"Pronounced Froy-nd, which means Awesome in Austrian" - Jason Mraz It’s in the seemingly effortless ease with which he delivers his conversational lyrics and mellifluous melodies, this natural magic that is at the heart of Jack's Website Raised and schooled in rural Vermont, Jack Thrombly has always lived half in books and half in the physical landscape of the green mountains. He has spent the past decade working toward the reconciliation of the physical world of landscape without, and the mythic or meaningful world of texts and narratives within. Through the use of portraiture, illustration, texts, landscape elements, dream subjects, mythology, and popular culture, Jack’s work attempts to point to a depiction of the human being not as a physical form existing in an illusionary ‘space’, but as a juxtaposition of meaning forms, of which visual images are only one component. The process of bringing the inner world into contact with the outer one, is at the center of all art. Sounds, illusions, acting, dance, illustration, jazz, sports, social interactions, and every other form of human creative activity can only come about when the inner world of patterns, texts, rules and rituals intersects with the physical world, of sounds, light, movement and shape. The human is the point at which the soul and the pulse unite to form the beat of the heart. The symbolic representation of this concept forms the central premise of Jack’s art.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE FALCON
08/12 - Thursday :: Tom Freund
"Pronounced Froy-nd, which means Awesome in Austrian" - Jason Mraz
It’s in the seemingly effortless ease with which he delivers his conversational lyrics and mellifluous melodies, this natural magic that is at the heart of’s music. Though he’s well-schooled and widely-traveled in a variety of genres -- from hearftelt folk, to buoyant pop, to boho jazz, to straightforward rock ’n’ roll, and beyond -- Freund ultimately comes across simply as a singer-songwriter with his own singularly distinctive and engaging voice.
Raised and schooled in rural Vermont, Jack Thrombly has always lived half in books and half in the physical landscape of the green mountains. He has spent the past decade working toward the reconciliation of the physical world of landscape without, and the mythic or meaningful world of texts and narratives within. Through the use of portraiture, illustration, texts, landscape elements, dream subjects, mythology, and popular culture, Jack’s work attempts to point to a depiction of the human being not as a physical form existing in an illusionary ‘space’, but as a juxtaposition of meaning forms, of which visual images are only one component. The process of bringing the inner world into contact with the outer one, is at the center of all art. Sounds, illusions, acting, dance, illustration, jazz, sports, social interactions, and every other form of human creative activity can only come about when the inner world of patterns, texts, rules and rituals intersects with the physical world, of sounds, light, movement and shape. The human is the point at which the soul and the pulse unite to form the beat of the heart. The symbolic representation of this concept forms the central premise of Jack’s art.
08/13 - Friday :: Jamie Saft Trio
Jamie Saft is a virtuoso pianist, keyboardist, producer, and composer from New York and a mainstay of the Downtown scene. Saft's stylistic versatility, multi-instrumentalist capabilities, and production skills have been featured with The Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, The B-52's, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, John Adams, Donovan, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, Antony and the Johnsons, and scores of other artists. Saft is a core member of bands such as The Dreamers, Electric Masada, The Beta Popes, Whoopie Pie, Swami LatePlate, The Shakers and Bakers, OV, and Kalashnikov.
Saft has composed a number of original film scores including the Oscar nominated film "Murderball", Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "God Grew Tired Of Us", and the HBO documentary film "Dear Talula". Saft has also contributed score music for Nickelodeon, MTV, and A&E.
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"Ben and John Britton are two extremely talented young jazz musicians, with a clear knowledge of the past but an eye towards the future. Check them out!" - Chris Potter
Hip-hop, bebop and Monk—not a music business legal partnership, but a brief summation of some of the musical influences at work on Uncertain Living, the excellent debut album from the Britton Brothers Band. The brothers—tenor saxophonist Ben Britton and trumpeter John Britton, have put together a tight and talented collection of players with the added bonus of guest tenor player Chris Potter on two tracks.
08/14 - Saturday:: Joe Lovano & Judi Silvano "A Night of Modern Music"
Judi Silvano (voice)
Teri Roiger (voice)
Joe Lovano (woodwinds & percussion)
Gary Valente (trombone)
Michael Bocian (guitar)
Marilyn Crispell (piano)
Ed Schuller (bass)
John Menegon (bass)
& John Riley (drums).
Come share in an evening of spontaneous, creative music from solo un-accompanied moments to full ensemble inventions. This collaboration of sounds, feelings and personalities will develop into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you as an audience participant as well as for us onstage. We will be sharing our musical story-telling and ideas in a very intimate and unique presentation. The moment is NOW, don’t miss it!
08/20 - Friday:: Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra
is an 18 piece, genre-bending jazz orchestra that has successfully fused the pop music world with the stylistic and improvisatory concepts of modern jazz. Arranged and conducted by alto saxophonist Travis Sullivan, The Bjorkestra performs the music of visionary pop artist Bjork, spanning her entire catalogue as a solo artist, truly creating a big band sound for the 21st Century. Comprised of some of the best artists in the NYC downtown jazz and indie music scene, The Bjorkestra’s individual members have performed and/or recorded with the likes of The Arcade Fire, Dr. Dre, Charlie Hunter, The Spam All Stars, The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and The Saturday Night Live Band. Special guests with The Bjorkestra have included Grammy nominated tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, Verve recording artist Kurt Rosenwinkel, and guitar icon Ben Monder. Adding to this unique ensemble with a traditional big band horn and rhythm section is vocalist Becca Stevens, whose voice is evocative of Bjork yet has a personal quality all of it's own; and the electronic percussion and soundscapes of programmer Alex Fortuit. Since their debut in September 2004 at New York City's Knitting Factory, Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra has performed to packed venues across the country and received extraordinary praise from both fans and the press a like. Publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Relix Magazine, and Jazz Times have featured articles about The Bjorkestra. Sullivan has also been featured in an interview on the BBC radio show The World. His adaptations of Bjork’s music are also gaining international recognition, with a sold out 2007 performance conducting his arrangements with The Sicilian Jazz Orchestra at The Teatro Golden in Palermo, Sicily.
08/21 - Saturday :: Sofía Rei Koutsovitis
(vocals) (guitar) (bass) (drums)Sofia Rei Koutsovitis is one of New York’s most passionate, charismatic and inventive vocalists, but she brings more than the depth and fullness of a riveting voice to her second album, Sube Azul. She also serves as the album’s composer, arranger, lyricist and — with bassist Jorge Roeder — producer. Following up on Ojalá, her polyglot and multilingual debut, she offers this time a collection of mostly original Spanish-language songs, building on a new set of growth experiences since moving to New York in 2005. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, her project is grounded in traditional South American rhythms such as chacarera, zamba and vidala from Argentina, Afro-peruvian festejo and lando, Afro-Uruguayan candombe, Colombian cumbia and bullerengue and other genres that merge involving jazz harmonies, electronic sounds and rich improvisations. Singing in Spanish, Portuguese or English, Sofia's voice is so graceful as sophisticated, tying together diverse influences in a program full of rhythmic complexity, melody and romance. Her ensemble produces a range of textures as diverse as the cultural roots of its members, an international cast that includes some of the most exciting young talent from North and South America.Sofia is a restless artist, one of the most versatile and in-demand singers on the New York music scene. In a short period of time she has recorded, performed and collaborated with renowned musicians and groups such as John Zorn, Folklore Urbano, John Scofield, Lionel Loueke, Pavel Urkiza (Gema y Pavel), Russ Ferrante (Yellow Jackets), Bob Moses, Aquiles Baez, Samuel Torres Group, Hector Martignon, Pedro Martinez, and Pablo Aslan’s Avantango. She toured Europe with the Grammy award winning Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and premiered with the group Cerulean Skies, a piece commissioned by the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna. Sofia has just finished recording a vocal quartet album for John Zorn’s “Book Of Angels: Masada Book 2” series, which will be released on Tzadik records in January 2010. She is also the vocalist of Geoffrey Keezer's Aurea, whose self-titled 2009 release received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album. In December 2009 she was one of four featured vocalists chosen to premiere newly commissioned work as part of The Jazz Gallery's "New Voices" concert series. She was recently featured with vocal giant Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall in Instant Opera.
08/27 - Friday & 08/28 - Saturday :: A Benefit Concert for The Queens Galley, In Kingston N.Y
Legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette’s Annual Benefit Concerts in Woodstock to benefit local non-profits takes flight this summer with two singular nights of music at The Falcon!
Spearheaded by DeJohnette, his friends and fellow Hudson Valley-area residents – guitar masters John Scofield and Larry Coryell, premier tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and in-demand bassist Larry Grenadier – will perform together to benefit The Queens Galley, a Kingston, NY–based non-profit organization that provides awareness, education, relief and prevention of food insecurity in America.
It may be summertime, but the living is not easy for many people who are finding it harder and harder to figure out where their next meal is coming from. Food pantries and soup kitchens are struggling to keep up with demand, even as government funding is cut to the bone. According to Diane Reeder, Founder and Director of The Queens Galley and a student at The CIA, “we serve about 9000 meals per month and have seen an increase of 37% compared to this time last year. In August, we will see an additional spike because of children not in school who would normally have access to free or reduced price lunches and families will struggle with putting food on the table and gathering back to school supplies.”
The Queens Galley prepares each meal from scratch, with the assistance of volunteer chefs, culinary students and professionals as well as dedicated community members. The Queens Galley is also more than a soup kitchen - they create and implements programs that teach children and families how to make nutritious meals on a limited budget. As a privately funded organization, they welcome anyone in need of assistance, without proof of poverty, and must rely on private donations and support from local residents and businesses.
In keeping with The Falcon’s philosophy, there is no cover charge, but the suggested donation is at $30, with all proceeds going directly to benefit The Queens Galley.
Support live music and help to put an end to hunger!
Grammy-award winner Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers. He has collaborated with most major figures in jazz history, such as: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, Jackie McLean, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, George Benson, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter and Eddie Harris, who is responsible for convincing DeJohnette to stick with drums. His wide-ranging style, capable of playing in any modern idiom while maintaining a well-defined voice, has kept him in demand as a drummer and as a bandleader, as well as a fan favorite. He has recorded for Columbia, Landmark, MCA/GRP, and Toshiba/EMI/Blue Note, with the bulk of his recordings on the ECM label. He also has a growing catalogue on his own imprint, Golden Beams Productions, since the label’s launch in 2005. While continuing to lead his own projects and bands, DeJohnette has also been a 25-plus-year member of the immensely popular trio with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock. His latest CD (and vinyl), “Music We Are,” with Danilo Perez and John Patitucci, is out on Golden Beams and its accompanying, behind-the-scenes film was shown at the Woodstock Film Festival.
John Scofield, one of the "big three" of current jazz guitarists, is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years and in 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. Since then, he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Terumasa Hino among many jazz legends. Touring the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University, a husband and father of two.
Larry Coryell, one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters, has recorded more than 75 albums over the past 40 years as a bandleader, soloist and 'featured accompanist'. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of "the guitar gods" in the late 1970s and as a "truly Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing", he has also been christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by DownBeat. From late 60’s through early 70’s, Larry has toured with Jack Bruce and was featured in sessions with Jimmy Webb, the 5th Dimension, Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. In 1974 Larry formed The 11th House, the most popular and successful Fusion band of its time; after it disbanded, Larry was signed by Clive Davis for Arista Records, where he made a series of solo albums, followed by a direct-to-disc recording with the Brecker Brothers. In 2007, Hal Leonard released Larry’s Autobiography “Improvising, My Life In Music” and a retrospective print folio of Larry's own compositions. Larry has designed and is spokesman for his own professional line of guitars made by Cort. He also endorses Parker Guitars, Sibelius Music Software, DR Strings and the Henriksen “Jazz Amp”.
Jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began playing alto saxophone as a child. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and his early professional gigs were as a sideman with organists Lonnie Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, and Woody Herman Thundering Herd. After settling in New York City, where he eventually joined the Mel Lewis Orchestra for its regular Monday night concert at the Village Vanguard, playing from 1980 to 1992 and recording six albums with the Orchestra. Lovano joined the Paul Motian band in 1981 and has since worked and collaborated with John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Higgins, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Michel Petrucciani, Lee Konitz, Abbey Lincoln, Tom Harrell, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall, Bob Brookmeyer and many more. In recent years, he has collaborated with two other premier tenor saxophonists of his generation, Dave Liebman and the late Michael Brecker, in the collective Saxophone Summit. Lovano’s illustrious relationship with Blue Note Records began in 1991 and includes eight Grammy nominations with a win in the Best Large Ensemble category for 2000’s 52nd Street Themes. His latest on Blue Note is ‘Folk Art’ with his dynamic new ensemble, UsFive.
