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Aug 07
Andy Christie

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies.

Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

PETER AGUERO - The Moth Host and Grandslam Champion

JIM O'GRADY - New YorkTimes; Huffington Post

MICHELE CARL - Author, Fish Out Of Agua

DAN ALLEN - Comedy Central
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Curtis Macdonald, alto saxophone, compositions;  David Miralles, keys;  Cody Brown, drums;  Jeremy Viner, tenor saxophone;  Greg Chudzik, bass
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Curtis Macdonald is a saxophonist, composer and sound designer based in New York City. He graduated cum laude from the New School University in 2007 where he immediately became faculty.

Along with developing a sizable repertoire for the modern jazz ensemble, Curtis’ music has taken form in many a medium. In the past 3 years he has composed music and sound for film, dance, games and chamber ensembles. His production savvy can be heard on numerous new music and modern jazz recordings where he incorporates improvisation, sound art and digital technology.

“Music should put a spell on you, and guide you into the eye of the storm…” says Curtis Macdonald with a grin when reflecting on his music.

While Curtis’ music is drawn from a variety of influences, he remains most allured by the emotive sounds of saxophonists past; yet still attracted to today’s most explosive voices, Curtis draws a new melodic virtuosity based not only on harmony, but also more abstract and philosophical models. Many have cited his sound to be a myriad of forms respecting the likes of Lee Konitz, Paul Desmond and Steve Coleman. His influences are not limited to jazz – he admires the refined rhythmic placement in underground hip hop, and borrows their intricate production techniques in his recorded music. Curtis’ versatility incorporates listening with the ears of a sound designer, playing the saxophone to capture a sense of fluid serenity and composing to tickle the mind, all without losing a sense of unity.
 Cover $10

Logan Richardson, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone;  Damion Reid , drums;  Matt Brewer, bass
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Being a native son of Kansas City, Missouri (b1980) Logan Richardson has always understood the importance of observing, learning, and loving the process of tradition, and all that it entails. Kansas City, a city that propelled the development of improvised music as a whole (1925-38). Creating a nest for the individual artist to develop, in a vibrant economy, and musical social structure that lends itself to create a huge igniting of musical styles largely based around a strong swing and blues element.

Logan began playing music at the age of twelve. Of the very first educational experiences in improvised music included learning from the likes of- Max Roach, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Clark Terry, Ray Brown Shirley Scott, Sir Roland Hanna, Marcus Belgrave, Richard Davis… At the age of sixteen Logan was a featured soloist performing in concert with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Within that same time frame Logan worked with Jimmy Heath in Concert in Small group as well as a Big Band setting. Having the great honor of taking part at The Smithsonian (D.C.) in honor of Duke Ellington’s 100th birthday celebration (’99) as well as being noted in Downbeat Magazine (’99) as “up and coming “

Logan’s first year of post secondary work was done on scholarship attending Berklee College of Music (Boston). Upon completion of his first year he was awarded the Zoot Sims Scholarship (full music scholarship) to attend The New School University in New York, New York (’01). Along with Logan’s musical studies, and development he has apprenticed, studied, and professionally performed woodwind repair on Saxophones, and other woodwind instruments in NYC since 2004.

Working in Carl Allen’s “New Spirit” band (’02), Greg Tardy Band (’03-05), Joe Chambers “The Outlaw” Band (’05-07) Nasheet Waits “Equality”(’07-present), Jason Moran “Big Band Wagon”(’07-present) As a consequence Logan has recorded as a sideman on –Joe Chambers “The Outlaw”(’05) Greg Tardy’s “ Steps of Faith (’06) Nasheet Waits “Live From MPC (‘09) NYC Town Hall (’09) Jason Moran’s Big Band Wagon -50th anniversary of Thelonius Monks historic NY TOWN HALL performance. Logan has composed and recorded two albums of original music, and toured as a leader since 2006; his two albums are titled -“ETHOS”(Inner Circle Music); CEREBRAL FLOW”(Fresh Sound-New Talent-).

