Avant-Jazz from a Relentlessly Creative Pianist

Pianist Myra Melford plays a gig with her quartet at the Red Poppy Art House.

Pianist Myra Melford plays a gig with her quartet at the Red Poppy Art House. (Photo: Bryan Murray)

Pianist Myra Melford, who teaches composition at U.C. Berkeley, is among the most innovative songwriters and players in jazz. Her music is like a jigsaw puzzle; she makes all those odd pieces fit together just so. She also seems to always hook up with different collaborators. I saw her a few weeks ago at SFJAZZ with violinist Jenny Scheinman, and they were so sympatico. In her upcoming Red Poppy Art House gig on Oct. 5, Melford joins equally prolific Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and saxophonists Angela Morris and Steve Adams. Minds will be blown. Details here.

Avant-Jazz from a Relentlessly Creative Pianist 27 September,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report. ┬áHe loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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