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(includes one house drink)
Live recordings may be a cliché in rock music, but in jazz – as bandleader Pete Robbins notes – they are the very measure of the music. They reveal exactly what a group is made of, fully embracing the “first thought, best thought” Zen of improvisation and human chemistry that inspires electrifying moments on the bandstand.
“The concert is such a big part of the experience,” Robbins says. “You have great musicians who play the same songs totally different every time they engage the material.” As the alto saxophonist discovered making his first live recording – siLENT Z LIVE (Fresh Sound New Talent) – featuring his stellar working ensemble siLENT Z, the experience opens up dimensions of sound and spontaneity that rarely exist in the studio. “My last record [Do the Hate Laugh Shimmy on Fresh Sound New Talent] was very scripted. We spent a whole day in the studio, very tightly scheduled and the arrangements were predetermined I felt like I could keep tweaking it until I got what I wanted. But with the live record I can’t do anything. Shimmy came out great but it lacked the intensity of our live shows. I thought the next logical thing was to record this band live.”
“A new star to discover” - Michael G. Nastos, Allmusic.com
Pascal's compositions expand and elaborate on a combination of influences that spans from the 21st century music and european improvisation to the recent life and music experience of living in the new yorker cultural melting pot.
The result plays like a soundtrack, energetic, spontanous and captivating...
...”Hopefully the CD pasàpas will be just one of many releases to come from this fine trio”...- TERRELL HOLMES All About Jazz NY
...“Keep this Trio close to your eyes and ears!“... - JACQUES PROUVOST
...“Donʼt even hesitate a second if you cross the path of the these three guys“... -SP maisondujazz
…“During the final piece “OK”, the trio builds for minutes such an immense tension that the pitiless discharge feels like a salutary relief“...
- MICHAEL HASLER Thurgauer Zeitung
....“Such as thoughtful interior designers, Pascal Niggenkemper at the double bass, the American drumer Tyshawn Sorey, and the Belgian Robin Verheyen on the tenor and soprano saxophone, navigate in the sound spaces, shape them transparent with clear contours and sutlety in the detail“...
- REIHNOLD UNGER TZ Munich
An evening with the poets of Off the Park Press, whose first collection, "New Smoke: An Anthology of Poetry Inspired by Neo Rauch," was published in 2009.
Susan Berger-Jones grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is both an Architect and a Poet.
Judson Evans is Director of Liberal Arts at The Boston Conservatory, where he teaches Ancient Greek culture and literature and a course on Utopian Communities. He was chosen as an “emerging poet” for the Association of American Poets by John Yau.
Eileen B. Hennessey is a native of Long Island, and lives in New York City. Translator of foreign-language documentation, and adjunct associate professor of translation at New York University, her poems have been published in Artful Dodge, Cream City Review, The Literary Review, Paris Review, Sanskrit, and Western Humanities Review.
Boni Joi received a M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University, and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. She has read her poetry at numerous venues in New York city and elsewhere for the past 19 years.
Claudia La Rocco’s poems have appeared in such publications as The Brooklyn Rail and failbetter.com, and she reads regularly in New York City. She writes about dance for the New York Times and currently teaches in the MFA Art Criticism and Writing program at the School of Visual Arts.
Ronna Lebo received a M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and currently teaches at Kean University. She performed for twelve years as Alice B. Talkless, won a Jackie 60 New Artist Award, and was included in two CMJ music festivals.
John Yau has published books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. Among the poetry books are Paradiso Diaspora, Ingrish (a collaboration with Thomas Nozkowski), Borrowed Love Poems, Forbidden Entries, Berlin Diptychon, Edificio Sayonara and Corpse and Mirror, a National Poetry Series book selected by John Ashbery. Yau lives in New York City.
(includes one house drink)
"Sillery, although influenced a little by Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Wynton Marsalis, has his own approach and displays lots of potential." - Scott Yanow
Ben Greenman will be reading from his latest book WHAT HE’S POISED TO DO. Both a collection of inter-connected stories about love and infidelity and a meditation on the lost art of letter writing, WHAT HE’S POISED TO DO is the latest brilliant book from the eclectic mind of New Yorker editor and rising literary star Ben Greenman. Ben is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novels Please Step Back; Superbad; Superworse; and A Circle Is a Balloon and Compass Both: Stories about Human Love. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Harper Perennial is proud to publish WHAT HE’S POISED TO DO on June 15, 2010.
Larry Smith, founder of the literary website Smith Magazine and memoir editor Rachel Fershlesiser talk about their most recent book of nonfiction,"It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure", the latest of their unique ongoing project. A FREERANGE FAVORITE!
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. -- Pablo Picasso
(includes one house drink)
Belgian reedplayer Joachim Badenhorst is living in Brooklyn, New York. He is a Co-Leader of groups in different European countries: Mogil (iceland), Red Rocket (Ireland), Rawfishboys (France), Ploug/Pettersen/Badenhorst (Denmark), Taro (Austria). He has released several critically acclaimed albums on labels such as Songlines, Rat Records, Radical Duke, Igloo. Joachim is a member of the Han Bennink Trio, the first group that the legendary Dutch drummer fronts as a leader. Their record `Parken` (released on the Danish ILK label) was chosen by all about jazz ny as `best new release of 2009 honorary mention`.
