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Sheldon Brown/Ben Goldberg Quartet, featuring Michael Vatcher

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Michael Vatcher is coming to town! After decades of work on the vanguard of the Dutch improvised music scene, he’s moved to NY, which means he’s more likely to be showing up on the West Coast . . . which means that Bay Area groups like Sheldon Brown/Ben Goldberg Quartet can take advantage of him. This is a very good thing!

Sheldon and Ben have been making music together in a variety of groups for almost 25 years. They formed a quartet, Papa’s Midnight Hop, in 1988, which performed their own original material, and have played together as members of Clarinet Thing (led by Beth Custer and also featuring Harvey Wainapel), Darren Johnston Quintet, Touch and Go (led by Vijay Anderson) and Goldberg, Brown Anderson Trio, and, of course, many of Graham Connah’s amazing large ensembles. More recently they’ve formed a quartet to perform the music of Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk.

California native Michael Vatcher, now residing in NY, quickly progressed from hitting household furniture to taking vibraphone and snare drum lessons as a child. During his many years in Holland, Vatcher played with such groups as the Michael Moore Quartet, Tristan Honsinger Sextet, the Martin Altena Ensemble, John Zorn, The Ex, Roof (with Phil Minton, Tom Cora, and Luc Ex), and Van Dyke Parks.

Rounding out the quartet is the fabulous Miles Wick, recently returned from NY to enrich the Bay Area scene.

They’ll be playing original pieces, music of Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk, with a large dose of improv.

Sheldon Brown - Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Ben Goldberg - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contra-Alto Clarinet
Miles Wick - Bass
Michael Vatcher - Drums and Percussion

Tickets are $15 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Later Event: December 23
Jake Cassman