Ken Peplowski/Greg Cohen perform "1s & 2s" this Thursday (3/3) at Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC


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at Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village in New York City

Thursday March 3rd, 2005
AllAboutJazz-New York Presents “1s & 2s: Music For Solo & Duo"


(clarinet, tenor saxophone)
& GREG COHEN (bass)

*8:30 and 10pm sets - $12

One of the top clarinetists of the '90s, Peplowski is also an amazing tenor player with roots in yesteryear's legends such as Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. In 1987 he recorded his debut as leader, Double Exposure, on Concord, after which he went on to record a dozen more times for the label as leader. The Cleveland-born reedman (b. May 23, 1959) began his professional career before he was even 10 years old. He would later meet and study with the great Sonny Stitt before - in the late '70s -- joining the Tommy Dorsey Band led by Buddy Morrow, and also became a member of Benny Goodman's last working orchestra. A resident of New York since he moved to the city in 1980, Peplowski's diversity took him to not only playing traditional and Dixieland jazz, but also avant-garde and symphony orchestra music. His musical associations include work with Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Hank Jones, Jimmy McPartland, Dick Hyman, Ruby Braff, Scott Hamilton, Rosemary Clooney, Howard Alden and many others. Peplowski has been a featured performer with the American Jazz Orchestra and has performed regularly in New York's major clubs such as Blue Note, and such classic now defunct clubs like Fat Tuesday's, Eddie Condon's and Jimmy Walker's. He has also appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Ken Peplowski was the recipient of Jazz Times Critics Poll “Best Emerging Talent on Clarinet" honors in 1990.

“...on clarinet and tenor [he] is a superb swing-based soloist who has taken elements from several classic players, fusing them together in his own strangely familiar but fairly original style as one of the most consistent performers in the new mainstream movement of the '90s."
-Scott Yanow, AllMusicGuide

“A clarinetist with a Benny Goodman tone and a Buddy DeFranco style."
-John S. Wilson, New York Times

A native of Los Angeles, bassist Greg Cohen has been playing in various acclaimed music groups since the '60s. A solid player without equal, Cohen has played in countless jazz lineups with top musicians including Kenny Davern, Bill Frisell, John Zorn (as a longtime member of his Masada String Trio and Masada quartet groups amongst others), trumpeter Dave Douglas, Lee Konitz, and Ornette Coleman as a member of the altoist's latest quartet. Cohen's experience reaches far beyond any one style or genre; he has also played with the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Elvis Costello, David Byrne, and has been a mainstay on Tom Waits' albums since Heartattack and Vine from 1980. Cohen has also composed for the Lincoln Center Theater and collaborated on film score arrangements for such movies as Ed Wood, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Woody Allen's Wild Man Blues.

Next “1s and 2s":
(5/5) JOE GIARDULLO/JOHN HEWARD “Tribute to Steve Lacy"
(6/2) TED CURSON/HENRY GRIMES (Curson's 70th Birthday celebration!)

This unique series - dedicated to unaccompanied and duo jazz performances - has already featured the following highly acclaimed performances: Ray Anderson/Bob Stewart's Heavy Metal duo; Scott Robinson/Jules Thayer; Warren Smith/Kevin Norton; Karl Berger/John Lindberg; Michael Marcus/Edgar Bateman...

*You can visit us on the web at www.allaboutjazz.com/newyork/index.html for updates.

*Curated by AAJ-NY Managing Editor, Laurence Donohue-Greene, “AllAboutJazz-New York Presents 1s&2s: Music for Solo & Duo" showcases some of the most distinct jazz voices on their respective instruments in a very intimate setting. Says Donohue-Greene, “Only a select group of instrumentalists and vocalists can carry off such a challenge of performing a set of unaccompanied music and duo performance. With the number of performance spaces dwindling for these musicians to showcase their unique talents stripped down without the backing of a group in front of an audience - this series will hopefully become a tradition unto itself for us to witness some of the most amazing improvisers amongst us."

(For more information contact Laurence Donohue-Greene direclty at [email protected] or call 212-568-9628)

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