Call and Response: April 16, 2009

Featuring the award winning poet Dorothea Grossman and leading improvisational trombone player Michael Vlatkovich

With local luminaries in the jazz and performance arts Tim DuRoche, Jonathan Sielaff and Lisa Radon

Thursday, April 16 @ 8:30pm

The late Allen Ginsberg called Dorothea (Dottie) Grossman’s poetry, “clear, odd, personal, funny or wild-weird, curious and lucid.” The award-winning poet lives, works and writes in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in numerous poetry journals and magazines. In 1988, Tango Press published her book, “Cuttings: Selected Poetry 1978-1988.” “Poems From Cave 17″ was published in 1996, and “Museum of Rain” was published by Take Out Publications in 2001. Her latest chapbook, The First Time I Ate Sushi, was published by Zerx Press in January, 2008. The CD, “Call And Response,” on the pfMentum label, features her in live performance mode with Vlatkovich. Her poems were featured in a live performance at Wichita State University in 2006, in a piece commissioned by the school for theater arts majors, singers and musicians under the direction of flutist Ellen Burr. In August, 2006, she was invited to exhibit poems at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Galleries as part of a FLUXUS salute called “Broom Events: Sweepings.”

Michael Vlatkovich, trombonist, composer and arranger, is based in Los Angeles, CA, and also tours extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition to leading his own ensembles, Vlatkovich has performed and recorded with a variety of singers and instrumentalists, including ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Bryan Adams, Bobby Bradford, Gerry Hemingway, and Rob Blakeslee.

The magazine, “JAZZIS” has called Vlatkovich, “…one of the most extraordinary improvising trombonists in this country as well as overseas. Also a gifted composer and arranger, Vlatkovich is one of the leading talents among Los Angeles improvisational players. Working from the Left Coast since 1973, he is well known for tireless touring, bringing his music all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. A daring and emotionally charged performer, Vlatkovich takes delight in blending a broad variety of jazz and world music styles into his own brand of engaging and unpredictable music. His approach manages to express a raw power and beauty within a minimally structured format that allows extensive group improvisations to lead the way.”

The “call and response” format in which the two will perform was born about seven years ago in Albuquerque, NM, on a jazz radio program. This format solves the problem of one medium overshadowing the other, plus, says Grossman, ” it avoids the old ‘jazz and poetry’ trap, with its cliché-ridden stereotype of angry, beret-wearing, bongo-playing bohemians.” The CD, “Call And Response,” on the pfMentum label, represents Grossman and Vlatkovich in live performance mode.

Recent appearances have included The Potter Valley Penofin Jazz Festival, Ukiah, CA; KUNM Radio’s “The House That Jazz Built,” Albuquerque, NM; PTS Group, Redondo Beach, CA; ArtLife Poetry Series, Ventura, CA; Open Gate Theatre, Eagle Rock, CA ; Salvation Theatre, Los Angeles; 21 Grand, Oakland, CA; Club Tropical, Culver City, CA; Godot’s Ear, Studio City, CA, The Jazz Bakery, Culver City, CA, Cafe Metropol, Los Angeles; The Sou’wester Inn, Seaview, WA; Meridian Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Dangerous Curve, Los Angeles, CA; Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA and Moorpark College,Ventura, CA.

For more information please contact Paul Middendorf