Sheldon Brown Ensemble
Music & Performance
Part of the series JazzPOP 2016

JazzPOP: Sheldon Brown Ensemble

Thursday Aug 18, 2016 8:00 PM This is a past program

From the vast musical mind of Bay Area saxophonist and composer Sheldon Brown comes an expansive project connecting the rapturous voices of poets to the power of jazz improvisation.  Brown’s superlative ensemble performs his thrilling, layered, asymmetrical compositions, built from the rhythms and speech melodies of Beat and Surrealist poets reading from their work.

Sheldon Brown: alto saxophone, clarinets
Lorin Benedict: voice
Darren Johnston: trumpet
John Finkbeiner: electric guitar
Jonathan Alford: piano
Michael Wilcox: electric bass
Alan Hall: drums


The Hammer’s “reliably excellent” (Los Angeles Times) annual summer festival of creative jazz and improvised music celebrates its 11th 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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