Music & Performance
Part of the series JazzPOP 2015

JazzPOP: Ross Hammond’s Humanity Suite

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"Hammond's opus is a remarkable effort ... it'll remind you why you started loving jazz in the first place." – Michael Roberts, Jazziz Magazine

"A monumental stew of improvisation and emotional force from guitarist Hammond and band..." – George Grella, The Brooklyn Rail

Guitarist/bandleader Ross Hammond has been at the center of the Sacramento jazz scene for more than a decade, playing infectious music that combines dreamy rock-inflected grooves with expansive free jazz escapades. His acclaimed Humanity Suite, inspired by the work of artist Kara Walker, features a sextet of heavyweight California improvisers.

Ross Hammond – guitar
Vinny Golia – winds
Catherine Sikora – tenor saxophone
Clifford Childers – trombone
Kerry Kashiwagi – acoustic bass
Dax Compise – drums


The Hammer’s “reliably excellent” (Los Angeles Times) annual summer festival of creative jazz and improvised music celebrates its tenth year with three concerts featuring some of the most adventurous, inspired, masterful music happening on the West Coast. Curated by Lisa Mezzacappa.

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