Kyle Hollingsworth Announces Fall Tour in support of Then There's Now

For more than a decade, as keyboardist for Colorado's beloved String Cheese Incident, Kyle Hollingsworth has consistently proven one of the most innovative and virtuosic musicians on the American jamband scene. Now, with the Sept. 15th release of Then There's Now (SCI Fidelity Records), his first album since the band announced a hiatus in 2007, Hollingsworth extends his reach into areas that will both delight longtime admirers and lock in countless new ones. Emphasizing his considerable songwriting skills and incorporating a plethora of surprises, Then There's Now marks the true emergence of Kyle Hollingsworth as a solo artist.

kyleKyle Hollingsworth Band (featuring Dave Watts of The Motet -drums, Garrett Sayers of The Motet -bass, and Dan Schwindt -guitar) tours Midwest and West Coast States this fall in support of Hollingsworth's new album release.  Brushfire Records recording artist Zach Gill (ALO, Jack Johnson) joins Hollingsworth for the October run of West Coast dates and Colorado's Euforquestra returns home to support the September's Midwest dates.   A limited number SCI Fan Club tickets will be available through pre-sale at  beginning Wednesday, July 29th at 10 am PDT.  General on sale begins Saturday, August 1st at 10am PDT at and at respective venues.

Kyle's complete list of fall tour dates is as follows:

September 10    Majestic Theatre    Madison, WI         w/ Euforquestra
September 11    Iowa City Yacht Club    Iowa City, IA         w/ Euforquestra
September 12    MARTYRS'        Chicago, IL         w/ Euforquestra
September 13    The Water Bowl    Muncie, IN         Wuhnurth Music Festival
September 17    Camp Zoe        Salem, MO    
September 18    Mishawaka         Bellvue, CO         co-bill w/Jeff Austin & Friends
September 19    Fox Theatre        Boulder, CO         CD release party

Following Dates are co-billed with Zach Gill

October 7      Winston's Beach Club    San Diego, CA         
October 8      The Mint        Los Angeles, CA    
October 9      SOhO     Santa Barbara, CA
October 10    The Independent    San Francisco, CA
October 11    HopMonk Tavern    Sebastopol, CA    
October 13    The Red Fox Tavern    Eureka, CA
October 14    WOW Hall        Eugene, OR
October 15    The Triple Door    Seattle, WA
October 16    Wild Buffalo        Bellingham, WA
October 17    Mississippi Studios    Portland, OR

For Hollingsworth, who has recently been more prolific than ever before, the title of Then There's Now offers the first clue as to where he stands today. Then There's Now undeniably draws on Hollingsworth's past affiliation with "The Cheese," using his previous work as a jumping off point-yes, there are some intoxicating, if more concise, jams to be savored. But the album's "now" component-irresistible melodies, poignant lyrics and fine-tuned song construction, plus a willingness to infuse the tunes with elements of pop, jazz, electronica, hip-hop and more-transports Hollingsworth into musical realms he's never before explored at length.

EOTO Announces July & August Dates

hannThe left coast breakbeat, glitch-hop and house duo known as EOTO is set to play nine momentous shows through the end of August, on top of their already jam-packed festival schedule. Since the new year rolled around, EOTO has toured relentlessly, playing more than 100 shows and making a name for themselves as pioneers of a new sound, an innovative blend of live instrumentation and digital mixing. The duo descends on Denver on July 16 for Thunk: A Live Art Exhibition at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, before heading northeast to Pennsylvania. Then it's back across country to Idaho, Washington and up into Canada, before coming back through Colorado, Utah and ultimately, Missouri.

Featuring Jason Hann and Michael Travis, formerly of the progressive jam outfit The String Cheese Incident, EOTO is a shot of adrenaline to the heart of the music industry. Differing in sonic stature from their mixing forefathers, the typical EOTO live experience is 100% atypical, meaning nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is pre-looped and no set is pre-planned. Every night is a distinctive journey into the musical minds of Hann and Travis, each feeding off of the other’s creativity and the audience’s vibes. EOTO combines cutting-edge technology with live instrumental performance to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment.

No group on the circuit tours as hard as EOTO and nothing has changed for the foreseeable future, save a few festival dates in exchange for the night-after-night venue spots they have played so far in 2009. Hann and Travis have been from west to east and everywhere in between in just seven months and are primed to play at least 35 shows between now and the end of September. It will be a nice break for the two to venture back indoors for July and August dates, where the bone-quaking and mind-rippling beats they create spontaneously are well at home. By the time they reach Missouri, EOTO will have more than proven they are big enough and calculated enough for the wide open spaces of the festival tour, but refined enough for the Theater.

For a complete list of tour dates and for more information, please click here.

