness ensues at the highly acclaimed Outpost 186 when the Jazz Barracudas take the stage with their swinging groovy tunes influenced by jazz composers from Coleman Hawkins, Wayne Shorter, to Joe Henderson.

Thursday 6 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

high / low / hit

Nina Guo – soprano vocalist / Edward Kass - double bass / Mike Jones - percussion

permutations for soprano, double bass, and percussion. an evening of new music hosted by Departure (Nina Guo, Edward Kass) and percussionist Mike Jones. 

Friday 7 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Robbie Pate Duo Series

Amanda Ekery - voice & Andrew Boudreau – piano

opening :

Robbie Pate – voice, piano &  Nedelka Prescod - voice

Robbie Pate will be exploring various genres of music through acoustic duos with guest artists from the Boston area.

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

Jeb Bishop Quartet featuring Nick Mazzarella (Chicago)

Nate McBride – bass / Luther Gray – drums / Jeb Bishop – trombone

Nick Mazzarella – sax

Sunday 9 April @ Outpost, 8pm Free show, participant entry fee $1

Mike Cox & Juliet Tripaldi  present

A competitive comedy show where contestants perform in a variety of line games. Only the quickest, wittiest and punniest competitors will survive. Glory is sweet and tangy, like your mother's onion.

Monday 10 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

"Max Ridley's Sci Fi Band"

Matt Hull – trumpet, electronics / Ryan Easter – trumpet, spoken word  Aaron Gelb - bass clarinet / Matt Stubbs - bass clarinet / Ian Berg - tap dance Maxwell Salinger-Ridley - upright bass

Tues 11 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o


Dave Bryant – keyboards
Eric Hofbauer – guitar
Jacob William – bass

Friday 14 April @ Outpost, 8:30pm $10 or b/o

Fo, Fa, Seng! (The Chronicles of Chan) Season one – episode four

A shadow puppet story, performed with live original music, including small vignettes and a feature presentation, written and directed by Nick Wickstrom.

Theatre like you've never seen before! Shadow puppet master Nick Wickstrom invites you to the telling of an epic tale, where charming characters come to life in a dark and mysterious vision of reality. Including mind-bending cinematic effects, captivating artwork and live music, and a compelling story that questions and inspires, the series unfolds one episode each month at the Outpost 186 Gallery.

Nick Wickstrom - Puppets, Gu Zheng 

Matt Hull - Trumpet, Effects

Saturday 15 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Chicxulub – Impactor

 PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, electronics

Jason Adams - bass, electric cello, interstellar grain clouds

Yuri Zbitnov - drums, percussion

 Evil Clown’s Space Rock project - Chicxulub!!  The odd name is the asteroid which struck the Earth 65 million years ago, killing the dinosaurs and rebooting the planet for our current cycle of life - A Creation Event arising from the destructive power of a Giant Space Rock!!   So check out what happens when Sparkles decides to get his groove on...


Sunday 16 April @ Outpost 7pm $10

An Evening of Indian Classical Music

first set : Utsav Lal - piano

Indian raga adaptations for solo piano

Second set :

Irfan Khan - sarod

Derek Beckvold - tabla
Indian classical music from one of Kolkata's finest instrumentalists.

Monday 17 April @ Outpost, 8:30 pm $10 or b/o

Nick Wickstrom presents

Kaleidoscope Hurricane

Nick Wickstrom - violin/guitar

Tyson Jackson - drums

Matt Hull - trumpet 

Andrew Trovato - piano

Nash Tomey - bass

Kaleidoscope Hurricane is an ever changing, conceptual music ensemble. The kaleidoscopic minds of different musicians collide in a hurricane of music. All in an effort to celebrate the soul-liberating freedom of expression through art.

The musicians change freely from venue to venue, and play without any scripted material, no rehearsals.

Wednesday 19 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Jacob William's Para Quintet

Forbes Graham - trumpet

Jim Hobbs - alto sax

Steve Lantner - piano

Jacob William - bass

Laurence Cook - drums

Stu Vandermark writes!

