Henry Grimes’ The Magic Science Quartet feat. Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen, Henry Grimes & Avreeayl Ra

Friday 2nd October 2015, 7.00pm




Henry Grimes is one of the very few surviving founding fathers and architects of avant-jazz from back in the late ’50s and early ’60s, today revered by countless musicians and music lovers throughout the world.  He is playing today at the very height of his powers and continues to surpass himself and all expectations each time out.  One of the most influential jazz bassists in history, Henry studied at Juilliard for three years at a time when only “classical”  music was taught there, and African-American students were very seldom accepted.  But soon after leaving Juilliard, Henry rapidly evolved into a progenitor and architect of the “avant-jazz” or “free jazz” movement of the 1950s and ’60s, creating new music alongside Albert Ayler, Amiri Baraka, Coleman Hawkins, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Cecil Taylor, and many more; as Vision Festival publicity states, from these beginnings, “Henry Grimes set the standard.”
He was also fairly deeply involved with the civil-rights / Black Power movement in the mid-’60s and spent dedicated time in clubs and arts centers, and especially at Babatunde Olatunji’s Center for African Culture on East 125th St., co-founded with John Coltrane, where Cecil Taylor and Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) convened many of the greatest minds in the Black Arts world to create / join / lead the movement forward from civil rights into Black Power.  The musicians played fund-raising concerts and collaborated with poets and writers at the Center and elsewhere, and some also participated in political strategy meetings.  Both Cecil Taylor and Amiri Baraka brought Henry Grimes in.   But after a disastrous trip to the West Coast, followed by 35 years away from the music world, Henry was rediscovered in 2002 in the worst part of downtown L.A., nearly destitute and without a bass, was given a bass by William Parker, and very soon was back in full force!  Since then, Henry has played / toured / recorded with Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Amiri Baraka (at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, as well as in Amiri’s home town, Newark, New Jersey), Marilyn Crispell, Bobby Few, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Nathaniel Mackey, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Marc Ribot, Sekou Sundiata, Wadada Leo Smith, and many more.  Since 2003, Henry has played nearly 600 concerts in 30 countries, made his professional debut on violin at age 70 with Cecil Taylor at Lincoln Center, has seen the publication of the first volume of his poetry, “Signs Along the Road,” and illustrates his new recordings and publications.



As a young musician, Marshall Belford Allen (b. May 25, 1924) performed with pianist Art Simmons, Don Byas and James Moody before enrolling in the Paris Conservatory of Music. After relocating to Chicago, Allen became a pupil of Sun Ra, subsequently joining the Arkestra in 1958 and leading Sun Ra’s formidable reed section for the next 40 years. Marshall, along with John Gilmore, June Tyson and James Jacson, lived, rehearsed, toured and recorded with Sun Ra almost exclusively for much of Sun Ra’s musical career. As a member of the Arkestra, Allen pioneered the Free Jazz movement of the early sixties, having remarkable influence on the leading voices in the avant-garde. He is featured on over 200 Sun Ra recordings in addition to collaborations with Phish, Sonic Youth, Digable Planets and Medeski, Martin & Wood.

Allen assumed the position of Arkestra Musical Director in 1995, following the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Marshall continues to be committed to the study, research, and development of Sun Ra’s musical precepts and has launched the Sun Ra Arkestra into a dimension beyond that of mere “ghost” band by writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra’s music, as well as composing new music and arrangement for the Arkestra. He works unceasingly to keep the big-band tradition alive.



Chicago master drummer / percussionist Avereeayl Ra was born in Chicago on May 21st, 1947 and still lives there today. He is a renowned musician always in demand among visiting jazz artists in Chicago. Avreeayl’s father, Arthur “Swinglee” O’Neil, was a tenor saxophonist who was mentor to many young Chicago musicians, including John Gilmore, later the mainstay of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Avreeayl is a long-term member of the Chicago AACM, his relationship with the seminal music organization having begun with early studies with AACM co-founder Kelan Philip Cohran. Avreeayl has performed and /or recorded with Fred Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Fontella Bass, Lester Bowie, Ari Brown, Oscar Brown, Jr., Henry Butler, Henry Byrd (”Professor Longhair”), Hamid Drake, Malachi Favors, Donald Raphael Garrett, Charles Gayle, Henry Grimes, Billy Harper, Joseph Jarman, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Nicole Mitchell, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Malachi Thompson, and many more.