Clifton Anderson Quintet Returns to NYC with Iridium Gig

Trombonist/Composer Clifton Anderson brings his Quintet into the Iridium on Tuesday, August 4th in support of his new Doxy Records release, Decade.   A February gig at Dizzy’s Coca Cola introduced the CD and debuted his new group, which features Eric Wyatt on tenor, Stephen Scott on piano, Russel Blake on bass, and Steve Williams on drums, in addition to Anderson’s vibrant trombone.

clifford-andersonUpcoming for the Bronx native is a September 29 date at Birdland, and two nights at the new East Harlem hotspot, Creole, on October 9 and 10.

Reaction to Decade has been positive with encouraging reviews and considerable airplay.  In his celebrated blog, jazzwax, Marc Myers wrote: “…Anderson demonstrates a new level of maturity and offers a warm, round and purposeful sound…his compositions are all strong and fresh, and they avoid being derivative. Best of all, they are tailor made to show off the trombonist's lyricism and powerful chops...Decade is a solid work by Anderson, who clearly has a rich musical voice, a creative vision and a comprehensive grasp of the instrument's tender purpose."

Clifton Anderson's newly revised website includes lead sheets and solo transcriptions for Decade and his debut recording as a leader, Landmarks, as well as a video overview of Decade and some performance video.

For more on Clifton Anderson, please visit here. For more info on the Clifton Anderson Quintet at The Iridium Jazz Club, and to purchase tickets, please click here.

The Band of Heathens: One Foot in the Ether

The Band of Heathens’ self-titled studio debut album brought the band from relative obscurity to playing 250-plus shows a year for their rabid fan base, as well as a coveted taping for this year’s 35th Anniversary season of Austin City Limits. The album hit No. 1 on the Americana Music Association Radio chart, spending two weeks in the top spot against formidable competition. It charted a total of 34 weeks in the U.S., held No. 1 for two months on the Euro-Americana chart, and was No. 8 on the AMA’s Top 100 albums of 2008 list. The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Fusilli wrote, “The Band of Heathens, an Austin-based group, played the best set I came across during my five nights in town (at SXSW 2009).”

band-of-heathensHow does a band follow a year like that? Indeed the bar has been set high. But one listen to the new album, One Foot in the Ether, due out September 15 on BOH Records through Redeye Distribution, makes apparent that the Heathens’ three-frontman approach to writing and performing over the past three years has paid off in the studio. Apart from the confidence necessary to pull off releasing two live albums before releasing 2008’s debut studio record, it’s evident that their unorthodox career strategy suits them well.

“The band doesn’t do things safely,” explains Gordy Quist, one of the group's three frontmen. “Random and Chance might actually be named as extra band members in the liner notes somewhere.”

The guys in the band are fond of saying they became a unit by accident. But that’s like saying the Big Bang was an accident: unplanned, maybe, but hardly random. The merger of three singers/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists — Quist, Ed Jurdi and Colin Brooks — resulted in a solid entity worthy of the comparisons the band receives to the Black Crowes, The Band and Little Feat.

One Foot in the Ether wasn't initially conceived as a full-length album, but the muses felt otherwise.  The band started booking short bursts of studio time in Austin while they were in town, with no producer and no expectations. As they continued deeper into the sessions, the project went from the originally planned (or un-planned) three to four songs to 16 completed songs. “It became apparent that we had a full-length album on our hands and started honing things down to make a cohesive album,” Jurdi said.

Not given to labeling their music, The Band of Heathens loosely define the sound they’ve achieved on One Foot in the Ether simply as rock ‘n’ roll. While the last Heathens album might have been more acoustic and swampier, this album is heavier — both thematically and sonically. It’s muscular with guitars, Hammond organs, vintage electric pianos and pill-bottle slides — all fine ingredients for rock ‘n’ roll in its purest form.

With a five-album record deal offer from one of the major-independent record labels on the table, The Band of Heathens opted to release the new album on their own BOH Records, just as they did their last self-titled studio album that won the accolades. Brooks explains, “In the current ‘climate change’ of the music business, nobody knows how it is going to work so we are not averse to trying things our own way and experimenting.”

The year ahead holds much promise, starting with the worldwide September 15 release of One Foot in the Ether. In July, the band taped Austin City Limits, an opportunity that came to them when the program’s producer, Terry Lickona, first saw the group at the Americana Music Conference last September. He was amused that he’d traveled 1,200 miles to discover a band that lived in his backyard. The ACL episode also features Elvis Costello and will air November 7. The band will tour Europe in fall, following a Ryman Auditorium appearance the American Music Awards on September 17. And then it’s time to log miles on the odometer as they cross America for the rest of the year and into next.

