in concert

October 22, 2007

Christopher Garcia, percussion; Jonathan Golove, electric cello; David Mott, baritone saxophone; Michael Vlatkovich, trombone.

Sanctuary, Monday and Tuesday , at 8pm. $10 Suggested Donation

The Sanctuary is located at 3361 6th Ave, Troy, NY. For more information please visit the Sanctuary web page here…

Tel: 518.272.2390 events nights only.

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October 23, 2007

Christopher Garcia, percussion; Jonathan Golove, electric cello; David Mott, baritone saxophone; Michael Vlatkovich, trombone.

The Buttonwood Tree 605 Main St. Middletown, Connecticut

Friday October 26th 10 pm to 1 pm

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October 26 & 27, 2007

Christopher Garcia, percussion; Jonathan Golove, electric cello; David Mott, baritone saxophone; Michael Vlatkovich, trombone.

The Bus Stop Theatre 2203 Gottingen Street Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saturday October 27th afternoon clinic

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December 7, 2007

Michael Vlatkovich is performing with the Bobby Bradford Motet in Sierra Madre, California at Cafe 322 8:30 pm
CAFE 322 – Sierra Madre Restaurants, Italian Food in Sierra Madre CAFE 322.

322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Cafe 322. (626) 836-5414 …

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December 8, 2007

Michael Vlatkovich is performing with Dottie Grossman in Downtown Los Angeles, California at Cafe Metropol 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome to Cafe Metropol. Enjoy the culinary delights of an authentic European bistro situated in the heart of the Los Angeles Downtown Artists District.

923 E 3rd St # 101, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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December 22, 2007

Michael Vlatkovich will be performing his Christmas arrangements for 6 trombones live on KUNM radio in Albuquerque, New Mexico 7:00 pm

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January 4, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich is performing with the Bobby Bradford Motet in Sierra Madre, California at Cafe 322 8:30 pm
CAFE 322 – Sierra Madre Restaurants, Italian Food in Sierra Madre CAFE 322.

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January 13, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich and Dottie Grossman
Dangerous Curve, 8 p.m.
1020 E. 4th Place (500 Molino St.102)
downtown Los Angeles

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February 1, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich
is performing with the Bobby Bradford Motet in Sierra Madre, California at Cafe 322 8:30 pm CAFE 322 – Sierra Madre Restaurants, Italian Food in Sierra Madre CAFE 322. ITALIAN KITCHEN AND BAR. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Cafe 322. (626) 836-5414 … http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/cafe322/

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February 16, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich is performing with the Dottie Grossman in Downtown Los Angeles, California at Cafe Metropol 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome to Cafe Metropol Enjoy the culinary delights of an authentic European bistro situated in the heart of the Los Angeles Downtown Artists District. … Welcome to Cafe Metropol … 923 E 3rd St # 101, Los Angeles, CA 90013 http://www.cafemetropol.com/

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March 2, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich
and Dottie Grossman
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 7 p.m.
2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA,

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March 7, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich is performing with the Bobby Bradford Motet in Sierra Madre, California at Cafe 322 8:30 pm
CAFE 322 – Sierra Madre Restaurants, Italian Food in Sierra Madre

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March 8, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich
will be performing with Jim Knodle, trumpet; Greg Campbell, french horn at CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE At the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA; in Wallingford, 1/2 block south of 50th St., 1 block east of Meridian Tel: 206-789-1939

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March 15, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich and Dottie Grossman
Seattle, TBA

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March 15, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich will be performing with his trio consisting of Greg Scholl, trombone and Mark Burdon, drums at the Tug Boat Brewery Portland, Oregon

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March 16, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich will be performing with Rich Halley, tenor sax and Carson Halley, drums at the Tug Boat Brewery Portland, Oregon

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March 16, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich and Dottie Grossman
Seaview, WA, The Sou’wester Inn, Seaview, WA, 4 p.m.,

