A great jazz keyboard-and-drum duo arrives at Sam Bond’s Garage Oct. 13: Matt Chamberlain is well known for drumming with jazz stars like Bill Frisell, Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau, along with pop singers like David Bowie, Fiona Apple and Morrissey. He and keyboardist Brian Haas, who leads the groovy Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, deliver strutting 21st-century jazz-funk on their new album Prometheus Risen.
And the following night at Sam Bond’s, Oct. 14, has some interesting multi-instrumental psychedelic noise all the way from Tokyo with Kikagaku Moyo, a band name that translates to “Geometric Patterns.” The cool quintet, including a sitar player, is touring for its 2016 release House in the Tall Grass; local dream-psych band Snow White opens.
Tsunami Books hosts a full evening of rootsy Americana Oct. 16 with singer Nell Robinson and the Jim Nunally Band with Pete Grant on pedal steel, Jim Kerwin on bass fiddle and Jon Arkin on percussion — it’s been deemed a “mega concert” by booker Mike Meyer. Robinson has been described as a modern-day Patsy Cline while San Franciscan Nunally sang and played guitar with the Grisman Bluegrass Experience for more than 13 years.
Meyer has another big event planned, at least in the world of traditional music — he’s bringing in traditional music leader Jeff Warner for a house concert Oct. 20 at 755 River Road (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details). Warner’s repertoire includes songs from lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain settlements of 19th-century America, and with this folk arsenal Warner has toured nationally with the Smithsonian Institution.
October also boasts a few classical gems: On Oct. 16, Oregon Bach Collegium brings Portland early music masters Cascadia Viols and singers Tim Galloway and Kerry McCarthy to sing and play gorgeous consort music by the great English Renaissance composer William Byrd. The same day, Cascadia Concert Opera presents its Opera Fest at First United Methodist Church with arias and ensemble works from famous operas and musicals. On Oct. 17, Chamber Music Amici plays a Mozart string quartet and Brahms’ big Piano Quintet in F at Wildish Community Theater.