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    Matt Slocum and his band will play JB’s Lounge on Sunday.

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    Maddie Judd and Liam O’Donnell perform in “Generation ME.”

Sacramento Live: Jazz drummer Matt Slocum at JB's a must-see

Published: Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014 - 12:08 am

Sacramento again reaps the benefit of New-York-based drummer/composer Matt Slocum routing his West Coast tour through JB’s Jazz Lounge.

Just this week, Slocum’s latest album, “Black Elk’s Dream,” was released by Chandra Records, and he brings with him most of the new-breed A-listers who played on the record. The music unfolds as an elegiac tone poem that sweeps into more visceral inside-out swinging, always pushed by Slocum’s dynamic-but-understated percussive drive.

On tour with Slocum are saxophonist Dayna Stephens, pianist Sam Yahel and bassist Massimo Biolcati. It’s the type of band that could come to the Mondavi Center for a multi-night stay, but it’ll only be in town Sunday night.

Slocum was recently awarded a 2014 music composition fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The award comes up once every three years, and Slocum was the only jazz artist named this time around as well as the youngest composer receiving a fellowship. Showtime is 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. Call ( 916) 723-5517 or email for reservations. Information:

Driving with family

Tim Clue and Spike Manton’s “Leaving Iowa” at Sierra College delves into the collective American psyche with a bittersweet comedy about family life and a salute to the car-bound family vacation. In their story, the journey is thing as a Boston-based writer looks for the perfect place to scatter his father’s ashes. Scott Adams directs the theater department’s production, which closes Sunday. Performances are 7 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. At Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. Tickets: $5-$10. Call (916) 660-7656. Tickets also available one hour before curtain or online from Brown Paper Tickets:

Musical ‘ME’

“Generation ME,” a world premiere musical about teen suicide with a book and lyrics by Julie Soto and music by Will Finan, debuts Friday in Folsom. Ryan Warren, who helped develop the story with Soto, directs. The memory play, about a 15-year-old who seems to have it all but mysteriously takes his own life, has been workshopped for more than a year. The production will travel this summer to the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 12. Also 2 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. April 13. At The Harris Center, Stage 2: City Studio Theater (10 College Parkway, Folsom). Tickets: $22-$28. Information at,, or (916) 608-6888.


Two popular shows have added dates to their runs, with Capital Stage now offering two new matinees for Amy Herzog’s moving comedy-drama “4000 Miles,” featuring Teddy Spencer and Dee Maaske. The shows are 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. April 12. Information at (916) 995-5464 or

B Street Theatre’s marital comedy “Wrong For Each Other,” with Kurt Johnson and Melinda Parrett, has added shows at 8 p.m. April 17 and April 18, 5 p.m. April 19 and 2 p.m. April 20. Information at (916) 448-9707 or

Call The Bee’s Marcus Crowder, (916) 321-1120. Follow him on Twitter @marcuscrowder.

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