LAJC Presents: Will Brahm Quartet, Brian Havey Quartet at Bluewhale, Monday 11/28

by Gary Fukushima

We hope you have spent the last few days enjoying time with family and close friends, eating yourself into blissful oblivion, with the tryptophan and spiced rum inducing a food coma capable of allowing you to momentarily forget about the impending apocalypse.

Why don’t we keep the good times rolling a little while longer? If you’ve been at home for the past few days, maybe at the point now where you can no longer avoid talking to your uncle about who you voted for and why, perhaps a night out is just the thing to reset and fling yourself headlong into the busy holiday season. We’ve have an excellent run of shows in 2016 for our monthly series at Bluewhale.

This Monday is our last show of the year, and we hope to have even more events scheduled for 2017! Before we get ahead of ourselves, however, let’s send off this year with two incredible young musicians and their bands.

Will Brahm is originally from the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon.  He fled the verdant Rose City for browner pastures, moving to Long Beach for school and becoming one of LA’s best young guitarists in the process.  Will is the newest member of the innovative and internationally acclaimed New West Guitar Group, he also has his own working band Homenaje, and he is seemingly everywhere these days, befitting a man with exceptional musicianship, flawless guitar technique, and an engaging yet easygoing persona.

For this show Will has extended an invitation to one-time classmate and NY saxophonist Chase Baird, a graduate of the Julliard School and personal disciple of Michael Brecker.  Also joining them are the impeccable rhythm tandem of bassist Dave Robaire and drummer Dan Schnelle. They will also feature special guest vocalist Ahmad El Haggar.

Brian Havey is, to most people, an unknown quantity, and ‘most people’ might even include his closest friends.  He continues to surprise even long-time acquaintances and fans with his rapid and constant evolution of creative output, from writing and performing solo and trio jazz piano pieces, to designing rather manic synthesized sonic creations, and even illustrating some fascinating graphic artwork. Suffice it to say, Brian is likely the most genius of all the geniuses you’ve never heard of.  Never one for self-promotion, he nevertheless is able to survive as a creative artist based almost solely on the unmistakeable quality of his art, with the love and support of his dear and devoted friends, who truly do know him best.  You will not want to miss this rare performance by a uniquely talented pianist and composer.

Joining Brian is saxophonist, composer, and CSUN professor Michael Mull, along with bassist David Tranchina and Alex Snydman on drums.

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