Named after the main character in the classic postwar film, The Third Man, The Holly Martins is a trio of Bay Area musicians (Kasey Knudsen on saxophone, Eric Vogler on guitar, and Lorin Benedict on vocals), dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz-infused improvised music, but without the trappings of a traditional "rhythm section". This configuration requires each individual to simultaneously take on multiple roles typically assigned individual players (soloist versus accompanist), thereby promoting more open-ended explorations of the material. The Holly Martins often construct mutations of normal jazz standards, transformed from their more familiar forms in the time domain. Their original compositions are often "jazz-like", but with twists and turns such as asymmetric harmonic rhythms, and cycling rhythmic and pitch patterns. For this concert, the Martins will be joined by drummer Jon Arkin.
The TAC JAZZ FEST is April 2nd, 9th & 16th presented by Jazz in the Neighborhood and JAMBAR, bringing you great music and artisan organic energy bars. Free jam sessions at 2pm hosted by incredible Bay Area musicians, and two evening concerts each day at 6pm and 9pm (limited seating). Click here for more information!
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