Is This Jazz? B’s Bees

May 8, 2018 @ 9:00 pm – May 9, 2018 @ 12:45 am
AS220 Main Stage
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903

Join us on Tuesday, May 8th for a rare midweek ITJ@AS220!

Opening the night will be Montreal’s busiest jazz band, B’s Bees, who recorded their new album Kanata during a highly inspired, post tour interlude. Their third album displays their vast, exciting style of play, and shows growth in the group’s compositional and improvisational abilities. A native of British Columbia, drummer and bandleader Brandon Goodwin has been a mainstay in the Montreal music scene for over a decade. In his last five years there, he experienced an exceptional period of creativity as a composer, and non-stop performer with his group B’s Bees. After a successful first U.S. tour in April/May 2017, the group returned to Montreal and went directly into the studio. This new album displays the group in a brilliant new quintet setting. They haven’t stepped too far from the Hard Bop inspired sound they are known for nor allowed themselves to be boxed in by a genre label. Their new recording shows what they can do when given a blank canvas, seizing the moment to show their collective and individual growth. The album was produced by Goodwin and released through his label Django Heart Records. Closing the night will be the newest, in a long line of established groups from Ryan Kowal, RK’s Broken Shovel brings together some of finest improvisers in New England to create a musical powerhouse.  The talents of Rufus Brothers – drums, Scott Roddick – bass, Mark Medeiros – guitar, and Ben Shaw – sax, are mixed together with Ryan Kowal’s compositions, direction, and vibraphone to facilitate safe passage between the worlds of free improvisation and through-composed music. New, rearranged, and composed on the spot pieces will be performed, mixed with a few surprises. Musical modules of improvisation are juxtaposed with heavily composed sections (sometimes one on top of another) to create an entertaining and creative set that cannot be missed. Make sure to be present for this premier performance.

Admission is only $10 which goes directly to supporting these incredible artists.