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May 16, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com

On May 30th & 31st, in Montclair, New Jersey, Seed Artists will present Eric Dolphy: Freedom of Sound, a celebration to mark 50 years since the death of this visionary multi-instrumentalist and composer. It’s a short hop from Manhattan to experience what The New York Times calls a “major two-day festival.” Come and be part of jazz history:

UNEARTHED DOLPHY COMPOSITIONS!   Never recorded, never performed. From solo bass clarinet to an ensemble conducted by flutist and Dolphy scholar James Newton, this will be their world premiere.A SLATE FOR THE AGES!  Among the 40 world-class musicians honoring Dolphy: living legend Richard Davis (both nights), Grachan Moncur III, Henry Threadgill, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Don Byron,Vernon Reid…and young innovators who are extending Dolphy’s legacy. You can’t catch this slate anywhere else.GUNTHER SCHULLER!   The Dolphy symposium features Gunther Schuller, titan of modern music; Richard Davis, James Newton, John Szwed (Columbia University) and Michael E. Veal (Yale). It will be a fascinating discussion: Dolphy the musician and the man, but also revelations about his conceptual sophistication that will elevate his place in jazz.

PLUS…Dance, poetry, video and educational exhibits, food and drink, and Dolphy T-shirts, posters and original prints.

All of this for just $20 per night! Not a better deal to be found.

GREAT ART for GOOD WORKS   Proceeds will benefit our nonprofit partners–the Jazz Foundation of America and the Montclair Academy of Dance and Laboratory of Music. Aid to ailing musicians, and music and arts for underserved children.


Friday, May 30th            7:00 pm -10: 30 pm
Saturday, May 31st       5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (symposium)
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm (concert)

TICKETS:  $20/night, available through ShowClix and our website,seedartists.org.
At the door, tickets will be $25, so buy now!

WHERE:  Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ  07043

It’s closer than you think! Quicker than going from midtown Manhattan to Park Slope. Accessible by New Jersey Transit and by car on Friday, by DeCamp bus service and car on Saturday night. Please see seedartists.org for directions.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Questions? Call (862) 621-9761.

Facebook (daily posts): http://on.fb.me/1dXG8Yg

Twitter (daily tweets):  @seedartists

A video that Richard Davis made for us: https://vimeo.com/92262453

You can support Eric Dolphy: Freedom of Sound by contributing to our Indiegogo campaign: http://bit.ly/Qo6WH1.

OR you can write a check, payable to Seed Artists. Mail donation to:

Seed Artists, Inc.
19 Elmwood Avenue
Montclair, NJ.  07042

Regards in peace, Pheeroan akLaff Artistic director of Seed Artists.

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April 21, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Ahmed Abdullah’s Diaspora
at Sistas’ Place
Sat., May 10th 9 & 10:30pm

Ahmed Abdullah’s Diaspora (Alex Harding, baritone sax, D.D. Jackson, piano, Radu, bass, Reggie Nicholson, drums, Monique Ngozi Nri, poetry and vocals and TC the III, vocals) performs at Sistas’ Place 456 Nostrand Avenue on May 10th@ 9 and 10:30pm.
This performance will celebrate Ahmed’s own Arrival Day aka Birthday which is on that day and 2014 is also the year of
 Sun Ra’s Centennial Celebration which will be on May 22nd. Mr. Abdullah performed trumpet and vocals with the Sun Ra Arkesstra under Sun Ra’s leadership for a span of 22 years. The band Diaspora (Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra) combines music from the African Diaspora along with the music of Sun Ra.

Sun Ra left the planet in 1993 and left a great legacy. Among the things he left was a really really special approach to music making and a philosophy about life. Ahmed Abdullah has been teaching Sun Ra’s music and philosophy to students at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music since 2002.

With this semester’s group of students he will do two other performances in May to celebrate Sun Ra’s Centennial: May 1s@t 9pm@55 West 13th Street, 5th Floor, Admission is free.  The other performance is at Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, on Sunday, May 11th with two shows: 6:15 to 7pm and 7:20 until 8:05. For information (646) 820-9452.

The New School Sun Ra Ensemble directed by Ahmed Abdullah with surprise guests!
Sagi Kaufman, alto sax, Nathan Bellott, alto sax, Zhibai (Brian) Qu, tenor sax,  Marshall Rauh, trombone, Alex Plye, bass, Joseph Palmer, drums and Yuima Enya vocals.
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April 21, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
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Alex García’s AfroMantra
“This Side of Mestizaje”
CD Release Party
@The New York City Business Club 
Friday, May 2nd 7-10 PMFeaturingOle Mathisen-soprano sax
Mike Eckroth- pianist
Ariel de la Portilla- bass,
Alex García-drums, arrangements and compositions

Ok, listen up everybody. This new CD by AFROMANTRA/Alex Garcia, is so hot, that it burns the delights of all senses. From beginning to end, Alex Garcia and all the members of AFROMANTRA, demostrate once again, that this a very serious group to pay attention to. –  Ivan Acosta Latin Jazz USA

By Eliseo Cardona
He may be the first to disputed. And yet when writing music, drummer and composer Alex García seem to always be working in the realm of songwriting. Set lyrics to those long musical exploration he likes to write for his band AfroMantra, and you’ll probably get songs of the kind Chabuca Granda o Violeta Parra would have enjoyed if they approached the Latin American experience as a cross-pollination experiment.
This is what García does best, bringing together everything he has made his own: the Cuban rhythms he studied and treasured while growing up in Havana; the ancentral sounds of Peruvian music while also growing up in Lima; the jazz masters he has studied in awe. All has been mixed with the formative years in his native Santiago de Chile, which gave him the foundaton to open his ears, heart and mind. You can say that García does is jazz, claiming roots everywhere. This also what “This Side of Mestizaje” is all about.
The album is AfroMantra’s latest recording. And it is the band’s most brilliant. To peg the word jazz to it would be simply an understatement. True, these songs are springboards from which García and company work at once subtle and complex improvisations, but they also form a strong narrative that claims space in the chamber music hall. Songs with big musical statement.
Pianist John Lewis used to say that was higher call. Actually, all great music requires an elevation. Garcia invites his listeners to listen carefully while enjoying the journey.
–BlueMonk Moods

(Cover Photo By Eliseo Cardona)

(photo by Martin Cohen)

Music is the most intimate journey there is. And when music is good, it brings listeners together, fans are pleased and hearts are contented.

Drummer and composer Alex García has made this belief the cornerstone of “This Side of Mestizaje” the latest recording of his iconic band AfroMantra. Described by many as “a gorgeous suite of intelligent details,” the album will be released May 6, 2014.

The CD release party will take place on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 in The New York City Business Club, located at 4 West 43rd St Between 5th and 6th Av in Manhattan from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. www.newyorkcitybusinessclub.com

AfroMantra is one of the most refined, sophisticated bands in New York’s Latin jazz scene. It is, as one critic described it, “a lab of rhythms crisscrossing the Americas.” Indeed, the band is the brainchild of Chilean-born, New York-based drummer Alex García, a composer who also believes that sounds celebrate many identities, not one, cultural experiences and artistic heights.

“This Side of Mestizaje” was recorded by soprano sax Ole Mathisen, pianist Mike Eckroth, bassist Ariel de la Portilla and Alex García on drums, arrangements and compositions. AfroMantra has been recording and performing for more than 13 years. Its third CD, “Uplifting Spirit-Espíritu Optimista,” garnered the attention of numerous jazz critics and radio stations around the world. The latest “This Side of Mestizaje” reaches new levels of interaction and beauty through a program of songs that celebrate the art of polyrhythms. Each is a small suite in a suite-like, larger canvas that pays tribute to many sounds of the Americas. This is what AfroMantra does best: to ride the different American sounds in an effortless way.

“Even in the beginning, we all felt that the band was like a musical family,” says Alex García. “But now, of course, the spirit of togetherness is more intimate, more tight and more telepathic. We aim for beauty and surprises, leaving spaces to learn more and enjoy the music.”

Born in Santiago, Chile, raised first in Lima, Perú and then Havana, Cuba, Alex García hails from a family of artists and musicians: his father, Fernando García Arancibia, is a prestigious contemporary composer who has seen his work performed by many important Latin American and European musicians; his mother, Hilda Riveros Wainstein, was an accomplished choreographer and dancer who after being the First Dancer at the National Ballet of Chile, worked for many years with her own modern dance company, Ballet Moderno de Camara in Lima, Perú; she then went to Cuba to become staff dancer and choreographer for Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and again to Chile to the Ballet Nacional Chileno and Ballet del Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile.

Alex graciously has dedicated this new release to her late mother as a way to say thank you for all the positive influences and impact she and his father have made on him.

“Music was not something I decided to follow,” says García; “even though I started a little late (17 years old), I believe music was always part of my DNA, part of who I am. I would say that music has been the passion that pushes me to live and create.”

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April 21, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
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Twelve Hours of Nonstop Hot Jazz, Stride Piano and Film at 

Sunday, May 18 – 1:00pm to 1:00am
plus another dozen bands, surprise special guests,
films and other entertainment to boot!

Building on the success of last year’s sold-out inaugural festival, this year’s show, produced by Michael Katsobashvili, performer/producer Bria Skonberg, and producer/composer Patrick Soluri (of The Salon) promises even more all-star players, multiple rooms filled with live Hot Jazz, Ragtime and Stride piano, and the Hot Jazz Film Festival. NY Hot Jazz Fest will feature Grammy Award-winners VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS with special guest vocalist CATHERINE RUSSELL; star swing clarinetist KEN PEPLOWSKI and his NEW SWING quartet (with a special surprise superstar vocal guest); Gypsy Swing guitar god FRANK VIGNOLA, joined by VINNY RANIOLO; one of the Hot Jazz Renaissance leaders, trumpeter, and a co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival BRIA SKONBERG leading BRASS KICKER brass band; and, the only returning band from last year’s Festival, the exhilarating HOT SARDINES. To go along with the vanguard, audiences will be treated to up and comers like 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Rising Star award-winner KATE DAVIS, Gypsy Swing violinist ADRIEN CHEVALIER with the HOT CLUB OF NEW YORK, as well as 22-year-old “eloquent trumpet prodigy” MIKE DAVIS and his NEW WONDERS.

Also joining in this year’s festivities will be Birdland regulars DAVID OSTWALD’S LOUIS ARMSTRONG ETERNITY BAND, banjo virtuoso CYNTHIA SAYER & SPARKS FLY with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s own Vincent Gardner, swing stars DAN LEVINSON’S GOTHAM SOPHISTICATS with rising star vocalist MOLLY RYAN and wunderkind vocalist / multi-instrumentalist JERRON “BLIND BOY” PAXTON, exciting Hot Jazz reedman ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM with PROFESSOR CUNNINGHAM AND HIS OLD SCHOOL (who will be joined by tap dance star ANDREW NEMR), alongside many more. The night will be capped by an all-hands-on-deck jam session led by DENNIS LICHTMAN, a multi-instrumentalist founder of the storied Mona’s hot jazz jam sessions. This year’s NY Hot Jazz Festival will include a multinational contingent of young musicians that have embraced Hot Jazz in recent years, with players hailing from Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Brazil, Sweden, and beyond. All told, The Festival will give the audience a rare chance to hear the entire breadth and scope of early jazz, from the beginnings in New Orleans, through the music’s glorious migration to Chicago and then Harlem, up through the Roaring ’20s, Prohibition, and into the beginning of the Swing era.
This year’s festival will also devote more stages for continual live music. Two rooms will host featured bands, while another room will be dedicated to Ragtime and Stride Piano music, featuring pianist (and host of NPR’s Piano Jazz) Jon Weber, alongside musicians Ehud Asherie, Mark Shane, Dalton Ridenhour, Jesse Gelber, and Peter Yarin. In yet another room, The Festival will showcase a pair of special film showings, curated by Louis Armstrong scholar and archivist of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Ricky Riccardi. The first — THE SATCHMO-THON — will be six hours of footage of vintage Louis Armstrong performances. During The Festival’s second half, THE HOT JAZZ CLIP FEST takes over the projector, featuring all things Hot Jazz as presented in film.
The Players Club is the new home of The New York Hot Jazz Festival. Overlooking Gramercy Park, this clubhouse holds more than a century of social club history, boasting founding members such as Mark Twain, Laurence Hutton, and William Tecumseh Sherman. Today, the venue’s goal is to cultivate an ambiance of conviviality, culture, history and comfort; in other words, a perfect setting for the New York Hot Jazz Festival.
After the music ends, it starts right back up again with a jam session at the Late Night Supper After-Party at Mona’s (224 Avenue B, b/t E. 13th and E. 14th Street) from 1am – 4am.

