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  • SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

“Fun, smart, and technically impressive” (PopMatters), New York-based collective Thumbscrew is a power-trio composer’s project by Mary HalvorsonTomas Fujiwara, and Michael Formanek. They have released three exploratory releases on the Cuneiform including Thumbscrew (2014), Convallaria (2016), and their new double album, Ours and Theirs (2018).

All About Jazz describes Halvorson as “the most impressive guitarist of her generation.” Blending masterful technique with a stylistic range encompassing the avant-garde, folk, psychedelia, and flamenco, Halvorson has established an estimable career as a bandleader, leading over 20 albums and fronting the Mary Halvorson Trio, the Mary Halvorson Octet, her solo project Meltframe, and her latest ensemble Code Girl.

Formanek is among the finest bassists on the scene, and a veteran of work with Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Fred Hersch, and Stan Getz. He leads his own superlative quartet including Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn, and drummer Gerald Cleaver, and his latest album is the 2018 ECM release Time Like This, with his new Elusion Quartet.

With “a conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope” (The New York Times), Tomas Fujiwara is a drummer of rare power and subtlety, leading numerous ensembles including The Hook Up, 7 Poets Trio, and Triple Double, whose 2017 debut made Best-of-Year lists from NPR and The Village Voice. His résumé includes work with Red Baraat, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, John Zorn, and others.

Mary Halvorson
Michael Formanek bass
Tomas Fujiwara drums

Fun, smart, and technically impressive.
— PopMatters
Earlier Event: July 17
Patrick Wolff Bebop Quartet
Later Event: July 18
Flower Piano at Night