Larry Grenadier was born into a musical family in San Francisco, California. In the early 1990's, Larry first met and played with pianist Brad Mehldau. Brad’s trio that included Larry and Jorge Rossy went on to become one of the major groups of the time. Also during this time Larry played in John Scofield’s band and with Pat Metheny with whom he spent a few years touring with the guitarist in a trio with drummer Bill Stewart. Other musicians Larry played with included Charles Lloyd, Billy Higgins, Michael Brecker, and Paul Motian. He is a part of the collaborative trio FLY which includes drummer Jeff Ballard and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. They have recorded two critically acclaimed albums, the latest one being on the ECM label. Larry is a resident of the Hudson Valley, where he lives with his wife Rebecca and their son, Charlie James.
About The Queen’s Galley: The Queens Galley is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization that provides awareness, education, relief and prevention of food insecurity in America. The Queens Galley supports, creates and implements programs dedicated to the affordable nutritional education of children, families and seniors. The kitchen puts out three meals a day 365 days a year, and serves anyone who needs a meal. The doors open for breakfast at 8:00am, lunch is from noon to 1:00pm, and dinner is served 5:00pm-6:00pm.
09/02 - Thursday :: The Organik Vibe Trio
The Organik Vibes Trio will be featuring grammy award winning jazz vibraphonist, organist Ron Oswanski, and drummer Marko Marcinko. More information to come
Dave Samuels has established himself as the top mallet player of his generation. He is recognized for his fresh new sound and creative approach to both the vibraphone and marimba. Samuels has demonstrated his versatility and gained world wide recognition by performing and recording with a broad scope of artists ranging from Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Carla Bley and Pat Metheny to the Yellowjackets, Bruce Hornsby, Frank Zappa, The Fantasy Band and Spyro Gyra.
09/03 - Friday :: The John Escreet Project
This New Work by John Escreet has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2009 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Since moving to New York in 2006, John Escreet has had a powerful impact, and is emerging as one of the most creative and original pianists on the music scene there. He is highly revered amongst his peers for his creativity, openness and for his own original music, which draws inspiration from many different sources, and encompasses them all and much more. Escreet keeps himself busy by touring regularly across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. When not on the road, he resides in New York City, working on and performing his own original music, constantly challenging himself and searching for something new and original. In the summer of 2008 he graduated from the Master’s Program at Manhattan School of Music, where he studied piano with Kenny Barron and Jason Moran.
He leads his own group ‘The John Escreet Project’ which is described by the New York Times as “a superb band”, and which features some of the most exciting and forward-thinking improvising musical talents on the New York jazz scene.
As well as performing at most of New York City’s major jazz venues, John has performed at important international jazz venues such as the Blue Note (Milan), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Ronnie Scott’s (London), Upstairs (Montreal), and has also performed at major concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Purcell Room and the CBSO Centre. John is also active in jazz education, and has given clinics and workshops at institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music (London), Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham UK), McGill University (Montreal), Humber College (Toronto) and Loyola University (New Orleans).
09/04 Saturday :: Julian Lage Group
Web Site: Julian Lage
is a child prodigy guitarist, playing since five, then playing with such renowned artists as Carlos Santana (when he was eight years old), Pat Metheny, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielemans, Martin Taylor, and David Grisman, among others, resulting in Lage being the subject of the 1997 Academy Award nominated documentary "Jules at Eight". In addition to performing, Lage has recorded as a duo with Grisman (the 1999 release Dawg Duos), and contributed a fine cover of "In a Sentimental Mood" with Martin Taylor and David Grisman, for the 2000 compilation Acoustic Disc: 100% Handmade Music, Vol. V. Lage has also appeared at numerous jazz concerts/festivals, including the St. Louis Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and performed on the 2000 Grammy Awards. Lage performs regularly with pianist Taylor Eigsti.
In 2005 Gary Burton "championed" him in Next Generation. On March 24th, 2009 Lage released his debut album "Sounding Point" on Emarcy Records, to rave reviews. It was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award "Best Contemporary Jazz Album."
Julian is a great performer, and a true Falcon favorite you won't want to miss!
09/10 - Friday :: Vic Juris Trio
Vic Juris is one of the premier jazz guitarists in the business today. Since his emergence on the scene in the 1970s, Vic has had an impressive portfolio of live performances and recordings. His international career has included associations with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Sarah Vaughan, Michel Legrand, Chico Hamilton, Dave Liebman, Gary Peacock, Richie Cole, Mel Torme, Eddie Jefferson, and the prodigal exemplar of the Django Reinhardt tradition, Bireli LaGrene. High on his list of creative gigs has been his association with the highly accomplished David Liebman Group since 1991.
09/11 - Saturday :: Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio
Memphis-bred Brooklynite bassist/composer Stephan Crump will perform with his unique all-string Rosetta Trio in support of their new Sunnyside Records release, Reclamation. Featuring nine intensely personal compositions including the polyglot “Pernambuco,” a piece commissioned by 92nd St Y and New York Guitar Festival, Reclamation is a declaration of a unique new compositional voice.
The freshness of the compositions is matched by the intimate synergy of the ensemble, first convened on the 2006 release Rosetta that gave the trio its name. Reviewers were ecstatic about the “engaging and sublime meeting” of Crump on acoustic bass with guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox. “Here is a string ensemble for the new century!" raved Donald Elfman in All About Jazz NY. Having toured the US and UK and performed together in a varied contexts for years, Rosetta Trio has developed into a formidable unit, sensitively and powerfully rendering Crump’s often profound, sometimes playful and always honest music.
The diverse array of sounds and sources on display is a natural extension of Crump’s varied work as a performer. Known for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with a magnetic pull on audiences, Crump recently launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference. 2010 will see the release of new recordings documenting his free-improvised duo collaborations with both alto saxophonist Steve Lehman and pianist James Carney. Crump has received special notice of late for his 10 years of collaboration with pianist/composer Vijay Iyer, whose 2009 trio release, Historicity, has been heralded a game-changing jazz recording. “Someone’s got to be the Holy Spirit, representing your faith that this jazz will breathe..” noted Ben Ratliff in his New York Times review of a Vijay Iyer Trio performance in NYC, “It’s the bassist, of course, cutting through with big, wise, rounded notes.”