Complete artist lineup and artist bio information follows. The New York Hot Jazz Festival welcomes all press inquiries regarding artists, curation or the venue space. For more information about The Festival, the event’s producers, any of our performing artists or to request press access, please contact John Seroff at GreenHousePublicity@gmail.com.

Festival Photo Album (Hi-Res images available upon request): www.flickr.com/photos/prometheus58/sets/72157644053280042/

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Vince Giordano
and the Nighthawks
with Catherine Russell
Ballroom 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Grammy-winner VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS have played in New York nightclubs; appeared in films (The Cotton ClubThe AviatorRevolutionary Road); headlined HBOs Boardwalk Empire; and performed live at the Town Hall, JALC and the Newport Jazz Festival.  Recording projects include soundtracks for Ghost WorldThe SavagesThe Good ShepherdAway We GoPublic EnemiesKill Your Darlings, HBO’s Grey GardensMildred Pierce and the upcoming film Carol. Giordano has amassed an amazing collection of over 60,000 band arrangements, 1920’s & 30’s films, 78 recordings and jazz-age memorabilia. Vince’s passion, commitment to authenticity, and knowledge led him to create a sensational band of like-minded players, the Nighthawks. Vince Giordano has single-handedly kept alive an amazing genre of American music that continues to spread the joy and pathos of an era that shaped our nation.
Joining the band will be Grammy-winning jazz vocalist CATHERINE RUSSELL. Jazz is in Russell’s blood– her father was Louis Armstrong’s longtime musical director, while her mother performed with Mary Lou Williams. After a warm critical reception to her debut album, Cat, Russell’s next album, Sentimental Streak, was universally praised by critics, winning her the coveted German Record Critics’ Award. To couple with her jazz exploits, Russell has also performed and recorded with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne and Roseanne Cash. Russell released her latest album, Bring It Back, earlier this year.
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks: Video / Website / Facebook
Catherine Russell: Video / Website / Facebook

Ken Peplowski’s New Swing
With Special Guests
Ballroom 7:15pm – 8:15pm
KEN PEPLOWSKI is one of the greatest and most well-rounded swing clarinetists playing today. Peplowski began in elementary school in his hometown of Cleveland, where he and his brother were part of a Polish Polka band for weddings and parties.  He soon joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, which would be his introduction to big ensembles and the touring rules of the road. Afterward, Peplowski settled in New York City, where he played everything from Traditional Jazz to Avant-Garde; when Benny Goodman came out of retirement to start a new band, Peplowski was one of his hand-picked musicians. Since, he has played for a staggeringly eclectic stable of musicians: Charlie Byrd, Madonna, Woody Allen, Marianne Faithfull, Isaac Delgado, Cedar Walton and more. In March, he was awarded a Highlights in Jazz concert in New York City, honoring him for “his matchless musical achievements.”
Ken Peplowski’s New Swing: Video / Website

Frank Vignola
with Vinny Raniolo
Library 5:15pm – 6:15pm
FRANK VIGNOLA is one of the most extraordinary jazz guitarists performing today and one of the greatest masters of Gypsy Swing. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, Tommy Emmanuel, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola one of his “Five Most Admired Guitarist” list. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar.” In 1988 Vignola led his famed Hot Club of France tribute, which forged the way for the many Django Hot Club groups that followed. Some of Vignola’s best-loved albums include his collection of Gershwin pieces, Vignola Plays Gershwin, and his collaborations with Tommy Emmanuel (Just Between Frets) and David Grisman (Frank-n-Dawg, Melody Monsters). He has performed hundreds of clinics and masterclasses at major universities and colleges throughout the world, including Julliard and Boston University.
Joining Vignola will be his touring partner VINNY RANIOLO, one of the few guitarists who can keep up with Vignola note for note; together, New York Times called them “stars of the guitar.” Even at his young age, Raniolo has already performed and recorded with Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman just to name a few. Since Frank and Vinny teamed up in 2008 they have performed thousands of shows at some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Liverpool Philharmonic, Quebec Music Festival and Italy’s Teatro Olimpico.
Frank Vignola: Video / Website / Facebook

The Hot Sardines
Ballroom 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Named “one of the best jazz bands in New York today” byForbes, THE HOT SARDINES take hot jazz and standards from the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, sprinkle in the Dixieland sounds of New Orleans, add a dash of wartime Paris flavor, and infuse performances with a wealth of musical surprises (including a tap dancer) that hold audiences captive. Led by Parisian-born frontwoman/composer Miz Elizabeth and stride pianist/composer/bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, the Sardines have brought their blustery brass lineup, dynamic rhythm section, and playful energy to audiences around the world. They’ve sold out 11 straight shows at Joe’s Pub, graced the stage at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, and in 2014 will be backed by the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, play the Montreal Jazz Festival, headline on the TCM Classic Cruise and head out on their first national tour.
The Hot Sardines: Video / Website / Facebook

