Free Jazz/Improv at the shop!
doors at 5:30, music at 6pm, June 7th, 10 bux to support musician
Outside! (weather permitting)
Skeeter Shelton’s Spectrum3:
Skeeter Shelton’s Spectrum 3 is a free jazz/free improvised ensemble:
The son of drummer and AACM charter-member Ajaramu (AKA Gerald Donovan AKA Joe Shelton), Skeeter was largely raised by organist Amina Claudine Meyers. His childhood home was filled with people like Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Abrams, Fred Anderson, Lester Bowie, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons and his parents’ many other collaborators. Joeseph Jarman took a particular interest and played sax duets with a young Skeeter.
He was a founding member of the seminal Detroit afro-futurist group Griot Galaxy in 1973, but soon left Detroit to tour with Joe Tex , until the singer’s death. Returning home, he worked locally, but still managed to record with James Blood Ulmer, Hakim Jami, Faruq Z. Bey, Fred Anderson, Dushun Mosley and Kenneth Green, and Ali Colding, among others. In the early 2000s, pianist Thollem and I formed first BoxDeserter Trio, and then Soar Trio with Skeeter, taking him on tour for the first time in decades. In 2018, Skeeter and I formed Spectrum 3 – with James Baljo on drums – as the main touring vehicle for Skeeter, Between our four tours and some high-profile double-bills at Trinosophes, Skeeter’s profile has risen rapidly, with people like Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio, Luke Stewart and Han Bennink among his fans. In 2021, Two Rooms released, Sclupperbep, a duo record of Skeeter with percussion master Hamid Drake,
Joel Peterson played double-bass on recordings with William Hooker, Eugene Chadbourne, Jack Wright, Faruq Z Bey, Thollem, Tatsuya Nakatani; I’ve also performed with Eliott Sharp, Marshall Allen, Gino Robair, Amy Denio, Rhys Chatham, Damo Suzuki, Salim Washington, The Shaking Ray Levis, Hasan Abdur Razzaq etc. I’m also currently a member of Chatoyant, Viands and Agape Trio (with baritone great Alex Harding).
James Baljo is best known as Crazy Jim Baljo, former guitarist of Wolf Eyes. He also plays drums in Chatoyant and solo fingerpicking guitar and tape machine sets as The 696 Blues Band.
Lemuel Marc is behind Your Biggest Hater–check out the new cassette release on our shop’s label Half a Million
Solo improv project of local fave Wes Buckley