John Mcneil's Insomnia Band (Tonight) Louise Rogers/Rick Strong (Sun) Serial Underground (Mon) at the Cornelia Street Cafe
October 8, 2005
To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia Street Greenwich Village, NY 10014
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Sat-Sun-Mon Oct. 8 thg Oct. 10 This Week at Cornelia Street Cafe
Sat Oct 08 JOHN MCNEIL'S INSOMNIA BAND (John McNeil, trumpet; Mike Fahie, trombone; Jeff Lederer, tenor saxophone & clarinet; Mike McGuirk, bass; Jochen Rueckert, drums)
John McNeil's Insomnia band first came into existence as an adaptation of the music on Sleep Won't Come, John's 2004 release on OmniTone. The band's debut came at FONT (The Festival of New Trumpet Music) in August of 2004, and the music has since morphed into something very different. The Sleep Won't Come music is still represented, but there is now a body of music specific to Insomnia.
Much of the Insomnia music is free, but held together with ensemble writing and thematic unity. McNeil gets the most out of the instrumentation of trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, bass and drums, and his writing continually finds new color combinations and surprising twists and turns. The real key to Insomnia's success, however, is that the band members have an overall compositional sense and a willingness to harness their own creativity to further the ends of the ensemble. Finding people willing to check their egos at the door can be difficult, but bands like Insomnia prove it can be done.
McNeil renders anthem style choruses amid vocal-like phrasings to complement a robust tone, awash with razor sharp lines. -- jazzreview.com 9:00PM Cover $10 www.mcneiljazz.com
Sun Oct 09 LOUISE ROGERS/RICK STRONG: BASS-ICALY SPEAKING (Louise Rogers, vocals; Rick Strong, bass) The idea of a small ensemble had always interested us. We were drawn to and fell in love with the bass and voice concept: the intimacy, the space, and the woody, organic, acoustic sound.
...the most joyously encouraging way of expanding the audience for jazz I've heard is the work of jazz singer – educator Louise Rogers"-Nat Hentoff
... establishes a new relationship between bass and voice...reminiscent of Tuck and Patti...you will long to hear this CD" Kim Nazarian - New York Voices
Masterful performance...refreshing to hear...this music is exposed and draws you into it." -Jerry Bergonzi - jazz saxophonist and teacher
Achieves a beautiful mood with the voice and bass." Luciana Souza - Jazz vocalist
... a voice of subtlety and strength ... a beautiful rich tone on both upright and electric basses." Peter Eldridge – New York Voices. Louise Rogers...great chops and a warm, witty approach to song..." Andrew Rowan – All About Jazz, NYC 8:30PM Cover $5 www.louiserogers.org
Mon Oct 10 COMPOSERSCOLLABORATIVE PRESENTS SERIAL UNDERGROUND THE 2ND MONDAY OF THE MONTH (Jed Distler, piano, composer; Ed Smidth; Peter Evans, trumpet; Glenda Goodman, viola, voice; Edwin Torres, spoken word; Danny Mallon, percussion) ComposersCollaborative inc’s (CCi) Serial Underground introduces new multidisciplinary concert theater collaborations – the second Monday of the month An evening of collaborations ... Excerpts of new work from Ed Schmidt and Jed Distler's piano theater piece The Gold Standard, and Ed's new play The Shuffle of Things. Victrolophone is Peter Evans (trumpet) and Glenda Goodman (viola, voice) performing ghostly, sentimental versions of old songs. Finally, spoken word artist Edwin Torres and percussionist Danny Mallon team up for an dynamic creative dialogue. Telephone for advance sale tickets: 212-663-1967 all major credit card accepted: AMEX, MC, Visa Advance purchase tickets (incl. one house drink): $15 Tickets purchased at the door on day of perf (incl. one house drink): $20 8:30PM www.composerscollab.org
Wed Oct 12 ALEX HARDING AND BLUTOPIA (Alex Harding, baritone sax & bass clarinet; Lucian Ban, piano; Hill Greene, bass; Bruce Cox, drums)
Founded in 2003 by long time musical collaborators Alex Harding and transylvanian born pianist Lucian Ban the blutopia ensemble is an outstanding nyc based jazz group featuring some of the best jazz musicians today. Mr. Harding is widely considered one of the most original bari sax players today and is constantly voted in the best category in the Down Beat Magazine. Mr. Lucian Ban has released 3 albums as a leader in US and 2 in Romania and was just nominated for “Best European Jazz Musician“ by the Hans Koller Organization in Austria.
