Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

I Hate to Sing: The Music of Carla Bley

Permanent Wave Ensemble

When: Sat., March 6, 8 p.m. 2010

Alto saxophonist Kasey Knudsen and contra bassist Lisa Mezzacappa brought a panoply of weird, exciting material when they performed at the Jazzschool last year. Mezzacappadebuted an imaginative piece called "Ponzi," which she'd conceived after hearing one of Ed Blackwell's drum solos on the Don Cherry record Symphony for Improvisers. Knudsen cited World War II books and Fellini films as sources of inspiration. Both incredibly talented in their own right, they co-helm a jazz ensemble with some of the East Bay's most interesting musicians, including keyboardist Michael Coleman and drummer Sam Ospovat (both members of Beep! Trio). The leaders' new muse is Sixties-era composer and band leader Carla Bley, who grew up in Oakland and became hugely influential in New York and Europe. Oft characterized as post-bop or avant-garde, Bley composed and arranged for Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, worked closely with Steve Swallow, and even collaborated with Pink Floyd. She's the obvious predecessor for Knudsen, Mezzacappa, and their group the Permanent Wave Ensemble, and they'll provide a fitting tribute. I Hate to Sing: The Music of Carla Bleyhappens Saturday, Mar. 6, at the Jazzschool (2087 Addison St., Berkeley). 8 p.m., $15. Jazzschool.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $15

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