The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker Announce Fall Tour Dates

Soul music is here to stay, and it's still evolving. The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker are living proof. Nashville's white hot deep funk band releases their highly anticipated second studio album, titled Burn It Down, on September 15, 2009. Look for the band on tour this Fall in support the new album.

For their 2nd LP, The Dynamites and their soul-shouting frontman Charles Walker deliver a slate of tunes that arrives right on time. It's a new day, and Charles Walker and his band have something to say. It's the kind of story where you gotta tear it down to rebuild it, the greedy man ultimately gets his due, love rules the day and everybody gets down in the end.  It's a timeless tale, as relevant as ever, and Burn It Down tells it in a righteously funky fashion. Strike a match, light the fuse and Burn It Down.

Don't miss The Dynamites on tour this fall.  The current list of tour dates is as follows:

August 28th, Fort Wayne Botanical, Fort Wayne, IN
August 29th, Sweet Corn Festival, Urbana, IL
August 30th, Stokie's Backlot Bash, Stokie, IL
September 11th, Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
September 12th, The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
September 17th, Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
September 18th, Pianos, New York, NY
September 19th, The Note, Westchester, PA
September 20th, Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
September 22nd, Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
September 23rd, Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, IL
September 24th, Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN
September 25th, Southgate House, Newport, KY
September 26th, TBA, Cleveland, OH
October 2nd, Tipitina's Uptown, New Orleans, LA

Additional dates to be announced.

The release of Burn It Down marks the highly anticipated follow-up to Charles Walker & The Dynamites' first LP, Kaboom.  As the New York Times hailed:

"New York City has the Dap-Kings, Nashville has the Dynamites, whose approach is about three quarters James Brown with touches of Memphis, Motown and New Orleans. [And] The Dynamites have found a singer to put them across: Charles Walker, who has been on the soul circuit since the 1960s. His voice rivals better-known headliners; he's an authoritative, gospel-steeped shouter and a dramatic ballad builder. It's old-school music that works up a genuine sweat."

Charles Walker doesn't imitate, emulate or try to resuscitate a bygone nostalgic era. He is soul, the real deal, still carrying the flaming torch of funk and soul lit back in the late 60's at the Apollo Theater where he opened up for icons like James Brown and Wilson Pickett. What's more, the fresh songwriting approach of Bill Elder, a.k.a. Leo Black, continues to push the deep funk envelope, propelling Walker to sound equally at home singing a scorching hot, up-tempo rocker as he does on a heart wrenching 60's-style soul ballad.

For soul veteran Walker, finding songwriter Bill Elder has been an epiphany. Importantly, he's found in Elder a songwriter that writes for his voice. This stands in sharp contrast to the days when he was asked to record songs whether they inspired him or not. "I didn't have the songs that I felt were right for me. Now I can pick and choose the songs I want to do. When I was with Chess and Decca I did what they wanted me to do." The result being that Walker is more relaxed and at ease in the studio. "I feel so confident now. I can remember being under so much pressure to try and get a hit record. Now I'm just in there doing what I like to do."

An essential authenticity comes across in The Dynamites music and message. Without a doubt, Burn it Down acknowledges that not all is right in the world, but it doesn't get stuck there. Times might be rough and people might be grumbling about doomsday, but Charles Walker and The Dynamites are here to remind us that "it's a sunny day." Sure we could bitch and moan. But we could just as well get down to some funky assed grooves and burn that negativity down.

The Dynamites are: Charles Walker (vocals), Bill Elder, a.k.a. Leo Black (guitar), Chris West (saxophones and flute), Jon-Paul Frappier (trumpet), Charles Treadway and Tyrone Dickerson (organ), Chris Patterson (percussion), Derrek Phillips (drums), Jonathan Jackson (saxophone) and Rich Brinsfield (bass).

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

Here's what is upcoming at Boulder Theater as of July 27. All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted.
Wed, July 29                 Boulder Weekly Films, Radio 1190 & Twisted Pine present
8:00pm                      Beat the Heat Film Series
                                   "THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS"
                                   GA / All Ages Balcony / $5.00      

Fri, July 31                 Colorado Afterparties present
11:30pm                      BASSNECTAR
                                    w/ Mr. Projectile & Daedelus
                                    GA / Advance=$37.00, DOS=$40.00 / 18+

Mon, Aug 3                   PAPA MALI ft. BILL KREUTZMANN
8:00pm                       w/ Greensky Bluegrass
                                    GA / 18+ / $24.00
Thur, Aug 6                  KGNU presents
7:30pm                       GREG BROWN
                                    w/ Bo Ramsey
                                    Reserved=$35.00, GA=$29.00 / 21+

Fri, Aug 7                           97.3 KBCO presents
6:00pm                       E-TOWN
                                    w/ David Gray & Harper Simon
                                    GA / All Ages / $24.00
                                    ***SOLD OUT***