David Ostwald’s
Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
With Special Guests
Ballroom 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Bandleader and tuba player DAVID OSTWALD has become a familiar face for NYC jazzheads; since 2000, his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band has held a continual weekly residency at Birdland Jazz Club. Over those years, many of New York City’s top young Hot Jazz bandleaders have played in this band under Ostwald, including Bria Skonberg, Adrian Cunningham, and Will Anderson. Ostwald has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Nicholas Payton, Clark Terry, Benny Waters, Woody Allen, Jon Hendricks, Leon Redbone and the Oxford University Orchestral Society under Sir Jack Westrup.
David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band: Video / Website

Bria Skonberg’s BRASS KICKER
Ballroom 11:00pm – Midnight
One of the top performers from the Hot Jazz Renaissance generation, trumpeter, vocalist, composer and bandleader BRIA SKONBERG returns to this year’s Hot Jazz Festival with not only a brand-new album, Into Your Own, but also being backed by an explosive, festival-only New Orleans-esque brass band made from Hot Jazz Festival talent, BRASS KICKER. Last year was a big one for Skonberg, who was named a Rising Star by DownBeat, an Up and Coming Jazz Artist by Jazz Journalist Association. This year, Skonberg has already racked up a Bistro Award for an Outstanding Jazz Artist and appeared as one of the star performers in Marian McPartland’s memorial concert (along with Tony Bennett, Jon Faddis and Kenny Barron). Hailing from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Skonberg moved from her native Canada to New York City and, in just a few years, has appeared in concert halls and clubs such as Symphony Space, Birdland, The Iridium, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and The Town Hall, among the likes of Nicholas Payton, Bucky Pizzarelli and Scott Robinson. Bria focuses on innovating while honoring tradition; she has studied with Warren Vache, experimented with fuzz pedals and presented a gig fusing jazz and stand up comedy. It’s no mistake that Wall Street Journal jazz critic Will Friedwald said that Skonberg “looks like a Scandinavian angel, plays trumpet like a red hot devil, and sings like a dream.”
Bria Skonberg: Video / Website / Facebook

Cynthia Sayer & Sparks Fly
Library 1:45pm – 2:45pm
CYNTHIA SAYER single-handedly brings the 4-string banjo to the forefront of jazz. Celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today and praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by the New York Times, Cynthia is a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band, with whom she played and toured for over 10 years. Cynthia’s extensive career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the White House, while she has also appeared with The New York Philharmonic, played on feature film and TV soundtracks including Bullets Over BroadwayPurple Rose Of Cairo, andSophie’s Choice. She is also the official banjoist for the New York Yankees. She has worked with a variety of leading jazz, popular, and roots artists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Wynton Marsalis, Les Paul, Marvin Hamlisch, Kenny Davern, Charlie Giordano (Springsteen’s E Street Band), Milt Hinton, Marian McPartland, Scott Robinson, Randy Sandke, Kenny Davern, Tony Trischka, and many more.
Cynthia Sayer & Sparks Fly: Video / Website

Molly Ryan
Dan Levinson’s
Gotham SophistiCats
with Molly Ryan and Jerome “Blind Boy” Paxton
Ballroom 5:15pm – 6:15pm
A specialist in Traditional Jazz and Swing during his twenty-year career, clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader DAN LEVINSON has appeared alongside such prominent artists as Dick Hyman, Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis, Ed Polcer, Howard Alden, and many more. Equally at home as both a leader and sideman, Levinson has become one of the most prolific musicians on the scene. He has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, and has been featured with them on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program and at Carnegie Hall. Levinson has also accompanied esteemed vocalists Banu Gibson, Daryl Sherman, Janet Klein, Cynthia Sayer, and most notably, his wife, vocalist MOLLY RYAN, who will also be joining his Gotham SophistiCats. Ryan has become a sought-after vocalist in New York City’s Swing Jazz world, Molly has appeared at numerous jazz festivals, including the Sweet and Hot Music Festival in Los Angeles, and headlined in Paris at jazz clubs such as the famed Le Petit Journal and Autour de Midi. She frequently headlines at Birdland Jazz Club’s Sunday evening vocalist series and has recently made her debut at the legendary Cafe Carlyle with Gotham SophistiCats as part of Hot Jazz at the Carlyle series. Tonight’s lineup will also feature a special appearance from the inspiring up-and-coming multi instrumentalist and vocalist JERRON “BLIND BOY” PAXTON.
Dan Levinson’s Gotham SophistiCats: Video / Website
Molly Ryan: Website / Facebook
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton: Youtube

Professor Cunningham and
His Old School
Ballroom 9:45pm – 10:45pm
With fluent command of the saxophone, clarinet, and flute, ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM is one of the finest young Hot Jazz Renaissance multi-instrumentalists around; as All About Jazzsays, “[Cunningham is] a young artist who plays as if he has been playing for over a century.” Since relocating to New York City from his native Australia in 2008, he has played New York City’s finest Jazz clubs– Dizzy’s, Birdland, Blue Note, Smalls, Apollo Theatre, and more.  Cunningham’s band, PROFESSOR CUNNINGHAM AND HIS OLD SCHOOL, will feature esteemed tap dancer Andrew Nemr, who is one of the top disciples of Gregory Hines.
Professor Cunningham and His Old School: Video / Website
Andrew Nemr: Website

Baby Soda
Library 7:45pm – 8:45pm
BABY SODA is a collective of talented musicians featuring a revolving cast of players (most players also play with other groups) and has become an incubator of young Hot Jazz musicians in New York City. Drawing from influences ranging from 1930s era swing, New Orleans jazz, and southern gospel, Baby Soda has been known to pack the room at Village Vanguard and Barbes; or, alternately, filling subway corridors and city sidewalks with Hot Jazz.
Baby Soda: Video / Website / Facebook

