Noted saxophonist and former Trey Anastasio Band member Peter Apfelbaum will host his annual homecoming holiday show at Abany, CA’s Ivy Room this evening. Apfelbaum will perform with his current project Sparkler; this version of the project will feature will goddaughter and current Trey Anastasio Band member Natalie Cressman (trombone/bass/vocals), Jill Ryan (sax/flute/vocals), Will Bernard (guitar) Erika Oba (keyboards/flute) and Josh Jones (drums/percussion). The band will perform excerpts from The Ambidextrous Nature of the Universe (commissioned by the Newport Jazz Festival in 2016) as well as songs from their studio project Excess. Brazilian Girls drummer Aaron Johnson appears on the studio album and regularly performs with Sparkler during their New York runs.

The saxophonist will close 2017 with a pair of duo dates with Josh Jones at Truckee, CA’s Moody’s Bistro on December 28 and 29