Tues, Aug 11                 Live Nation presents
8:00pm                       An Evening with            
                                    PETER FRAMPTON
                                    GA / 21+ / $56.00

Wed, Aug 12                  97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                       E-TOWN
                                    w/ Bruce Hornsby & special guest
                                    GA / All Ages / $20.75

Sat, Aug 15                 Urban Allyance presents
8:30pm                      SOUNDQUAKE ft. HEAVYWEIGHT DUB CHAMPION
                                   w/ FreQ Nasty, Propa tingz aka Breakbeat Buddha & Jahtsen
                                   GA / 18+ / Advance=$24.00, DOS=$30.00

Wed, Aug 19                 Boulder Weekly Films, Radio 1190 & Twisted Pine present
8:00pm                      Beat the Heat Film Series
                                   "THE BIG LEBOWSKI"
                                   GA / All Ages Balcony / $5.00
Thur, Aug 20                 KUVO presents
8:00pm                       LARRY CARLTON
                                    Reserved=$34.00, GA seated=$28.00 / 21+
Fri, Aug 21                  Boulder Weekly presents
9:00pm                       THE AVETT BROTHERS
                                    w/ Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
                                     GA / 18+ / $29.50

Fri, Aug 28                   Radio 1190 & present
9:00pm                        DELTA SPIRIT
                                     w/ guests
                                     GA / 18+ / $19.50

Sat, Aug 29                  Soda Jerk presents
9:00pm                       JEDI MIND TRICKS
                                    w/ MC Esoteric, Reef the Lost Cauze, Bound by Honor
                                    GA / All Ages / $20.00
Wed, Sept 9                  THE BAD PLUS & MARCO BENEVENTO TRIO
8:00pm                       Reserved=$28.00, GA=$23.50 / 21+

Thur, Sept 10                 Windstopper & The North Face present
7:00pm                                REEL ROCK FILM TOUR
                                     GA / All Ages / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$17.00
Fri, Sept 11                  97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                        PSYCHEDELIC FURS & HAPPY MONDAYS
                                     GA / 21+ / $32.00
Sat, Sept 12         presents
9:00pm                        PAUL F. TOMPKINS (VH1's Best Week Ever Host) & KRISTEN SCHAAL (Flight of the Conchords)
                                     Reserved=$32.00, GA seated=$25.00 / All Ages

Thur, Sept 17                 MIKE MARSHALL & DAROL ANGER
8:00pm                        w/ Vasen
                                     Reserved=$28.00, GA Seated=$22.00 / 21+

8:00pm                       ft. Great American Taxi & Oakhurst
                                    GA / 21+ / $18.00

Sat, Sept 19                 Helly Hansen presents
7:00 & 9:30pm                MSP'S "IN DEEP: the sking experience"
                                    GA / 7pm=All Ages, 9:30pm=21+ / $18.00

Thurs, Sept 24                THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT
9:00pm                        w/ Henry Clay People & Red Cortez
                                     GA / All Ages / $24.00

Thur, Oct 1                   Boulder Weekly presents
9:00pm                        GROUNDATION
                                     w/ guests
                                     GA / 18+ / Advance=$22.00, DOS=$24.00

Sat, Oct 10                           97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                        BODEANS
                                     w/ guests
                                     GA / 21+ / $34.00
Tues, Oct 13                  KUVO presents
7:30pm                        PACO PENA
                                     Reserved=$40.00, GA seated=$32.00 / 21+

Thur, Oct 15                  DANCING WITH BOULDER STARS
7:30pm                        Reserved=$50.00, GA=$36.00 / All Ages
Sat, Oct 17                   EMMITT NERSHI BAND & ASSEMBLY OF DUST
9:00pm                        GA / 21+ / $21.50
Fri, Oct 29                           Channel 93.3's Throwback Lunch & Westword present
9:00pm                        DINOSAUR, JR.
                                     w/ lou barlow + the missingmen
                                     GA / 18+ Balcony / $29.50
ALL SHOWS ARE ON SALE NOW (unless otherwise noted) AT THE BOULDER THEATER BOX OFFICE (303)786-7030, OR ONLINE AT WWW.BOULDERTHEATER.COM. Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

