Baltimore-based Creative Differences has three excellent shows planned for its home base, the Windup Space, in January. Among the gigs: a 70th Birthday Celebration for drummer Barry Altschul, featuring the terrific New York-based saxophonist Jon Irabagon; and a performance by the Whammies, a Steve Lacy repertory group of sorts featuring Dutch drum great Han Bennink. Check out Lloyd Sachs’ recent review of the Whammies’ Driff label CD.
Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m.
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Michael Formanek, bass; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums
Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m.
$15/10 students with ID
Barry Altschul’s 70th Birthday Celebration:
3dom Factor featuring Jon Irabagon, saxes; Joe Fonda, bass; and Barry Altschul, drums
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m.
$20/15 students with ID
The Whammies: Play the Music of Steve Lacy
Jeb Bishop, trombone; Jorrit Dijkstra, saxophone and lyricon; Mary Oliver, violin; Pandelis Karayorgis, piano; Nate McBride, bass; and Han Bennink, drums
The Windup Space is located at 12 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md. Visit the venue’s official site for more information.