The young L.A.-based jazz quartet Slumgum played to an affectionate crowd at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center on Friday in Merced.
The award-winning band played its brand of avant garde and improvisational jazz, stopping in Merced as part of a Northern California tour that includes stops in Berkeley, Oakland and Sacramento.
Band members are Jon Armstrong on woodwinds, Rory Cowal on piano, Dave Tranchina on bass and Trevor Anderies playing drums. Cowal said the band had a great time playing in Merced, and hopes to come back and build a following.
Bass player Tranchina said he first heard the term slum gum while working for a bee keeper. Slum gum is the gooey, waxy by-product left after honey has been removed from a honey comb. “Our music is a little gooey, but it’s nice. We like to keep it raw, but not too polished,” said Tranchina about the band’s sound.
For more information about the band, visit www.facebook.com/Slumgum.
– Christopher Winterfeldt