Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents:

Tom Djll

Tom Djll

Djll-Ingalls-Perkis-Walton Quartet

Tom Djll: Trumpet

Matt Ingalls: Clarinet

Tim Perkis: Electronics

Scott Walton: Bass


Nathan Clevenger Group

Composer/guitarist Nathan Clevenger was born in Oakland, California and has been composing music informed by his voracious consumption of jazz, classical, and popular music from around the world, and an obsession with the written word, from an early age.

Since 2003, Nathan’s main musical outlet has been the cryptically-titled Nathan Clevenger Group. Recent gigs of note include  appearances at the 2016 SF Friends of Chamber Music SFMusic Day, the 2015 Switchboard Music Festival, and a featured night as part of the Best Coast Composer Series at the SF Center for New Music (also featuring a selection of pieces for solo winds and the extended quartet piece “The Seamless Sea”). The Group has released two albums (2010’s The Evening Earth, on Evander Music, and Observatory, released in 2013) and hopes to record a 3rd release in 2017, tentatively titled Stateless. With the addition of a 2nd percussionist in 2015, the Group’s current music has added an additional layer of rhythmic counterpoint to the already dense melodic counterpoint. 

“Drawing on orchestral jazz concepts pioneered by Duke Ellington, Sun Ra and Gil Evans, (Clevenger) revels in coaxing a kaleidoscopic array of voicings from the band, writing extended dreamscapes that unfold with their own quirky internal logic.” – Andrew Gilbert, KQED’s California Report (NPR)

Kasey Knudsen: alto sax
Cory Wright: tenor sax, clarinet, flute
Rachel Condry: bass clarinet, clarinet
Lisa Mezzacappa: bass
Tim DeCillis: vibes, percussion
Jason Levis: drums, percussion
Jon Arkin: drums, percussion
Nathan Clevenger: compositions, guitar



$7 - $15 sliding scale

Oakland Freedom Jazz Society currently takes place every Monday night at Studio Grand. Lineups feature avant-jazz, experimental and noise performances by local and touring musicians and multimedia artists. OFJS is a long-running (4 years and counting!) series curated by Fernando Carpenter of VAMP.  For more information, check out OFJS's Facebook page.