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Todd Sickafoose’s BEAR PROOF + Kirk Knuffke Trio

October 22 @ 8:00 pm 10:30 pm

3131 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, 90404
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First Set: Kirk Knuffke Trio

Kirk Knuffke – cornet
Santiago Leibson – piano
Michael Bisio – bass

Second Set: Todd Sickafoose‘s BEAR PROOF

Todd Sickafoose – bass
Jenny Scheinman – violin
Adam Levy – guitar
Carmen Staaf – piano
Ben Goldberg – clarinet
Kirk Knuffke – cornet
Rob Reich – accordion
Allison Miller – drums

“Rhythmically precise, New Orleans funky and full of grace, Kirk Knuffke’s music is a reflection of his multifaceted personality: part musical sage, part jazz philosopher, a self-taught musician with wide interests, endless curiosity and an abundance of good humor.” 

– Downbeat

“[Todd Sickafoose is] a captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration.”

– San Francisco Chronicle

“Stunningly Brilliant”

Bass Player

“Ani DiFranco’s Secret Weapon”

The New Yorker

Todd Sickafoose

 West Coast native Todd Sickafoose brings a special octet featuring Jenny Scheinman (violin), Adam Levy (guitar), Carmen Staaf (piano), Ben Goldberg (clarinet), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Rob Reich (accordion), and Allison Miller (drums). JazzTimes calls Sickafoose “thoroughly original” and “endlessly creative,” and the San Francisco Chronicle calls him “a captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration.” He’s worked with an array of iconoclastic performers – the New Yorker has referred to him as “Ani DiFranco’s secret weapon” and he is the Tony and GRAMMY Award-winning orchestrator and music producer of Anais Mitchell’s current Broadway hit “Hadestown”. Tonight’s concert will be a rare performance of BEAR PROOF, an hour-long piece and “a surreal meditation on BOOM and BUST.” Members of the all-star ensemble have played with a range of musical innovators, from Bill Frisell to Norah Jones, Dee Dee Bridgewater to Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tin Hat to Andrew Bird.


Kirk Knuffke

“One of modern jazz’s most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing,” Cornetist and Composer Kirk Knuffke has “full command of his most demanding instrument” (All About Jazz).
Accolades for Knuffke include NPR’s Best Jazz Album of the Year for 2017’s Cherryco (SteepleChase),winner of DownBeat Magazine’s “Rising Star” critics poll in 2015, and recipient of the Jerome Foundation Composers grant. In 2016, he placed 2nd in the European El Intruso Critics poll for trumpet.  

Knuffke has released 18 recordings as leader or co-leader and is featured as a sideman on over 50 recordings with leaders Matt Wilson, Allison Miller, Butch Morris, Uri Caine, Pierre Dorge and Michael Formanek to name a few. It’s no wonder the New York Times tagged Knuffke as “one of New York City’s Busiest Musicians.”