Josh Berman


Josh Berman is an internationally recognized cornetist and composer. He has led the acclaimed Old Idea, Josh Berman and his Gang, and his own trio. In addition to being an indispensable contributor to Chicago’s jazz and improvised music scene, Berman has been a concert presenter with fellow Chicagoan Mike Reed, producing hundreds of shows over the past 20 years. Berman’s work has been critically acclaimed in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, JazzTimes, and DownBeat, among others. His recordings can be found on the Chicago’s legendary Delmark Records and more recently on Austin’s Astral Spirits Records

Matthew Golombisky's Cuentos | Josh Berman Quartet

Thursday | 31 August 2017
Constellation - 8:30pm

Matthew Golombisky’s Cuentos

Matthew Golombisky’s Cuentos is an ongoing project of composing, recording and releasing music from the various cities he’s lived in with close music cohorts. With Cuentos, or “short stories” in Spanish, Golombisky composes simple aural “plots” with a couple or few “characters” for each story. The cuentos aren’t meant to convey visual or physical plots, characters or scenes, but humbly to encourage that the music that comes thereafter stays within the realm of a short story and doesn’t develop into full novel, so to speak. The structure is meant to be simple and showcase the precision of each improviser to convey a modest concept with fluidity, clarity and focus. What the listener is left with is an introspection into a single objective that comfortably emerges over the course of the piece, leaving them with a comprehensible aural encounter.

So far, he’s recorded two volumes: “West Coast” with Aram Shelton (alto sax, bass clarinet), Mark Clifford (vibes), Crystal Pascucci (cello) and Golombisky (acoustic bass guitar) and “Third Coast” with James Davis (trumpet), Bill MacKay (guitar), Jeff Greene (contrabass), and Golombisky (electric bass).

This show marks the release of the double EP containing the first two volumes in limited edition cassette format with handmade casing (includes digital download codes). Releases on Chicago-based independent label, ears&eyes Records, on September 1, 2017.

“In his thoughtfully crafted written passages, Golombisky employs a large palette with unusual care, mixing the colors sparingly and with a painterly attention to shadow and light, but individual voices carry through even during full-group improvisations.” – Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader

Josh Berman Quartet

Josh Berman – cornet
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Jason Roebke – bass
Michael Vatcher – drums