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Aug. 3: JazzPOP presents the Mark Dresser Quintet

Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser

The Hammer Museum presents the Mark Dresser Quintet as part of its JazzPOP creative jazz festival on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m.  The quintet features some of Southern California’s most innovative and accomplished improvisers.

The bassist/bandleader’s compositions share the same traits as his own extraordinary bass playing — dynamic, rhythmically complex, sonically powerful — and always full of surprises. The group includes Nicole Mitchell, flutes; Michael Dessen, trombone; Joshua White, piano; Michael Sarin, drums; and Mark Dresser, bass.

In its 12th season this summer, the JazzPOP festival consists of three concerts featuring Southern California bass players who lead their bands from the bottom up. Expect deep grooves, free jazz explosions and music drawing from influences as diverse as vintage L.A. punk, acoustic blues, bebop and Puerto Rican folk music. Curated by San Francisco Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Hammer Museum event page.

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