Cold Spring’s Rothenberg Plays Quinn’s on Dec. 8

Forms duo with drummer Jim Black

Monday jazz sessions at Quinn’s presents a rare performance by percussionist Jim Black and Hudson Valley-based musician and author David Rothenberg. The duo will play at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8.

David Rothenberg

David Rothenberg

Musician, composer, author, scholar and philosopher-naturalist Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humans and nature for many years. He is the author of Why Birds Sing, on making music with birds, which was turned into a feature-length BBC documentary. His latest book, Bug Music, on insects and music, was published in April 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.

Rothenberg is also a composer and jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, and he has nine CDs out under his own name. He is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which has encouraged and supported all of his creative projects since 1992. In the Hudson Valley, Rothenberg produced a record of popular music with his friends in Cold Spring, Painted Betty.

Black has become an in-demand drummer in avant-garde jazz and experimental rock. After growing up in Seattle, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee and began performing and recording with Human Feel. In 1991 Black moved from Boston to New York City, where he played with many prominent jazz musicians.

As the 2000s began, Black surprised some of his jazz fans with the establishment of his rock-inclined AlasNoAxis quartet, which has released four CDs. One of Black’s highest-profile gigs has been as drummer for Laurie Anderson’s touring band.

Quinn’s is located at 330 Main St. in Beacon. As with all Monday jazz sessions at Quinn’s, there will be no cover charge at the door, though donations for the artists are suggested.

Comments are closed.