Peter Brötzmann/Heather Leigh///Dan Melchior
May 23: Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Peter Brötzmann Duo
Peter Brötzmann: Sax / Clarinet
Heather Leigh: Pedal Steel Guitar
It's safe to say that Peter Brötzmann is one of the most revered jazz musicians alive today. A saxophonist as well as clarinetist, Brötzmann has released over fifty albums as a bandleader, and has appeared on over one hundred albums total. His1968 recording Machine Gun is considered one of his many classics within the realms of free jazz and European free improvisation, but he certainly didn't stop there. Brötzmann has also recorded or performed with a gigantic roster of musicians as diverse as Han Bennink, Fred Van Hove, Derek Bailey, Frank Wright, Cecil Taylor, Keiji Haino, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Conny Bauer, Joe McPhee, and his son, Caspar Brötzmann, a notable guitarist in his own right.
Dan Melchior (Akron)
Born near Shepperton, England in 1972, Melchior “ma[de] his way through a few unmemorable teenage groups” before making connections with Billy Childish and Holly Golightly, playing guitar on her 1997 album Painted On. In addition to
working on several more Golightly albums, Melchior also recorded a duo album with Childish, Devil In The Flesh (1998). By 1999 he was fronting his own band, Dan Melchior's Broke
Revue. Relocating to New York, “Melchior began moving away from the blues-influenced garage sound that defined his early work... to focus on lo-fi material with a strong pop and psychedelic influence that also highlighted his witty and thoughtful songwriting.” (Mark Deming,allmusic.com) He has since made acclaimed solo recordings for prestigious labels such as Sympathy For The Record Industry, Siltbreeze, Starlight Furniture Company and Northern Spy.