Jazz Outside (5.22.2014)

Jazz Outside May 2014


When: Thursday, May 22nd at 7:00pm

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard,
1106 East 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Cost: $5 suggested donation, Kids free

Contact: Harold McMillan info2@diversearts.org

Dave Laczko
Atlas Major
Brazilian Space Program
Jam Outside

Atlas Maior is excited to be backing Trumpet guru Dave Laczko at the launch of JAZZOUTside 2014 Thursday May 22nd at Kenny Dorham's Backyard. This is great bill that also features Brazilian Space Program among other fine players. Artwork by Ricardo Richard Acevedo.


The word/jazz performance series and Jazz OUTside with Diverse Artes presents collaborative spoken word and improvised music performances that feature an ever evolving all-star cast of Austin’s best performance poets, musicians, and writers who create live-on-the-spot spontaneous compositions.These are decidedly not "poetry readings." Now one of Austin’s longest lived spoken word and music projects (since 2000), word/jazz creates a comfortable setting for exploration of how traditional call-and-response can be adapted to performance situations where artists are free to improvise based on real time inspiration of the moment.

Dave Laczko - Trumpet has been on the Austin Jazz scene for decades including the Brarons of Rhythm and 14 years as a Jazz DJ for KAZI radio and recordings with WD-41, JA Deane, Scott Amendola and Shrunken Head Shop. WD-41 currently have a top ranked video and mp3 at All About Jazz and their latest release was a Top 3 editors pick at Guitar Player Magazine.

Atlas Maior - Atlas Maior is a music project based in Austin, Texas that maps diverse musical traditions, placing Jazz, Arab Turkish, and Latin American musical idioms in dialogue with one another. Atlas Maior composes music that pays homage to the stewards of these traditions and their cultural and geographic origins. Their unique sound balances intimate moments of sincerity with powerful cinematic melodies and incendiary rhythmic passages.

The band takes its name from the “Atlas Maior”, the first world atlas published by Joan Bleau in Amsterdam in the 17th century. Atlas Maior was inspired by the idea of creating original music that encompassed the group’s wide range of musical inspirations, including Egyptian composer Mohammad abdul-Wahhab, Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, bassist Avishai Cohen, jazz artists Jackie McLean, Pharaoh Sanders, Sun Ra, and fusion projects such as Amalgama, Ojos de Brujo, and Shakti. The core members of Atlas Maior, saxophonist Joshua Thomson and oud player Charlie Lockwood, write original melodies exploring maqamat (the Middle Eastern modal system) and harmonic progressions of American jazz (utilizing melodic minor theory, and modal approaches). The group then adopts a wide variety of non-Western rhythms and percussion instruments including Indian tablas, West African shekere, Middle Eastern dumbek, and the Peruvian cajón to Lockwood and Thomson’s melodies as part of the creative process.

We hope you will join us. Great food near by and B.Y.O.B (cans and plastic only). Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. A $5 donation is suggested to help DiverseArts continue it’s work promoting local arts and artists. Children have free admission.

DiverseArts is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that .....a great nation deserves great art.

Thu, 2014-05-22 19:00 - 22:00