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April 1, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich and Dottie Grossman
7:30 p.m. – Artists Union Gallery, 330 South California Street Plaza. (Where California Street meets the sea) Tel: 805-643-3012 Our email address is: infoatventuraartistsuniondotorg  | Ventura, CA, 93001

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May 10, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich will be performing with Steuart Leibig Ensemble at Cafe Metropol. Welcome to Cafe Metropol. Enjoy the culinary delights of an authentic European bistro situated in the heart of the Los Angeles Downtown Artists District. … Welcome to Cafe Metropol …923 E 3rd St # 101, Los Angeles, CA 90013 http://www.cafemetropol.com/

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May 17

Michael Vlatkovich is performing with Dottie Grossman at Potter Valley Jazz Festival

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May 18-19th, 2008

Michael Vlatkovich and Dottie Grossman
Potter Valley Jazz Festival

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Photo by Collen OBrien

“THREE3” in a rare live performance

MICHAEL VLATKOVICH, trombone | CHRIS LEE, drums | KENT McLAGEN, bass

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2009 AT NOON IN PAC, freefreefree and open to all. Please come.

“Over the course of dozens of recordings in a myriad of formats, under his own name both as a major collaborator or as a sideman, Michael Vlatkovich has established his voice. The pared down trio format brings that to the fore. As in his many other sessions, Vlatkovich’s blowing and writing are of a piece—punchy, angular declarations spun into tightly argued elaborations. That lends itself to the trio format especially when he’s joined by such sympathetic musicians as bassist Kent McLagen and drummer Chris Lee. They lock into the percussive implications of Vlatkovich’s pieces, the characteristic herky-jerky near grooves. The melodic cast is similar, an anxious sense of wanting to spring free of tonal restraint, but never quite making that leap. That’s Vlatkovich’s voice and his cohorts complement it with their own.” – David Dupont

“The West Coast trombone genius continues his odyssey of exploring the trombone/bass/drums format, with delightful results. This time the tritet is filled out with Chris Lee on drums and Ken McLagen on bass, and between the three of them, the listening is really incredible. As with any trio, of paramount importance is variety of texture, which the tritet achieves with seemingly no effort. Vlatkovich gives his comrades plenty of space, and while everything stays essentially tonal and lyrical, even when they actually head into swing territory, the approach is pretty free.

Perhaps the most stunning thing is that Vlatkovich is as nimble on the instrument as he is. Trombone, of course, has some famous jazz exponents, but for some reason retains the reputation of a somewhat clunky beast to improvise on. Vlatkovich puts those issues to rest in a very conclusive way. Not that he’s trying to be Dizzy Gillespie, but you get the sense that he could blaze up the scales if he wanted to. His muse leads him into more reserved music, however, and he writes tunes that mirror his improvisational goals, frequently building off ostinatos before opening up into spacious improv sections.

McLagen and Lee are simultaneously supportive of the leader’s thought processes as well as pushing their own ideas out into the music. Truly, they are the rhythm section everyone wishes they could have, with their elasticity, sense of dynamics and playfulness. They reflect Vlatkovich’s good vibe: Three3 could definitely be defined as feel-good music, and how often can you say that about music from the so-called creative music community? – Tom Chandler

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December 16, 2009
Michael Vlatkovich will be performing with his trio consisting of Greg Scholl-trombone and Mark Burdon-drums at the Tug Boat Brewery Portland, Oregon

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December 19, 2009
Michael Vlatkovich will be performing with Rich Halley- tenor sax, Andre St. James-bass and Carson Halley-drums at the Tug Boat Brewery Portland, Oregon

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December 22, 2009
Dorothea Grossman & Michael Vlatkovich | Call and Response, at 7:30pm, Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 South California Street, Ventura
Host: Roe Estep, (805)320-3524

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January 14th, 2010
Dottie Grossman/Michael Vlatkovich/Rich West | Call and Response, at 8:00 pm, Muddy Waters Cafe, 508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

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