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BassDrumBone: Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway & Ray Anderson

June 19 @ 7:30 pm

Photo by Jordan Hemingway

Tickets $18 general / $16 Earshot members & seniors (60+) / $10 students & veteran/military

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A trio with a career spanning four decades of collaboration and exploration, BassDrumBone is celebrating that achievement with the release of their new double-album The Long Road. The group, consisting of Mark Helias on bass, Gerry Hemingway on drums, and Ray Anderson on trombone, will be touring the US, Canada, and Europe showcasing their latest work and providing audiences with a chance to see a group of musicians that have developed a definition of jazz that can only come from many seasons and many stories.

The uniqueness of this trio is, of course, more than just the longevity of their partnership with one another. BassDrumBone, whom first played with one another in the fall of 1977, represent a collective of singular and specialized musicians who artfully present their craft with the simple pallette of double bass, drums, and trombone. Each instrumentalist acute to one another’s movements and ideas while also seemingly independent in both composition and free improv. Their music draws from traditions of jazz while simultaneously allowing for the freedom to push just what that tradition means in the evolution of jazz; you can’t help but engage with the individual musician and their participation in the group as a whole, each player bringing a specific and intrinsic piece to the puzzle that is BassDrumBone. From Anderson’s ability to “get a lot of the human voice into his trombone,” as Kevin Whitehead said in his recent review on NPR, to Hemingway’s utilizing every dynamic element of his drum kit to “react and provoke [Anderson]” and bring about an air of the mystic and maniacal to his performance, to Helias, who maintains the structure while bringing in tasty background melodies and holding down the pace with texture and swing, these artists converse in a dialogue of musical interplay within improvisation and composition that allows them the ability to create a language anyone can appreciate and everyone should try to understand. Don’t miss their appearance at The Royal Room to hear the continuation of this conversation that has lasted these 40 years.


June 19
7:30 pm
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The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
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