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Clarinet Thing

Works by Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Herbie Nichols, Carla Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, Michael Moore, Ravel, as well as original compositions.Clarinet Thing is a chamber quartet of jazz clarinetists featuring Sheldon Brown, Beth Custer, Ben Goldberg, and Harvey Wainapel. They perform arrangements of unusual jazz works and originals on almost the entire family of clarinets, from the baby Eb clarinet up to the large contra alto clarinet, and their concerts are always acoustic, never amplified. “Clarinet Thing is a killer quartet that plays a rich woody lend of original music, Ellingtonia, Brazilian choro…and other pieces that pop and sway with the pregnant sound of an improvising clarinet choir.” (Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle)

Old First Concerts has volunteer opportunities available!

Our concerts rely on the generosity of volunteers to assist with simple tasks like:


distributing programs

box office

set-up and clean-up

Scheduling is flexible — you choose when to work! We especially need helping hands for our Friday and Saturday night performances.

An excellent opportunity for students, seniors, or anyone who possesses a love for music!

If you’d like to consider volunteering with Old First Concerts, please contact for more information.