The elegance and purposeful groove of Crump’s playing, making him much more than a “sideman”, are also on display outside of the jazz world, most often with the Jim Campilongo Electric Trio and with Crump’s wife, the radiant singer/songwriter Jen Chapin, with whom he has worked as a bassist, arranger, and producer. Over the years, Crump’s performances on both acoustic and electric bass have been heard across North America and Europe with Joel Harrison, Mahavishnu Project, Bobby Previte, Patti Austin, Gordon Gano, Lucy Kaplansky, Big Ass Truck, and the late Johnny Clyde Copeland. His compositions can be heard in Miramax, HBO, Showtime, Bravo, Granada America and Simple Focus Films, as well as on his earlier albums as a leader: Poems and Other Things, Tuckahoe and Rosetta.Stephan Crump's Rosetta trio features Stephan Crump on bass, Jamie Fox on guitar, and Liberty Ellman on guitar as well. This trio has been together for some time, and will put on a show that you wont want to miss.
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09/16 - Thursday :: Matt Mayhall
Drummer, composer, and educator Matt Mayhall earned bachelor of music and master of music degrees in percussion from the University of Nevada, Reno. He also holds an MFA in Jazz Studies from California Institute of the Arts, where he studied drums with Joe LaBarbera and improvisation with Charlie Haden and Wadada Leo Smith. Mayhall has worked with guitarist Anthony Wilson, avant-garde multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia, visual/performance artist Mike Kelley, and is a member of saxophonist Peter Epstein’s Idee Fixe band. He is a member of the band Spain (led by bassist/vocalist Josh Haden, son of jazz legend Charlie Haden), which has toured internationally and is currently at work on its fourth studio album. He has also performed, toured, and/or recorded with Patrick Park (Hollywood Records/Badman Recording Co.), Miranda Lee Richards (Virgin Records/Nettwerk Records), Lenka (Epic Records), Big In Japan (Honest Don’s/Insubordination Records), Honey Honey (Ironworks), and Spring Summer. As an educator, Matt has taught at the University of Nevada Reno, CalArts’ Community Arts Partnership, the University of California San Diego Summer Jazz Camp and the Academy of Creative Education. His first album as a leader, featuring pianist Adam Benjamin and bassist Sam Minaie, will be released in the summer of 2010. Matt Mayhall plays C&C Custom Drums and Istanbul Agop Cymbals.
09/17 - Friday :: Cyro Baptista & Friends
Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Coinciding with the rise in the public’s interest of world music, Cyro has managed to record and tour with some of music’s most popular names. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown.
Cyro's credits read like a "Who’s Who" of modern music. He toured extensively with Yo-Yo Ma's Brazil Project, Trey Anastasio's Band (of Phish), John Zorn's Electric Masada, Herbie Hancock's Grammy award winning "Gershwin’s World" , Sting and Paul Simon's "Rhythm of the Saints".
The wide range of artists Cyro Baptista has performed and recorded with include: David Byrne, Kathleen Battle, Gato Barbieri, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Palmer, Melissa Etheridge, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboin, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo-Ma, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spyro Gyra, Trey Anastasio from Phish, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Santana and Sting. He has also played with many respected Brazilian artists such as Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, and Nana Vasconcelos.
09/18 - Saturday :: The Dave Liebman Group
Web Site: Dave Liebman
(Saxophone), (Guitar), (Bass), & (Drums)
The quintessential contemporary jazzman, saxophonist David Liebman "offers thanks to Trane, Miles and Ornette". He spent his whole career playing with some of the best in the business. He spent extensive periods as a member of the Miles Davis and Elvin Jones groups. Since 1970 he as been associated as a leader with a succession of extraordinary groups from Open Sky Trio to Lookout Farm to Quest each of which has framed a distinct phase of his musical evolution. Dave Liebman's band pursues a very eclectic contemporary style where each member brings forth a wide range of talents, enabling the music to move in many exciting directions.
09/24 - Friday :: The Jazz Knights
The Jazz Knight's Website
For over thirty years the United States Military Academy Band’shave brought musical excellence and variety to their audiences by presenting the best of big band jazz and popular music. Members of the group are graduates of America's finest music schools. They are recruited and selected through a competitive audition process specifically for service in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Members of the band have played with such jazz icons as Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Ahmad Jamal and the Glenn Miller Band.
The Jazz Knights’ highlights over the years include playing with Benny Goodman at Lincoln Center in 1982, performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for the 200th Anniversary of the New York State Legislature, and twice appearing at the Hatch Shell for Boston's Independence Day celebration. The Jazz Knights have also performed for festivals and music educators' conventions, including International Association of Jazz Educators conventions, the Western International Band Clinic, the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival and the International Society of Bassists' convention. Notable guests who have performed with the Jazz Knights include David Liebman, Jim Pugh, Scott Robinson, Emil Richards, Byron Stripling, John Clayton, Eddie Daniels, Steve Turre and James Carter.
At West Point, the Jazz Knights provide music for numerous functions throughout the year. In combination with the Concert Band and field music unit, the Hellcats, they help fulfill official musical requirements of the Military Academy and the Army, including military and patriotic ceremonies both at West Point and throughout the country. The Jazz Knights also perform for the summer concert series at the Trophy Point Amphitheatre and for the winter concert series at Eisenhower Hall. By recreating the sounds of the greatest big bands, as well as performing the innovative styles of today, they enjoy resounding approval from all who have the opportunity to hear them..
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10/01 - Friday :: Locos Por Juana
Locos Por Juana's Myspace
Locos por Juana are a self-described Latin urban orchestra from Miami whose wide-ranging musical approach draws from tropical styles such as reggae, cumbia, and salsa as well as urban styles such as hip-hop, rock, and Latin alternative. Founded in Miami, FL, the multicultural band is comprised of Itagüí Correa (vocals; from Columbia), Mark Kondrat (guitar; Columbia), Emiliano Torres (trumpet; Argentina), Guillermo Cabral (bass; Venezuela), Javier Delgado (drums; Columbia), and Alan Reyna (percussion; Venezuela).
10/02 - Saturday :: Four For
Thequartet is an idea that Grammy Award-Winning bassist Todd Coolman came up with when he thought about those great musicians in New York who he loves both musically and personally. These are the individuals that came to mind first. Whenever they make music together it is the product of great preparation and great respect and love for one another. It is a feeling that gets transmitted to the audience through the music. Get ready to tap your foot!
