I'm still not sure if Anne-Marie approves of my new nickname for The Buttonwood Tree. Not sure how I fee about it, for that matter. Maybe it's just with Mardi Gras approaching (3/8) and me preempted, I'm simply feeling ornery. In any event, it's an affectionate nod to Congo Square.
So... tonight (Friday) George Schuller brings his trio to 605 Main St... and Saturday, it's Fonda's turn.
The George Schuller Trio is a more inside, song-based ensemble than one might be expecting from this exceptional drummer/composer. It's a great alternate vantage point from which to more subtly appreciate his substantial gifts. Known more for his experimental forays with Conference Call or The Michael Musillami Trio, George here has the opportunity to shine in a more relaxed sort of way. The trio features Dan Tepfer on piano and and Jeremy Stratton on bass. Their new CD is called "Life's Little Dramas".
There's an element of fun; almost mischief; in everything Joe Fonda does. But it's serious fun. His trio features Lou Grassi on drums and Mikko Innanen on sax. Joe and Lou have worked together for years and are well-known in avant-garde circles. Mikko's is a new name for us, but consider this: If Joe's bringing him by, there's no stronger recommendation.