The creative partnership between saxist Alex Harding and pianist Lucian Ban has sparked several acclaimed groups, including the lumination quintet – a group that was voted One of the best 10 shows of 2003" by All About Jazz Magazine NYC. The pair has also released two albums together as a duet and quintet – albums that won top lists and extraordinary rewievs. 2 more new albums by the same pair are to be released this fall 2005 in Europe & US.
Benefiting immensely from Mr. Alex Harding's experience and his soulful and bluesy sound the group also feature the pianistic expertise and strange eastern european influences of Mr. Lucian Ban’s piano, the strong concept and lines of veteran bassist Hill Greene and the creative rhythms of a master of modern jazz drumming, Mr. Bruce Cox. Pulsating blues, new orleans riffs, post bop lines, funk grooves and free jazz outbursts can be found in their music but the sound of the group goes well beyond all those to become a voice of its own. playing original music the four musicians have to in the words of esteemed nyc critic bruce gallanter “be seen and heard ” to get the full picture. After dozens of concerts and acclaimed performances the group has just been signed by the prestigious jazzway records label in Norway and recorded an album entitled “The Calling” at Systems Two to be releases on Nov 28, 2005. 8:30PM Cover $10
Thu Oct 13 GNU VOX VOCAL SERIES: JULIE HARDY/DAVID DEVOE (Julie Hardy, vocals; David Devoe, vocals) This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists. The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz. The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price! David Devoe, curator 8:30PM Cover $10 www.juliehardy.com
Fri Oct 14 JEREMY STEIG QUARTET (Jeremy Steig, flute; John McNeely, piano; Cameron Brown, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums) Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician. 9:00PM Cover $12 www.jeremysteig.info
Sat Oct 15 TONY MALABY'S PALOMA RECIO QUINTET (Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Michael Rodriguez, trumpet; Ben Monder, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Rodney Green, drums) New music dedicated to an angel flying over the Iberian Peninsula by a new quintet of omnidirectionally improvising masters of ecstatic lyrical elasticity. 9:00PM Cover $10 www.tonymalaby.com
Sun Oct 16 GEORGE DULIN DISBAND CD RELEASE (George Dulin, piano & composition; Danny Zanker, bass; Take Toriyama, drums; special guest: Sal Rosselli, tenor sax) George Dulin Disband CD Release Party
Pianist George Dulin's gone” compositional technique meets the ultra-melodic intelligence of Danny Zanker, brewed with Take Toriyama's burning musicality. . . . $10.00 cover/$8.00 for students 8:30PM
Mon Oct 17 BIG BANG (Robert Dick, flute; Bruce Lawder, poet; Kali Z, multi-instrumentalist; Careltta Joy Walker, poet; w/ Michael Ray, trumpet and voice and Ron McBee, percussion)
Big Bang", the latest new and all-inclusive music and mixed media series at Cornelia Street Cafe, beginning Monday, October 17th, 2005 and every third Monday of the month thereafter.
Big Bang" is a creative collision of musicians with artists in spoken word, dance, visual art, video art, found words, theatre, etc. presenting works in progress in a new series every third Monday at the Cornelia Street Cafe. The evenings will include two featured groups followed by a brief talk back with the audience after each set. Every evening will end with a jam session in which we fish names out of a hat (including names of audience members) that will go for about 10 minutes.
Groundbreaking flutist, Robert Dick working with the words and text of two different poets including Bruce Lawders The Sound" which was premiered by Robert at Dartmouth last January, and with the anonymous random word texts that spammers send blocks of in an effort to get through spam filters.