The venerable “Chicago Tribune” music critic Howard Reich wrote recently, “An indispensable Chicago innovator, Avreeayl Ra shapes the music-making swirling around him with remarkable precision and poise… extraordinarily sensitive percussion.” Critic John Kelman has described Avreeayl’s playing as “part Tony Williams, part Elvin Jones, and all Avreeayl Ra.” Avreeayl considers himself greatly blessed to have come up in the richly progressive Chicago “avant-garde” jazz community. Though he has lived briefly in New Orleans and New York and has toured widely in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Far East, and Africa, he has always returned home to live in Chicago. These days Avreeayl devotes much of his time and phenomenal energy to documenting on film the hidden spiritual roots of Chicago music, focusing on the Congo Beach Initiative (inspired by Congo Beach in New Orleans), a drum- and spirit-centered society in which Chicago musicians, dancers, and artists of all descriptions, young and elders alike, have congregated for many years at 63rd Street and Lakefront, playing music and practicing their spiritual and healing arts throughout the night, while developing an undying, evolving, spontaneous, organic communal life based in the rhythms, sounds, images, and spirituality of the African-American soul. Avreeayl is also documenting the Chicago jazz community, in particular life stories of the elders in the music. Another Avreeayl Ra project is the study and documentation of modalities for healing and spiritual balance, both inside and outside the music.


KA’s dream was to play the piano, and it came true in 1995 when she unexpectedly acquired a grand piano in her apartment in Berlin. She started to play it in an experimental way, investigating the sounds of the instrument, and slowly developed her own style and language in improvised music. Her interest in jazz and improvised music was nourished by many fantastic concerts of traveling international musicians she was able to hear during her stay in Berlin in the nineties. All this rich experience guided her in her own progression and led to the vision and realization of the UNCOOL Festival of Jazz, Improvised Music, Ethno and Cosmo Music after she moved to Poschiavo in the southern Swiss Alps. She was able to create eight exceptional consecutive festivals from 1999 to 2012, and she also showed her own works at the festivals. KA was first onstage with Maestro Marshall Allen and Avreeayl Ra (2009), later with Manolo Cabras (2011), Riccardo Luppi, Matteo Lorito and Filippo Monico (2013), and recently also with Henry Grimes (2014). KA has also realized several sound installations based on a double spiral construction and including radio sounds, a large variety of animal voices, the rhythms of rain and thunderstorms, sounds of mountain springs and waterfalls, and her piano music.

KA’s interest in sound also includes the written and spoken word. She likes to rewrite some of the ancient tales, such as The Gordian Knot and Oedipus, but shifting the emphasis to draw attention to the actual messages of the stories that are hidden behind the common interpretation. A crucial impact was meeting the Siberian shaman Ai-Tchourek in Kyzyl, Tuva, who showed and taught KA the healing rites of shamanic tradition. Ai-Tchourek also gave KA a magic shaman drum that KA uses for healing and in performances. During her live music performances, she also uses the projection of her own digital photographs dealing with nature or light. From 2013 onwards, she has offered the Artists in Residence program at Poschiavo for gifted artists and musicians, a platform for creating new works and for concerts and exhibitions.


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Coming up…

Thursday 27 Aug 2015, 7.00PM | _Linden plus Special Guests


_Linden – Joe McAlinden, Eric Lindsay, Stuart Kidd and Marco Rea take to the road to promote their critically  acclaimed new album Rest And Be Thankful…

