National Jazz Museum in Harlem July Schedule

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s July programming covers the gamut, with programs showcasing all generations, from musical harmony to discussion and debate.

Two veterans of jazz grace the interview chair for Harlem Speaks, the museum’s flagship series: the first, Jon Hendricks, continues a highly entertaining and revealing conversation for archival video and audio capture in front of a live audience; the second, drummer Louis Hayes, will be the focus in conversation about his role as a sideman with several of the greatest soloists in jazz as well as his own direction of startlingly fresh ensembles with youthful players following his lead.

The career of the father of jazz, Louis Armstrong, from the revolutionary ‘20s through the resurgent ‘50s is the focus of Jazz for Curious Listeners. The Kataru jazz trio will bring experimental excursions of multi-layered sonorities to the wonderful all-acoustic venue at the Rubin Museum of Art for Harlem in the Himalayas, as will showcases for young musicians deserving greater recognition: Two Young Tenors and Two Young Pianists.

Author Stephanie Crease will discuss her recently published children’s book on Duke Ellington for Jazz for Curious Readers and will also lead a session with youth in Central Park.

Expect insights and the delights of debate at our monthly Saturday panel, as a group of scholars, journalists and musicians discuss the role of the critic in jazz, as help or perhaps as hindrance to the objective of increasing the audience of listeners and consumers of jazz music.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Jazz for Curious Readers
Stephanie Crease
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 Stephanie Crease's book, Duke Ellington; His Life in Jazz.

Stephanie Stein Crease is the author of Gil Evans: Out of the Cool, a winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and Duke Ellington: His Life in Jazz. She is a music journalist who has contributed to the New York Times, Down Beat, JAZZIZ, Pulse, and The Oxford Companion to Jazz.

Her large-format book combines an illustrated biography of Duke Ellington with activities designed to offer insights into Ellington’s era and his music. The main text presents Ellington’s life in a straightforward account, concentrating on his career as a jazz musician, composer, and band leader. Meanwhile, the many sidebars discuss related topics such as turn-of-the-twentieth-century music technology (piano rolls and phonographs) and the U.S. State Department’s “jazz ambassadors” program during the Cold War. Appearing throughout the book, the activities mentioned in the subtitle vary from “Learn to Read Drum Notation” to “Make Corn Bread for a Rent Party” to “Write Lyrics to an Ellington Tune.” The many black-and-white excellent photos show up well on the glossy pages. Appendixes include bibliographies and lists of recommended recordings, films, and Web sites.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Louis Armstrong: Fireworks: The '20s
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong – The ‘20s

Despite his battles with poverty and his struggles as a musician in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong spoke highly of his hometown's diversity and vitality, particularly appreciating the wide variety of music—from ragtime and blues to opera and church music—that permeated the streets. Still, Armstrong began to travel, playing with Fate Marable's riverboat band. During his two-year tenure cruising the Mississippi River Armstrong refined his ability to read music and reproduce songs requested of him.

King Oliver, Armstrong’s mentor in New Orleans, left town at this point a well-known and prolific musician in Chicago, and decided he wanted to add a second cornetist to his Creole Jazz Band. Until Armstrong eventually paved the way for the soloist, jazz music had emphasized the importance of the group as a whole, where each musician must fulfill a particular role.

But when Oliver requested Armstrong to join his band at Lincoln Gardens in 1922, Armstrong did not hesitate. "I felt it was a great break for me," Armstrong wrote in his 1954 autobiography Satchmo, "even to sit beside a man like Joe Oliver with all his prestige."

Indeed, Oliver provided Armstrong with a sterling mentorship and through his work with the Creole Jazz Band, Armstrong further honed his sense of harmony, developed his ear, and made his first recordings with the band at the Gennett Studios in Richmond, Indiana. However, Armstrong, an innovative musical genius, quickly exhibited his superiority over the other band members.

By now, the Creole Jazz Band's pianist Lil Hardin had become Armstrong's second wife, and she pressured Armstrong to leave the band and join Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. Although he had to accept a pay cut to join Henderson, Armstrong seized the opportunity to play with such a well-known band.

During his period with Henderson's Orchestra, Armstrong's name became synonymous with the finest new 'hot' music of the day. His innovative use of syncopation, particularly in songs like "Shanghai Shuffle," had never been heard before. He also recorded with many blues singers, including Clara Smith and Trixie Smith, and his recording of "St. Louis Blues" with Bessie Smith had become a huge success.

In 1925, Armstrong returned to Chicago, switched from the cornet to the trumpet, and recorded the first album as leader of his own band, the Hot Five. The recordings Armstrong made with the Hot Five and its successor, the Hot Seven, at Okeh Records were—and still remain—some of the most influential jazz recordings in history. With Armstrong's masterful technique, pieces like "Cornet Chop Suey," "Potato Head Blues," and "West End Blues" helped give rise to the solo as the centerpiece in jazz music.

The original Hot Five included Johnny Dodds on clarinet, Kid Ory on trombone, Johnny St. Cyr on banjo, Lil Hardin on piano, and of course Armstrong on cornet. Eventually Lil was replaced with Earl "Fatha" Hines on piano and—with the addition of Pete Briggs on tuba and Baby Dodds on drums—the Hot Seven emerged. Neither the Hot Five nor the Hot Seven played live, but they recorded their extraordinary music for three years.