The Xylopholks
Library 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Picked as The Village Voice’s“Best Buskers dressed as Animals,” THE XYLOPHOLKS have rapidly become a familiar sight and sound to many around the world.  The Xylopholks have appeared at festivals in the United States, India, Canada, and Brazil and Japan.  The Xylopholks play novelty ragtime repertoire of the 1920’s dressed in fuzzy animal costumes.  They have been featured on the front page of CNN.com, as well as MTV.com’s Daily Detox, NY Magazine’s fashion tips, and numerous photos in the New York Times.  In addition to performing, the Xylopholks have conducted classes at various schools and universities including UNESP, Sao Paulo, Queens College-CUNY, and The Boston Conservatory.
Xylopholks: YouTube / Website / Facebook

Emily Asher’s Garden Party
Ballroom 1:30pm – 2:30pm
EMILY ASHER’S GARDEN PARTY is a dynamic musical ensemble led by Emily Asher’s tenacious trombone and sweet vocals. The band’s diverse repertoire draws from Louis Armstrong’s enchanting Hot Fives through his explosive All-Stars and from Duke Ellington’s sophisticated melodies, to the funky and soulful music of New Orleans brass bands. Recently, Asher has been touring with her program Carnival of Joy!, a celebration of Hoagy Carmichael’s music.
Emily Asher’s Garden Party: Video / Website / Facebook

The Ladybugs
Library 11:30pm – 12:30pm
Based in New York City, THE LADYBUGS, led by Martina DaSilva, is a Trad Jazz-inspired group known for their intricate harmonies and experimental arrangements. All members of the Ladybugs double on vocals in addition to instrumental (trumpet, ukulele, guitar, bass, and drums). Playing standards from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, the Ladybugs infuse old-school swing with bluesy flavor. One of the Ladybugs, KATE DAVIS, has recently won the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition Rising Star award.
Ladybugs: Video / Facebook
Kate Davis: Video / Website / Facebook

Mike Davis’ New Wonders
Library 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Trumpeter MIKE DAVIS has been called an “eloquent trumpet prodigy” by Wall Street Journal. He has appeared throughout New York City with Gordon Webster, Emily Asher’s Garden Party, Dan Levinson’s Millennial All-Stars, and with many other Trad and Swing Jazz bands. Composed of some of the most exciting young hot jazz musicians around, Mike’s Band, The New Wonders, have approached hot jazz with a singular determination for authenticity.  This performance will take you back to the days of Jimmy Walker’s New York and Big Bill Thompson’s Chicago.
Mike Davis’ New Wonders: Website

Adrien Chevalier’s
Hot Club of New York
Library 10:15pm – 11:15pm
The HOT CLUB OF NEW YORK is a multinational collaborative jazz project of musicians based in New York City brought together by mutual admiration for the original Quintette du Hot Club de France and led by French composer and violinist ADRIEN CHEVALIER. Chevalier comes from a long lineage of violinists, and began his musical training at age six; just nine years later, on his 15th birthday, he was sent to the Vatican to play for Pope John Paul II. After graduating from the prestigious Avignon Conservatory, Chevalier moved to Paris to perfect his knowledge of non-classical music, especially Balkan folklore and Le Jazz Hot or Gypsy Swing. When Chevalier moved to New York City to co-found the Avalon Jazz Band and, later, Hot Club of New York, he brought the rhythms and early jazz ambiance along with him. Joining the Hot Club of New York as a special guest will be French washboard virtuoso, DAVID LANGLOIS.
Adrien Chevalier: Video / Website
David Langlois: Video

Scrub Board Serenaders
Library 4:15pm – 5:05pm
Drawing from beautiful forgotten tunes from the ’20s and ’30s, the SCRUB BOARD SERENADERS are Brad Lail (washboard/bones), Adam Brisbin (resonator guitar), Sean Cronin (bass) and Evan Arntzen (reeds). Although newly formed, the Serenaders already feature strong three-part vocal harmonies to go along with their distinctive washboard-driven percussive sound and street-style music.
Scrub Board Serenaders: Bandcamp

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
Ragtime and Stride Piano Room
This year’s Hot Jazz Festival features a stage devoted to the continual performance of Ragtime and Stride piano music, featuring pianist (and host of NPR’s Piano Jazz), JON WEBER. On top of his radio hosting duties, Weber is an accomplished musician in his own right, having released two critically acclaimed studio albums, Jazz Wagon and Simple Complex, and the live album Flying Keys. Weber will be joined by pianists Ehud Asherie, Mark Shane, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Dalton Ridenhour, Peter Yarin, and Jesse Gelber, who, for one of his sets, will partner with wonderful Hot Jazz vocalist Tamar Korn.
Jon Weber: NPR / Website / Facebook
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton : MySpace / Interview
Ehud Asherie: Website
Mark Shane: Website
Dalton Ridenhour: Website
Jesse Gelber: Website
Tamar Korn: Website

THE PLAYERS CLUB is a members-only club located at 16 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan, NYC. Overlooking Gramercy Park, this clubhouse holds more than a century of social club


April 21, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
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(Erick Storckman and Eliot Smith)
CD Release Party
Wed., Apr. 23rd
Sets @ 7:30 and 9:15 pmFeaturing

Erick Storckman – trombone

Eliot Smith – keyboard/piano

Cliff Lyons – Tenor Sax

Jack Broad – Guitar

Andy Eulau – Bass

Scott Neumann – Drums

6 Depot Square (at the corner of Walnut Street)
Montclair, NJ   07042
$10 music charge, $7 minimum for food or drink


New CD

ES2 (Erick Storckman and Eliot Smith) “AlgoRhythms”
(Twin Rivers Records TR227)
Street Date April 29, 2014
Eliot Smith – Keyboards
Erick Storckman – Trombone
Cliff Lyons – Tenor Sax
Pete McCann – Guitar
Andy Eulau – Bass
Scott Neumann – Drums

For those who fear that jazz is taking itself too “seriously” and losing its sense of fun and abandon, ES2’s new CD AlgoRhythms (on Twin Rivers Recordings) will bring a sigh of relief – followed by a big smile.  The brainchild of trombonist Erick Storckman and keyboardist Eliot Smith, ESmakes the kind of music that turns a club into a party and a concert hall into a revival meeting.   With no pretension, and a focus on jubilant expression and rollicking swing, AlgoRhythms takes an unfettered approach in the spirit of the Mingus small groups – with a great big sound, infectious compositions and explosive energy.