"I have an ideal “image” in my head of Jacob William and his Para Quintet--Jacob, Jim Hobbs, Forbes Graham, Steve Lantner, and Laurence Cook--having a weekly gig somewhere.  You know, something a bit closer to the ongoing gigs of bands led by Parker or Miles in the 50s or 60s.  But even once a week probably would do it for me.  Drop in on a Monday for the gig and survive spiritually until the next Monday.  But things are not like that.  A Para Quintet performance is a far too rare reality.  So one has to jump when the band is booked, and the jumping is worth it."

Thursday 20 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorers Club

Charlie Kohlhase - alto, tenor & bari sax / Jason robinson – tenor & soprano / Daniel Rosenthal - trumpet & flugelhorn / Eric Hoffbauer – guitar / Josiah Reibstein – tuba / Aaron Darrell – bass

Music by Hofbauer, Elmo Hope, Kohlhase, Reibstein and John Tchicai. 

Friday 21 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Johnny Horner Trio ~ jam session

Johnny Horner – piano / David Mann – drums / Richard Hale-Shaw – bass

Jazz music. One hour concert, then a jam session.

Saturday 22 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Kit Demos’ Dark Matter Series

Matt Crane - drums

Jeff Platz - guitar

Kit Demos – bass, synth

Jeb Bishop - trombone

Sunday 23 April @ Outpost, 3pm $10 or b/o

Harvey Diamond Trio  w. special guest RICHARD TABNIK (NYC)

Harvey Diamond – piano / Jon Dreyer – bass / Miki Matsuki – drums

FEATURING Richard Tabnik – tenor sax

Sunday 23 April @ Outpost, 8pm $20 or b/o

The Creative Music Series Presents
Joe McPhee / Jeb Bishop / Damon Smith / Ra-Kalam Bob Moses

Joe McPhee – pocket cornet, valve trombone, saxes

Jeb Bishop - trombone

Damon Smith – bass

Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - drums

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.

And this is the return to Boston of that master, Joe McPhee, a legend of the freedoms of Jazz and free improvisation, joined by some of Boston’s most creative and acclaimed musicians for a concert we might also call “Jazz beyond Jazz”

Joe McPhee "... His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he’s reaching for jazz’s outer limits." – Time Out N Y..

McPhee’s concept of “Po Music, a “process of provocation…to move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.”

Further background:

Joe McPhee: is a multi-instrumentalist (tenor, alto, soprano, trumpet, electronics), composer, improviser, and theoretician, Later in a U.S. Army band and at the age of 32 after hearing the music of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler he taught himself how to play the saxophone and has played both instruments ever since. In 1981, he met accordionist and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended techniques. He also discovered Edward de Bono’s Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle; applying this to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music. He is a prolific recording and in-demand concert artist over the more than 50 years of his life.

Drummer, composer, artist, poet, dancer, visionary, nature mystic,
Ra-Kalam Bob Moses’s life has been a continuous quest for vision, spirit, compassion, growth, and mastery in a multiplicity of art forms. A partial list of stellar musicians Bob Moses has worked and/or recorded with both as a leader and a sideman includes: Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jim Pepper, Larry Coryell, The Free Spirits, Dave Liebman, Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett, Steve Swallow, Michael Gibbs, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, and many, may others.

Moses's first recording as a leader was the 1968 album Love Animal, with Jim Pepper, Larry Coryell, Steve Swallow, and Keith Jarrett. The albums Bittersuite in the Ozone and Love Everlasting, the later recorded with spiritual master and guitar genius Tisziji Muñoz, both received five stars in Down Beat. The album Love Everlasting, recorded September 23, 1987, features Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Medeski, and John Lockwood, while the album Drumming Birds, also 1987, features percussion duets with Billy Martin. He is also the author of the drum method book Drum Wisdom.[1]Moses currently performs alongside numerous musicians and teaches at New England Conservatory.

