When: Sat., Jan. 10, 9:30 p.m. 2015
Bassist Lisa Mezzacappa is one of the most prominent improvisers and bandleaders in the Bay Area jazz scene. Raised in New York, her local success reverses the usual career narrative, which typically consists of the East Coast siphoning off budding Bay Area experimentalists. Among her many groups is Bait & Switch, an adventurous jazz quartet that brought Mezzacappa to the attention of jazz critics at national publications such as Downbeat. Meanwhile, as a curator, she’s organized film and music events at a diverse array of institutions throughout California, such as the Hammer Museum, Stanford, and Artists’ Television Access. On Saturday at Studio Grand (3234 Grand Ave., Oakland), Mezzacappa’s Interlopers — a leftfield string ensemble indebted as much to Americana as twentieth-century classical music — perform with the New York trio Bandersnatch. — S.L.