Outstanding composers as well as extraordinary players, Storckman and Smith have been playing together for a number of years and recently decided to assemble a group of kindred spirits to bring the pair’s collaborative efforts into a group context.  Tenor saxophonist Cliff Lyons, guitarist Pete McCann plus the bass and drums tandem of Andy Eulau and Scott Neumann prove to be ideal choices in making ESa most cohesive and potent unit.

The eight outstanding compositions include four by Smith, two by Storckman and a pair credited to both.  But the collaborative effort infuses the entire album as all eight pieces were arranged by both men, with Erick focusing on the horn parts and Eliot handling the rhythm.  The result is a clear-cut musical vision, totally united in its personal identity and fully integrated into the ensemble character.

The music encompasses a broad spectrum of the jazz vernacular, including soul jazz, bluesy hard bop, funk, straight-ahead and gospel. The musicians are exemplary in their skills and totally fluent in all the dialects of the extensive palette used in the fascinating tales told through the music.  All of them employ a take-no-prisoners approach of throwing themselves entirely into the music fearlessly and without hesitation.

Storckman’s trombone echoes the vibrant history of the instrument, using the horn’s entire range in a vigorously spirited style with the smoothness of J.J Johnson and the swagger of Jimmy Knepper.  Lyons is fiercely impassioned, combining the fluid approach of hard bop with the smoldering fire of the big-horn soul style best exemplified by Stanley Turrentine.  McCann is a flawless rhythm guitarist and audacious soloist with the full-bodied influence of rock consistently at play, but totally tasteful and always in the music.  Eulau (who plays electric bass throughout with the depth of an acoustic) combines with the impeccable drumming of Neumann for stunning interplay whether throbbing and rocking or crisply swinging.  And Smith’s mastery of a variety of keyboards provides the webbing that holds it all together, creating aural canvasses for the soloists, prodding, spurring and soloing brilliantly.

All of the melodic lines are catchy, lyrical and so singable that the listener can actually imagine words, giving the narrative of each story that much more contextual impact.  From the opening strains of the album’s first cut, Smith’s Orange Peel, that feeling is front and center, with a vehemently lyrical line launched by hard left hand piano that could be played by Dr. John by way of Professor Longhair.  Virile guitar, trombone and tenor solos set the tone that permeates the entire album.

Job Search, also by Smith, is an all-out funkfest colored by “real life” elements like newscast snippets and sirens added to the funky, up-tempo piece in a sumptuous atmosphere of electronic keyboards, driving bass and a rocking backbeat.  Hollering tenor in a syncopated groove, a Smith acoustic piano solo in a Bobby Timmons-ish explosion and wide-open screaming guitar highlight this in-your-face cut.

Our Man in Verona is another soul-drenched smoker written by Storckman.  A fluidly energetic and raunchy tenor solo is followed by a tremendously exciting and powerfully swinging trombone turn.  A sprawling, rock-hard guitar excursion over rip-roaring rhythm section takes us back to the melody, which almost sounds like it could be a James Bond theme.

A boppish vibe is set by Midnight, Michigan Avenue (by both composers).  A straightforward swinger stoked by the relentless pulse of the rhythm section – snapping electric piano, flawless rhythm guitar, fervid bass and sizzling drums – lays the groundwork for Storckman and Lyons to demonstrate how fully conversant they are in the language of hard bop.

A most entrancing atmosphere is created on Poor as Food, also co-composed by Storckman and Smith. There is a gentler, more subdued tone that quickly escalates with an aura of salient edge that gives the piece a most compelling and evocative gravitas.  Excellent solos by Storckman, Lyons and Smith further contribute to the spirited nature of the piece, painting such a vivid picture that you can almost see the movie it should accompany – a most stunning work.

Swanky, an ongoing persona in Smith’s imaginative array of ideas, is the central figure in a pair of pieces.  Swanky Goes Shopping is a jauntily strutting, rhythmically insistent, deeply grooved piece that is enhanced by a talking wah-wah guitar solo in the manner of Sly & the Family Stone’s classic instrumental Sex Machine, and a delicious gospel blues piano solo. Swanky Goes Uptown is a richly syncopated, more straight-ahead item with injections of funkiness.  Episodic in nature, it sets a fine framework for Lyons’ sparkling tenor solo, deep in Turrentine territory, howling, barking and rocking furiously.

This remarkable album concludes on a powerfully uplifting note with Storckman’sAt Long Last.  Deep in the gospel mode, this opulent, deeply emotive piece is highlighted by Lyons exhorting the spirit of Gene Ammons’ Preachin’ with Smith’s organ stirring up the congregation and McCann wailing soulfully.  One can easily envision a white-cloaked choir swaying and smiling with Shirley Caesar expected to join in at any moment.  A most stirring and profusely spiritual ending to a truly wonderful album.

