Amendola vs. Blades with Skerik and Jeff Parker bring jazz adventures to The Palms on Sunday, March 31

The quartet will perform at The Palms Playhouse at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 31.
Scott Amendola (left), Wil Blades (right), Jeff Parker and Skerik (not pictured) will bring improvisational music to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Sunday, March 31 as part of the club’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz series. Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $22 ($18 students). Courtesy photo

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Drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola and Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades conjure various sonic deities in their live shows, which have been generating a buzz around the Bay Area. In performance, Amendola and Blades play a range of styles including jazz, funk, bebop, avant garde and rock. Recently, Amendola and Blades have joined forces with guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise), and tenor saxophonist Skerik (DRKWAV, Garage a Trois, CRACK SABBATH). Billing themselves Amendola vs. Blades with Skerik and Jeff Parker, the quartet will perform at The Palms Playhouse at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 31 as part of the venue’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz series. Tickets are $22 ($18 with student ID). Masters of improvisation, these four gentlemen take a composed piece of music and bring it to the outer reaches and back. With Amendola on drums, percussion and electronics, Blades playing Hammond B3 and clavinet, Jeff Parker on guitar, and Skerik  on tenor saxophone, audiences never hear the same show twice. For Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a array of settings. In addition to Blades, his closest musical associates include guitarists Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman and clarinetist Ben Goldberg – all players who have blazed singular paths within and beyond the realm of jazz. Over a career spanning more than three decades, Amendola has forged deep ties across the country, and throughout the world. As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded across a range of styles with a large number of artists, including Bill Frisell, Bruce Cockburn, Joan Osborne, Phil Lesh, Kelly Joe Phelps, John Zorn, Mike Patton, Mondo Cane, John Scofield, Cibo Matto, John Dieterich from Deerhoof, Wadada Leo Smith, Madeleine Peyroux, Jacky Terrasson, Shweta Jhaveri, Sex Mob, Larry Klein, Carla Bozulich, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, Bobby Black, Larry Goldings, Paul McCandless, Rebecca Pidgeon, and the Joe Goode Dance Group. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Amendola’s music is consistently engaging, both emotionally and intellectually, the product of a fertile and inventive musical imagination.” Derk Richardson (San Francisco Bay Guardian) wrote, “If Scott Amendola didn’t exist, the San Francisco music scene would have to invent him.” Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online at The Palms’ website and via Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit,,, and]]>

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