"Third Rail" (James Blood Ulmer, Bill Laswell, Jerome Bigfoot Brailey)

The Chapel presents a special residency with Bill Laswell & friends

"Third Rail" (James Blood Ulmer, Bill Laswell, Jerome Bigfoot Brailey)

Thu · February 7, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is all ages

Partially seated - first come, first served

Multi-show passes available - please contact us directly at 415.551.5157 or info@thechapelsf.com

7 show passes available here

James Blood Ulmer
James Blood Ulmer
James Blood Ulmer is a truly original artist. Cited by many as an avant-garde guitarist, he is actually an authentic blues guitarist, drawing upon the full spectrum of African American music, from free jazz, soul, be-bob, avant-garde, and rock. In addition to being a great guitarist, he is a stunning baritone vocal stylist whose lyrics cut into and across his music.

He began his career by playing in funk bands in Pittsburgh with stops in Ohio and Detroit before finally arriving in New York City in 1971. In 1973, James recorded with Rashied Ali, and in that same year began working with Ornette Coleman, whose concept affected Ulmer´s music thereafter. His blues and rock-tinged art was raw, aggressive, as well as intellectually compelling.

In the 1980s, he made three records for Columbia featuring artists like David Murray, Amin Ali, and Ronald Shannon Jackson.

“Blood” dug deeply into an investigation of the blues as the century turned. First he recorded Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions, with guitarist Vernon Reid both performing and producing. This record was nominated for the Grammy Awards in 2001. In 2003 he issued No Escape From the Blues, recorded at Electric Lady studio. In 2005, Blood released Birthright, on the Hyena label, easily his most intimate recording. His solo recording contains ten originals and two covers of classic repertoire, and takes “Blood's” blues journey to an entirely new level.

Today, James “Blood” Ulmer tours a variety of bands, from his solo project to the Odyssey Trio, which covers his free jazz materials, the Black Rock Trio, and Memphis Blood featuring Vernon Reid.
Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell (b. February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan) is an American bassist, producer and record label owner. He was married to Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw alias Gigi.

Laswell ranks among the most prolific of musicians, being involved in hundreds of recordings with many musicians from all over the world. Laswell's music draws upon many different genres, most notably funk, various world music, jazz, dub and ambient styles. He has also played or produced music from the noisier, more aggressive end of the rock spectrum, like hardcore punk and metal.
Jerome Bigfoot Brailey
Jerome Bigfoot Brailey
Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey started performing around 1968 with the R&B group The Unifics. He went on to work with The Chambers Brothers and the Five Stairsteps, playing on the original studio recording of the latter's classic song "O-o-h Child".

He joined George Clinton's P-Funk collective in 1975 and appeared on many of their most popular recordings. He co-wrote one of Parliament's biggest hits, “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)", with Clinton and Bootsy Collins. He also played on Flash Light, which was inducted into the 2018 Grammy Awards Hall of Fame due to its historical significance. His drum arrangements on the single "Do That Stuff", from the album The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, have been sampled by Kendrick Lamar on "The Hear Part 3” and by Childish Gambino on “Boogieman".

Brailey left P-Funk in 1978 due to financial disagreements with Clinton. He began working closely with Glenn Goins, who had also left P-Funk and started production for the funk group Quazar. Brailey and Glenn Goins conceived of a band called Mutiny as they were finalizing the Quazar album for Arista Records; however, Goins died in 1978 at the age of 24, leaving Brailey to complete the album. He then established Mutiny and signed to Columbia Records.

The band's 1979 debut album, “Mutiny on the Mamaship” saw Brailey's work alongside guitarist Donald “Lenny” Holmes and bassist Raymond Carter making for a collectable recording. The album was not far removed from the classic P-Funk style, with emphasis placed on dual lead guitar works. It was seen as successful in musical terms, though some critics complained about the lack of originality but the quality of that recording were recognized by many. A second album, "Funk Plus the One, was released in 1980 with Aftershock 2005 (Rykodisc) and Funk Road (Catbone Music Label) all under the group Mutiny's umbrella were introduced to the public with positive vibes and energy.

The "Rolling Stone" listed Brailey as #68 in its list of the 100 greatest drummers of all time. In 2016, his drum style & techniques with Parliament-Funkadelic are viewed in a P-Funk exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture Center in Washington, DC.

He also appeared as a session drummer with a diverse group of artists including Keith Richards, Bill Laswell, James Blood Ulmer, Dave Stewart, and Lucky Peterson. Jerome skills were featured on Smith and Hay’s (Deluxe) Jazz recording which charted and became the number one Billboard Jazz album in the country in January of 2018.

Noted for his signature foot on the bass drums in playing and recording during the impact years with Parliament-Funkadelic, The Recording Academy awarded and announced in December 2018 that the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to P-Funk members on May 11, 2019 in Los Angles, CA. for their creative contributions in music.
Oz Fritz
Oz Fritz
Oz Fritz has worked as an audio professional and sonic architect for over 40 years. Starting out in live sound reinforcement, Fritz transitioned into studio recording after moving to New York in the mid ‘80s. Highlights of his career include a long-time collaboration with producer/musician Bill Laswell in the areas of concert sound, studio recording and mixing, and remote field recording with artists such as Material, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Iggy Pop, and the Flying Mijinko tour of Central Asia. Other credits include Tom Waits, Primus and the English group God. More recently he mixed and mastered the new Flat Earth Society double album Untitled #0. Fritz lives in Grass Valley, California.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110