National Jazz Museum in Harlem August Schedule

The August 2009 public programs of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem present a diverse selection of events. For instance, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’s compositional range and depth will be the focal point of a four-part series on Tuesdays. From his writings for small and large ensembles, to his forays into long-form and chamber composition, this free program will provide depths of musical analysis of Marsalis’s compositions unavailable even in most university settings.
One Saturday per month we delve deeply into a jazz topic of interest, often of musical artists of yesteryear deserving more attention. This month the pioneering drummer Papa Jo Jones is the focus of the Saturday panel, and will contain the viewpoints of senior statesmen of the music, as well as scholar Paul Devlin, who has spent many years working on a Jones biography.
On two Wednesdays this month we will pursue the current relevance of jazz culture via a forward-looking panel discussion and live performance moderated by one of the most exciting young pianists to hit
the scene in decades, Jonathan Batiste. This new program will accentuate the perspective of emerging jazz artists on the present and future valence of jazz music in modern society and culture.
Batiste will also lead a trio at
the Rubin Museum of Art, where the music will speak for itself.
Another angle into the genius of Duke Ellington will be explored as we investigate his efforts with the written word. Our flagship series, Harlem Speaks, now in its fifth year, has two musicians of appeal across generations and style.
The first, pianist Vijay Iyer, is a polymath with musical talent who has garnered winning attention from jazz critics far and wide for his compositional daring and integration of elements ranging from Indian music to free jazz. The second, bassist Eddie Gomez, has been a standard-bearer in countless rhythm sections of note since the ’60s. Both combine intellect and soulfulness in their musical and verbal conversations. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to spend time with them as they stretch out.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Jazz for Curious Readers

Ellington: The Author
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Tonight's program focuses on Duke Ellington’s written words.

Duke Ellington is best known as a composer, band leader and pianist. His musical oeuvre is second to none among American composers. Much less known is his writings, which include occasional responses to critics and his only book-length work, Music is My Mistress. Join us for this in-depth exploration of his original writings.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Wynton Marsalis: Small Groups
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
Wynton Marsalis: The Composer
Wynton Marsalis is the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Mr. Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and soon began playing in local bands of diverse genres. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17 and soon joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and since he has recorded more than 40 jazz and 11 classical recordings, which have garnered him nine GRAMMY Awards. In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMYs in the same year; Mr. Marsalis repeated this feat in 1984.

Mr. Marsalis’s rich body of compositions includes Sweet Release, Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements, Jump Start, Citi Movement/Griot New York, At the Octoroon Balls, In This House, On This Morning, and Big Train. In 1997, Mr. Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music, for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1999, he released eight new recordings in his unprecedented “Swinging into the 21st” series, and premiered several new compositions, including the ballet Them Twos, for a June 1999 collaboration with the New York City Ballet. That same year he premiered the monumental work All Rise, commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir in December 1999. Sony Classical released All Rise on CD October 1, 2002. Recorded on September 14 and 15, 2001 in Los Angeles in those tense days following 9/11, All Rise features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Morgan State University Choir, the Paul Smith Singers and the Northridge Singers.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Wynton Marsalis: Big Band
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Wynton Marsalis: The Composer

On March 6, 2007 he released From the Plantation to the Penitentiary on Blue Note Records, the follow-up CD to his Blue Note Records releases The Magic Hour and Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, the companion soundtrack recording to Ken Burns’ PBS documentary of the great African-American boxer, and Wynton Marsalis: Live at The House Of Tribes.

Mr. Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of universities and colleges throughout the U.S. He conducts educational programs for students of all ages, and hosts the popular Jazz for Young People concerts and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Marsalis has also been featured in the video series Marsalis on Music and the radio series Making the Music.  

He has also written four books: Sweet Swing Blues on the Road in collaboration with photographer Frank Stewart, Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life with Carl Vigeland, Marsalis on Music which was the companion book for the PBS television series of the same name, and recently released To a Young Musician: Letters from the Road with Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, published by Random House in 2004. He was also one of three contributing authors to a children's book called Listen to the Storyteller and, in October 2005, Candlewick Press released Marsalis’s Jazz ABZ, an A to Z collection of 26 poems celebrating jazz greats, illustrated by poster artist Paul Rogers.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Jazz Is: Now!

Jazz Culture I
Host: Jonathan Batiste
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300


Join pianist/composer/bandleader/phenom Jonathan Batiste with an open panel discussion on jazz culture and its relevance in today's society, with special musical guest performances.
Thursday, August 13, 2009

