Sunday Afternoon Jazz continues at The Palms with John Schott Actual Trio, Thin Air Ensemble on May 26

The John Schott Actual Trio and Tony Passarell’s Thin Air Ensemble will bring improvisational music to The Palms Playhouse on May 26.
Thin Air Ensemble includes Jenn Schaaf (drums), Tony Passarell (saxophone, conduction), Alan Ernst (keys), Heath Proskin (acoustic bass). Not pictured are Keith Cary (cello), Cliff Childers (trombone) and Phillip Greenlief (saxophone and clarinet).

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The John Schott Actual Trio and Tony Passarell’s Thin Air Ensemble will bring improvisational music to The Palms Playhouse on Sunday May 26 as part of the club’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz series. Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $20 ($12 with student ID). The Actual Trio is a vehicle for the compositions of iconoclastic Bay Area guitarist John Schott (Junk Genius, T.J. Kirk). Bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, Lost Trio) and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Victor Krummenacher) provide the foundation for Schott’s adventurous-but-accessible compositions. In his compositions, written specifically for this trio and refined through countless rehearsals and gigs, Schott marries deep pockets of groove and joyful swing to wayward harmonies and spontaneous excursions. The trio’s improvisational playing owes much to Schott’s mentors Gary Peacock and Jerry Granelli, and through them to many great trios of which they were members. The Actual Trio has released two albums on the Tzadik label, the most recent of which is 2018’s “Act II.” Schott received a Grammy nomination in 1997 as a member (with Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard, and Scott Amendola) of the jazz/funk band T.J. Kirk for that quartet’s second album “If Four Was One” (Warner Bros.). The Wire magazine named Schott’s album “Shuffle Play: Elegies for the Recording Angel” (New World Recordings), featuring his 16-piece Ensemble Diglossia in a 70-minute composition, one of the best records of 2002. Schott can also be heard on records by John Zorn, Tom Waits, The Baguette Quartette and Steven Bernstein. The brainchild of saxophonist Tony Passarell, the Thin Air Ensemble is a hand picked group of musicians who focus on improvised music. Using a form of conduction pioneered by composers such as Butch Morris and John Zorn, Passarell uses hand signals to direct the spontaneous creative sounds coming from the ensemble, creating an in-the-moment musical experience for players and listeners alike. In addition to Passarell on sax and conduction, the Thin Air Ensemble is Phillip Greenlief on sax and clarinet, Cliff Childers on trombone, Alan Ernst on piano, Keith Cary on cello, Heath Proskin on acoustic bass and Jenn Schaaf on drums. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit and ]]>

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