Monday, March 11, 7pm: Anthony Wilson Trio, aka Ryan Kisor Quartet minus Ryan Kisor

by GF

Monday, March 11


Anthony Wilson Trio

Anthony Wilson, guitar
Joe Bagg, organ
Mark Ferber, drums

ArtShare LA
801 E 4th Place, Los Angeles 90013






This is Ryan Kisor:


He plays trumpet, reportedly.  If you were to look up Ryan Kisor on Wikipedia it would say he indeed plays trumpet, he won the Monk Competition once upon a time, he plays in the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, and he’s an outstanding musician.  At one time, this post would have been to highlight his solid career and plug his upcoming show this Monday.  We are not going to do that, because after we had booked the gig for him, reserved the room, and found a band to back him up, DUDE DECIDES TO CANCEL.

So now, Ryan Kisor, we don’t care about you or whatever you might have done in your life.  To drive that point home, here are some really bad jokes at Ryan Kisor’s expense:

Ryan Kisor:     knock knock
guy behind door:    who’s there
Ryan Kisor:    Ryan Kisor
guy behind door:    ryan kisor who
Ryan Kisor:    DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM
guy behind door:    ……..

Q: What’s the difference between a dead man and Ryan Kisor?
A: The dead guy would be reliable enough to show up to his own funeral.  Also, Ryan Kisor is not dead.

Q: How many Ryan Kisors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Keep sitting in the dark, nerds, ’cause he ain’t coming.  Ka-Pow!

Hopefully the innocuousness and general terribleness of these jokes will serve to show we are not really mad at Mr. Kisor.  If we were, the jokes would be much better and more hurtful, probably all having to do with his mother.  We will save those for his next cancellation.

The silver lining in all this is we still have the band, and it’s a good one:

anthonyAnthony Wilson needs no Wikipedia introduction.  Best known these days as the indispensable sideman for Diana Krall, this guitarist could easily be in the top five of any serious musician’s lists of favorite current guitarists in Los Angeles and maybe even New York.  He has the expertise and depth of an old-school player, but the imagination and inspiration of a three year old who just discovered finger painting.  It’s truly a joy to watch him play.  He’s like Kobe Bryant on guitar, if Kobe smiled more often and looked like he was having a lot of fun when he played.

eastwoodJoe Bagg is one of the top pianists and organists in Los Angeles, and he is a collector.  A collector of cool Apple products, keyboards, records for sure, but mostly he is a collector of great ideas to play on piano and organ.  Seriously, it is an endless amount of really hip things that he has collected from old and new recordings, which is probably why few other keyboard players have those really hip things in their repertoire.  Stop hoarding all the cool shit, Joe!  He recently played piano for a scene in the recent Clint Eastwood film J. Edgar.  The picture to the right shows Eastwood explaining to Joe the style of piano he was to be playing on set.

ferberMark Ferber used to live in Los Angeles but has been in New York for a long time now, surviving and even thriving there, playing drums for an endless parade of great players from Ralph Alessi to Ben Monder.  Currently he is in L.A., teaching at CalArts for the great Joe LaBarbera, who is on sabbatical.  See that music stand in the picture to the left?  There is no visible music on that stand, which means one of two things: 1) Mark always reads music printed on invisible paper so people can see his facile drum technique, and 2) Mark actually does not know how to read.

These three exemplary musicians have been friends for many years, and they recorded two amazing albums over a decade ago, which is mind boggling:


Does the picture on the right look bigger?  Fooled you again!

So this gig has become a reunion show for this great band, which ends up being a lot cooler than if they were just backing that other guy whose name I can’t remember.

For this show, the LAJC has enlisted the help of ArtShare LA, an arts organization fittingly located in the Artist District of downtown Los Angeles.  They have free parking across the street, quite a lot of gallery space and a theater in the back used exclusively for jazz organ trios.  In other words, it’s perfect!

As the space is a gallery and not a bar, we asked Anthony to exercise his other area of expertise, which is wine.  For our tasting pleasure, Anthony has hand-picked two great wines from domaine LA.  In the sommelier’s own words:

We’ll be pouring two of my favorite wines from the Loire Valley, both affordable and impeccably made.

For white, we have a crisp, mineral Melon de Bourgogne from the Nantais — Domaine de la Pépière’s Muscadet “classique,” a white to keep around the house at all times. And our red will be a delicious Gamay (w/ Grolleau & Pineau d’Aunis) from the Touraine — Puzelat/Bonhomme’s “Le Telquel,” super-fun and gulpable.’

ooh la la!

(There will be a modest recommended donation for the wine tasting part of this event.)

Lastly, a word about the happenings with the Los Angeles Jazz Collective – we are currently in the middle of a transition to a bonafide non-profit organization, which is why we have been laying low for much of the past year.  Once the transition is finalized, we will be back better than ever with more music programming and workshops and recordings and candy canes and unicorns and other beautiful things.  Let’s hope this first event of 2013 helps to move us in that direction!


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