If you you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, you can catch these four exceedingly talented musicians performing live. Jeff Parker, John Herndon and Emmett Kelly are Angelenos who, like me, used to live in Chicago. I’ve shot Parker and Herndon with the band Tortoise (they’re both members), as well as solo and with other bands they’ve played with. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Parker, and Herndon have all been involved in the improv music scene I’ve been documenting over the last few years. And I photographed Emmett Kelly for “The Corner Man” album cover, from his band The Cairo Gang (the far left photo is Kelly from “The Corner Man” photo session, then left to right, Parker, Flaten, and Herndon, for my improv portrait series).
Jeff Parker plays this Friday at the Blue Whale, Saturday at Human Resources (with Flaten), and Sunday at the Griffin, where if you’re lucky you can catch all four (Parker and Herndon will be playing, Kelly will be D.J’ing, and (according to Jeff) “maybe” Flaten.