Improv-goddess Kali. Z. Fasteau creates wild and pan-cultural jazz. This internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer performs on soprano saxophone, voice, nai flutes, piano, drums, sanza, and mizmar, along with master drummer Ron McBee on djembe, berimbau and African percussion, Michael Ray on trumpet and voice, and wise wordsmith Carletta Joy Walker. hosted by Katie Down 8:30PM Cover $10
Tue Oct 18 ZOHO MUSIC DOUBLE HEADER HILARY NOBLE & REBECCA CLINE + RICHIE HART TRIO 8:30 PM HILARY NOBLE & REBECCA CLINE CD release party for the Hilary Noble & Rebecca Cline ZOHO release ENCLAVE" Hilary Noble - tenor, soprano & alto saxophones, flute, percussion, Rebecca Cline - piano,Fernando Huergo - electric bass, Steve Langone - drums
Hilary Noble and Rebecca Cline have taken care to acquire solid foundations in the jazz and Afro-Latin traditions. Hilary has studied saxophone with George Garzone and Yusef Lateef in the U. S., and percussion with Maximino Duquesne in Cuba. Rebecca has studied piano with Joanne Brackeen and Charlie Banacos in the U.S., with Luis Marin in Puerto Rico, and with Chucho Valdés in Cuba. They have also played with some of the torchbearers of the music, including Giovanni Hidalgo, Bobby Sanabria, and John Santos.
Although not all the charts are Latin--Noble's affecting ballad Relapse" being one of several examples of the performers' straight jazz skills--the program features such Cuban forms or rhythms as mozambique, bembe, rumba, guaracha as well as Dominican merengue, Brazilian samba and Venezuelan joropo. The rhythmic texture of these pieces is consistently thick and rich and can produce an irresistibly propulsive momentum. Sanabria and his rhythm section are experts at this, but Noble fits in with them easily. He contributes on various percussion instruments, most often congas, as well as on his several saxophones, even overdubbing soprano, alto and tenor parts on one track. He also composed most of the pieces."
While the excitement of the Latin rhythmic ambience is the recording's most striking feature, several very fine improvised solos also contribute to its appeal."
Their new CD just released on the NY based Zoho label Enclave" will be celebrated at this performance. www.hilarynoble.com
10:00 PM RICHIE HART TRIO CD release party for Zoho new release Richie Hart Trio Greasy Street Richie Hart-guitar, Rick Petrone-bass, Joe Corsello-drums & percussion plus special guest on keyboards TBA
The Richie Hart Trio with Rick Petrone and Joe Corsello evolved into existence in 2002. This trio is distinguished not only by its members’ playing and their collective sound but also by their remarkably eclectic selection of material that ranges from originals to standards to swing tunes and modern jazz compositions by the masters. For their Cornelia Street appearance they will be performing selections form their new Zoho Music release Greasy Street that features the great Hammond B3 maestro Dr. Lonnie Smith. www.zohomusic.com Cover $10
Wed Oct 19 THE SONGWRITER'S BEAT (performers TBA)
Now in its 5th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriter's series, where songwriters are encouraged to perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere. Curated / hosted by multiple ASCAP Pop Award winner Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat features top up-and-coming songwriters. Each month four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. Founded in 2000 by Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 185 phenomenal songwriters (hailing from all over the globe: from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan!) and keeps growing! The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so if you are planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter’s Beat! 8:30PM Hosted by Valerie Ghent. Cover $5 songwritersbeat.com
Thu Oct 20 PO'JAZZ Jazz & spoken word from the source. 6:00PM Cover $13
GEORGE GARZONE/RASMUS EHLERS QUINTET (George Garzone, saxophones; Rasmus Ehlers, piano) 8:30PM Cover $10
Fri Oct 21 GLOBAL MOTION (Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone; Nikolaj Hess, piano; John Hebert, bass; Tony Moreno, drums) Dutch saxophonist Marc Mommaas will be playing at the Cornelia Street Cafe with his highly acclaimed group GLOBAL MOTION. This concert will feature compositions from Mommaas and his long time collaborator Danish pianist Nikolaj Hess. This concert will be a preparation for a new Global Motion recording featuring mostly Nikolaj's compositions. Global Motion also includes the stellar rhythm section John Hebert on Bass and Tony Moreno on drums.
