Nine Winds Records, a record label created in 1977 by multi-instrumentalist, composer, band leader and CalArts faculty Vinny Golia, celebrates it’s 35th anniversary this year. The label, which has released albums in the genres of new jazz, contemporary classical, and improvised music from the West Coast, has produced over 120 releases known for both “high quality recording values” and “consistently intelligent and adventurous music.” The label has released albums by some of Southern California’s greatest jazz musicians including trumpeter Bobby Bradford, guitarist Nels Cline and trumpeter and CalArts faculty Wadada Leo Smith.
In celebration, the label is hosting a month-long festival at The Blue Whale, located in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Each Wednesday this month, Nine Winds presents performances by two different bands represented by the label. The festival line-up features recent Nine Winds artists and Golia in bands such as Slumgum, Walsh Set Trio, The Gavin Templeton Quartet, The Daniel Rosenboom Septet, the Vinny Golia Sextet and Medium Ensemble.
“Today, an exciting new jazz scene is forming in Los Angeles with a new breed of artists inspired by the label’s storied history,” says saxophonist Jonathan Armstrong (Music MFA 08), who performs with Slumgum, Daniel Rosenboom Septet, Vinny Golia Sextet and Medium Ensemble.
Below is the list of remaining concert dates and band descriptions:
June 13, 9 pm
- Walsh Set Trio
Dedicated to exploring “improvisation through contemporary classical music, jazz, and noise making,” Walsh Set Trio is comprised of clarinetist and bass clarinetist Brian Walsh (Music MFA 08), Trevor Anderies (Music BFA 08) on drums and Colin Burgess (Music BFA 08) on bass. The group also draws inspiration from African and Bulgarian music in addition to Walsh’s compositions and free improvisation.
- The Gavin Templeton Quartet
Gavin Templeton’s (Music MFA 08) music “overflows with lush harmony and surprising melodic lines akin to compositions by [pianist] Bill Evans and [saxophonist] Wayne Shorter, all the while exploring lyrical [saxophonist Eric] Dolphy-esque improvisation and unconventional form and meter.” His quartet features Matt Politano on piano, Dave Robaire (Music MFA 12) on bass and Matt Mayhall (Music MFA 08) on drums.
- The Daniel Rosenboom Septet
The Daniel Rosenboom Septet performs the music of trumpeter/composer Daniel Rosenboom (Music MFA 07) and “explores the space between jazz, rock, contemporary classical and freely improvised music.” The septet features Templeton, Armstrong and Walsh on woodwinds, Rory Cowal (Music MFA 08) on piano, Hamilton Price on bass and Mayhall on drums.
- The Vinny Golia Sextet
The Vinny Golia Sextet features Templeton, Rosenboom, Alex Noice (Music MFA 08), Armstrong and Andrew Lessman (Music BFA 09).
June 27, 9 pm
- The Vinny Golia Medium Ensemble
Medium Ensemble will feature many of the players from the festival as well as other Nine Winds Artists.
To check out the complete list of Nine Winds releases, visit their website.
The Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, Los Angeles
June 13, 20 and 27, 9 pm