Harlem Speaks

Vijay Iyer, Pianist
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Voted the #1 Rising Star Jazz Artist and #1 Rising Star Composer in the Downbeat Magazine International Critics' Poll for both 2006 and 2007, VIJAY IYER was described in The Village Voice as "the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years." The son of Indian immigrants, he is a largely self-taught creative musician grounded in the American jazz lexicon and drawing from a range of Western and non-Western traditions. His widely acclaimed recordings include Panoptic Modes (2001), Blood Sutra (2003), Reimagining (2005), and Tragicomic (2008) with his trio/quartet; Your Life Flashes (2002), Simulated Progress (2005), and Door (2008) with the experimental three-piece unit Fieldwork; Raw Materials (2006) in his longstanding duo with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and In What Language? (2004) and Still Life with Commentator (2007), his large-scale works in collaboration with poet-performer Mike Ladd.
As a composer/performer, Iyer has received commissioning grants from the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund (2000, 2001, 2005), the New York State Council on the Arts (2002), Creative Capital Foundation (2002), Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust (2002, 2004), American Composers Forum (2005), Chamber Music America (2005), and Meet The Composer (2006). He received the prestigious 2003 CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, the 2004 Up & Coming Musician of the Year Award in the Eighth Annual Jazz Awards, a 2006 Fellowship in Music Composition from New York Foundation for the Arts, and a 2007 Artist Residency at Harvestworks.
Iyer's first orchestral work, Interventions, was commissioned and premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in March 2007 under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies for the ensemble's 30th anniversary gala concerts. It was praised by Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times as "all spiky and sonorous," and David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that the piece "immediately proclaimed its importance." Peter Burwasser wrote in the Philadelphia City Paper, "[Iyer] brings it off with a heft and dramatic vision and a daring sense of soundscape."
Iyer has collaborated in performance and on disc with a wide range of contemporary artists, including Steve Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, Amiri Baraka, Wadada Leo Smith, Dead Prez, Amina Claudine Myers, Butch Morris, George Lewis, Miya Masaoka, Trichy Sankaran, Samir Chatterjee, Pamela Z, Imani Uzuri, Will Power, Suphala, Dafnis Prieto, Burnt Sugar, Karsh Kale, Ibrahim Quraishi, DJ Spooky, John Zorn, and many others.
A polymath whose work has spanned the sciences, arts, and humanities, Iyer holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Yale College, and a Masters in Physics and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Technology and the Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. He was chosen as one of nine "Revolutionary Minds" in the science magazine Seed, and his research in music cognition has been featured on the radio programs This Week in Science and Studio 360. He has given master classes and lectures in composition, improvisation, cognitive science, jazz studies, and performance studies at New York University, The New School University, California Institute of the Arts, Columbia University, Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, and the School for Improvisational Music, among others. His writings appear in Music Perception, Current Musicology, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Critical Studies in Improvisation, Journal of the Society for American Music, and the edited anthologies Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia Univ. Press) and Sound Unbound (MIT Press). He is a Steinway artist.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Wynton Marsalis: Orchestral
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Wynton Marsalis: The Composer

In 2001, Mr. Marsalis was appointed Messenger of Peace by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and he has also been designated cultural ambassador, in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center touring, to the United States of America by the U.S. State Department through their CultureConnect program. Mr. Marsalis was instrumental in the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief concert, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center, which has raised over $3 million for the Higher Ground Relief Fund to benefit the musicians, music industry related enterprises and other individuals and entities from the areas in Greater New Orleans who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina. He helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home – Frederick P. Rose Hall – the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened in October 2004.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Jazz Culture II
Host: Jonathan Batiste
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300


Join pianist/composer/bandleader/phenom Jonathan Batiste with an open panel discussion on jazz culture and its relevance in today's society, with special musical guest performances.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Wynton Marsalis: Chamber
Instructor: Ethan Iverson
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Wynton Marsalis: The Composer

Small ensemble jazz is comparable to chamber classical music in the intimate settings in which they are often performed and the conversational nature of the interaction among the musicians. Wynton Marsalis has innovated a unique compositional style for small jazz ensembles that makes for an intriguing study of comparison to his writings for the classical chamber ensemble. Join Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus fame for an in-depth look and listen to some challenging and innovative music.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Harlem Speaks

Eddie Gomez, Bassist
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Eddie Gomez (born October 4, 1944) is a jazz bassist born in Santurce, Puerto Rico; he emigrated with his family at a young age to the United States and grew up in New York. He started on double bass in the New York City school system at the age of eleven and at age thirteen went to the New York City High School of Music and Art. He went on to study with Fred Zimmerman. He played in the Marshall Brown-led Newport Festival Youth Band from 1959 to 1961, and was later educated at Juilliard.
His impressive resumé includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Marian McPartland, Paul Bley, Wayne Shorter, Jeremy Steig, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Chick Corea and Carli Muñoz. Time Magazine lauded: “Eddie Gómez has the world on his strings”. Eddie Gómez would spend a total of eleven years with Bill Evans Trio which included performances throughout the United States, Europe, and the Orient, as well as dozens of recordings. Two of the Trio's recordings won Grammy awards. In addition, he was a member of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet.
Simply put, Gomez is one of jazz’s great veterans and this is a rare opportunity to hear him speak at length about his long and distinguished career.
In addition to working as a studio musician for many famous jazz musicians, he has recorded as a leader for Columbia Records, Projazz and Stretch. Most of his recent recordings as a leader, are co-led by jazz pianist Mark Kramer.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Harlem in the Himalayas

Jazz Festival: Jonathan Batiste Trio
Location: Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$18 in advance | $20 at door |
Box Office: 212-620-5000 ext. 344

Musicians you SHOULD know about!

Jonathan Batiste was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1986. He was first introduced to music through his family's band, the batiste Brothers Band, in which he played the percussions at the age of 8, switching to the piano at age 11. A student of jazz and classical music, Jonathan has been mentored by his musical family and other great musicians and is a poised and talented pianist of his generation. "An extremely rare talent. His feeling, originality, humor, boldness of conception and deep swing are an absolute joy" says pianist Benny Green.
By the age of 16 years old, Jonathan had, and can be seen, performing with some of New Orleans' most outstanding and respected musicians including the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Irvin Mayfield, Nicholas Payton, Alvin Batiste, Cyril Neville, Donald Harrison, Greg Tardy, Maurice Brown, Russell Batiste, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and other great musicians. He has been performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for years and in 2005 headlined his show in the WWOZ Jazz Tent. He can be seen performing around the city at venues such as New Orleans' Snug Harbor, Tipitinas, Funky Butt as well as other venues and festivals worldwide.
His skills range from gifted performer and recording artist to composer and arranger as well. At the age of 17, Jonathan wrote the score for the Arts Council of New Orleans. His score will be played every day and all day as background music at the Louisiana Arts Work Museum in New Orleans.
The year of 2004, Jonathan graduated from St. Augustine High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). NOCCA is a high-level fine arts conservatory that has produced alumni such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard and many more. He studied Jazz at NOCCA in which he received education in ear training, big band, combo playing and private lessons in which he studied with Michael Pellera, a prominent pianist/composer and educator. He also studied with Alvin Batiste, New Orleans clarinetist/composer who is head of the jazz studies department at NOCCA. Jonathan received a letter from the State of Louisiana Governor Office acknowledgement of outstanding NOCCA student. Jonathan was selected to the National Beta Club at St. Augustine High School, which is the academic high school he attended.
Upon graduating from high school he was the talk of many throughout New Orleans and even the country. Many people believe in the talent of this youth. "Full understanding of the harmonic approach to the piano. His solos, almost Monk-like, are inventive and unpredictable" says the great Benny Golson. The next move was New York City.
Jonathan auditioned at The Juilliard School for the 2004-2005 school year and was accepted. He is presently studying Jazz Piano at The Juilliard School of music in New York. Since his arrival to New York he has already began to make his mark on the music scene, from performing regularly around the city with his groups and others to debuting at Carnegie Hall in November of 2005.

Jonathan is already considered to be one of the of the next generation of young lions who will carry on the legacy of New Orleans' composers/piano wizards such as Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, and James Booker to New Orleans and the world over. He is establishing his own unique voice in the epically diverse world that we call music.
Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday Panels

Jo Jones
10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The Man Who Played Like The Wind

Paul Devlin, a literary scholar with a strong basis in jazz, has been working with Albert Murray on a biography of Jo Jones for many years. He will be sharing many of his insights, along with musicians who have found much to study, revere, and love about the music of this percussionist pioneer.
Jo Jones shifted the timekeeping role of the drums from the bass drum to the hi-hat cymbal, greatly influencing all swing and bop drummers.  Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson were just two who learned from his light but forceful playing, as Jones swung the Count Basie Orchestra with just the right accents and sounds. After growing up in Alabama, Jones worked as a drummer and tap-dancer with carnival shows. He joined Walter Page's Blue Devils in Oklahoma City in the late '20s. After a period with Lloyd Hunter's band in Nebraska, Jones moved to Kansas City in 1933, joining Count Basie's band the following year. He went with Basie to New York in 1936 and with Count, Freddie Green and Walter Page he formed one of the great rhythm sections. Max Roach said on many occasions that if a drummer played three beats, he owed two of them to Jones.
Jones was with the Basie band (other than 1944-46 when he was in the military) until 1948 and in later years he participated in many reunions with Basie alumni. He was on some Jazz at the Philharmonic tours and recorded in the 1950s with Illinois Jacquet, Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, Art Tatum and Duke Ellington among others; Jones appeared at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival with both Basie and the Coleman Hawkins-Roy Eldridge Sextet. Jo Jones led sessions for Vanguard (1955 and 1959) and Everest (1959-60), a date for Jazz Odyssey on which he reminisced and played drum solos (1970) and mid-'70s sessions for Pablo and Denon. In later years he was known as "Papa" Jo Jones and thought of as a wise if brutally frank elder statesman. This is a wonderful chance to focus in on one of the greatest jazz innovators and philosophers.

