This Thursday, the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble and a visiting trio, BassDrumBone, will be performing in the Top of the Hop. The event is free and the Top of the Hop bar will be serving free drinks (21+) all evening.
This event is both a promotion of the new bar at the Top of the Hop as well as a chance for the Barbary Coast to perform and collaborate with a visiting artist outside of the group’s regular concert, on February 24.
BassDrumBone – Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway and Ray Anderson – are a renowned jazz trio who have been playing together for over 40 years, since fall of 1977. They are internationally celebrated musicians, both individually, and as part of their trio.
Of BassDrumBone’s latest CD, The Long Road (2017), All About Jazz wrote: “It’s a veritable jazz super-group. Ray Anderson’s pumping trombone lines steer the way for a cavalcade of movements, consisting of tricky maneuvers and some hyper-mode frazzle and dazzle. And it’s easy to discern why the group’s lasted as long as it has: factor in the musicians’ strikingly intuitive sensibilities, where strategies are re-engineered and refreshed in dynamic fashion. They successfully mingle very diverse elements into their overall game-plan. Bassist Mark Helias and drummer Gerry Hemingway engage in brisk rhythmic structures, and the unit enjoys ample soloing spots to counterbalance a foray of interloping exchanges. Think of a precision-machine with loose groove formats and a horde of improvisation-based retooling processes.”
They will be leading a workshop with the Barbary Coast before the performance, where the Coast will be doing an opening set before the trio takes over for the night.
Come to the Top of the Hop, February 8 at 9 pm for a drink, some fantastic jazz, and a preview of the Coast before their concert on February 24!