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April 19, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
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HALIE LOREN — feat. Mads Tolling
@ Yoshi’s San Francisco Sun May 4th 7pm
Vocalist Halie Loren has a possesses a unique story as well, the artistic product of growing up in a remote Alaskan town called Sitka, and having better access as a child to a collection jazz records than she did pop music on the radio. Interestingly, Halie has also become a musical celebrity of sorts in Japan the past few years. — Read the full story here
During the past year, Halie has been making a big splash in the Bay Area, after an unexpected success last year ar Jazz in the Plazz in Los Gatos (her show was so well-received there that they invited her back to perform no later than her final bow last July 3rd) — Read the full story here
Halie and Mads share a lot in common — both of them are around the same age, they both write their own music, and both of them are passionate about exploring the inner and outer boundaries of Jazz. In some ways, I would imagine this could be a “Part II” to your previous story — . Halie Loren’s newest album Simply Love, is the first album of hers to have a heavy emphasis on arrangements with string instruments, one of the reasons Mads Tolling’s collaboration will be so special.
Halie Loren feat. Mads Tolling — Direct Link for more info and tickets here
“Breathlessly appealing … ” — JazzTimes
Short Bio: Internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalist and songwriter Halie Loren is known for her alluring stage presence, an ethereal voice, and her original music. Her performances bring fresh perspective to the musical paths she journeys. Her genre-defying original compositions have been recognized with awards by the John Lennon Songwriting and the Billboard World Song contests. AllAboutJazz praised her most recent album, Simply Love, as “warm and seductive.” She has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, where she has been repeatedly brought back to Japan to headline the Blue Note and Cotton Club. Simply Love was placed on the ballot this year for a GRAMMY nomination.
* If you have Spotify, you can listen to her entire album, Simply Lovehere:
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April 21, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
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NICOLE HENRY at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
at Jazz at Lincoln Center – New York, NY
Tuesday, April 22 & Wednesday,
April 23 – 7:30pm & 9:30pmFor tickets: Click HERE

Nicole Henry (vocals); Brandon McCune (Piano); Robert Jost (Upright Bass); Enoch Jamal Strickland (Drums); Keith Loftis (Saxophone); Freddie Hendrix (Trumpet); David Gibson (Trombone)

The beautiful and dynamic vocalist Nicole Henry celebrates the iconic women of music.  Join the 2013 Soul Train jazz award winner and Billboard chart-topping artist as she takes us on an incredible journey through the music we adore: the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan, Dame Shirley Bassey and more.

Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance.

Ms. Henry’s passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma have earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” and three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals.

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April 22, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Some Recent Passings:
2 Hipsters and an Institution
Stephanie Stone (1921-2014)

Chances are if you were attending one of the downtown New York City loft jazz shows in the past forty years you may have seen a couple sitting usually in the front row digging the music.
 This couple was Irving and Stephanie Stone two hipsters who embraced the adventurous sounds of “The New Thing” ushered in the 1960s by John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra and many others who were the spiritual fathers to Sam Rivers who operated Studio Rivbea down on Bond St and a prime destination for improvised music played by David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins and many others that led to William Parker, bassist and prime mover of the downtown scene and founder of the Vision Festival.
Irving and Stephanie were ubiquitous on the scene miraculously appearing at numerous shows where they were pretty much the audience.
The downtown musicians loved Irving and Stephanie so much that a venue was named in their honor The Stone.
Irving passed away several years ago, but Stephanie never stopped attending live shows until cancer slowed her down in recent years and finally succumbed at the age of 93 last week.
There’s a wonderful portrait of Irving and Stephanie written by Martin Johnson in the Wall Street Journal.
You can read it here:
And here’s a very nice piece about Stephanie Stone put up on YouTube
  A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO STEPHANIE STONE will be held on Sunday, April 27th at Noon at The Stone
Irving and Stephanie Stone were a strong presence on the downtown music scene and their love and support will always be remembered.
The Stone hosts an afternoon of music and remembrances by those who loved them in honor of our dear friends. ADMISSION FREE
THE STONE is located at  the corner of avenue C and 2nd street.
A 2nd Memorial will be held at Roulette Friday, June 27th 6-11 pm.
Norman Levy (1927-2014)

I first met Norman Levy as a tenderfoot record collector back in the early 1970s as a customer at his legendary subway record store A Train Records which was located down in the subway at 42nd and 8th avenue.   A Train Records was a funky little shop with bins right outside the store.  I’d make the pilgrimage from Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn to flip through his bins always turning up gems like John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ or  Yusef Lateef ‘s ‘Psychicemotus’ with those great gatefold covers and many other jazz gems from the classic era usually for $2 which kept me coming back for more.  Norman began his career with a number of retail positions working first at Sy Bondy’s, a stint with Masters and then as the record buyer for the entire Mays department store chain.
In the 1970s I had the opportunity to work with Norman after I left Happy Tunes managing the jazz department there I was hired to set up the Soho Music Gallery located at Wooster and Grand Streets, the very first record store in the now totally gentrified Soho district of New York City.  Norman was handling the cut outs and I managed the store.  There was some shady going’s on there so I moved on and so did Norman when he went to work for the legendary Brill building record emporium Colony Records located at 49th and Broadway.
Affectionally referred to by his Colony colleagues as ‘McVouty’ for his cool hipster way of speaking ala Slim and Slam Norman became the go to person at the Colony sheet music department for his immense knowledge of tunes.  If you could hum a few bars chances are Norman knew it and got you what you were looking for.  Over his years at Colony music royalty passed through that department including his life-long friend Sonny Rollins who would on occasion stop in the store to say hello and buy sheet music too.  After nearly 15 years managing that sheet music department he retired moving to Phoenix where he promptly got bored and took a job at Guitar & Keyboard City where he ran the sheet music dept.
Eventually even seasoned retailers have to be put out to pasture so Norman and his wife of 61 years Lee decamped to Lake Stevens, WA a suburb of Seattle to be near family.
Norman passed last week at the age of 87.
He is survived by his wife Lee, his older son, Neil, a grandson Jonas (son of Neil). They had a second younger son Jay who passed away of Aids 4 years ago.
J&R Music World (1971-2014)

