Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Uptown Venue Duende Pairs Free Jazz with Fancy Tapas

By Whitney Phaneuf
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Duende (468 19th St., Oakland) opened last night, with a menu of Spanish tapas — and free jazz. Turns out, the former Oliveto chef behind Duende, Paul Canales, is a huge fan of avant-garde music and opened the space with live music in mind. (Read Canales' blog about how composer John Zorn came up with the name Duende and Mike Patton of Faith No More encouraged him to open the restaurant.)

Mark Dresser and Larry Och performing while Duendes music room was still under-construction.
  • Duende
  • Mark Dresser and Larry Och performing while Duende's music room was still under-construction.

Duende will host a mix of informal walk-in shows and seated, ticketed events, so be sure to check the calendar for specifics. Eating at the restaurant is not required, but may be recommended (we'll see what Luke Tsai has to say).

On Tuesday, January 22, local jazz quartet Telepathy will play two sets (8 p.m., $10), and on Wednesday, January 23, legendary guitarist Nels Cline comes from New York City with his trio, The Nels Cline Singers, for a four-night residency, which ends on Saturday the 26. The trio plays the first set, then will be joined by a different guest each night for the second. 9 p.m., $25.

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