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Sam's Corner with special guest John Schott

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Join Sam Rudin, the owner and creator of The Back Room (and yes, some of you know him as Hurricane Sam), for an evening of piano wizardry. 

This evening, Sam will be joined by noted jazz guitarist John Schott. John graduated from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts, where he studied with Gary Peacock and Julian Priester. In 1992, he and Ben Goldberg formed Junk Genius, which released records on Knitting Factory and Songlines, as well as in other combinations on Tzadik, Nuscope, and Victo. Schott was also, with Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard, and Scott Amendola, a member of the jazz/funk band T.J. Kirk, whose second album If Four Was One (Warner Bros.) received a 1997 Grammy nomination. Schott's CD Shuffle Play: Elegies for the Recording Angel (New World Recordings), featuring his 16-piece Ensemble Diglossia in a 70-minute composition, was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Wire magazine. Schott can also be heard on records by John Zorn, Tom Waits, The Baguette Quartette, and Steven Bernstein.

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Up until several years ago, when he became obsessed with the idea of creating the ideal small performance venue, Sam was best known as a performer, both with his band (Hurricane Sam and the Hotshots) and solo at the piano. His solo work took him to fairs and festivals throughout the state, and to a handful of conducive clubs (most prominently the Freight and Salvage versions 1 and 2) that catered to serious listeners and smaller crowds.

The Back Room was, of course, designed for that very same purpose, and now that we are well into our second year, Sam feels the time has come to put himself regularly on the calendar. And so you will now find, once a month...Sam's Corner!

If you're not sure what to expect, here is a vintage promotional paragraph that will probably get a lot more mileage before we're through.

Sam Rudin is one of the most exciting pianists you are ever likely to hear. Sam attacks and caresses the keyboard, romping through the whole range of 20th century American music. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Alison, and Jerry Lee Lewis... sometimes all at the same time. He is also a compelling vocalist whose rough-hewn voice conveys both drama and humor.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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!

Earlier Event: September 20
David Grier
Later Event: September 23
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