Global Motion is always in stylistic motion, spanning bop, ECM-esque soundscapes and free-form chamber dreams……DOWNBEAT – Ed Enright
MARC MOMMAAS A fearless improviser on both tenor and soprano, Mommaas had the ability and sense of spontaneous composition to start from almost nothing and build solos that were alive with energy and commitment, fairly bristling with power….. ALL ABOUT JAZZ – John Kelman 9:00PM Cover $8 www.mommaas.com
Sun Oct 23 MURRAY WEINSTOCK: DOGTUNES Murray Weinstock and friends perform songs from the upcoming CD More Tails of the City" 8:30PM www.dogtunes.com
Mon Oct 24 21 CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS GEORGE SPICKA Back from Baltimore with piano and group improvisations and compositions 8:30PM Cover $10 www.baltimorecomposersforum.org/members/spicka_george/
Tue Oct 25 THE FLAIL (Dan Blankinship, trumpet; Stephan Moutot, tenor saxophone; Brian Marsella, piano; Reid Taylor, bass; Matt Zebroski, drums) The Flail is a unique entity in today's world of jazz, even music as a whole. They offer a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements full of intensity and imagination. From the first moment one experiences The Flail, it is clear that this group is a band in every sense of the word. The kind of energy that such unity creates cannot be faked, nor can the power of it be denied. Upon hearing them, jazz legend Kenny Barron said, I would pay good money to see these guys play at a jazz club." The Flail have performed at some of the premier events and venues in the world including Carnegie Hall, the Vienne Jazz Festival, the Marseille Jazz Festival, and Sweet Rhythm. 8:30PM Cover $8 www.theflail.com
Wed Oct 26 SOUL OF THE BLUES (Pat Wicktor; Carol Thomas; TBA) This special edition of Soul of the Blues features..... Pat Wictor, Carol Thomas + TBA.
SOUL OF THE BLUES, NYC's premiere inexpensive live blues and soul music series, happens the fourth Wednesday of every month at Cornelia Street Cafe. for more information please visit: http://souloftheblues.com
8:30PM Cover $7 patwictor.com
Thu Oct 27 GNU VOX VOCAL SERIES: GRETCHEN PARLATO/SOFIA KOUTSOVITIS (Gretchen Parlato, vocals; Sofia Koutsovitis, vocals) This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists. The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz. The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price! David Devoe, curator 8:30PM Cover $10 www.gretchenparlato.com
Fri Oct 28 ALLISON MILLER’S AGRAZING MAZE (Ingrid Jensen, trumpet & flugelhorn; Enrique Haneine, piano; Carlo deRosa, bass; Allison Miller, drums) NEW CD At the End of the Day on Foxhaven Records.
Agrazing Maze is comprised of Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Enrique Haneine on piano, Carlo DeRosa on bass, and Allison on drums and toys. Together these four exciting, emerging musicians create, compose, and improvise as a whole, creating unique compositions and a distinct band sound. They are always pushing the creative envelope… always on the fringe.
9:00PM Cover $10 www.allisonmiller.com
Sun Oct 30 JESSICA JONES QUARTET + FRIENDS The Jessica Jones Quartet is a four-person improvising ensemble which performs original experimental music. Their music derives from the jazz tradition of Charles Mingus, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Ornette Coleman, using structured original compositions as a framework for freer improvisation. Combining two tenor saxophones with bass and drums, the group strives for a unique experimental sound while paying tribute to its traditional roots. The band has played clubs and festivals on the West coast and in New York City. They are currently working on a CD for New Artists Records, a much-anticipated studio recording to follow up on their live release Family, on the Nine Winds label. 8:30PM www.jessicajonesmusic.com
-OCTOBER Spoken Word-
Sat Oct 01 ZIRYAB: THE ARAB-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION TBA 6:00PM Hosted by Nada Taib and Ramzi Moufarez. Cover $10
Sun Oct 02 ENTERTAINING SCIENCE (Hosted by Roald Hoffmann) GM FOODS; MONSTERS OR MIRACLES? Europeans march in opposition. Africans leaders refuse American genetically modified corn while their people starve. And yet today our processed food almost all contains FDA-approved GM ingredients. Small-scale farmers in China and India are adopting GM crops as eagerly as large-scale American farmers. Who's right? Why the controversy? Nina Fedoroff, a leading biologist, author of Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Foods," answers these questions.....and any others you wish to ask. She is then joined by the exciting Murat Erdemsel talking about and performing Argentine tango. 6:00PM Hosted by Roald Hoffmann. Cover $10
Tue Oct 04 SHAKESPEARE ANYONE? (TBA) Actors perform speeches & scenes from The Bard. 6:00PM Cover $6
Wed Oct 05 GARTAL (TBA) Armenian American writers 6:00PM Cover $6
Thu Oct 06 ARTISTS’ SALON This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe—from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future—to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what’s cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome. 6:00PM
Fri Oct 07 PINK PONY POETRY Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler’s open mic series with this week's featured" reader D. Nurkse. Please arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a free drink. 6:00PM Hosted by Jackie Sheeler. Cover $6 www.poetz.com
Sat Oct 08 ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: TBA, plus open mic, 5 minute limit. 6:00PM Cover $6
Sun Oct 09 BEAT NIGHT! (TBA) Featuring: READERS- Young Writers Festival. This October's Beat Night" program promises to be a truly exciting, creative and special evening. Teen writers from NYC, including the remarkable young poets from Marty Skoble's Poetry program at St. Ann’s school in Brooklyn, will be reading their works. This is the second year for the Young Writers Festival. You don't want to miss it. The show was a major highlight of last year's season. Accompanied by: The Larry Simon Ensemble - Larry Simon-Guitar/music director; Chris Stambaugh - Bass; Mike Barron & Frank Laurino - Percussion, Cynthia Chatis-Flute and Special Guest: Patrick Grant - keyboard. For more info email Larry Simon at: email@example.com 6:00PM Cover $6
Mon Oct 10 POETRY & SAX (Eve Packer, poet; Noah Howard, alto sax) One of our favorite spoken word women combines with a superb sax man. 6:00PM Cover $6 www.noahhoward.com
Tue Oct 11 STORYTELLING Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month. 6:00PM Hosted by Barbara Aliprantis. Cover $10
Wed Oct 12 HIGH SCHOOL POETS (TBA) Suzanne Fogarty brings her students from the Berkeley Carrol school to our stage. 6:00PM Cover $6
Fri Oct 14 PINK PONY POETRY Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler’s open mic series with this week's featured" reader Janet Hamill & Moving Star. Please arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a free drink. 6:00PM Hosted by Jackie Sheeler. Cover $6 www.poetz.com
Sat Oct 15 GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION TBA 6:00PM Cover $6
Sun Oct 16 EROTIC FICTIONS Actors & sexy stories from our favorite practicioner of erotica. 6:00PM Cover $6
Mon Oct 17 NYQ (David Lehman; Philip Cioffari; Shanna Compton) Recent contributors to New York Quarterly read poems. 6:00PM Cover $6
Tue Oct 18 WRITERS ROOM (TBA)
6:00PM Cover $6
Wed Oct 19 INTERCULTURAL POETRY (TBA)
6:00PM Cover $6
Thu Oct 20 PO'JAZZ Jazz & spoken word from the source. 6:00PM Cover $13
Fri Oct 21 PINK PONY POETRY Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler’s open mic series with this week's featured" readers Angelo Verga + Andrey Gritsman. Please arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a free drink 6:00PM Hosted by Jackie Sheeler. Cover $6 www.poetz.com
Sat Oct 22 POETICALLY INCORRECT - THE AMERICAN-CARIBBEAN WRITERS 6:00PM Cover $8
Sun Oct 23 POETRY (George Held) One of our best poets & editors launches new work. 6:00PM Cover $6
Mon Oct 24 MUSIC & WORDS musician Kevin Burke, and three writers including Caren Lissner, John McCaffrey, and Mark Mirsky. 6:00PM Cover $6
Tue Oct 25 GRAD POETS SERIES (TBA)
6:00PM Cover $6
Wed Oct 26 ON THE VERGE! (TBA) between graduate school and their first book, young poets find our stage a great place to debut their work. 6:00PM Cover $6
Thu Oct 27 THE GHOST ANTHOLOGY (TBA) this is our pre Halloween treat 6:00PM Cover $6
Fri Oct 28 PINK PONY POETRY Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler's open mic series with this week's featured" reader Douglas Collura. Please arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a free drink. 6:00PM Hosted by Jackie Sheeler. Cover $6 www.poetz.com
Sat Oct 29 SIMON LOEKLE WBAI radio host Simon Loekle salutes Ezra Pound's 120th birthday" 6:00PM Cover $10
Sun Oct 30 RENEGADES WRITERS (TBA) poets, prose writers 6:00PM Cover $6