Bay Area composer and multi-instrumentalist Ara Anderson leads two of his groups in an evening of original music.
Iron & The Albatross is a chamber jazz ensemble performing Anderson’s playful, cinematic songs that includes him on pump organ, glockenspiel, trumpet, and baritone horn, rounded out with strings, percussion, and winds. Boostamonte! is an eight-piece brass band combining gangster funk, free jazz, and retro Latin dance music with the snaps and crackles of golden-age radio broadcasts.
For the second year, JazzPOP brings adventurous and eclectic jazz musicians to the Hammer courtyard in August. This is jazz in and of the present moment, rooted in improvisational interplay but also inspired by quirky pop hooks, gutsy Southern blues, noir film nostalgia, and avant-garde abandon. Cash bar open all night, galleries open until 9pm. Organized by San Francisco bassist and independent curator Lisa Mezzacappa.
ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE
Public programs are made possible, in part, by major gifts from the Annenberg Foundation and Mimi and Werner Wolfen. Additional support is provided by Laura Donnelley, Bronya and Andrew Galef, Erika Glazer, and an anonymous donor.