Portland based guitarist Mike Gamble joins Bay Area improvisors Josh Smith, Ila Cantor, and Ben Goldberg for a night of woodwind and guitar duets. 

Mike and Josh, both being Ohio natives, have worked together in various capacities since leaving the heartland. They will come together to share compositions and improvisations that will be  sewn together by electro/acoustic manipulations and projections by Gamble. Ila and Ben have been performing together around the Bay Area for years. They will share a special duo performance featuring Ila's compositions.


Mike Gamble

Mike was born in the U.S. of A’s smallest state, Rhode Island, and has been on the road ever since. Mike and his family relocated to rural New Jersey, Atlanta GA, and finally Columbus Ohio, where Mike gave up sports and video games to pursue music full-time. After years of playing sousaphone in Marching band, cello in youth-orchestras, and leading numerous rock projects, Mike decided to pursue a Jazz degree at the New England Conservatory. Gamble now teaches audio production at Oregon State University and is in and out of his apartment in Portland, touring the states and Europe. When in NYC he performs with his guitar trio The Inbetweens, indie rockers Seequill, his solo acoustic/electronic project Scrambler, as well as other NYC fixtures like Bobby Previte, The Brooklyn Qawwali Party, and Pete Robbins. He also has worked on several soundtracks, notably Manda Bala, an award winning critical look at the Brazilian kidnapping regime and Captured, a film about how photographer Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to the documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City’s Lower East Side.

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Josh Smith


Joshua Smith is a jazz saxophonist living in West Marin, in the San Francisco, Bay Area...  Smith began gigging around his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio at age 14.

Early on, he  became well versed in straight ahead jazz, though playing with some of the  area’s best jazz  players. During this time Joshua performed with and learned from an older  generation of  Cleveland’s stalwart jazzmen.

Joshua has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe  playing jazz both as a band leader  and sideman. He’s played countless concerts,  restaurants, and private events (weddings,  parties) in all varieties and incarnations.Since moving to San Francisco in 2004, Joshua has  been playing with many of that area's finest jazz musicians.

He plays regularly at jazz venues in the Bay Area and has provided music for private  functions at mainstay locations such as SF City Hall, the Legion of Honor, The De Young  Museum, the Asian Art Museum, etc. Joshua's jazz groups (quartet, trio, duo) have a wide  ranging repertoire of well-loved (as well as more obscure) jazz standards and straight-  ahead jazz classics.

His attentiveness and ability to create the ideal musical atmosphere are  key to Smith providing the perfectly appropriate musical backdrop for any event. Weddings, corporate  parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthdays, and holiday celebrations are all familiar terrain for  Smith’s jazz groups. His sidemen are experienced jazz players, culled from the best of the  Bay Area jazz scene. Joshua has performed at many premiere modern jazz venues and  festivals such as:

SF Yoshi's, 'The North Sea Jazz Festival', 'The Blue Note Jazz Festival', '  The  Glastonbury Festival', Chicago's 'Empty Bottle', 'The Knitting Factory' in NYC,  'Teatro  Fondamenta Nuove' in Venice, 'The Outpost' in New Mexico, The Detroit  Institute of Art,  'The Tri-C Jazzfest', 'The Louisville Jazz Festival', etc.

Cuong Vu (The Pat Metheny Group), Nels Cline (Wilco), Peter Rowan (Bill Monroe, Old and In The Way), Joe Maneri, Myra Melford, Tim Berne, Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown), Nate Wooley, Chris Jonas (Anthony Braxton),Jolie Holland, Karla Khilsteadt (Tin Hat Trio), Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco),Sean Hayes, Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), and Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter), amongst many others.   



Ben Goldberg

From 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio released Masks and Faces and "..kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music." (San Francisco Chronicle) to 2013’s simultaneous release of Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (featuring Joshua Redman) and Unfold Ordinary Mind (featuring Nels Cline), which the New York Times noted for “..a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising,” clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg has shaped a career through relentless pursuit of musical truth across many genres and styles, resulting in the Downbeat Critics’ Poll naming him the #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in both 2011 and 2013. 

Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He received his undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mils College. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano.

Ben is a composer-member of the avant-chamber Jazz ensemble Tin Hat; and also performs with plays monk; Myra Melford’s Be Bread; Nels Cline’s New Monastery; Todd Sickafose’s Tiny Resistors; Alison Miler’s Boom Tic Boom; Clarinet Thing; and Afterlife Music Radio.


Ila Cantor

Ila Cantor has toured and played internationally, as both a sideman and leader with Aaron Parks, Steve Cardenas, Matt Brewer, Reid Anderson, Les Paul, and others. Her first jazz cd, Mother Nebula (Fresh Sound Records), was released in 2006, and her second, Creature (Najulda Records) in 2011. She has recently self-released her debut album as a singer/songwriter called Highlights Of The Grey, and is working on her next album of original music to be produced by Aaron Parks. Ila’s music has been featured in the award-winning films “Horizons” and “Blast.” In 2009 she received the prestigious Van Lier Fellowship Award, and in 2010 she was awarded a grant from the Open Arts Foundation.

Ila’s music and playing challenges our contemporary categories of music. Her guitar speaks for itself. At a moment of great ferment and interplay among all kinds of music – highbrow and pop, West and East, rock and jazz, alternative and mainstream, straight and out-there – her work stands out for its compelling originality and musical integrity.



$10-$15 sliding scale

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