Jeb Bishop began playing the trombone at the age of 10 and majored in classical trombone. He did not want to pursue that career so he returned to Raleigh, N.C. in 1982 and took up engineering studies at NC State University. Raleigh's underground rock scene attracted him, and from 1982-84 he played bass guitar. At the same time, he developed an interest in philosophy and spent 1984-85 studying at the Higher Institute of Philosophy in Belgium.
Returning to Raleigh in 1985, he spent the next few years working and playing guitar, bass, cheap keyboards, drums, etc., in rock bands. In 1989 he left Raleigh to pursue graduate studies in philosophy. During 1991-92 he returned to Europe, spending the summer of 1991 studying German then pursuing independent studies in philosophy.
Returning to Chicago in 1992, he completed his M.A. at Loyola in 1993 and begun to make connections with improvising musicians in Chicago, having joined the Flying Luttenbachers as bassist (later adding trombone) in late 1992, and playing guitar occasionally in a quartet with Weasel Walter, Ken Vandermark, and Kevin Drumm.
In late 1995, Bishop joined the Vandermark 5 as one of its founding members, and remained with the band through the end of 2004. During this period he also became associated the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, School Days, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio; and became a very frequent participant in ad hoc and free-improvised concerts in Chicago.

Damon Smith, born in Spokane, WA. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in Houston, Texas Damon moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music.
Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and Europeans."

Monday 24 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

"Max Ridley's Sci Fi Band"

Matt Hull – trumpet, electronics / Ryan Easter – trumpet, spoken word  Aaron Gelb - bass clarinet / Matt Stubbs - bass clarinet / Ian Berg - tap dance Maxwell Salinger-Ridley - upright bass

Tuesday 25 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Steve Lantner Quartet
Allan Chase - saxophones
Steve Lantner - piano
Joe Morris - bass
Luther Gray - drums

Wednesday 26 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Çeşni Trio - Original music inspired by the Ottoman Art Music Tradition

Tev Stevig - tanbur, 7-string fretless guitar, alterna-telli

Michael Harrist - contrabass, yayli tanbur, ney

Fabio Pirozzolo - darbuka, bendir, cajon, tombak, armenian dhol

We've been working on new material and arranging old pieces with new instrumentation as we look forward to a series of concerts and recording sessions to come. The trio is excited to be continue the monthly series at Outpost in this new year!

At turns romantic and elegant, vivacious and playful, the music of Çeşni Trio is grounded in the flavors (çeşniler) of Turkish makam music while remaining deeply personal and contemporary. The ensemble guides the listener from dove-tailing contemplative melodies to odd-metered tunes that throw caution to the wind. A well placed breath opens the ceiling, an evocative ornament opens the heart.

Stevig and Harrist first met in Istanbul in 2010. Back home in Boston, MA they found themselves playing and studying Ottoman art music together in Orkestra Marhaba. As an idea for a trio began to take hold, the group found kinship with Pirozzolo and Çeşni Trio was born.

A modal music tradition, Türk sanat müziği (Turkish art music) developed in the urban areas of the Ottoman Empire and has a history of over 500 years. The tradition includes a wide range of repertoire, composers, and practitioners. Çeşni Trio draws from this great tradition and the more modern stylings of contemporary musician-composers such as Erkan Oğur, Ross Daly, Murat Aydemir, and Efrén López.

Thursday 27 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Jade Collective

Jan Esbra - guitar

Catey Esler - voice

Artie Sadtler - bass

Willis Edmundson - drums

Contemporary Jazz/ Folk band

+  Jake Hirsh Group

Trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, piano, bass, drums guitar

A unique blend of modern jazz, middle eastern and classical music

Friday 28 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
James Merenda & Tickle Juice
James Merenda - alto saxophone / Tom Duprey – cornet / David Hawthorne – bass / Vanessa Morris – piano / Paul Dilley - guitar / Scott Sandvik – guitar Maria Gorkun – violin /Jon Dreyer – bass / Miki Matsuki - drums
Saturday 29 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Wolf Blitzer

Bad News For People Who Love (Some) Good News: The Last Wolf Blitzer Show

Kevin Junker - bass

Cayla Saret – keys

Sam Berkowitz - drums

Guitar - Nick Canton - guitar

Our band is breaking up and so we wanted to play all of our songs one last time before the inevitable cash-grab reunion.  Come enjoy a night of our songs and our company.

Sunday 30 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Yosuke Soeda Group

Nathan See – sax / Michael Wang – trombone / Jaeil JI – bass

Eyal Gurvich – drums /  Yosuke Soeda - piano

A jazz pianist Yosuke Soeda presents his group and his compositions, standards, arrangements


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