10/08 - Friday :: A Split Bill Featuring:
"Well crafted grooves with a lot of soul...Scott Sharrard is one of the best blue eyed soul singers we've heard in years." -Dusty Groove America
Born in Michigan and raised throughout the Midwestern “Rust Belt”,began his career in music when his family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the early ‘90’s. Scott spent his teenage years attending Milwaukee’s prestigious High School of The Arts by day while spending his nights playing in clubs and touring with local blues legends like Stokes, Willie Higgins, and Harvey Scales and with such international blues and jazz luminaries as Buddy Miles, Melvin Rhyne, and Clyde Stubblefield.
After rising to the top of the local circuit and at the tender age of 19, Scott and his band The Chesterfields moved to New York City with their innovative sound rooted in classic Soul, Blues, and Rock. The band flourished in New York, powered by Scotts lead vocals, guitar work, and original compositions. They recorded and released 3 albums, toured nationally, and received support and encouragement from people like Ahmet Ertegun, Russ Titlemen, Rob Thomas, and Dr. John. The Chesterfields broke up in 2003 and Scott finally went solo, releasing 2 albums to critical acclaim and touring and showcasing in NYC and L.A. He recorded and released his newest solo album “Ante Up” in 2008 and continues to tour and showcase with his live band.
As a sideman and guitarist, Scott is currently best known for his work as a member of The Gregg Allman Band. He has also performed with such artists as: The Allman Brothers, Levon Helm, Amy Helm, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Jennifer Johns, Marshall Crenshaw, Kelley Hunt, and Jay Collins & The Kings County Band.
Grammy nominated Hammond organist,has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz organ, working with many noteable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Lou Donaldson, and countless others. Brian is a SteepleChase recording artist and has just released his first recording for them, "Upside". He is currently working on his second SteepleChase release which will be out summer 2010. As a sideman, he records with many popular jazz artists; most recently with Tony Desare and Bucky Pizzarelli on Telarc records. Mr Charette is also featured prominently on two new Mel Bay instructional DVDs by Rodney Jones and Sheryl Bailey.
10/09 - Saturday :: Taylor Eigsti
The past year has been an exciting one for 23 year old Taylor Eigsti. Building on the momentum of releasing one of the most talked about jazz records to come out last year, “Lucky to Be Me” (Concord), Eigsti was featured on the cover of both JAZZIZ and Keyboard Magazine, made the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for two years in a row, was featured in his own BET Television special, and was nominated for two GRAMMY awards for Best Instrumental Compostion and Best Instrumental Jazz Solo. The national spotlight has allowed many more listeners to become accustomed to Eigsti, a Menlo Park, CA native and former child prodigy, who has had the opportunity to record and/or perform with such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Frederica Von Stade, Patti Austin, Red Holloway, among many others. Eigsti has been recognized world-wide for his innovative, intense improvisation, and his unique electrifying rhythmic touch. The past year of concerts have also included the integration of electronic effects with acoustic grand piano, to rave reviews at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
10/14 - Thursday :: The Ryan Keberle Double Quartet
(Trombone, Compositions, Arrangements) (Piano) (Bass) (Drums) (Trumpet) (Trombone) (French Horn) (Tuba)Since his arrival in New York City nine years ago, jazz trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle has been a highly sought-after musician, playing in many different styles including all genres of jazz, avant-garde, Latin, classical, and rock. When not performing in New York City's major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, Birdland, and the Bowery Ballroom, he is often touring the country and the world, having performed in Scandinavia, Italy, Ireland, Russia, China, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and others.Recently, Mr. Keberle performed on NBC with the Saturday Night Live band, and was named the 2008 Latin Jazz Trombonist of the year by the Latin Jazz Corner. In 2003 he was selected as one of ten finalists for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trombone Competition. Aside from being a regular member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra and about 15 other ensembles based in New York City, Ryan has also performed or recorded with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Charles McPherson, the late Percy Heath, Teo Macero, Joe Lovano, Eric Reed, Ivan Lins, Jon Hendricks, Madeline Peyroux, Steve Jordan, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, and Alicia Keys among others, and is the regular trombonist for the broadway musical hit, "In the Heights".
10/15 - Friday :: Sex Mob
Sex Mob's Website
Slowly this music has crept into the mainstream, with a Grammy nomination for the band’s 2006 cd "Sexotica" (Thirsty Ear), recordings with Bill Frisell, Rufus Wainright, Roswell Rudd and Shivaree, film (the Leonard Cohen documnentary "I’m Your Man"), music for dance (Ailey ll, the Donald Byrd Dance Company, and Body Vox), television (Saturday Night Live and MTV’s the Real World), theater (Mae West’s "Sex"), radio (Terry Gross/ Fresh Air ) and literature (the band is the subject of "The Boy Who Cried FreeBird"). Their latest cd, "Live at Willisau" captures the band at a creative peak, performing for a large festival audience with old friend John Medeski....a combination of wild intensity and careful listening....a language all ther own.....a continuation of the unique musical conversation they have been having for over a decade. was formed in October 1995 to play the "late nite hang" at the Knitting Factory, the now legendary mecca of downtown music. The band, (Steven Bernstein - slide trumpet; Briggan Krauss- alto sax; Tony Scherr- bass; and Kenny Wollesen- drums), starting off playing original compositions, but was soon drawing crowds to their all night partys with their inspired and unpredictable covers. Their first release "Din of Inequity" was released thru Columbia records and featured John Medeski on the organ. This led to years of touring in the US and Europe and the creation of a singular and unique musical language, and a powerhouse live band...combining the power of the Who with the subtelety of Ellington and a modern groove all their own.
10/16 - Saturday :: Todd Sickafoose
"A captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Ani DiFranco's secret weapon." - The New Yorker
A Bay Area native, Sickafoose spent some years in Los Angeles studying bass with Charlie Haden and composition with the great, late Mel Powell. Since then, he's been recording and performing with a ton of innovative folks and genre benders including Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Don Byron, Trey Anastasio, Jenny Scheinman, Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Myra Melford, Tin Hat Trio, Adam Levy, Skerik, Allison Miller, Stanton Moore, Bobby Previte, Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, Stebmo, Jessica Lurie, Shane Endsley, Erin McKeown, Anaïs Mitchell, Gina Leishman, Carla Bozulich, Noe Venable, Etienne de Rocher, James Carney, Erik Deutsch, Tony Furtado, and Darol Anger.
The consistency of his personal voice within wildly diverse collaborations prompted the LA Weekly in 2004 to call Todd "one of the most comprehensive musical minds of this coast". Since 2005, Todd has been living in Brooklyn, NY.
