Kamasi Washington: The Georgia Theater [Athens, Georgia]

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Athens, Georgia – Last night was a self-date night. I took myself out for cocktails at The Manhattan and then sauntered up the street to catch Los Angeles based jazz phenom, Kamasi Washington at the Georgia Theatre.

Washington and his band performed several cuts of his 2015 album, The Epic. The set was gentle and ferocious. He and his band are fire. Not merely “on fire”, just straight up “fire”. [Shout out to the female vocalist. I was near the front and wanted to psychically converse with you to see if you would get all Linda Sharrock on the mic but [sadly] I do not have those abilities.] Vocalist: Fire. The duel drummers: Fire. That keyboard chemist: Fire. The horn section and bassist: Fire.

Last night’s outfit consisted of dressing for warmth as well as style. I call it: Run D.M.C. meets Grey Gardens. What made the cut: A boldly printed 3/4 length sack dress, burnt orange velvet embroidered jacket, a wide forest green belt and a late 1950s vintage black wool oversized coat with mink collar. Footwear worn was simple as I relied on walking [with the aid of a cane]. No car or Lyft. No feral cats.

By chance I saw Washington and his cohorts were coming to town. This was months ago, online. I locked the details into my mind. I am a fan of straight ahead/ modern/ experimental jazz. Applause to whoever booked this show.

 

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Peter Brötzmann + Heather Leigh: The Mothlight [Asheville, N.C.]

009010Asheville, North Carolina – Two powerhouse artists, shredding in amazing ways [Leigh on pedal steel guitar, Brotzmann on reeds] with fantastic results. Filled with a solid experimental music listening crowd, The Mothlight [quite the comfortable venue] certainly impressed.  The Brötzmann + Leigh‘s set lasted roughly two hours, taking us through peaks and valleys of mercurial sound.

Many thanks to my host for having the foresight to choose this show and well in advance. Aside from the intense altitude sickness I experienced, my company and Asheville — The San Francisco of the South – was an action packed time.

I look forward to many returns in the future.