Logan was most recently featured in a full page spread in the August 2009 edition of “ DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE”.French magazine “JAZZ MAN” did a feature in July ’07 including him as “one of 10 burning alto saxophonist worldwide”. German Magazine “SONIC MAGAZINE” wrote a feature on him titled “Revolution by Evolution “in the October ’08

Logan has played major festivals all over the world such as: JVC Jazz Fest (NYC 2004): Knitting Factory Winter Jazz Fest. (NYC 2005); Terni Jazz Festival (Italy2007); Foggia Jazz Fest (Italy 2007); The North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, UK 2008), Ferrara Jazz Festival (Italy 2009); San Francisco Jazz Fest (California2008); Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy2007); Amazon Jazz Fest (Brazil 2009); Jazz a’ Vienne (France2009); Jazz Baltic (Germany2009); Fiemme Jazz Festival (Italy2007); Terrassa Jazz Festival (Italy 2008); Kansas City Blues and Jazz Fest (Kansas City 2001); Marostica Jazz Festival (Italy 2007); Aspen Jazz Festival (Colorado2004)
 Cover $10

Aug 08
Chris Belden

The return of GUITAR & PEN! Chris Belden reads from his new novel-in-progress--the funniest story of infanticide you've ever heard--& follows up with a batch of original tunes.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Dan Tepfer , piano;  Richie Barshay , percussion
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Dan Tepfer is a New York-based pianist and composer and one of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international stage — hailed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, “remarkable” by The Washington Post , a “rugged and emphatic” player by the New York Times, “a new knight of the keys” by BSC News France.

By age 28, he has performed the world over in contexts ranging from solo piano to full orchestra, chronicling his talents on the solo disc Twelve Improvisations in Twelve Keys (2009) as well as the trio sessions Before the Storm (2005), Oxygen (2007) and his forthcoming 2010 Sunnyside release with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Ted Poor. Dan has also had the extraordinary privilege of a sustained, ongoing duo partnership with alto saxophonist and jazz luminary Lee Konitz, documented on the acclaimed 2009 Sunnyside CD Duos With Lee (“a benchmark of human potential” – JazzInsideNY. As France’s Jazz Magazine has noted, Dan is “gifted with a heightened sense for form and an extraordinary confidence in his angles of attack.” His playing, whatever the context, is a model of fluidity and steady, effortless motion, immersed in jazz history but creating new history in turn.

Percussionist Richie Barshay, most noted for his work with the Herbie Hancock Quartet, has established himself as a prominent musical voice of his generation and is regarded as "a player to watch" by JazzTimes Magazine. On tour and on recordings his eclectic resume so far includes Hancock, Chick Corea, Natalie Merchant, Lee Konitz, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Claudia Acuña and Pete Seeger among others. In 2004 he was named an American Musical Envoy by the U.S. State Department for outreach tours in Asia, South America, and Europe. Now based in New York City, Richie began playing Jazz and Afro-Carribean music during his youth and has expanded his focus to Indian rhythmic concepts and tabla, inspiring his 2007 recording debutHomework on Ayva Records. “Homework introduces a major rhythm voice on the rise” says Downbeat magazine, and The Guardian (UK) praises “the arrival of a major innovator who also knows how to have fun.”
 Cover $10

Aug 09
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Paul Lisicky Billy Merrell Matthew Hittinger Lonely Christopher
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The White Swallow Reading Series


LONELY CHRISTOPHER writes outside and across forms. His documents include poetry, fiction, dramatic work, and blog posts. His first collection of short fiction, The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, is forthcoming in 2011 from Akashic’s Little House on the Bowery imprint, edited by Dennis Cooper. Into, a collection of long-form verse with Robert Snyderman and Christopher Sweeney, was released in April from Seven CirclePress. His poetry was first collected in the chapbook Satan by Small Anchor Press (2007); Small Anchor also released Gay Plays (2009), the first two plays in a trilogy of linguistic investigations into the queer situation, and later published the title in a Mandarin translation. His second poetry collection Wow, Where Do You Come from, Upside-Down Land? was released as part of The Corresponding Society’s “No Know” chapbook series (2009).

MATTHEW HITTINGER is the author of the chapbooks Pear Slip (Spire Press, 2007) winner of the Spire 2006 Chapbook Award, Narcissus Resists (GOSS183/MiPOesias, 2009), and Platos de Sal (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009). Matthew received his MFA from the University of Michigan where he won a Hopwood Award for Poetry and The Helen S. and John Wagner Prize. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2005.

BILLY MERRELL is the author of Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir (Scholastic, 2003), and a co-editor for The Full Spectrum (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006), which received a 2006 Lambda Literary Award. Most recently, he is co-author of Go Ahead, Ask Me (Simon & Schuster, 2009). He received his M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia University and is currently the Web Developer of, the website of the Academy of American Poets.

