Marco Benevento Gets His Ass In Gear

 

Four week residency
and a lot more, including a new album.

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Marco Benevento will call Northern California home in
February when he hosts a four week residency at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Supporting his new release, Me
Not Me
(available February 3 from The Royal Potato Family), Benevento is
set to appear every Tuesday of the month at the prestigious east bay jazz venue
with a different set of special guests.

 

 

He’ll launch the run on February 3 with an album release
party featuring his core trio comprised of bassist Reed Mathis and drummer
Andrew Barr. They’ll also perform a handful of shows later that week in the
northwest. The following Tuesday, Benevento
revisits the “two drummers and a saxophone” band from his storied
2008 Sullivan Hall residency with drummers Billy Martin and G. Calvin Weston
and tenor saxophonist Skerik. The following night the same lineup heads south
for an appearance at Largo in Los Angeles. On February 17, week three,
guitarist Jeff Parker of Tortoise joins Benevento
along with the Nels Cline Singers’ rhythm section, bassist Devin Hoff and
drummer Scott Amendola.  Rounding out Benevento’s four consecutive
Tuesdays at Yoshi’s will be “Quartet The Killer,” performing the
music of Neil Young, for which Benevento will be joined by his partner in The
Duo, drummer Joe Russo, along with tenor saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum and
trombonist Josh Roseman.

Me Not Me finds Benevento
interpreting the work of artists such as Deerhoof, Leonard Cohen, George
Harrison and My Morning Jacket among others. Benevento also contributes three original
compositions, including “Now They’re Writing Music,” which was first
performed as a rough sketch last spring when the Brooklyn-based pianist
appeared on “The World Cafe With David Dye.” In addition to Benevento, the album
features the aforementioned Mathis and Barr along with drummer Matt
Chamberlain. The set was recorded in Seattle at
Chroma Sound and mixed in Brooklyn by Bryce
Goggin.

Tour Dates:

January 10 / Winter Jazzfest at Sullivan Hall / New York, NY
February 2 / Don Quixote’s International Music Hall / Felton, CA
February 3 / Yoshi’s / Oakland, CA
February 5 / The Triple Door / Seattle, WA
February 6 / Axe & Fiddle / Cottage Grove, OR
February 7 / The Goodfoot / Portland, OR
February 10 / Yoshi’s / Oakland, CA
February 11 / Largo / Los Angeles, CA (w/ Jacob Fred Jazz
Odyssey)
February 17 / Yoshi’s / Oakland, CA
February 24 / Yoshi’s / Oakland, CA
March 7 / The Bell House / Brooklyn, NY

 

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