10/21 - Thursday :; The Kevin Hay Project
Pianist & Composer Kevin Hays has had a 20 year career as a performing, touring, and recording artist. He has a dozen recordings under his own name and has been featured on dozens more with a variety of artists. Included in his discography are 3 critically acclaimed recordings for the Blue Note Label. His 'Seventh Sense' was praised by The New York Times and recognized as one of the 'Top 40 Jazz Releases of the Year' by Musician Magazine.Kevin has performed and recorded with some of the most prominent and influential musicians in Jazz. These include Sonny Rollins, John Scofield, Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, Chris Potter, Al Foster, Joe Henderson, Buster Williams, Art Farmer, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Joshua Redman .Today, he continues to perform worldwide in Solo concerts, with his Trio which includes bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Bill Stewart, and with The Sangha Quartet which features Seamus Blake, Larry Grenadier, and Bill Stewart. He also conducts Master Classes in the U.S. and abroad.
10/22 - Friday :: Jay collins & The Kings County Band
Web Site: Jay Collins and the Kings County Band
New York City horn-player, singer, and songwriter,learned his craft on the job. A professional since the age of 18, Jay is known for his saxophone and flute work with many artists including Gregg Allman & Allman Brothers Band (rock icons), Jacky Terrasson (jazz pianist), Bobby Sanabria (latin jazz), James Hunter (soul/blues), Andrew Hill (jazz legend), Levon Helm (of The Band), and the late LeRoy Vinnegar (jazz bassist).
Jay's rough and gritty voice serves him well when performing his own blues influenced songs, and he has developed thru years of work into a formidable band-leader and performer of his own music. "His soulful 'croak' deserves to be heard." says Timeout NY.
Jay Collins and the Kings County Band Band is a 6-member combo that uses New Orleans-style funk, classic jazz, rock, and blues to create a powerful brew of original music.
10/23 - Saturday :: Hugh Brodie & the Cosmic Ensemble
One player who gets right down to the true nitty gritty when it comes to playing the saxophone is Monticello, New York resident. Here's an artist who coaxes every ounce of emotion from his instrument as only a true jazz player can. He is spiritual beyond words when it comes to his approach to his craft. Even in very brief conversation, Brodie emerges as a courteous and affable gentleman. He is "cool" in the context of the old-school jazzmen who know their stuff like the artisans of another time - the carpenter who can almost taste the sawdust and who accurately senses that this is the project that will ends of being his work of art; or the gourmet cook, who no more needs the aid of a printed recipe than a skilled race car driver needs a road map.
10/29 - Friday :: The Alexis P. Suter Band
Alexis P. Suter is a rising star on the roots, blues and soul scene. Her powerful bass/baritone voice, seasoned with raw emotion and a wide streak of attitude, has won the praise of the greats!
"She is one of those wonderful spirits, she's got her arms around you, you can feel that." - Levon Helm
"It's a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady." - B.B. King
"America’s number one contender for the new Queen of the Blues Alexis P. Suter!" - Dan Aykroyd
A true vocal phenomenon, Suter has been astounding audiences up and down the east coast for the past few years, backed by her tight, soul-rocking ensemble. The band is anchored by Ray Grappone’s solid, funky beats and Peter Bennett on bass. Guitarist Jimmy Bennett plays stinging guitar, Benny Harrison adds his passionate keyboard wizardry and soulful singers Vicki Bell, Glenn Turner and Linda Pino ramp up the intensity that has captured the attention of some of the best players around.
The Alexis P. Suter Band have had the honor of opening the show at the acclaimed Levon Helm Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, NY over 80 times. The APS band have also performed at festivals including the Pocono Blues Fest, The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, The WC Handy Blues BBQ, Virginia Blues and Jazz Fest and the New York State Blues Fest among many others. Along with The Levon Helm Band, they played sold-out shows at the Beacon Theater in New York City, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, The Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ and Central Park’s Summerstage.
Recently, Alexis and the band were the guest musical performers on the Imus In The Morning show, aired nationally on WABC Radio and RFD TV. Their song “Ride Ride” is currently being featured on a national commercial for howstuffworks.com. In February, they headlined at BB King’s in New York to a sold out crowd. The APSB had the honor and pleasure of touring the Piedmont region of Italy as part of “Blues Al Femminile”. At the 2009 New York State Blues Fest, the APSB were honored to perform with Mr. Dan Aykroyd.
10/30 - Saturday :: Edmar Castaneda
Web Site: Edmar Castaneda
was born in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar has quite literally taken New York and the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp—revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the “unusual category”. A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Edmar has been characterized as “almost a world unto himself” (The New York Times). The legendary Paquito D’Rivera, Edmar’s frequent collaborator, has remarked: Edmar is…an enormous talent, he has the versatility and the enchanting charisma of a musician who has taken his harp out of the shadow to become one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple.
11/05 - Friday :: Aaron Goldberg
Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. His new album Home (April 2010, Sunnyside) builds upon his last, Worlds, both exhibiting the sensitivity and dynamism of his longstanding trio featuring Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland. In addition to heading his trio, Aaron has spent the last 12 years touring with many of the most brilliant voices in jazz--Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Nicholas Payton, Al Foster, Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Madeleine Peyroux and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchesta among others.
Aaron was born in Boston and got hooked on jazz in high school by Bob Sinicrope and Jerry Bergonzi, two master educators. He spent a year at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music before graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1996 with a degree in History and Science and a concentration in Mind, Brain and Behavior. On weekends he held a long-time residence at Wally's Cafe in Boston, and the fall after graduation he moved to Brooklyn.
He began performing with a cross-generational array of legends and peers--including Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Mark Turner, Greg Tardy--in addition to working with his own trio. In 1998 he joined the quartet of Joshua Redman, with whom he toured for 4 years and recorded two albums. Along with Aaron’s 4 albums as a leader and 4 more as a coleader of the OAM Trio, Aaron has recorded over 60 cds with a diverse spectrum of artists.
In 2004 and 2008, Aaron produced and performed in Jazz for America's Future and Jazz for Obama, historic fundraising concerts for Sen. John Kerry and President Barack Obama respectively. He is the co-arranger/composer (with John Ellis) of the Baby Loves Jazz series of books and cds, as well as the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series in NYC. He is also a member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and a clinician at conservatories and universities around the world.