In New York he is currently working on a few new projects: a collaboraive trio with trombonist Steve Swell and drummer Ziv Ravitz. Clarino: a trio that works on the new compositional language of trumpeter Thomas Heberer; Voladores: a collaborative quintet with Frantz Loriot, Pascal Niggenkemper, Christopher Hoffman, Juan Pablo Carletti. Joachim is a member of Tony Malaby`s new octet `Novela`
`Badenhorst plays wonderfully with the same detached warmth and cool nonchalance of a young Lee Konitz`
Jakob Baekgaard, allaboutjazz.
”[Badenhorst] combines a never-ending search for adventure, a natural direction and a warm tone into an interesting and personal story.... A wonderful storyteller...”
- Knack Magazine (Belgium)
10PM Simon Jermyn`s Trot a Mouse
Simon Jermyn (born 1981) has played guitar and bass since a young age. Throughout his teens he studied classical guitar at The Royal Irish Academy of Music, and jazz privately with teachers Mike Nielsen and Hugh Buckley.
After a summer scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and completion of secondary school, Simon obtained a Guildhall School of Music and Drama performance diploma at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, before moving to The Hague for five years and earning a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance. He has also taken private lessons with some musicians including Drew Gress, Skuli Sverrisson, Hilmar Jensson, Tim Berne and Jim Black.
Since then Simon has lived in Reykjavik and New York and is currently back in Dublin.
He performs equally as an electric bassist and guitarist. His work very often also makes use of effects and electronics to sample and manipulate in real time, aswell as incorporating field recordings. Recently, he has added baritone and fretless guitars to some groups he works with.
Simon is an active composer, and writes new music for his own groups and others. His main compositional outlets have been Trot A Mouse and Awkward Silence. The music for the latter is often based around quarter tones and the idea of dividing the octave in to 24 equal parts, aswell as soundscapes, through composed forms and different rate of change happening simultaneously.
His debut album as a leader, Trot A Mouse has recently been released on the Spanish label Fresh Sound New Talent.
“The eleven compositions on Trot a Mouse display a rich and
original breadth of musical and non-musical influence and
suggest a considerable measure of patience and care in their
The Journal of Music Ireland
“Certainly one of the most important (and listenable) releases
to come out of Ireland in recent years.”
Downtown Music Gallery, NYC
“Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish.” — Jamie Renton, Straight No Chaser UK
“Mr. Shapiro, transforms the ritual of a Friday night Shabbat service into a rollicking downtown jam.”
— The New York Times
Shapiro’s “Essen” Chosen as “Number 1 CD of 2008.”
— David Pulizzi, Jazziz
Woodwind player and composer Paul Shapiro, who’s earned wide acclaim for his three Tzadik CDs and his dynamic performances, brings his fabled “Ribs and Brisket Revue” —an uplifting, funky-historical Harlemite Yiddish Swing band back to the famed Cornelia Street Café for their sixth straight New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue’ is featured on Shapiro’s CD “Essen” which was released last year on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records to rave reviews:
“Everything here is lively, witty, well-played and just plain excellent. And it all serves as a potent reminder that a jazz record can still be a whole mess of freewheeling fun without sacrificing a lick of intelligence or creativity.”
— David Pulizzi, Jazziz
“On his new album, "Essen" (Tzadik), Shapiro explores the cultural mash-up that occurred in American popular music when Jewish music -- Yiddish theater songs, vaudeville tunes, klezmer songs and novelties -- met blues, jazz, rhythm 'n' blues and swing. The result is a collection that touches history in several ways, yet always manages to make a contemporary statement that's fun to listen to. His crack band, Paul Shapiro's Ribs and Brisket Revue, can sound like a Lower East Side wedding outfit, an R&B group, a strip club combo and a cooking funk band.”
— Kirk Silsbee, The Jewish Journal, LA
“For the past few years, Paul Shapiro, a New York-based saxophonist with serious new-jazz and R&B credentials, has put a postmodern spin on Jewish musical themes, honoring the past yet never forgetting that over-the-top humor and extroverted theatricality (and culinary obsession) are grand elements of the tradition.”
— Steve Futterman, Barnes & Noble
*Paul was visited in a
dream state by the
ghost of Fats Waller
who convinced him that R&B originally stood for Ribs & Brisket
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
Tonight's feature is Jay Chollick. Award-winning poet Jay Chollick has published his work extensively in many prominent literary journals and has read his work throughout New York in cafes, colleges and on TV and radio.
(includes one house drink)
Fast forward 18 years. Upon his arrival in NYC in 2007 Brooks reunites with Yates and Garzone in the form of Garzone's "3 Tenors" quintet, which also includes Pete Zimmer on drums and Peter Slavov on bass. Branching off from "3 Tenors" comes "In The Zone". Yates and Brooks explore the spirit of the music of George Garzone through some of his compositions as well as their own originals.
Proud of their lineage through the "Garzone School", their work continues "In The Zone".
4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.
(includes one house drink)
The group's performances are so compelling that often the entire
audience goes through an emotional catharsis that makes further
therapy unnecessary and antidepressants irrelevant.
If that's not enough for you, the band members are also highly-evolved
spiritual beings that can guide their listeners to self-realization simply
by playing over rhythm changes.
We could say more, but the McNeil/McHenry group's natural humility
prevents us from continuing......
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times