PAUL LISICKY is the author of Lawnboy, Famous Builder, and the forthcoming books The Burning House (2011) and Unbuilt Projects (2012). His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review,StoryQuarterly, The Seattle Review, Five Points, Subtropics, Gulf Coast, and many other anthologies and magazines. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Henfield Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a fellow. He lives in New York City and Springs, New York, and has taught in the graduate writing programs at Cornell University, Rutgers-Newark, and Sarah Lawrence College. He currently teaches at NYU.

Angelo Nikolopoulos is a retired high school teacher currently pursuing an MA at NYU’s creative writing program, where he also serves as the managing editor of the Washington Square Review. He also works as a writing fellow at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island and is the founder of The White Swallow reading series.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)


Aug 10

poet Eve Rifkah Michael Milligan , guitar
Michael Milligan has been making music as long as he can remember. Since his parents wouldn’t let him have a drum kit he tortured them with stringed instruments. Guitarist for The Thin Middle and 3 Shy, he counts among his many influences West African griots, flamenco gypsies, garage band saints and funk shamans. What kind of music does he make? Something nameless that sounds nothing like the previous list. This will be an acoustic guitar performance.

In reading from her book Outcasts, poet Eve Rifkah brings you into the world of the patients of the Penikese Island Leper Hospital breathing out the voices for the long forgotten, stigmatized people exiled to a tiny, bit of island off the coast of Cape Cod, MA.

In her book Dear Suzanne she recreates the life of model/artist Suzanne Valadon, the favorite model of Renoir, Lautrec and many other impressionists, who also became a highly respected force in the art world. Valadon was the first woman in Paris to exhibit in the Salon and paint the male nude and children of the underclass. Reading is accompanied by a visual presentation.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jed Distler, piano;  Jung Lin, piano
Three of today’s most forceful yet utterly distinct piano personalities preside over the Cornelia Street Café’s Yamaha grand (loaned by Jed, by the way) over two evenings.

Jed Distler and Jung Lin reunite to collaborate with Mozart’s Sonata in D Major K. 381 and Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor D. 940, plus solo works by Schumann, Rzewski, Godowsky, Rachmaninov & Distler.

Jed Distler and Jung Lin participated in Cornelia Street’s 2009 outdoor Make Music New York premier of Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos. They join up again this summer for two pillars of the duet repertoire by Mozart and Schubert, with solos in between. The Simon Mulligan/Jed Distler duo, by contrast, is based on both pianists’ informal Café encounters, where they’ve been known to sight-read overtures and improvise on just about anything at the drop of a hat.

Known for her poetic and virtuosic pianism, Taiwan native Jung Lin conducted her own orchestral works at age 12, won numerous competitions in her native country, and was featured on Taiwan’s major news program “90 minutes.” At sixteen her symphonic poem, “The Black Wedding” was given its premiere by The Juilliard Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya. In addition to numerousall-Chopin recitals played all over the world, Jung’s fervent and highly acclaimed championing of Nicolas Medtner’s resulted in a forthcoming recording for Naxos. In addition to three New York Botanical Garden recitals broadcast on WQXR, other recent appearances include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bargemusic, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Aug 11
Jen Dziura and Abbi Crutch, hosts

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Kickoff Show and Preview : "Boobs and Booze!"

All-female comedy.

Ladybits is a brand-spankin'-new all female comedy show, starring today's and tomorrow's lady comedy stars -- and with the goal of building community among lovers of women's comedy. At the kickoff and press preview, the comics of Ladybits will wax hysterical for a panel of top lady bloggers and intrepid girl reporters, and all the lucky audience members who can fit in the room. Doors (and celebratory cupcakes!) at 6pm

show will begin promptly at 6:30.

Hosted by founders Jen Dziura (Oprah Winfrey Network, SciFi Channel, VH1) and Abbi Crutchfield (Tyra Banks, MTV, NBC Stand Up for Diversity finalist).
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jed Distler, piano;  Simon Mulligan, piano
Three of today’s most forceful yet utterly distinct piano personalities preside over the Cornelia Street Café’s Yamaha grand (loaned by Jed, by the way) over two evenings.

Jed Distler and Simon Mulligan dust off the old piano bench in search of long-forgotten arrangements of popular classics and justly obscure opera potpourris, take audience requests, improvise a little, and serve up Satie’s four-handed Parade.

Described by The Times of London as 'the most abundantly gifted of pianists', Simon Mulligan has more than 20 CDs to his credit, including Martinu's Triple Concerto (conducted by Yehudi Menuhin), Rozsa’s Spellbound concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin, Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, Chopin’s Nocturnes, Ned Rorem’s Second Piano Concerto, and solo works by legendary pianist Alexis Weissenberg. He has premiered works by Hans Werner Henze, James MacMillan, Tobias Picker, Mark Anthony Turnage and Paul Moravec. In 2007, Simon was one of the youngest recipients to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his musical achievements.

Called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” by Michael Redmond in the Newark Star-Ledger, Jed Distler has premiered works by Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Curran, Virgil Thomson, Simeon ten Holt, Andrew Thomas, Lois V Vierk, Wendy Mae Chambers, Richard Rodney Bennett, Virko Baley and other luminaries. Jed has given solo concerts in Italy, Switzerland, England, and all across the US, and his work can be found on the Bridge, Decca, Nonesuch,Point, CRI and New World labels. A new solo CD Meditate with the Masters features his own soothing, relaxing piano renditions of classical music’s greatest hits. As ComposersCollaborative’s artistic director, Jed founded the Cornelia Street Café’s long-running Serial Underground series, and is hosting Hammered, a New York Public Radio show devoted to all genres of keyboard music. He also writes CD reviews for Gramophone and be found on the is also a passionate composer and arranger, writing for film, television and his own jazz quartet. He also writes CD reviews for Gramophone and
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Aug 12
Evie Ivy's Dance of the Word image
Evie Ivy's Dance of the Word: "The Poetry in Dance and the Dance in Poetry"

with Brenda Gannam, Brant Lyon, Cynthia Toronto, Jack Tricarico, Cindy Hochman, Idi Monroy & others

 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Ben Stapp, tuba;  Sebastian Noelle, guitar;  Alex Terrier, saxophones;  Danny Fischer, drums
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The Zozimos Collective expands and contrasts in personnel depending on the program and tonight it will feature the group as a quartet. Weaving Messiaen inspired rhythmic drones, 4D - Faux Harmony, aleatoric techniques, and more, Zozimos searches for a musical tincture that will touch even the most hardened New York soul.

Mr. Stapp's most recent release, and debut CD "Ecstasis," has received a critic's pic from the NY Times, Honorable Mention in the Village Voice, and was described as a "fresh new voice," and "most certainly to watch" by All About Jazz. Since then he has spent his time developing his language as a composer and tubist with his group the Zozimos Collective.
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Kenny Warren, trumpet, compositions;  Phil Rowan , bass;  Devin Gray, drums;  JP Schegelmilch, piano
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Denver born, Brooklyn based trumpeter Kenny Warren has been gaining some notoriety in New York recently for his work with Slavic Soul Party, Tony Malaby's Novela, and NOOK. His new quartet, Hala Hala, features all original music inspired by his eclectic jazz roots. He will be supported by old and new friends J.P Schelgelmilch on Piano, Phil Rowan on Bass, and Devin Gray on Drums.

"Hala Hala stretches the music to it’s primitive, creative, most transcendent essence" Curtis Macdonald

"Kenny Warren is a New York based young and hungry trumpeter whose tone is as rough and tumble as you'll find"

photo by Peter Gannushkin
 Cover $10

Aug 13
Jackie Sheeler, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

featured poet : Pandora Scooter

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Anders Bergcrantz, trumpet;  Adam Kolker, saxophones;  Michael Eckroth, piano;  Ron McClure, bass;  Victor Lewis, drums
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Anders Bergcrantz Quintet is a brand new constellation put together for this event and for many more performances to come. Old friends & New friends getting together to create some serious music. The band leader is from Sweden and the rest of the musicians from the US. An All Star band with a lot of passion and focus, performing jazz music at its best!

Anders Bergcrantz grew up in a family of jazz musicians and is one of the foremost trumpet soloists in the world today and the favourite player among many jazz stars all over the planet. He is truly a unique and virtouso trumpeter with a fat and beautiful sound.