This is one headline I thought I’d never see:
One of the last bastions of music retail in the Big Apple having survived Sam Goody, Tower, Virgin, HMV and countless others who came and went over the years J&R Music World was a solid rock of retail.  
Opened in 1971 with one store on Park Row I can remember when Raachele Friedman worked the register in their record department down in the basement under her father’s upstairs electronics store.  From that one store they expanded to pretty much buying up all the real estate on that one block (except the hardware store) to an empire and giant of electronics retail with an international reputation.  
Back in the hey day of the record business J&R Music World probably sold more records per square inch then any retailer in the US.
In fact when they first started they paid all their vendors in cash.  I was a sales rep back then and believe me when I tell you they kept many an independent record distributor afloat with their cash flow.
From 1985 to 1987 I managed their jazz department,  a stand alone store on top of their classical store at 33 Park Row.
Back in those days the record business was flush.  You could sell records with both hands 9 to 5 with no problem.
During the lunch rush (Noon to 2) you could sell a box of records right off the wall of any new release you played in the store.
I did ‘In Stores’ with many jazz legends including Horace Silver, Abbey Lincoln and Wayne Shorter.
You never knew who would stop in the store.  One time the actor Matt Dillion came in looking for classic Be Bop records for a role he was considering.
The article in the New York Times says it’s a reorganization so who know’s what the future will bring.
For those interested for a glimpse of what the hey day of record retailing looked like send me an e mail for a preview of:
Last Daze @ J&R Music World
My last day as manager of the Jazz Store at J & R Music World circa 1987.
Shot by the assistant manager Tom Wachunas and featuring my Krew; Billy Harris (Beaver’s son), Bob Casanova (Paul Buchelle, Dave Schumacher, Ari the cashier, Siggi the maintenance man, the security guard, Robert Frank, Bill Damm, Ken Harris the opera maven, Randy the classical manager, sales rep Tim Montgomery and many others plus bonus  In Store signings by Wayne Shorter and pro wrestler King Kong Bundy.
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April 22, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
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Joe Lovano, Henry Threadgill,
Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Apfelbaum,
Marilyn Crispell, Judi Silvano and Warren Smith
Join Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso
As Guiding Artists for the
Creative Music Studio’s Spring WorkshopJune 9 – 13 Workshop Features Intensive Workshops, Jam Sessions and
Intimate Concerts in a Spectacular Mountainside Setting 
Deadline to Register is May 19 
Woodstock, NY, April 22, 2014  – The Creative Music Studio continues its resurgence, offering two four-day workshops in 2014 at the well-appointed Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.  Master musicians/educators Joe Lovano, Henry Threadgill, Tyshawn Sorey, Marilyn Crispell, Peter Apfelbaum, Judi Silvano, and Warren Smith will join CMS Artistic Directors Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the CMS Spring workshop intensive, June 9 – 13. Additional Guiding Artists will be announced soon. Registration deadline for CMS’s Spring Workshop is May 19, 2014.  CMS’s Fall Workshop is scheduled for September 29 – October 3.Information and registration is available online: http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/springworkshop2014.htmlTwo highly successful four-day workshops in May, and October, 2013 at the Full Moon Resort re-ignited CMS and its nonprofit parent, the Creative Music Foundation.  Positive feedback from those workshops prompted CMS to offer two more workshops in 2014, the first during the peak of spring and the second during the height of autumn when the Catskill leaves are most colorful.CMS Workshop Guiding Artists in 2013 included: Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Peter Apfelbaum, Tony Malaby, Cyro Baptista, Marilyn Crispell, Steven Bernstein, Jason Hwang, Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wessel, Steve Gorn, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Thomas Buckner, Harvey Sorgen, Tani Tabbal, Ken Filiano, Omar Tamez, and John Menegon, in addition to Creative Music Foundation co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso.

CMS Workshops feature four days of intensive workshops, master classes, intimate concerts and informal jam sessions that inspire active listening, personal expression, improvisation and musical exploration. Musicians of any instrument, including voice, are welcome as are non-musicians.  Adults who played music earlier in their lives can benefit from this lifelong learning opportunity that offers participants a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn from and play with music masters, and to simply spend time with them in an informal, personal setting.   The non-traditional atmosphere of the Creative Music Studio Workshop encourages participants to experiment, push beyond limits, genres and categories, to take risks, and to develop their own deeply personal musical expression.

“In the CMS tradition, the 2103 workshops offered not only profound teachings from music masters but also gave participants game-changing perspectives,” said Karl Berger. “Joe, Judi, Henry, Peter, Marilyn, Warren and Tyshawn will continue in that direction, offering their heart-felt insights into playing, composing and improvising.”

A typical day at the CMS 40th Anniversary Workshop is:

8:00 – 9:30         Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00       Body Awareness
10:15 –11:00      Rhythm/Voice Awareness, including GaMaLa Taki  rhythm practice
11:30 – 1:00       Master Class/Workshop
1:00 – 2:15         Lunch
2:30 – 5:00         All Instruments Workshop
5:15 – 6:30         Improvisers Orchestra
6:30 – 7:00         Listening Meditation
7:00 – 8:15         Dinner
8:30 – 10:00       Concert with Guiding Artists10:00 – ?
Participant concerts and jams, unscheduled sessions

Late night consists of playing music, unscheduled sessions, conversations, bonfires, or simply stargazing at Full Moon’s gorgeous location in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, with the historic Esopus Creek running through the expansive property.

CMS’s parent nonprofit, the Creative Music Foundation, is working to fundraise in order to offer full and partial scholarships for the workshop. For more information and online registration, please call the Full Moon Resort, 845-254-8009, email: music@fullmoonresort.com, or click this link to register:https://thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/Form.aspx?IDTD=5607674&RF=3709104&Product=13020890.  More information and online registration will be made available at www.creativemusicfoundation.org as Guiding Artists are announced in the coming weeks.

The Creative Music Foundation, a 501C(3) nonprofit corporation, makes it possible to profoundly experience and express our deep connection with the transforming energies of music, our universal language. CMF programs focus on the common elements of all music, emphasizing keen awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication, and providing unique opportunities for musicians, students and listeners from different backgrounds and traditions to explore together, share, develop, and broaden their musical understanding and sensitivity. CMF pursues its mission through workshops, residencies, coaching, concerts, recordings and archival projects that engage both listeners and musicians in the USA and around the world.

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