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March 6, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

The Nash
110 E Roosevelt St,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Tony Malaby-sax, Ben Monder-guitar, Tom Rainey-drums
“Mr. Monder has a deep rapport with Mr. Malaby: Depending on the moment, they can seem like dance partners, sparring partners or members of a relay team. What they create is hallucinatory, indebted both to free-jazz avatars like Albert Ayler and the combustible side of prog-rock. “
New York Times
Mr. Malaby, a tenor and soprano saxophonist drawn about equally to ecstatic turbulence and reflective calm, convenes two excellent partners in this new trio: the guitarist Ben Monder and the drummer Tom Rainey, both expert colorists with an ability to duck in and out of established form.
– Nate Chinen

If anything good has come from the past year, it has been an enhanced appreciation of friendship and communal interaction. In jazz and improvised music, the former is always a blessing, but the latter is a necessity. Guitarist Ben Monder set out with the intent of recording a studio album with longtime collaborators, saxophonist Tony Malaby and drummer Tom Rainey, but circumstances led to a more informal situation, providing a visceral glimpse of these stellar musicians’ rapport.

The performance world was on the brink of shutting down in early March 2020 due to the appearance of COVID-19. Monder decided to take the opportunity provided by his monthly Tuesday residency at New York City’s stalwart jazz club, The 55 Bar, to present a recurring project with Malaby, a bass-less trio with drums. Rainey commanded the revolving drum chair on March 3rd and the two sets were recorded as a remarkable live document of fully improvised music making from three masters, released now as Live at The 55 Bar.

CLICK HERE to hear “Live at The 55 Bar” on bandcamp.com
CLICK HERE for a NPR Music feature on Tony Malaby
Tier 1: $40 (Tier 1 seats are at 2-top tables)
Tier 2: $37
Tier 3: $32
Students: $12.80 (Use code “student” at checkout)
(Plus processing costs)