In the “What is jazz?” debate, divisiveness runs deep ... but with the accessible tunefulness of the straight-ahead and an intuitive bent for imaginative extrapolation, Graham Connah bridges the divide. —SF Weekly
Pianist, composer, and bandleader Graham Connah from San Francisco leads his propulsive band of Bay Area heavyweight musicians in a rollicking set of swinging original jazz with deep ties to prog rock and psychedelia. Connah has collaborated with eclectic jazz and rock musicians on both coasts, and has performed with musicians in the bands Camper van Beethoven, Mr. Bungle, and John Zorn’s Masada, among others.
JazzPOP returns to the Hammer over three consecutive Thursdays this summer, with three different takes on the jazz sextet/septet that draw inspiration from prog rock, Motown, free jazz, psychedelic pop, and folksy Americana. Organized by San Francisco bassist and independent curator Lisa Mezzacappa. Free. Galleries open until 9pm.
ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE
Public programs are made possible, in part, by major gifts from the Annenberg Foundation, and Ann and Jerry Moss. Additional support is provided by Laura Donnelley, Bronya and Andrew Galef, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.