John Schott's Actual Trio, featuring Dan Seamans and John Hanes, is "one of the Bay Area's most brilliant diamonds," according to Jazz Times.
All acknowledged masters on their instruments, the Actual Trio have spent years playing together in the studio and on the road, forging a singular group voice in the crowded world of modern guitar-oriented Jazz. Schott's compositions put groove, free improvisation, humor, melody, and harmony into a blender, and bring out the stellar musicianship of bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, The Lost Trio) and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Fillmore Slim, Pearl Harbor and the Explosions).
The group has had a five-year gig at the Actual Cafe in Oakland, tours on the East and West coasts, a festival performance at SFJazz, and a critically acclaimed debut CD on John Zorn's Tzadik label.
Paul de Barros of the Seattle Times writes, "With a bright and bold, slightly twangy sound, Schott grazes rock, blues, Thelonious Monk and James 'Blood' Ulmer with lithe, original, single-note lines full of swing, surprise and humor. If you like swinging jazz guitar with a zany, eccentric bent, see this threesome."
Tickets are $15 the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
8pm to 9pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue
Lucky Girl album release show. $25 adv / $27 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org
8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States
$30-$68. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org
8pm, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA