Fri 12/27 @ 8PM
At the turn of the millennium, it looked like avant-garde jazz trio Birth could be the next big thing out of Cleveland. The ensemble, founded in 1998, was touring extensively, releasing records and garnering glowing reviews.
But by 2004, they had scattered, as young musicians do, to various parts of the country: sax player Joshua Smith to the Bay Area and bassist Jeremy Bleich to Santa Fe, New Mexico, while drummer Joe Tomino remained a busy, vital part of the northeast Ohio music scene.
But in 2016 the group (still scattered geographically) reassembled to start performing again. That’s led to Birth’s rebirth and a new double vinyl release, Almost Never, they’ll be celebrating this week at the BOP STOP. It’s their first studio recording in more than 15 years, recorded in Cleveland by Dave Kennedy and featuring both new compositions and older ones they never recorded before. It was pressed here in Cleveland as well at Gotta Groove in Tyler Village.
They also have a GoFundMe campaign to help cover their costs, but they’d sure love to see fans at their release show. Admission is $15.