Music: Allen Lowe and The Fake Music Ensemble play tunes from Lowe’s jazz suite Sat., Mar. 25

Saxophonist and composer Allen Lowe presents a musical work in progress, the jazz suite “Black Brown and Beige, Yellow Trans and Queer: My Country ‘Tis of This” at Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Mar. 25. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $10.

The Fake Music Ensemble at Best Video Performance Space (Allen Lowe on left).

“Black Brown and Beige, Yellow Trans and Queer: My Country ‘Tis of This” is a current events and history quiz in song, composed by saxophonist Allen Lowe. Inspired by Duke Ellington’s 1930s composition “Black, Brown, and Beige,” it represents a cross-section of American musical and social history, a fusion of freedom and constriction, slavery and liberation. It is a tone poem in many parts about gay nightlife in Harlem, African American entrepreneurs, slave rebellions, white flight, transsexual liberation,  suburban mirrors, Jaki Byard, Charles Mingus, Zora Neale Hurston, immigrants, congress, the stock market, culture, and the Washington Monument.

The Fake Music Ensemble is Allen Lowe (alto saxophone), Herb Wilson (tenor saxophone), Rex Denton (trumpet), Kevin Ray (bass), Michael Coppola (guitar), Christopher Morrison (guitar), Vance Provey (trumpet), and Ben Bilello (drums).

Lowe was a founder of the New Haven Jazz Festival in the 1990s. As a saxophonist and composer in the 1980s and ’90s, he recorded and performed with Julius Hemphill, Don Byron, David Murray, Doc Cheatham, Roswell Rudd, Loren Schoenberg, Jimmy Knepper, Randy Sandke and others. His efforts—be they musical or musicological—have been hailed by rock critic Greil Marcus, jazz critic Francis Davis, composer Anthony Braxton and jazz historian John Szwed.

Lowe recently returned to the New Haven area after a two-decade exile in what he experienced as the cultural wasteland of Portland, Maine. (He titled his 2006 recording “Jews in Hell.”)

In the middle of last decade, Lowe began recording again, often accompanied by such luminaries as pianist Matthew Shipp, guitarist Mark Ribot and trombonist Roswell Rudd. And, immersed in vernacular American music forms, he wrote and compiled historical studies of American pop music (American Pop from Minstrel to Mojo), jazz (That Devilin’ Tune: A Jazz History 1900-1950), the blues (Really the Blues? A Blues History, 1893-1959) and rock ‘n’ roll (God Didn’t Like It: Electric Hillbillies, Singing Preachers, and the Beginning of Rock and Roll, 1950-1970).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Mar. 17. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN 66

• Saturday, Mar. 18. INDIE FOLK: JAMES AM DOWNES, BROOMS, GABE MORTALI

• Wednesday, Mar. 22. CLASSICAL: 4-3-2-1: A EUPHONIUM AND FRIENDS PRODUCTION

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Sunday, Mar. 26. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “REPO MAN”

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: JACK ROLLINS

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAL PARADISE

• Sunday, Apr. 2. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE

• Friday, June 16. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 15. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN