21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC Plays Cornelia Street Cafe
This Week At Cornelia Street Café
Mon Sep 27
8:30PM 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC:THE YIN YANG OF DANA HANCHARD
(Dana Hanchard, vocals, piano, bamboo flute; Willard Dyson, drums; Jimmy Cruiz, bamboo flute, percussion; Tony Cedras, accordion, guitar)
We're pleased to invite singer/composer Dana Hanchard back to the 21st Century Schizoid Music series. Dana is likely to show up anywhere in a myriad of musical constellations. Music has brought her to serve on several continents, appearing at concert halls, nightclubs, opera houses and jazz festivals alike. Dana began her career in music in baroque and contemporary classical music as a soprano soloist. Throughout the 1990s, She performed and recorded operas of Handel, Monteverdi and Meredith Monk and Cantatas of J.S.Bach and Music of the Mexican and South-American baroque period. When the invitation came to start up a voice program in Japan, it was an opportunity that allowed her to focus her efforts more in song writing and in musical projects of her own. Her band, the Dana Hanchard Group has been performing in Japan since 2003 playing her originals at Jazz clubs in Tokyo and Yokohama. She has done concert performances of her music around the U.S, Japan and the Middle East. Her latest recording, of all original music, Fool Tale Spinning was released in 2009 on her own Fertile Ground Music label (FGM/Aodoa).
Frank Oteri, host. Cover $10 http://www.danahanchardmusic.com
Tue Sep 28
8:30PM LAINIE COOKE
(Lainie Cooke, vocals; Tedd Firth, piano; Martin Wind, bass; Matt Wilson, drums)
No hype or attitude just the pure emotion that only true life experience can endow in an artist. That's what Harlemwood Records recording artist Lainie Cooke brings to each and every performance. Lainie has been singing in jazz clubs in New York and LA for two decades, but you probably know her best for her voice-over work on some of your very favorite commercials. She has graced the café with her sophisticated style and warm personality many times. This time around she'll be singing some of hers and your favorites and some new songs she'll be performing for the first time. She is joined by Tedd Firth www.myspace.comteddfirth on piano, Martin Wind www.martinwind.com on bass and Matt Wilson www.mattwilsonjazz.com on drums...their combined artistry makes more than good music - it's quite simply a good time. Check out her two Harlemwood CD's "Here's To Life" and "It's Always You" both available on her website www.lainiecooke.com and, ITunes www.itunes.com/lainiecooke, CDbaby, Amazon and other digital media." You can also find Lainie of Facebook and Twitter.
"This lady can sing the Blues. And ballads, and...well just about anything." Jazz Improv Magazine, June 2008
"...her unique brand of steel-lined warm-an enticing style that suggests the musical astuteness of Sheila Jordan blended with the salty panache of Anita O'Day..." Jazz Times, March 2009
Wed Sep 29
8:30PM ALEXANDRA GRIMAL QUARTET
(Alexandra Grimal, tenor, soprano saxophone; Thomas Morgan, bass; Todd Neufeld, guitar; Marcus Gilmore, drums)
This quartet plays the music of Alexandra Grimal. The compositions are long and short structures, based on complex harmony and poly-rhythm. It explores very structured improvisations as well as open forms.
Born in Cairo in 1980, Alexandra Grimal started music at the age of 5 with classical piano. At 13, in Paris, she was introduced to the saxophone. She received her master's degree at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (the Netherlands) in 2005 under the direction of John Ruocco. She has also been a student in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (CNSM) and in the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki (Finland), with the Socrates Exchange Programme.
Cover $10 http://www.alexandragrimal.com
Thu Sep 30
8:30PM CHRIS DINGMAN'S WAKING DREAMS
(Chris Dingman, vibes, compositions; Loren Stillman, saxophones; Fabian Almazan, piano; Aidan Carroll, bass; Eric McPherson, drums)
Hailed by the New York Times as a "dazzling" soloist and composer with a "fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism," Chris Dingman is one of the most sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. Schooled in the jazz tradition, yet influenced by a wide range of music and experience, Dingman draws inspiration and meaning from a diverse set of musical sources, uniting them in a progressive approach that has earned him praise for his "poignant work" David Sprague, Variety, his "adaptive humility" Nate Chinen, NY Times, and as "downright hypnotic" John Barron, All About Jazz.
His recent work as a sideman on Steve Lehman's "Travail, Transformation, and Flow," and Ambrose Akinmusire's "Prelude to Cora" has garnered the accolades of critics, audiences, and musicians alike. For each of the past two years, Downbeat Magazine has acknowledged Chris as a Rising Star on Vibraphone in the annual Critics Poll. A graduate of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, he has performed with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Marcus Miller, and Terence Blanchard.
Cover $10 http://www.chrisdingman.com
Fri Oct 01
9:00PM & 10:30PM MIKE BAGGETTA QUARTET
(Mike Baggetta, guitar; Jason Rigby, tenor saxophone; Eivind Opsvik, bass; George Schuller, drums)
Seeking to reinterpret the state of the American Song through a 21st century filter, The Mike Baggetta Quartet performs Baggetta's award-winning original pieces with an intense focus on melody, group interaction and fearless improvisation. This ensemble features saxophonist Jason Rigby, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer George Schuller. Mike's compositions for this ensemble draw inspiration from sources as varied as Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet", Leonard Cohen, Edward Hopper and Ornette Coleman. Small Spaces, the debut recording from the Mike Baggetta Quartet, is out now on Fresh Sound New Talent records.
Join the Mike Baggetta Quartet as they prepare for their 2nd recording to be released on Fresh Sound New Talent records.
"Mike is one of the best young improvisors on the NY scene!" Vic Juris, Jazz Guitarist
"This is a superb band...outstanding, and the performances are totally compelling." -Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal (UK)
"Blessed with a refined approach and solid technique...Mike Baggetta has the potential to break the mold of post-John Scofield plectrists." Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
"Guitarist/composer Baggetta is one of those subtle players. He does not overwhelm you with volume or seek to impress with fleet-fingered improvisations. Instead, each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities...utilizing approaches from many different genres but never sounding derivative of any one person or school." Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant
"...his melodic sense is truly beautiful." Tom Chandler, Jazzreview.com
photography ©2009 by Scott Friedlander
Cover $10 http://www.mikebaggetta.com
Sat Oct 02
6:00PM VINCE BELL
(Paul Frazier; Dave Solider)
Legendary Texas Songwriter VINCE BELL: His songs have been performed and recorded by such diverse talents as Little Feat, Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, and he has had a ballet set to his work. He has released five critically acclaimed CDs, and is the author of an autobiography, One Man's Music: The Life and Times of Texas Songwriter Vince Bell, chronicling his amazing comeback after a devastating car accident in 1982. Referring to Bell's fellow Texas songwriters (Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett and herself) Nanci Griffith said, 'From all of us who were beating the paths around Texas in the 70s, I always felt Vince was the best of us.'
'Vince is a poet,' said the late Townes Van Zandt. He is one of those rare artists who transcend category: its a little rock 'n' roll, a little folk, a little country, some blues and jazz, some singer-songwriter. What kind of music? Vince Bell music.'
$15 "cover" includes a drink
Cover $15 http://www.myspace.com/paul_frazier
Sat Oct 02
9:00PM & 10:30PM Michael Adkins QUINTET
(Michael Adkins, tenor saxophone; Russ Lossing, piano; Todd Neufeld, guitar; John Hébert, bass; Billy Mintz, drums)
Michael Adkins returns to Cornelia Street this October, joined by band members well known to New York's modern jazz scene. This group's work together is characterized by a sense of anticipation - each artist explores ideas developed by the entire quintet, with the saxophonist both modulating and amplifying refrains, taking them unexpectedly in new directions, or returning them to an understated simplicity. Russ Lossing's magnificent sense of play and eloquence find a particularly strong context in the band's interactions, as do the discerning vitality and sensitivity of Billy Mintz on drums, and John Hébert's dynamic alteration of working distinctions between inventiveness and groove. The young guitarist Todd Neufeld brings a fresh integrity to the music as well, playing to the moment by turns with intelligent clarity or introspection among veterans. Adkins' sound works as both provocateur and coherence, holding the music to its exploratory possibilities, without letting its lyrical potential be lost. An evening of improvisation at its keenest edge for those for whom the music matters most.
"Here is a magnificent saxophonist." Serge Baudot, JAZZHOT
"Adkins deep and penetrating tenor lines provide a near flawless vehicle for group-centric improvisation." Glenn Astarita, JAZZ REVIEW
"An important new voice has arrived." Chris May, ALLABOUTJAZZ
Cover $10 http://www.myspace.com/infotation
Sun Oct 03
6:00PM BOB THE BOOK
(David Pratt, novelist)
A 3 Hots and A Cot reunion of sorts, celebrating a new novel by Pratt, joined by friends. His lovely book will be for sale.
Sun Oct 03
8:30PM BILL WARE'S VIBE QUARTET
(Bill Ware, electric vibraphone; Matt King, piano; Carlo De Rosa, bass; Jaime Aff, drums)
Bill Ware's Vibes Quartet,post hardbop/funky jazz rock new old originals and beyond.
"Never one to swoop into the limelight or blithely steal the show, vibraphonist Bill Ware has built a model résumé that weaves silently and inscrutably through the best of most modern genres." Gordon Marshall, All About Jazz
Mon Oct 04
6:00PM MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.
An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU.
Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!
$10 includes a drink, what a bargain!!
Tulis McCall, host. Cover $10 http://www.monologuesandmadness.com
Mon Oct 04
8:30PM AMRAM & CO
(David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; John de Witt, bass; Adam Amram, percussion; John Ventimiglia, actor)
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
Cover $10 http://www.davidamram.com