The acclaimed Angel City Jazz Festival continues its 2011 run with the first of two festival shows at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. The festival show on Sunday September 25 at 7:00pm brings solo vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and Todd Sickafoose and Tiny Resistors to this notable venue. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.redcat.org or by calling 213-237-2800.
The evening opens with a solo set by vocalist Bleckmann. A Grammy nominated jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful. His work provokes the mind to wonder, but connects immediately with the heart.
Bassist Todd Sickafoose has become well known as Ani DiFranco’s collaborator, and has opened concerts for her performing his own music in packed concert halls all over the world. He has also performed and recorded with Andrew Bird, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Trey Anastasio, Yoko Ono, Myra Melford, Tin Hat, Bobby Previte and many others. The consistency of his personal voice within wildly diverse collaborations prompted the LA Weekly to call him “One of the most comprehensive musical minds of this coast”. The San Francisco Chronicle has called him, “A captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration,” and The New Yorker has called him “Ani DiFranco’s secret weapon.” This concert features his band Tiny Resistors with string quartet.