Racer Sessions

Sundays, 8-10pm at Cafe Racer in Seattle, WA

This Sunday: Paul Hoskin Remembered by Don Alan Berman and Friends

Greetings, Racers!

This Sunday, we are very happy to host our dear friend, drummer Don Alan Berman, at the Racer Sessions. Don is a force, a powerful and creative drummer, a human full of stories, and an incredibly devoted supporter of the Seattle improvised music community. So it is no surprise to us that Don is using his curation opportunity to remember a similar force in our community, wind instrumentalist Paul Hoskin, who passed away late last year. Hoskin was a tireless catalyst in the improvised music community, always seeking out new players and venues and curating shows, and we miss him very much.

Don has graciously written us a short blog about Hoskin and his plans for the session - read on for those details, and make sure to find yourself at Cafe Racer this Sunday at 8pm for the whole thing.



At this session, along with four wonderful colleagues, I will be presenting am extended group improv dedicated to the late, great Paul Hoskin, who left us recently. Paul was an important musician in the history of improvised music in Seattle. Our players tonight all had the pleasure of playing with him at one time or another in the past. The group for this performance will be:

Don Berman           Drums
Jim Knodle              Trumpet
Dennis Rea              Guitar   
Dick Valentine         Baritone Saxophone
Jenny Ziefel              Bass Clarinet

The evening will begin with Dennis Rea speaking about Paul. Then the quintet will perform an improvisation in Paul's honor. I believe in any endeavor in life it is important and valuable to learn the history of what we love and do. 

Marcus Garvey once said, "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots"

I feel the same way about music! So after we play tonight, I would like all of those who come on the stand to play, to do some thinking about some past music and musicians who have influenced them!”