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Last Chance: All That Jazz at Curve Line Space

Cosmopolitan ‘risk-taking’ quartet plays in Eagle Rock Thursday.

“Slumgum” is a beekeeping term that refers to the impure residue remaining after wax is extracted from honeycombs. It’s also the name of what the Los Angeles Times once called an “outstanding risk-taking jazz quartet” whose “web-like hold on the audience” completely belies its gritty name.

Combining elements of Miles Davis with world music—“a little bit of this, a little bit of that,” in the words of one critic—Slumgum will play Thursday, March 29, at Curve Line Space.

The art gallery’s intimate space is the perfect setting in which to hear this L.A.-based band whose members have been playing together ever since they first met as students at the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.

“Pastoral, cheerful, meditative, romantic” was how the Times described Slumgum’s ability to switch moods in a December 2011 review. “It could play anywhere,” reviewer Greg Burk declared—and it has, from Aspen to New York City.

Thursday evening is your first and last chance to hear this busy band right here in Eagle Rock before it brings its music next week to Portland, OR.

Curve Line Space, 1577 Colorado Blvd., 8 p.m. No cover charge ($10 suggested donation).

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