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Steven Lugerner's "SLUGish Ensemble"
Steven Lugerner's "SLUGish Ensemble"

Thu, Sep 16


Sam First

Steven Lugerner's "SLUGish Ensemble"

Steven Lugerner (bass clarinet), Adam Ratner (guitar), Paul Cornish (piano/keyboard), Christina Galisatus (piano/keyboard), Karl McComas-Reichl (bass), Malachi Whitson (drums) 2 sets, at 7:30pm & 9pm | 21+

Sep 16, 2021, 7:30 PM

Sam First, 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

SLUGish Ensemble is an amoeba-like band under the direction of composer & multi-instrumentalist Steven Lugerner. Their music utilizes traditional acoustic instruments to create layers of pocketed-grooves and melodies that blur the lines between pop, rhythm & blues, jazz improvisation and minimalism. SLUGish Ensemble’s debut album was named one of “The Best Jazz Albums of 2018” by Bandcamp, while Jazziz Magazine describes the album as “Northern California’s less extravagant answer to LA’s thriving crossover jazz-scene… original, earnest and immediate.” On September 16th, 2021, SLUGish Ensemble will perform recently recoded music for a new album due out in early 2022.

As a band leader, Steven Lugerner has released multiple albums to critical acclaim. His compositions have been described as “a textured, nearly seamless blend of composition and improvisation” by The Village Voice - while The San Francisco Examiner as praised “Lugerner’s approach to making music is very much his own; and he seems to be pursuing it to impressive advantage.”  In a relatively short period of time, 30-year-old Bay Area native Steven Lugerner has collaborated with a heavyweight roster of jazz masters including, Grammy nominated pianist Fred Hersch, pioneering pianist Myra Melford; drum legends Albert “Tootie” Heath, Matt Wilson, John Hollenbeck and Allison Miller; saxophonists Jane Ira Bloom, Dayna Stephens and Anat Cohen ; trumpeter Ralph Alessi, flutist Jamie Baum and bassist Todd Sickafoose. Lugerner also works full-time at the Stanford Jazz Workshop as Faculty Director, and he is also the director of Slow & Steady Records, a non-profit record label dedicated to showcasing west coast creative music.

Sam First | 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Show Times: 7:30pm & 9:00pm, and a separate ticket is required for each show.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required upon entry.

Notice of Recording: Sam First live streams and records all concerts. By entering Sam First, you understand that your image and/or voice might be included in those recordings. Sam First reserves the right to use any photography, video or audio recording taken at this event, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video.


  • 1st set ticket (7:30pm)

    One ticket is good for one set of music only.

  • 2nd set ticket (9:00pm)

    One ticket is good for one set of music only.




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