Sunday, September 25, 2011

David Binney

Our fall season keeps rolling in less than two weeks with alto
saxophonist David Binney, who plays the Kate Buchanan Room with his
Third Occasion Quartet on Thursday, October 6. Stereophile calls
Binney "one of the most original minds in contemporary music," and we
agree: he's a powerful player and a distinctive composer, a
tremendously influential figure on the modern jazz scene. Tickets for
the show are $15 General Admission and $10 for students and seniors,
and are currently available online at the "Tickets" page of our
website only. (They'll be on sale at Wildberries, Wildwood Music,
People's Records, and The Works by the middle of next week.)

You can read more about David Binney and stream a set by the Third
Occasion Quartet from last year's Newport Jazz Festival at

While we've got your attention, here are two bits of other news:

The Donny McCaslin Group's set from last weekend's Monterey Jazz
Festival is now available for streaming at NPR Jazz:

And we're proud to pass along the word that earlier this week, our
October 2008 guest, drummer Dafnis Prieto, was named a 2011 MacArthur
Fellow (that is, he got a "Genius Grant"). If you're interested, you
can read about it here:

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. (And even though we're pretty
sure we had nothing to do with it, we can't help but point out that
Prieto is the second of our guests to win these laurels: saxophonist
Miguel Zenon was a 2009 winner. Great minds think alike, we

Friday, September 9, 2011

First Up!

We're a week away from the start of our fall season, with the Donny
McCaslin Group coming to town on Thursday, September 15. (We're their
last stop before they play the Monterey Jazz Festival next weekend.)
The concert's in the Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University
and starts at 8 p.m. Ticket prices remain a recession-friendly $15
general admission and $10 for students and seniors and can be
purchased at our newest ticket outlet, Wildberries Market, as well as
the Works in Eureka and Peoples Records and Wildwood Music in Arcata,
online at and at the

Donny and the band will also present a free workshop the day after the
concert, Friday, September 16 at 11 a.m. in room 131 of the HSU Music

Don't forget that you can also purchase season tickets (all six
concerts for the price of five!) online right now (http:// or at the door on the 15th.

You can read more about Donny and the members of his group and check
out streaming audio and video at