Sunday Afternoon Jazz continues at The Palms with Thin Air Ensemble, John Mahoney Quartet

Thin Air Ensemble includes (from left) 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). Courtesy photo

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The Thin Air Ensemble will headline the next installment of Sunday Afternoon Jazz at The Palms Playhouse on Sunday, May 6. starting at 3 p.m. The John Mahoney Quartet will open.

The brainchild of saxophonist Tony Passarell, Thin Air Ensemble is a group of hand-picked 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 Passarellon 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.

The Winters-based John Mahoney Quartet will open the show. In addition to Mahoney on saxophone, the Quartet is Tracy Manuel on drums, Kim Nguyen on acoustic bass and Josh Wisterman on guitar.

Tickets for Sunday Afternoon Jazz at The Palms with the Thin Air Ensemble and the John Mahoney Quartet on May 6 are $20 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out.

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