Josh Sinton’s Predicate Trio: Christopher Hoffman, Tom Rainey, Sunday, February 24, 7:30pm, Arts Trust Building

Josh Sinton

Josh Sinton’s Predicate Trio featuring Josh Sinton, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Christopher Hoffman, cello; Tom Rainey, drums,Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA. Tickets: $15

Josh Sinton is one of the most accomplished baritone saxophonists and bass clarinetists in jazz. Born in Massachusetts in 1971, Sinton grew up in Pine Barrens, New Jersey and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. He studied composition and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago, before continuing his studies in 1999 at the New England Conservatory with Steve Lacy, Ran Blake, Jerry Bergonzi and Dominique Eade. He has led Ideal Bread since 2006 with the explicit intention of playing and re-conceiving the music of Steve Lacy. The band, with Kirk Knuffke, Adam Hopkins and Tomas Fujiwara, has produced three widely acclaimed recordings. “The Ideal Bread lays down a serious marker for the posthumous evolution of Steve Lacy’s music,” says Point of Departure. Sinton can also be found on important releases by Anthony Braxton, Jon Irabagon, Nate Wooley and Darcy James Argue ‘s Secret Society. More recent releases featuring Sinton include Signal Gain (2015), with Dominic Lash, Ingrid Laubrock, Nate Wooley, Kyoko Kitamura and Alex Ward, and Krasa (2017), for solo contrabass clarinet.

Christopher Hoffman is best known as a cellist for a wide variety of bands, singer/songwriters, film makers, composers and improvisers. He leads a band called Sad Companion as well as Limpet Trio, Iosono and Smart Growth Zone. He is a long-standing member of Henry Threadgill’s Zooid, he plays in a band with his brothers called Needers & Givers and plays in Michael Pitt’s Pagoda. He has worked with Martin Scorsese, Craig McDean, Yoko Ono, Marianne Faithfull, Marc Ribot, Christina Courtin, Devotchka, Ryan Adams, Willie Nile, Dar Williams, Bebel Gilberto, Fran Healy, Jeremiah Cymerman, Rob Burger, Ryan Scott, Butch Morris, Haale, Matt Welch, Kitsune Ensemble, John Zorn, Fred Lonberg-Holm, John Ellis and many more.

Born in Santa Barbara, California in 1957, Tom Rainey moved to New York in 1979 after a stint at Berklee College of Music. Over his 30 year career, Rainey has become one of the music’s most in-demand sideman and an acknowledged master of jazz drumming. He has appeared on close to 100 recordings, including important releases by Tim Berne, Nels Cline, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Tom Varner, Drew Gress, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, and Kris Davis. Rainey released his own first album, Pool School (Clean Feed), in 2010 and has made three additional recordings as a leader for the Swiss Intakt label. His latest, Hotel Grief, featuring Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson, “is a 61-minute set of free improvisation,” writes Greg Buium, “but it is a cleverly structured, wonderfully coherent series of musical gestures. It is a magnificent, and endlessly rewarding, date.”