The Guardian – 4 Stars
Q Magazine – 4 Stars
Mojo – 4 Stars

Following 2012’s wonderful Bleached Highlights, an album that generated so many rave reviews. . .
“A beautiful record” 4/5 – Q Magazine
Album of the Week – Alexis Petridis The Guardian
“Beautifully assured” – The Scotsman
“This album is stunning” – Daily Record
“Perfect pop moment” 4/5 – Sunday Express
. . . now Joe McAlinden is back with Rest and be Thankful, another elegantly soulful and emotional record. Having travelled to West Heath Yard in 2012 to work with Edwyn Collins and Sebastian Lewsley on Bleached Highlights, Joe decided this time he needed a rural approach and it quickly became apparent that it would be easier to make a new record at home in Argyll with the _LINDEN live band; Stuart Kidd, Eric Lindsay and Marco Rea. Joe built a makeshift studio in an old fisherman’s croft on the shores of Loch Fyne, threw some logs on the fire and set about recording Rest and be Thankful which he then sent to Edwyn and Seb via courier pigeon to mix at WHY in London. The boys reckon you can hear Argyll in the music, you can feel where Joe lives… a sonic snapshot of rural life!

. . .and the inspiration behind the album title?
Rest and be Thankful are the words inscribed on a stone near the junction of the A83 and the B828, placed there by soldiers who built the original military road in 1753. The section is so named as the climb out of Glen Croe is so long and steep at the end that it was traditional for travellers to rest at the top, and be thankful for having reached the highest point. RABT features on the album sleeve with striking artwork by Jim Lambie.

£8 tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1894134

Saturday 28 Aug 2015, 8.00PM – 10.30PM | Music’s Not For Everyone with Andrew Weatherall / Transmission

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New adventure at Jim Lambie’s Poetry Club Glasgow. This will be a free event to accompany Andrew & Sean’s fantastic ALFOS at SWG3 the same night. These tickets will only be available to the first 80 or so ALFOS ticket buyers for future shows. The tickets are long gone for Aug but this event will always be free & on a first come first serve basis for future shows. If you don’t manage a MNFE ticket you can catch the show live on Glasgow’s Radio Magnetic, perfect warm up for those coming along to ALFOS later in the evening.

MNFE should/will run along the same lines as Andrew’s radio shows, eclectic, interesting & informative as to what is getting his music radar twitching. We will I’m sure along the way be having the odd surprise live guests Andrew might be working with or just someone he admires & wants to share with you.


Saturday 28 Aug 2015, 11PM – LATE | DILF Glasgow #3


We’re back at the sweaty railway arch commonly know as The Poetry Club. We will be offering DILF annual memberships with a host of club benefits! Pre Club Parties at The Waterloo Bar and Underground Bar!

**advanced “early bird” tickets on sale on-line now for £6 plus process and booking fees**


This Weekend


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21st August 2015, 9pm – 2am

Welcome to the cultural circus, yeah?

Superluminal is a semi-regular club night with live music and performance from a variety of subversive sources. All female DJ team, DJ Priss and DJ Aeon Fox play sexy tunes.

The latest in the 2015 series showcases a live set from PETROL BASTARD the self proclaimed ‘Tesco Value Prodigy’ who bring their personal brand of techno punk mayhem to Glasgow.  Biting, visceral lyrics and a firm grasp of irony and comedy, Petrol Bastard have it all. Brutal beats, a sense of the ridiculous and a blistering live show.

Support from SAUSAGE SQUAD as Enid and Cleo Kraapmaben make a long awaited return with their brand of dark techno and horror lyrics. Can anyone stop this band? We hope so.

And finally the unforgiveable PETROL HOERS.  Techno. With a rubber horse.  A radical equestrian experience.

Grant Morrison will also exclusively perform the second part of his spoken word with music piece — “A Clockwork Wullie”.

Always with special guests.

Tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1761237


Sunday, 23rd August 2015

Sunday Night and Taps-Aff Disko are taking over the Poetry Club for the second of our Pride Parties, this time we’re opening at 9 PM and mixing things up a bit by bringing some guest entertainment , DILF DJ Eddy Murf and Guest will be helping to keep things pumping into the wee hours! please remember this is a no dress code, mixed, non attitude event!

**Ticket on-line or at Luke & Jack £6**




This Weekend

Saturday, 8th August 2015

10pm – 2am



HOT MESS is a dance party for homos and their friends.
It’s probably not your cup of tea.

Entry: £6


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*** Available from this saturday – the first instalment of a collaboration between HOT MESS and VoidoidARCHIVE.


no online orders or reservations – strictly limited edition and available in person only from HOT MESS at the poetry club.