Scott Amendola, Ben Goldberg, & Todd Sickafoose play the music of Thelonious Monk, and more
Together as a trio they bring virtuosic mastery of their instruments, along with band sensibility to create a playful, and thoughtful musical experience.
Scott Amendola, Ben Goldberg, and Todd Sickafoose will perform a Jazz tribute to Thelonius Monk and
more at the Arcata Playhouse on Saturday, May 7th at 8:00 p.m. Having played music together in various
forms for nearly 30 years, the trio brings virtuosic mastery of their instruments, along with band
sensibility to create a playful, and thoughtful musical experience. Thelonious Monk’s music has captured
their collective heart ever since they all heard him as young upstarts. The trio will journey through all
kinds of moods and musical landscapes, including some original compositions.
For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious
composer and savvy bandleader, Amedola brings his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings; his
closest musical associates include guitarists, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3
organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, and clarinetist Ben Goldberg.
Todd Sickafoose is a Tony and Grammy award-winning composer, producer, orchestrator, bandleader and
double bassist. He produced and co-arranged all three albums of the Broadway hit Hadestown and also
produced Anaïs Mitchell’s album Young Man in America. Since 2004, Sickafoose has recorded and
performed internationally with artist/activist Ani DiFranco. Straddling the worlds of folk, indie rock, jazz
and chamber music, his own band Tiny Resistors has been featured on many “Best-Of” lists including the
Village Voice and JazzTimes.
Clarinetist / composer Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist
Rosario Mazzeo and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer
Trio “kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music” (SF Chronicle), Ben has
shaped a career through curiosity and experimentation. Downbeat Magazine has twice named him Rising
Tickets for the event are $20 for General Admission and $18 for Students, Seniors, and Playhouse
members, and are available at arcataplayhouse.org/events or by calling (707) 822-1575. Guests will be
required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination at the door. 1251 9th Street, Arcata, CA 95521