William Hooker
The William Hooker Trio will perform Aug. 15 at The Union.

Union to Host Acclaimed Jazz Drummer

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Aquabear Legion will present experimental jazz drummer William Hooker this Friday, Aug. 15 at The Union Bar & Grill, joined by Athens band Unmonumental. Show time is 9 p.m.

Since the mid-’70s, Hooker has proven himself to be one of the most prolific composers and players in jazz.

With more than 60 albums to his name, he has performed at Lincoln Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Montreal Jazz Festival, just to name a few venues.

His collaborations have included DJ Spooky, Thurston Moore, Roy Campbell and countless others, including Edward Ricart and Luke Stewart, who join him on this tour as The William Hooker Trio.

Guitarist/bassist Edward Ricart is currently based in Yellow Springs, Ohio. His past collaborations include avant-rock power trio Hyrrokkin, free jazz/noise-rock quartet Haitian Rail, free-rock duo Matta Gawa and the Edward Ricart Quartet.

Bassist Luke Stewart has had a pronounced impact on the Washington D.C. community, having produced numerous series for WPFW Radio and performed with Chuck Brown, Yusef Lateef, Randy Weston, Muhal Richard Abrams, Juma Sultan and Amiri Baraka.

Opening act Unmonumental is a quartet from Athens, Ohio, that leans toward experimental rock. Veterans of the Athens music scene, each member has spent time in other local bands, including Small Object a, Goodbye Goats, Dinner of Swords, Casual Future and Weedghost.

Tickets for Friday’s show are $5 and may be purchased in advance at Haffa’s Records or at the door.