Composers Collaborative (Mon) William Zinsser (Wed 6PM) Ron McClure QT (Wed 8:30PM) Gnu Vox (Thu) & More This Week at Cornelia Street Cafe


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Mon Dec 10, 8:30PM
Guy Klucevsek, accordion/voice;Rima Fand, violin;Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet;Barbara Merjan, percussion;Eileen Mack, clarinet/voice;Jody Redhage, cello/voice;Jonathan Shapiro, vibraphone

Jerome Kitzke & friends - Guy Klucevsek (accordion/vox), Rima Fand (violin), Michael Lowenstern (bass clarinet), and Barbara Merjan (percussion) - perform Kitzke's music with the composer at the piano and vocalizing. Program includes: Breath and Bone (1996) for accordion and vox, She Left in the Crow-Black Night (2003) for bass clarinet, The Animist Child (1994) for toy piano and vox, The Green Automobile (2000) for piano and vox with text by Allen Ginsberg, and The Big Gesture (1987) for violin, bass clarinet and percussion. Kitzke's music has long attracted new music's heavy hitters for its visceral immediacy and far-ranging expressive impact.

Y Trio - Eileen Mack (clarinet, vox), Jody Redhage (cello, vox), and Jonathan Shapiro (vibraphone) - Serial Underground ensemble-in-residence, performs Listlessness by Eric km Clark, 11218 by Jody Redhage and a new work by Jonathan Shapiro. These young musicians mesh to the max with playful precision.

Cover charge:
$15 general, $10 stu/sr
w/ One drink minimum.

Advance sale discounts available from Composers Collaborative.
Box Office: 212-663-1967

Jed Distler, host.

Wed Dec 12, 6:00PM
William Zinsser, piano;Arnold Roth, saxophone

Two musicians who in their day jobs teach us how to write and see the world comedically. Zinsser is the author of the classic “On Writing Well" and Roth is a cartoonist at The New Yorker.

Drinks & Dinner available.
Cover $7

RON MCCLURE QUARTET Ron McClure, bass;Rich Perry, tenor saxophone;George Colligan, piano;Billy Drummond, drums

Ron McClure, World renound jazz basisist and NYU professor of jazz studies, with Rich Perry (Sax) , George Colligan (piano) & Billy Drummond (Drums). Ron's latest SteepleChase release: “Soft Hands" SCCD #31615, recorded in 2006 is a trio with Perry and Colligan. Drummer & NYU professor, Billy Drummond, will join the afore mentioned trio to perform previously unrecorded original compostions by Ron McClure, which will be record 12/13/07, the very next day, for SteepleChase Records.

From Bob Blumenthal of the Boston Globe: “McClure's strong, glowing sound would be hard to improve upon, and suggests that we all might grow more tolerant to the bass solos if the instrument were regularly played with the natural warmth he features."
Cover $10

Thu Dec 13, 8:30PM
Sean Wood, voice, piano, guitar;Ethan Philbrick, cello;Pat Hay, guitar;Bennett Miller, bass

A California native, Sean Wood was born and raised in San Francisco. He later moved to Folsom, California-home to the state maximum security Folsom Prison. This is where his family still calls home and from where he draws majority of his musical inspiration. Wood was a classically trained musician first, on the violin since the age of 8, but after hearing a Carmen McCrae record in his junior year of high school, started pursuing jazz. This is where he continued, and with a culmination of his studies in the field, received a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2005. Wood's music is definitely his own, predominantly drawing on his exposure to folk, soul, bluegrass and jazz. He is currently recording his first full length album, which will be finished and released this year.

David Devoe, curator. Cover $10

Fri Dec 14, 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Dan McCarthy, vibraphone;Rory Stuart, guitar;Gordon Webster, piano;Michael Bates, bass;Gerald Cleaver, drums

Canadian-born vibraphonist Dan McCarthy became a New Yorker three years ago and has never looked back. His sound, one of the most distinct vibraphone sounds in the city, has been called “ambitious", “arresting", “showstopping", and it “walks the tightrope between calm gentility and fiery abandon" (George Harris, AAJ LA). His debut album, INTERWORDS, was named as one of the Top 10 Jazz CDs of 2006 by Toronto Star jazz writer Geoff Chapman. Since moving to New York, Dan has had the pleasure perform all around New York at venues such as Birdland, The Cornelia Street Cafe, and Kavehaz, with such noted musicians as Myron Walden, Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Ingrid Jensen, and Jeremy Steig. Don't miss this fantastic night of original and swinging music!

>Dan “gives new visions of the mallet instrument"
- AllAboutJazz.com
Cover $10

Sat Dec 15, 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Wendy Gilles, voice;David Devoe, voice;Brian Seeger, guitar;Dan Loomis, bass;Jared Schonig, drums

Vocalist, songwriter and professional church musician Wendy Gilles is a versatile singer whose warm, inviting voice adapts effortlessly to whichever genre she incorporates into her musical vocabulary. She recently completed her Master of Music from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Dominique Eade and John McNeil and was a featured soloist in ensembles led by faculty and guest artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Holland and Django Bates.

Since moving to New York in 2006, Wendy has been involved as a collaborative artist in many projects and performs regularly as a leader of her own ensemble. She has appeared at such venues as Cornelia Street Caf, Rose Live Music, and Via Della Pace singing her original compositions, jazz standards, and eclectic covers with fresh simplicity and sophistication.

“Wendy Gilles is one of the most consistently spot-on singers I've heard. Her voice is lush and welcoming, and her interpretation and improvising convey a musicality and confidence that puts the music first, no matter what she is singing." - Dominique Eade

Vocalist David Devoe has performed with Steve Lacy, Kenny Wheeler, Ben Monder, Ben Street, Butch Morris, The Matt Wilson Quartet, and Mulgrew Miller in venues such as Sweet Rhythm, Joe's Pub, 55 Bar, Regattabar, Ryles, The Maine Jazz Festival, and Jordan Hall. Although heavily immersed in jazz, Devoe incorporates elements from other genres including repertoire by some of his favorite “non-jazz" composers including Patty Larkin, Lori McKenna and Deb Talan.

“Anyone even faintly interested in the craft of jazz vocal performance needs to get out and hear this guy. I believe that, in the realm of the solo vocal, he's the shape of things to come! If not tomorrow, soon! Then, many years from now, you can say to his groupies--I heard him back in the day. It is rare to hear the high art of scatting practiced at such an extreme level of virtuosity and STILL retain its power to express. You will not regret time spent in the presence of David Devoe." - Dr. William Bauer, author of Open the Door: The Life and Music of Betty Carter Cover $10

Sun Dec 16, 8:30PM
Angelica Sanchez, piano & compositions;Marc Ducret, guitar;Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;Drew Gress, bass;Tom Rainey, drums

Angelica Sanchez is back with a quint-angle where all sides are stretching beyond their boundaries.

“In her piano playing as well as her compositions Angelica Sanchez seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm."
--The New York Times/Chinen
Cover $10

This story appears courtesy of Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services.
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