Chicago Power-Poppers Baby Teeth Hit The Road in Support of Hustle Beach

Chicago's favorite power-pop trio, Baby Teeth, are hitting the road with their brand of arena-ready anthems of suburban dystopia and real-world candor. Baby Teeth is comprised of songwriter, keyboardist, and singer Abraham Levitan (Bobby Conn and the Glass Gypsies, Pearly Sweets and the Platonics), who heads a piano-teaching group and composes music for underground theater, bassist Jim Cooper (Detholz!, Bobby Conn and the Glass Gypsies), a film composer and church orchestra director, and drummer Peter Andreadis (All City Affairs), a mastering engineer and live sound man for The Sea and Cake. Celebrated for their chops, songwriting and massively entertaining live shows, Baby Teeth concentrate their musical talents, literate lyrics and strong melodies into hard-hitting, brainy pop. If you'll look below in the tour dates, you'll even see that Baby Teeth will be performing at Shea Stadium, perhaps the show they were born to play?

Also, Baby Teeth are giving out a new mp3 for public consumption! Download the track "Hustle Beach" from the new record here:

You can listen to Baby Teeth's "Big Schools" here:

You can see/download a hi-res jpeg of Baby Teeth by Ben Reed here:

Tour Dates:
Fri.        July 24        Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
Fri.        July 31        Cincinnati, OH @ Cincinnati Fountain Square (Indie Summer Series)
Sat.       Aug. 1         Chicago, IL @ Schuba's w/ Mark Mallman
Sun.      Aug. 2         Pittsburgh, PA @ Your Inner Vagabond
Mon.     Aug. 3         Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
Tue.      Aug. 4         Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Wed.     Aug. 5         Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
Thu.      Aug. 6         Baltimore, MD @ Hexagon Space
Fri.        Aug. 7         New York, NY @ Cake Shop
Sat.       Aug. 8        Arlington, VA @ IOTA Club & Cafe
Fri.        Aug. 21      Indianapolis, IN @ The Vollrath
Sat.       Aug. 22      Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Berwery Co. w/ Total Blam Blams
Fri.        Oct. 2         Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt
Sat.       Oct. 3         Bay City, MI @ Hell's Half Mile Music w/ Oh My God


with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Aug 1 at 8:00 Only At  NJPAC

Experience the phenomenal two-piano arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue that electrified last year’s Grammys, plus other incredible shared and solo works!

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Bernstein: Mambo from West Side Story
Ravel: Mother Goose Suite  – piano-four hands
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue – new arrangement for two pianos
Vaughan Williams: Concerto in C for Two Pianos

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Mountainside Mardi Gras Brings the Spirit of New Orleans To Colorado

From just below sea level to a mile high come the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras, the bead-tossing, costumes, big brass, jazz and funk, all the way from New Orleans to the mountainside of Colorado on Saturday Aug. 8. With a full day of festivities straight from the heart and soul of one of the world’s largest celebrations, Mountainside Mardi Gras is Bourbon Street at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, packed full of New Orleans-based acts like headliner and Grammy Award-winning Dr. John, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, just to name a few.

red-rocksWith Colorado’s favorite venue full of costume-wearing fans, dressed down in the traditional mask, feathers, green and purple, additional artists like George Porter, Jr., Papa Grows Funk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes will be right at home. The epitome of the word festival, Mountainside Mardi Gras is authentic from start to finish, including mini-parades led by the Krewe of OAK and The New Era Brass Band, in which beads and medallions will be tossed as such in New Orleans. DJ Kinetik will be at the top of Red Rocks spinning sets.

“We are truly focused on bringing the sights, sounds, flavor and flair of the New Orleans Mardi Gras to the amphitheatre,” said Trevor Jones, President of For/Sure Productions.

Jones and his partners are Denver-natives, but the idea for the landmark festival came by way of Jones’ experiences as a student at Tulane University, bringing instant credibility to a vision that has traveled 1,300 miles to honor the good fans of the Rocky Mountain Region. At just 23-years-old, Jones wants to bring his passion for New Orleans and its music to his hometown. To give back to the city that taught him of the bayou sound, Jones is donating a portion of the proceeds to the New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing the local music community and supporting public school music programs in Louisiana.

Gates to Red Rocks open at noon and the music starts at 1 p.m., but Mardi Gras will undoubtedly begin well before gates open the morning of the festival with fans dressed in their best costumes, which is highly encouraged by the promoters. Tickets are on sale now through TicketsWest and are going fast! Expect special announcements soon concerning the festival, a day that invites all to partake in a collage of culture stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Colorado Front Range.

For more information about the festival visit, Tickets can be purchased at all King Soopers locations, by phone at 866-464-2626 or online at