Not only did the Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings significantly influence all jazz instrumental music that would succeed them, but vocal music was also affected. In the 1926 recording of “Heebie Jeebies,” Armstrong sang but he did not use any words, a style popular in the New Orleans of his youth. Using vowels and consonants, Armstrong popularized a vocal style that became known as scat singing.

Meanwhile, Armstrong's source of income came from performances with his wife's band at the Dreamland Café and with the Carroll Dickerson Orchestra at the Sunset Café. While at the Sunset Café, he met his future manager Joe Glaser, an ex-convict who had ties to the Al Capone mob.

Armstrong moved to New York in 1929, and as hired to play in the orchestra of the Broadway musical Hot Chocolates, the creation of Fats Waller and Andy Razaf. The musical was well-received, and Armstrong's active participation in the theatrical arts had begun.

By the late 1920's, phonograph records started to replace sheet music, and many audiences worldwide could hear the music of Louis Armstrong. His 1929 recording of "Ain't Misbehavin" became his top selling record to date.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Harlem Speaks
Jon Hendricks, Vocalist (Part 2)
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

In the first of our two-part exploration into the life and art of legendary vocalist and vocalese master Jon Hendricks, he discussed aspects of his early life in Toledo, Ohio, where he sang for change, rehearsed with Art Tatum, and watched Fats Waller steal a swig of alcohol as Hendricks’ father, a Christian minister, looked away. Hendricks also recalled memories of the personality and musical genius of Charlie Parker and Theolonious Monk; about the latter, Hendricks shared intimate and hilarious details of his collaboration as Monk’s lyricist. The early days of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross was also a topic of inquiry and conversation.
Part 2 promises to go even deeper into the mind and heart of long-time NEA Master Jon Hendricks, so come early and ready for swingin’ conversation!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Harlem in the Himalayas
Jazz Festival: Two Young Tenors
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!
There have always been a tremendous amount of wonderful jazz players who arrive in New York to attain the seasoning needed to distinguish themselves in the leading rank of musicians. Meet two of them this evening that are ready for major careers:
Tom Gardner and our surprise special guest have equally original and contrasting styles on the tenor sax. Check out this musical debate that will be one of the memorable jazz evenings of this summer.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Special Event
110 on 110: A Clearing in the Forest
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Children's Glade
(inside Central Park from West 103rd St. to West 106th St.)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

With author Stephanie Crease

If you have children for whom you’d like to spark or nurture an interest in jazz, we invite you to bring them to an event based on Stephanie Crease’s book Duke Ellington: A Life in Music with 21 Activities. There will be activities for all children to participate in. This will be a memorable afternoon for kids and parents for sure. They’ll all leave with the following equation: JAZZ=FUN!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Louis Armstrong: Swing That Music: The '30s
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong – The ‘30s

Between 1930 and 1934, Armstrong separated from Lil Hardin, hired Johnny Collins as his manager, and moved back and forth between Los Angeles, Chicago, and Paris. Around this time, many nightclubs were connected to the mob, and it was difficult for Armstrong to avoid interactions with gangsters. When Armstrong refused to return to Connie's Inn, thugs followed Armstrong and his musicians around the streets of New York, and Armstrong was forced to extend tours across the country and in England.

Armstrong briefly led the Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra in California, then toured throughout the United States and Europe. Eventually, Armstrong's nickname Satchmo (short for satchel mouth) became known around the world.

When Armstrong returned to the United States in 1935, he hired the Joe Glaser to be his manager and the Luis Russell Orchestra to be his backup band. Consisting of mainly New Orleans musicians, the Orchestra provided a very comfortable setting for Armstrong, and together they became known as Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra. In 1936, Armstrong recorded "Swing That Music," a song that was famous for the trumpeter's ability to hit forty-two high C's followed by a high E-flat. Later that year, Armstrong's autobiography Swing That Music was published.

In 1937, Armstrong hosted the Fleischmann's Yeast Show, a national network radio program, and a year later, he divorced Lil Hardin and married Alpha Smith shortly thereafter. His marriage to Alpha lasted three years, and in 1942 Armstrong married for the fourth time—his time to Lucille Wilson, who would remain his wife for the rest of his life.

Thursday, July 17, 2009

Harlem in the Himalayas
Jazz Festival: Kataru
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!

Kaoru Watanabe
Tatsuya Nakatani
Adam Rudolph
KATARU, meaning “to speak” in Japanese, is a trio made up of Kaoru Watanabe on Japanese and Western flutes and taiko drums, Adam Rudolph on Handrumset and percussion and Tatsuya Nakatani on modified drumset , bowed gongs and percussion - three musicians of disparate musical backgrounds who, by seamlessly integrating abstracted Japanese Noh, Gagaku, festival and folk music components with traditional global percussion, free jazz and noise elements create ever shifting emotional soundscapes.  The spontaneity, delicacy and visceral intensity of the trio seeks to reflect, in a contemporary aesthetic, an ancient prototypical human expression.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Louis Armstrong: Gone Fishin': The '40s
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong – The ‘40s  -- By the 1940's, swing bands were losing their popularity and Armstrong was growing tired of leading a large group. In 1947, promoter Ernie Anderson introduced Armstrong to a small band, featuring Jack Teagarden on trombone, Earl 'Fatha' