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SAN FRANCISCO ::
Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors

STERN GROVE


AUGUST 3 @ 2 PM

Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors


BROOKLYN ::
Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman

IBEAM


AUGUST 23 @ 8 PM

Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Michael Coleman - piano and keyboards


NEW YORK ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL


AUGUST 25 @ 8 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


PHILADELPHIA ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

BOOT & SADDLE


AUGUST 26 @ 8:30 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


BROOKLYN ::
The Out Louds

BARBES


AUGUST 27 @ 8 PM

The Out Louds

Mary Halvorson - guitar

Tomas Fujiwara - drums

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Out of the washing machine and into the fire with new arrangements of previously-forgotten melodies and a little something for every taste. May or may not include a special mystery guest.

 



SAALFELDEN ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

SAALFELDEN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL


AUGUST 28 @ 5 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


Past Shows

HALF MOON BAY ::
Erik Deutsch Trio

PASTA MOON


DECEMBER 26, 6:30

Erik Deutsch Trio

Erik Deutsch - piano

Todd Sickafoose - bass

Ben Goldberg - clarinet



OAKLAND ::
Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

DUENDE


DECEMBER 23, 9 PM

Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

Vijay Anderson says:

The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy.  The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm,  inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures.   This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new.  As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”. 

 



SAN FRANCISCO ::
Vijay Anderson Trio

THE COMSTOCK SALOON


DECEMBER 18, 7 PM

Vijay Anderson Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Vijay Anderson - drums
Robert Overbury - bass


BERKELEY ::
Rob Reich and Ben Goldberg

FREIGHT & SALVAGE


DECEMBER 17, 8 PM

Rob Reich and Ben Goldberg


SAN FRANCISCO ::
Porto Franco All Star Klezmer Band

PORTO FRANCO ART PARLOR


DECEMBER 15, 4 PM

Porto Franco All Star Klezmer Band

David Chernyavsky - violin

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Rob Reich - accordion, piano

Daniel Fabricant - bass



OAKLAND ::
Smith Dobson's Friends with Benefits

THE SOUND ROOM


DECEMBER 14, 8 PM

Smith Dobson's Friends with Benefits

Smith Dobson - alto saxophone, compositions

Henry Hung - trumpet

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Michael Coleman - piano

Kim Cass - bass

Vijay Anderson - drums



OAKLAND ::
Todd Sickafoose Group

DUENDE


DECEMBER 12, 8 PM

Todd Sickafoose Group

Todd Sickafoose - bass, compositions

Jenny Scheinman - violin

Rob Reich - accordion

Adam Levy - guitar

Allison Miller - drums

Ben Goldberg - clarinet



OAKLAND ::

DUENDE


DECEMBER 9, 9 PM


BERKELEY ::

HERTZ HALL, UC BERKELEY CAMPUS


DECEMBER 6, 8 PM


BROOKLYN ::
Surf Clams

ERIK DEUTSCH LOFT


JULY 2 @ 8 PM

Surf Clams

Kirk Knuffke - cornet

Jenny Scheinman - violin

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Erik Deutsch - piano



NEW YORK ::

DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY


JUNE 29 @ 7 PM


BROOKLYN ::
Goldberg/McCaslin etc.

IBEAM


JUNE 28 @ 8 PM

Goldberg/McCaslin etc.

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Donny McCaslin - tenor saxophone

Steve Cardenas - guitar

Stomu Takeishi - bass

Rudy Royston - drums



NEW YORK ::
Kris Davis' Infrasound

THE STONE


JUNE 27 @ 8 PM

Kris Davis' Infrasound

Kris Davis - piano, compositions

Oscar Noriega - bass clarinet

Andrew Bishop - bass clarinet

Joachim Badenhorst - bass clarinet

Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet

Gary Versace - accordion, organ

Nate Radley - guitar

Jim Black - drums



BROOKLYN ::
Goldberg/Knuffke/Ellman/Smith

KORZO


JUNE 24 @ 9 PM

Goldberg/Knuffke/Ellman/Smith

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Kirk Knuffke - cornet

Liberty Ellman - guitar

Ches Smith - drums



OAKLAND ::
Thumbscrew

DUENDE


JUNE 21 @ 9:30 PM

Thumbscrew

Mary Halvorson - guitar

Michael Formanek - bass

Thomas Fujiwara - drums

 



BERKELEY ::
KGB

BERKELEY ARTS FESTIVAL


JUNE 18 @ 8 PM

KGB

Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Lorin Benedict - voice

 



OAKLAND ::
Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors

DUENDE


JUNE 14 @ 9 PM

Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors


SAN FRANCISCO ::
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS


JUNE 7 @ 5:30 PM

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Myra and I have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.



SAN FRANCISCO ::
Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman

COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER


JUNE 6 @ 8 PM

Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Michael Coleman - piano and keyboards


SAN FRANCISCO ::
Vijay Anderson Trio

COMSTOCK


JUNE 4 @ 8 PM

Vijay Anderson Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Vijay Anderson - drums
Robert Overbury - bass


OAKLAND ::
Scott Amendola Quartet

DUENDE


MAY 28 2014 @ 9 PM

Scott Amendola Quartet
Scott Amendola - drums
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Josh Smith - tenor saxophone.  
John Shifflet - bass 

Scott writes beautiful, melodic tunes, and insists that we play them however we need to in the moment. This has created some memorable performances.  Here's two of them: "Lima Bean" at Off The Grid in San Francisco: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS97jALMPs4.  And "Blues for Istanbul" from a hit at the Red Poppy Art House in SF with Nels Cline taking Josh's place: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FksDYt3ZduU&feature=related



PADOVA ITALY ::
Ben Goldberg Trio

CINEMA TEATRO LUX


MAY 9

Ben Goldberg Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Greg Cohen - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums


SCHWAZ AUSTRIA ::
Ben Goldberg Trio

EREMITAGE


MAY 8

Ben Goldberg Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Greg Cohen - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums


ZURICH SWITZERLAND ::
Ben Goldberg Trio

MOODS


MAY 7

Ben Goldberg Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Greg Cohen - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums


RIJKEVORSEL BELGIUM ::
Ben Goldberg Trio

DE SINGER


MAY 6

Ben Goldberg Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Greg Cohen - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums


ULRICHSBERG AUSTRIA ::
Ben Goldberg Trio

JAZZATELIER ULRICHSBERG


MAY 3

Ben Goldberg Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Greg Cohen - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums


KATOWICE POLAND ::
Ben Goldberg Trio

JAZZ CLUB HIPNOZA


MAY 2

Ben Goldberg Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Greg Cohen - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums


FERRARA, ITALY ::
Ben Goldberg Trio

CHIOSTRO DI SAN PAOLO


APRIL 30

Ben Goldberg Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Greg Cohen - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums


OAKLAND ::
Coleman/Adkins/Dobson/Goldberg

STUDIO GRAND


MARCH 31 @ 9:30 PM

Coleman/Adkins/Dobson/Goldberg
Michael Coleman - piano
Rob Adkins - bass
Smith Dobson - drums
Ben Goldberg - clarinet


BERKELEY ::
Rob Reich and Ben Goldberg

SAUL'S


MARCH 31 @ 6 PM

Rob Reich and Ben Goldberg


SAN FRANCISCO ::
Vijay Anderson Trio

COMSTOCK


MARCH 26 @ 8 PM

Vijay Anderson Trio
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Vijay Anderson - drums
Robert Overbury - bass


OAKLAND ::
Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

DUENDE


MARCH 24 @ 9 PM

Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

Vijay Anderson says:

The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy.  The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm,  inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures.   This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new.  As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”. 

 



MOUNTAIN VIEW ::
Scott Amendola Quartet

DANA STREET ROASTING COMPANY


MARCH 23 @ 3 PM

Scott Amendola Quartet
Scott Amendola - drums
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Josh Smith - tenor saxophone.  
John Shifflet - bass 

Scott writes beautiful, melodic tunes, and insists that we play them however we need to in the moment. This has created some memorable performances.  Here's two of them: "Lima Bean" at Off The Grid in San Francisco: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS97jALMPs4.  And "Blues for Istanbul" from a hit at the Red Poppy Art House in SF with Nels Cline taking Josh's place: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FksDYt3ZduU&feature=related



BERKELEY ::
Rob Reich and Ben Goldberg

SUBTERRANEAN ART HOUSE


MARCH 22 @ 8 PM

Rob Reich and Ben Goldberg


LARKSPUR ::
Scott Amendola Quartet

MARIN COUNTY MART


MARCH 21 @ 5:30 PM

Scott Amendola Quartet
Scott Amendola - drums
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Josh Smith - tenor saxophone.  
John Shifflet - bass 

Scott writes beautiful, melodic tunes, and insists that we play them however we need to in the moment. This has created some memorable performances.  Here's two of them: "Lima Bean" at Off The Grid in San Francisco: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS97jALMPs4.  And "Blues for Istanbul" from a hit at the Red Poppy Art House in SF with Nels Cline taking Josh's place: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FksDYt3ZduU&feature=related



OAKLAND ::
Michael Coleman's Sleepover

DUENDE


MARCH 20 @ 9 PM

Michael Coleman's Sleepover
Michael Coleman - piano, compositions
Aram Shelton - clarinet
Cory Wright - bass clarinet
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet
Hamir Atwal - drums


OAKLAND ::
Scott Amendola Quartet

DUENDE


MARCH 19 @ 9 PM

Scott Amendola Quartet
Scott Amendola - drums
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Josh Smith - tenor saxophone.  
John Shifflet - bass 

Scott writes beautiful, melodic tunes, and insists that we play them however we need to in the moment. This has created some memorable performances.  Here's two of them: "Lima Bean" at Off The Grid in San Francisco: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS97jALMPs4.  And "Blues for Istanbul" from a hit at the Red Poppy Art House in SF with Nels Cline taking Josh's place: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FksDYt3ZduU&feature=related



BERKELEY ::
Goldberg/Coleman/Atwal

THE JAZZ SCHOOL


MARCH 15 @ 8 PM

Goldberg/Coleman/Atwal
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Michael Coleman - piano
Hamir Atwal - drums


BERKELEY ::
Michael Coleman Quartet

JUPITER


MARCH 7@ 8 PM

Michael Coleman Quartet
Michael Coleman - piano
Smith Dobson - drums
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Doug Stewart - bass


NEW YORK ::

THE STONE


MARCH 2 @ 10:00 PM


NEW YORK ::
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

THE STONE


MARCH 2 @ 8:00 PM

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Myra and I have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.



NEW YORK ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind w/ Craig Taborn

THE STONE


MARCH 1 @ 10:00 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind w/ Craig Taborn

Ellery Eskelin - tenor saxophone

Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone

Craig Taborn - Wurlitzer Electric Piano

Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet

Ches Smith - drums



NEW YORK ::
Goldberg/Taborn/Smith

THE STONE


MARCH 1 @ 8:00 PM

Goldberg/Taborn/Smith

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Craig Taborn - piano

Ches Smith - drums



NEW YORK ::
Goldberg/Davis/Eskelin/Radley/Hoff/Smith

THE STONE


FEBRUARY 28 @ 10:00 PM

Goldberg/Davis/Eskelin/Radley/Hoff/Smith

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Kris Davis - piano

Ellery Eskelin - tenor saxophone

Nate Radley - guitar

Devin Hoff - bass

Ches Smith - drums



NEW YORK ::
Ben Goldberg / Kris Davis / Ches Smith

THE STONE


FEBRUARY 28 @ 8:00 PM

Ben Goldberg / Kris Davis / Ches Smith

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Kris Davis - piano

Ches Smith - drums



NEW YORK ::
Ben Goldberg School

THE STONE


FEBRUARY 27 @ 10:00 PM

Ben Goldberg School

Ben Goldberg  clarinet

Kasey Knudsen  alto saxophone

Jeff Cressman  trombone

Rob Reich  accordion

David Ewell  bass

Hamir Atwal  drums



NEW YORK ::
Goldberg/Cohen/Perowski

THE STONE


FEBRUARY 27 @ 8:00 PM

Goldberg/Cohen/Perowski

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Greg Cohen - bass

Ben Perowsky - drums



NEW YORK ::
Goldberg/Bernstein/Schoenbeck/Coleman/Adkins/Miller

THE STONE


FEBRUARY 26 @ 10:00 PM

Goldberg/Bernstein/Schoenbeck/Coleman/Adkins/Miller

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Steven Bernstein - trumpet

Sara Schoenbeck - bassoon

Michael Coleman - piano

Rob Adkins - bass

Allison Miller - drums



NEW YORK ::
Goldberg/Burnham/Takeishi/Royston

THE STONE


FEBRUARY 26 @ 8:00 PM

Goldberg/Burnham/Takeishi/Royston

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Charles Burnham - violin

Stomu Takeishi - bass

Rudy Royston - drums



NEW YORK ::
Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

THE STONE


FEBRUARY 25 @ 10:00 PM

Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

Vijay Anderson says:

The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy.  The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm,  inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures.   This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new.  As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”. 

 



NEW YORK ::
Ben Goldberg and Tyshawn Sorey

THE STONE


FEBRUARY 25 @ 8:00 PM

Ben Goldberg and Tyshawn Sorey


SAN FRANCISCO ::

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES' SALON SERIES AT THE REX HOTEL


FEBRUARY 19 @ 6:30 PM


BERKELEY ::
Clarinet Thing

HILLSIDE CLUB


FEBRUARY 15 @ 8 PM

Clarinet Thing


SAN FRANCISCO ::
Ben Goldberg School

CENTER FOR NEW MUSIC


FEBRUARY 14 @ 7:30 PM

Ben Goldberg School

Ben Goldberg  clarinet

Kasey Knudsen  alto saxophone

Jeff Cressman  trombone

Rob Reich  accordion

David Ewell  bass

Hamir Atwal  drums



NEW YORK ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

TBA


JANUARY 10, 2014, TIME TBA

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


BROOKLYN ::
Kris Davis' Infrasound

ROULETTE


JANUARY 6 2014 8 PM

Kris Davis' Infrasound

Kris Davis - piano, compositions

Oscar Noriega - bass clarinet

Andrew Bishop - bass clarinet

Joachim Badenhorst - bass clarinet

Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet

Gary Versace - accordion, organ

Nate Radley - guitar

Jim Black - drums



OAKLAND ::
Melford / Takeishi / Amendola / Goldberg

DUENDE


OCTOBER 16, 2013 @9 PM

Melford / Takeishi / Amendola / Goldberg


OAKLAND ::

DUENDE


OCTOBER 14, 2013 @9PM


BERKELEY ::

BERKELEY ARTS FESTIVAL


OCTOBER 13, 2013 @8 PM


SAN FRANCISCO ::
Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

THE MAKEOUT ROOM


OCTOBER 7, 2013 @8:30 PM

Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

Vijay Anderson says:

The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy.  The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm,  inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures.   This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new.  As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”. 

 



OAKLAND ::
Ben Goldberg / Jordan Glenn

THE CRANE HOUSE


OCTOBER 5, 2013 @8 PM

Ben Goldberg / Jordan Glenn

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Jordan Glenn - drums etc.



OAKLAND ::
Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

DUENDE


SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 @9 PM

Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

Vijay Anderson says:

The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy.  The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm,  inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures.   This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new.  As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”. 

 



DENVER ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

DAZZLE JAZZ


SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 @7 AND 9 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


DENVER ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

DAZZLE JAZZ


SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 @7 AND 9 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


PORTLAND ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS


SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 @8 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


MILL VALLEY ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE


SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 @7 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


SACRAMENTO ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

ANTIQUITE MAISON PRIVEE


SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 @8 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


OAKLAND ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

DUENDE


SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 @9:30 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


SANTA CRUZ ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

KUUMBWA JAZZ CENTER


SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 @7:00 PM

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


CHICAGO ::
Ben Goldberg Solo

RATCHET SERIES HOUSE CONCERT


APRIL 13, 2013, 7 PM

Ben Goldberg Solo

Man vs. Clarinet



CHICAGO ::
James Falzone's Renga Ensemble

CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER


APRIL 11, 2013

James Falzone's Renga Ensemble

Ken Vandermark (Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone)

Keefe Jackson (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet)

Jason Stein, (bass clarinet)

Ben Goldberg (Bb clarinet, contra alto clarinet)

Ned Rothenberg (Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone)

James Falzone (Bb clarinet, Eb clarinet)

James will compose a set of new pieces, present the group in 2 gigs in Chicago in April and then record the music for future release.

The project is supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council and Columbia College Chicago.



CHICAGO ::
James Falzone's Renga Ensemble

THE HIDEOUT


APRIL 10, 2013

James Falzone's Renga Ensemble

Ken Vandermark (Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone)

Keefe Jackson (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet)

Jason Stein, (bass clarinet)

Ben Goldberg (Bb clarinet, contra alto clarinet)

Ned Rothenberg (Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone)

James Falzone (Bb clarinet, Eb clarinet)

James will compose a set of new pieces, present the group in 2 gigs in Chicago in April and then record the music for future release.

The project is supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council and Columbia College Chicago.



VIENNA, AUSTRIA ::
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

PORGY AND BESS


MARCH 28, 2013

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Myra and I have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.



LEER, GERMANY ::
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

JAZZ IN LEER


MARCH 27, 2013

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Myra and I have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.



HUESCA, SPAIN ::
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

CENTRO CULTURAL DEL MATADERO


MARCH 25, 2013

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Myra and I have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.



BARCELONA, SPAIN ::
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

JAMBOREE


MARCH 24 2013

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Myra and I have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.



PUERTO REAL (CADIZ), SPAIN ::
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

TEATRO PRINCIPAL


MARCH 23, 2013

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Myra and I have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.



TOULOUSE, FRANCE ::
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

MUSIC HALLE – ESPACE JOB


MARCH 22, 2013

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Myra and I have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.



PADOVA, ITALY ::
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

MARCH 19, 2013

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Myra and I have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.



OAKLAND ::
Scott Amendola Quartet

DUENDE


MARCH 16, 2013

Scott Amendola Quartet
Scott Amendola - drums
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Josh Smith - tenor saxophone.  
John Shifflet - bass 

Scott writes beautiful, melodic tunes, and insists that we play them however we need to in the moment. This has created some memorable performances.  Here's two of them: "Lima Bean" at Off The Grid in San Francisco: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS97jALMPs4.  And "Blues for Istanbul" from a hit at the Red Poppy Art House in SF with Nels Cline taking Josh's place: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FksDYt3ZduU&feature=related



ALBUQUERQUE ::
Tin Hat

THE OUTPOST


MARCH 7 2013

Tin Hat


SANTA FE ::
Tin Hat

THE GIG


MARCH 6 2013

Tin Hat


OAKLAND ::
Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

THE LAYOVER


MARCH 4 2013

Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

Vijay Anderson says:

The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy.  The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm,  inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures.   This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new.  As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”. 

 



MILL VALLEY ::
Tin Hat

THROCKMORTON THEATRE


MARCH 3 2013

Tin Hat


BAY AREA ::

KCSM RADIO


MARCH 1, 2013, 9 AM


BERKELEY ::
Tin Hat

FREIGHT & SALVAGE COFFEEHOUSE


MARCH 1 2013

Tin Hat


OAKLAND ::
Ben Goldberg's Brainchild

DUENDE


FEBRUARY 27, 2013

Ben Goldberg's Brainchild

Ben Goldberg's Brainchild is an occasional group of around 12 musicians who gather to carry out instructions I make up on the spot and whisper in their ears.  Over the years the group has included John Schott, Steve Adams, Carla Kihlstedt, Ches Smith, David Euwell, Matt Brubeck, William Winant, Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, and many others.  There have been many memorable moments, musical and otherwise, including Scott lying on the floor of the Paradise Lounge, Matt gamely attempting to respond to the instruction "hypotenuse! hypotenuse!", narrowly-averted mayhem by Mr. Winant at Beanbenders, and the choreographer Joe Goode reciting all the five-syllable words he could think of.



WORLD WIDE ::

...


FEBRUARY 19 2013


OAKLAND ::
Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

THE LAYOVER


FEBRUARY 4 2013

Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

Vijay Anderson says:

The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy.  The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm,  inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures.   This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new.  As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”. 

 



SAN FRANCISCO ::

SFJAZZ CENTER


JANUARY 31 2013


SANTA CRUZ ::

UCSC, MUSIC BUILDING


JANUARY 28 2013, 2 PM


OAKLAND ::
The Nels Cline Singers

DUENDE


JANUARY 24, 2013

The Nels Cline Singers


SAN FRANCISCO ::
Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors

CAFE DU NORD


JANUARY 16, 2013

Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors


PHILADELPHIA ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

JOHNNY BRENDA'S


DECEMBER 9, 2012

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


BALTIMORE ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

THE WINDUP SPACE


DECEMBER 8, 2012

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


NEW YORK CITY ::
Unfold Ordinary Mind

THE STONE; 8 PM SET


DECEMBER 5, 2012

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Nels Cline - guitar
Ches Smith - drums
Ben Goldberg - contra alto clarinet, compositions


BERKELEY ::
Graham Connah's No Porkestra

THE JAZZ SCHOOL


NOVEMBER 4, 2012

Graham Connah's No Porkestra

One of the amazingest big bands on the planet.  A straight evolutionary line leads us from the early days of the Sour Note Seven to this well-orchestrated mob.  Not to be missed.  Graham is one of the great composers of our time, and this group is his crowning achievement to date. 

Ben Goldberg-clarinet, Beth Custer-clarinet, Steve Adams-flute, Jarratt Rossini-bassoon, Cory Wright-bass clarinet, Jess, Ivry-cello, Alisa Rose-violin, Evan Francis-alto sax/flute, Kasey Knudsen-alto sax, Jayn Pettingill-alto sax, Sheldon Brown-tenor sax, Patrick Wolff-tenor sax, Tom Griesser-baritone sax, Marty Wehner-trombone, Rob Ewing-trombone, Darren Johnston-trumpet, Lisa Mezzacappa-acoustic bass, Vicky Grossi-electric bass, Vijay Anderson-drums, Nancy Clarke-voice, John Schott-voice, John Finkbeiner-voice, Graham Connah-piano
 



BERKELEY ::
Ben Goldberg School

BERKELEY ARTS FESTIVAL


NOVEMBER 4, 2012

Ben Goldberg School

Ben Goldberg  clarinet

Kasey Knudsen  alto saxophone

Jeff Cressman  trombone

Rob Reich  accordion

David Ewell  bass

Hamir Atwal  drums



OAKLAND ::
Ben Goldberg School

AVONOVA HOUSE CONCERT SERIES


OCTOBER 21, 2012

Ben Goldberg School

Ben Goldberg  clarinet

Kasey Knudsen  alto saxophone

Jeff Cressman  trombone

Rob Reich  accordion

David Ewell  bass

Hamir Atwal  drums



BERKELEY ::
Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

BERKELEY ARTS FESTIVAL, 2133 UNIVERSITY AVENUE IN BERKELEY


SEPTEMBER 5, 2012

Vijay Anderson, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg

Vijay Anderson says:

The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy.  The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm,  inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures.   This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new.  As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”. 

 



DENVER ::

DAZZLE


JUNE 20, 2012


NOVARA, ITALY ::
Vijay Anderson's Touch and Go Sextet

NOVARA JAZZ FESTIVAL


MAY 31, 2012

Vijay Anderson's Touch and Go Sextet
Vijay Anderson, drums, composition
Sheldon Brown, saxophone, bass clarinet
Aaron Bennett, saxophone
Darren Johnston, trumpet
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Ben Goldberg, clarinet


TORONTO ::

COLLEGE STREET UNITED CHURCH


MAY 27, 2012 7 PM


SACRAMENTO ::

LUNA CAFE


MAY 14, 2012, 7 PM


LOS ANGELES ::
Ben Goldberg's Orphic Machine

THE BLUE WHALE


MARCH 5, 2012, 8:00 PM

Ben Goldberg's Orphic Machine


BERKELEY ::
Ben Goldberg's Orphic Machine

FREIGHT AND SALVAGE COFFEEHOUSE


MARCH 4, 8:00 PM

Ben Goldberg's Orphic Machine