11/06 - Saturday :: John Stetch
“Canadian John Stetch is one of the most brilliant and underrated jazz pianists working today. In a perfect world he would be more famous than Wynton Marsalis.” - Alain Druot, Clavier
Since relocating to New York City in 1993 John Stetch became a decade-long sideman with Rufus Reid, and has performed around the world at some of the most prestigious jazz venues. He has recorded and/or performed with Seamus Blake, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossi, Charlie Haden, Victor Lewis, Hank Roberts, Ben Street, Billy Hart and others. Stetch has received numerous awards, commissions and grants and was recently hired to compose a piece for the CBC Radio Orchestra’s farewell concert after 70 years.
Stetch is one of a handful of jazz artists to have recorded a solo piano trilogy, and with this he received unanimous praise, including Down Beat calling the debut trilogy release, Ukrainiainsim, "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years". Standards and Exponentially Monk, also part of this series, brought in equally glowing reviews, consistently attesting to Stetch’s originality and virtuosity. Now with 10 CDs under his own name, Utne Reader called his music "bold and vital jazz for the 21st century”. A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: "Piano Jazz", with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis, "Weekend Edition" with Leanne Hansen, and “Listen Here!” with Neil Tesser and Mark Ruffin. Since the release of Bruxin’, Stetch has brought his own music to such highly regarded venues as The Monterey, Saratoga, and Tanglewood Jazz Festivals, The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, The Chautauqua Institution, The Jazz Standard, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eastman’s School of Music, Sculler’, and many others.
11/11 - Thrusday :: Adam Levy & The Mint Imperials
"Adam Levy has a reputation for tailoring imaginative and elegant guitar solos to fit almost any tune, beginning with Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" and more recently on Norah Jones' three CDs. When not busy backing Jones, the former Bay Area jazz musician has been writing tunes of his own, mostly in a bluesy folk vein, and he sings 11 of them on Washing Day. Lingering fragrances, coin laundries and pay phones inform his highly poetic, deeply emotional and at times disturbing songs about a lost lover. He avoids the wind because it reminds him of her touch, threatening to stir up a storm inside him. Finally, in a cow-punk ode titled "I Shot Her Down," he commits murder. Pain oozes from Levy's craggy tenor tones, which he answers with blistering shards of guitar sound."—San Francisco Chronicle
11/12 - Friday :: Daniel Kelley Trio & Jen Chapin, Split Bill
Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk, soul and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work on her albums Linger (2004) and Ready (2006) as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful.. worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe), “smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). JazzTimes has called her “a first-rate storyteller” while Relix regards her as “one of the freshest voices singing today." She has been featured on “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien,” honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, appeared on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and opened up for Bruce Hornsby and the Neville Brothers. Her performances are powerful, spotlighting the world-class musicianship and rare chemistry of husband/acoustic bassist Stephan Crump and guitarist Jamie Fox, with the frequent special addition of guitarist Liberty Ellman. As an activist, educator and mother, Jen also brings the knowledge and insight of varied experience (student/traveler in Mexico and Zimbabwe, BA in International Relations, longtime Member, Chair and Secretary of the Board of WHY to her workshops and presentations to college, community and church groups.
Award-winning composer and pianist, Daniel Kelly has developed a unique and personal approach to jazz, free improvisation and modern chamber music. Daniel has collaborated in performance and on disc with a wide range of artists, including Michael Brecker, Lauryn Hill, Ray Barretto, Don Byron, Bobby Sanabria, William Parker, John Zorn, David Murray, Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Brad Shepik, Mark Turner, Iva Bittova, Candido, Wu Man, Oliver Lake, Joel Harrison, Nestor Torres, Briggan Krauss, RJD2, Harvie S, the genre-busting modern chamber ensemble the Bang on a Can All-Stars and many others. Daniel has toured throughout the US, Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America. In addition to the several CDs he has recorded as sideman, he has recorded highly acclaimed CDs as a leader, including World and Duets with Ghosts, which features Daniel’s unique approach to electronic sound manipulation and sampler. Daniel’s third CD Portal is an improvised solo piano suite that arose from his continuing series of improvised solo piano concerts. His fourth CD, Emerge, released on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, has already appeared on Top CDs of 2009 lists. His quartet has received the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award.
11/13 - Saturday :: Nadav Snir Zelnike Trio
Born in Israel in 1974, Nadav started playing drums at the age of 16. Soon he became involved with the local Israeli music scene, playing and recording with different Rock & Jazz artists. Throughout these years Nadav has absorbed elements and flavors of the local Mediterranean-music traditions. In 1999, after receiving several honorary scholarships, such as the Israel-America Cultural Foundation and the Ulledorff Foundation, Nadav was able to move to the US and got his BFA degree in music-performance from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY-Purchase College. Soon after his arrival in New York, Nadav became highly involved with the local music scene. His versatility enabled him to perform & record with artists from different genres.
Amongst the many artists Nadav has worked with are: Jon Faddis, Stella Mars, Arthur Lipner, Adam Rogers, Gene Perla, KJ Denhert, James Camack, Pete Malinvenri, Doug Munro, Tony Purrone, Francois Moutin, Cameron Brown, Shunzo Ono, Heather Cornell & Manhattan Tap, Machan Taylor, Dekel Bor Trio, MacTalla Mo’r, Kenny Lee, Pete Levin, The Burr Johnson Band, Neil Alexander & NAIL, PENAMACH and many more. Nadav has also collaborated with several modern dance companies, such as David Parsons Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, José Limón and Nelly van Bommel’s NØA DANCE.
In the summer of 2009 Nadav teamed-up with jazz veterans pianist Ted Rosenthal and bassist Todd Coolman to explore new compositions as well as fresh arrangements for well-known standards. Together they recorded Nadav’s debut CD, entitled “Thinking Out Loud”. As in the words of Todd Coolman: “find a comfortable easy chair and take a few moments to sit back, relax, and enjoy a multi-faceted and informed conversation between three jazz musicians who simply set out to have some fun and do some Thinking Out Loud.”
11/19 - Thursday :: John Abercrombie & Andy LaVerne Quartet
Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, John Abercrombie has established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds and nontraditional ensembles, Abercrombie is a restless experimenter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony.
Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Andy LaVerne, born Dec. 4, 1947, in Brooklyn, NY, studied at The High School of Music & Art, Ithaca College, Juilliard, Berklee, the New England Conservatory, and took private lessons from pianists Jaki Byard, Richie Beirach, Don Freidman, and jazz piano icon Bill Evans. The list of musicians with whom Andy has worked reads like a Who's Who in jazz: Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, Michael Brecker, Elvin Jones, Miroslav Vitous, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Stitt, Benny Golson, Eddie Gomez, Mel Lewis, Mel Torme, Dave Samuels, John Abercrombie, & numerous others. A prolific recording artist, his projects as a leader number 50+, among them is a quartet recording featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Al Foster, Four Miles (Polygram), which reached the top ten on the Gavin Jazz Chart.
11/20 - Saturday :: A Split Bill Featuring
In 2009, Black was named "Folk Artist of the Year" on ABC Radio's Fame Games and was a winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival. His Youtube videos have been viewed as many as 35,000 times. He was also invited to perform at one of Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles.
This year's focus is his new CD, 'Pictures of the Highway'. It quickly reached the top ten on the national Folk DJ Chart. As the great Happy Traum puts it, “Foot-tapping grooves, excellent back-up playing, and top-notch guitar and vocals…Marc’s songs are timeless".
He'll be appearing with Eric Parker from the Joe Cocker and Stevie Winwood Bands on drums, and Mike Esposito, founding member of the Blues Magoos on Bass.
Big Joe's Website
Big Joe Fitz is a warm and engaging performer. "My goal is to connect with the audience... that's what I'm thinking about every time I step on the stage." He is a singer of uncommon sensitivity whose roots are deep in the Blues but whose music also combines elements of jazz, swing, funk, and soul.
As a performer Big Joe has opened for or shared the stage with such notable names in the Blues as The Holmes Brothers, Marcia Ball, Mighty Sam McClain, Eddie Kirkland, Little Sammy Davis, Madeleine Peyroux, Tad Robinson, Bruce Katz, Janiva Magness and more.
For 25 years Big Joe Fitz has been one of the leading personalities on The Hudson Valley Music Scene. His long running radio program THE BLUES BREAK broadcast over legendary independent radio station WDST in Woodstock New York has become a Sunday night institution for those in the musical know.
At the Falcon Big Joe Fitz & the Lo-Fi's will consist of Mark Dziuba (Guitar), Robert Bard (Bass) & Tim Whalen (Drums).
11/27 - Saturday :: Winard Harper
Drummer Winard Harper is passionate about jazz. "This music is powerful," he says. "It can do a lot of good for people. If they'd spend some time each day listening to it, we would see many changes in the world.""Early on," Harper continues, "I transcribed a couple of Max solos, but I really just loved listening to him. He was a big influence as well as Art Blakey, and more so than anybody, Billy Higgins. The joy and the passion and his love of playing really made an impact on me. I could see similarities between myself and him, and then we became such great friends. A lot of the concept of my band was inspired by Billy. A lot of the African influences and different instruments I use in the band, Billy was always exploring as well."Piadrum recording artist Winard Harper is one of the hardest working drummers in jazz today, not only leading his very exciting and hard-swinging sextet, but also continuing as an in-demand sideman. When not touring with his band, Harper continues to work and record with such artists such as Joe Lovano, Avery Sharpe, Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Frank Wess, Ray Bryant, and Jimmy Heath. His newest CD, Make It Happen, goes further than any of his previous six releases to highlight his talent as drummer, composer and bandleader.
12/03 - Friday :: Bruce Katz
Web Site: Bruce Katz
Besides leading the Bruce Katz Band, Bruce is currently playing regularly with Gregg Allman, John Hammond, The Organiks and performing with other artists as well. Bruce was also honored as a 2008 and 2009 Nominee for the Blues Music Award for "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year", selected by the Blues Foundation. occupies a unique space where blues, jazz, rock, soul, and the many aspects of Americana all collide into a style of original instrumental music all his own. He is as comfortable playing "soul-jazz" on the Hammond organ as he is playing 1930's style stride piano or the meanest slow blues.
12/04 - Saturday :: Together(Tenor Saxophone) (Bass), (Drums), &The legendary trio of the early 2000s is back with a vengeance, and with an additional member, the amazing Joel Frahm.It is now a quartet of brothers in music, rhythm siblings, partners in crime who become one thanks to their sense of musical architecture, groove and colors. They share the same love of innovative rhythms and uncharted territories, which create sounds and flows which are always different, fascinating and unique.
12/10 - Friday :: The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays Zappa
“I first heard Ed Palermo’s music in a small club in the SoHo section of Manhattan. He was using the instrumentation of a traditional big band yet his arrangements and songs were anything but that. When I thought the music was going a certain direction, it would suddenly turn a corner. Ed has the ability to keep that important balance between cohesiveness and unpredictability. Ed Palermo’s music is alive and represents now.”Ed’s interpretation of the music of iconoclastic composer Frank Zappa has brought him wide recognition. His first CD of this material, “the ed palermo big band plays the music of frank zappa”, garnered rave reviews. Downbeat magazine gave the CD a 4-star review. Palermo’s second CD of Zappa material, entitled “Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance”, has been received with equal enthusiasm from publications all over the world, including another rave from Downbeat. is not a “business as usual” musician. After all, when most people think of “big bands” they think of Duke and Dorsey. But go to see Ed Palermo’s Big Band and you might hear Zappa, Hendrix, the blues of Paul Butterfield & Mike Bloomfield or one of Ed’s own compositions, loaded with lush turns and unexpected twists. Gil Evans wonderfully articulated Palermo’s unusual approach to traditional instrumentation:
12/18 - Saturday :: Rashanim
Photo By Jim Rice
Web Site: Myspace
"Hebraic motifs abound in [Rashanims] interplay. Hendrix and metal are lurking around in there too, and this mix can be electrifying" The Village Voice
Rashanim is one of the hottest young bands in the New Jewish Renaissance Featuring long time Masada veteran Marc Ribot on several tracks, [Masada Rock] is one of the most powerful and dynamic readings of Masada music on disc ." John Zorn, from the liner notes of Masada Rock
Rashanim is a trio of guitar, bass, and drums/percussion combining the power of rock with the spontaneity of improvisation, deep Middle Eastern grooves, and mystical Jewish melodies. The 'Jewish power trio' is led by Jon Madof on guitar and includes Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (Pharaoh's Daughter, Anthony Braxton) on bass and Mathias Kunzli (Lauryn Hill, Yo Yo Ma) on drums and percussion. The band gets its name from the noisemakers used during the raucous Jewish holiday of Purim.