Anders Bergcrantz has received a great number of fantastic awards and prizes all along. Twice he received the foremost Swedish Jazz award ”THE GOLDEN RECORD” Twice he has been voted ”JAZZ MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR”, His latest release "About Time" was voted "Best Jazz CD of the year" by Swedish Radio's listeners, among loads of other great acknowledgements and very recently (September 2009) received this years Swedish/French award Django d'Or in the category; CONTEMPORARY STAR OF JAZZ

”...the wonderful Anders Bergcrantz...” -, Jack Bowers

”...He belongs to the great soloists of Jazz, irrespective of what side of the Atlantic you look...”
- OJ, Jörgen Östberg

”...Bergcrantz is world class...” - THE WIRE, Richard Cook

Adam Kolker is a multi-talanted performer, composer and arranger. He performed and recorded with latin-jazz artist Ray Baretto from 1994 through 2002 ( with whom he received two Grammy nominations). He also has appeared and/or appears regularly in New York City with such groups as the Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Maria Schneider Big Band, Bruce Barth, Kenny Wheelers Large Ensemble a.o. He has recorded with Bruce Barth, John Herbert, Peter Herborn, The Story among many others.

Michael Eckroth was born May 30, 1975, ND. Raised in a musical family, he started piano lessons at four years of age. Eventually studying and performing in Brazil and Cuba, Eckroth´s career, though centered in straight ahead jazz, has been deeply influenced by Latin American music. Eckroth is a highly respected pianist, working as sideman with many jazz stars, and is a member of the John Scofield Quartet. Eckroth is also performing and recording as a leader.

Ron McClure studied with Don Sebesky, and worked in the Buddy Rich Sextet in 1963 and Maynard Ferguson’s big band and Herbie Mann concurrently in 1964. He then assumed the bass chair in the Wynton Kelly Trio vacated by the late Paul Chambers in 1965 (frequently accompanying guitarist Wes Montgomery). Thereafter, he joined the Charles Lloyd Quartet with Keith Jarrett and Jack de Johnnette, spanning 1966–69. In the greater part of the 1970s, Ron engaged himself in an association with saxophonist Joe Henderson, with whom he joined Blood, Sweat & Tears. Henderson and McClure recorded four albums together. In the 1980’s, McClure joined Quest, led by David Liebman, which included drummer Billy Hart and pianist Richie Beirach. McClure and Anders Bergcrantz has worked and recorded several times together, in NYC and Europe.

A super star! Victor Lewis has been one of the most respected and loved jazz drummers of the world since the mid seventies. His work with Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon among many others is now part of jazz history. Victor Lewis is a modern, tasteful, hard swinging drummer with capacity to play any style of jazz. He is also a fantastic composer and band leader of his own. The greatest!
 Cover $10

Aug 14
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Jennifer Gugliemo and Clare Ultimo, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

All welcome of all backgrounds.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Ray Anderson, trombone;  Bob Stewart, tuba
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The Heavy Metal Duo, Bob Stewart and Ray Anderson, explodes brass playing to another dimension. Product of a 30 year musical friendship, the Duo weaves blues, jazz, folksongs, spirituals and originals into a wondrous tapestry. Deeply versed in the essence of swing and occasionally sounding like an entire brass band, Stewart and Anderson cover the entire history of the music, from earliest parade ground marches to latest sonic sculptures.

“The two synchronized their prodigious talents on “East St. Louis Toodle-oo”, “Wade In the Water”, “John Henry” and even The Four Tops' “Sugar Pie Honeybunch”, retelling every tale in ebullient and hauntingly personal fashion.” David Adler, All About Jazz, NY.

Described by critic Gary Giddins as “one of the most compellingly original trombonists,” and declared “the most exciting slide brass player of his generation” by the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, Anderson is by turns a supremely lyrical player and bold texturalist, a warmly natural-sounding soloist and footloose innovator. He has led or co-led a daunting assortment of tradition-minded and experimental groups, big bands, blues and funk projects and even a trombone quartet. He is recognized as an original and compelling composer and has recorded more than 80 of his own compositions with these groups. He has also demonstrated his special supportive skills on a remarkably wide assortment of albums by Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Dr. John, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Luther Allison, Bennie Wallace, Henry Threadgill, Barbara Dennerlein, John Scofield, Roscoe Mitchell, the New York Composers Orchestra, Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra and others.

Bob Stewart has toured and recorded with such artists as Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, David Murray, Taj Mahal, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Arthur Blythe, Freddie Hubbard, Don Cherry, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Haden, Lester Bowie and many others both in the United States, Europe and the Far East. "The Tuba, as you know, was phased out of most ensembles around 1923 with the introduction of the "walking" upright bass. Since then it has only been in the last 20 years that composers and arrangers have begun hearing the instrument. As a result, there are more instances in which the Tuba appears in ensemble work."

Bob Stewart is bridging the gap between 1923 and the present by bringing the Tuba back into the modern ensemble as the bass in the rhythm section and as a horn available for melodic lines and soloing.
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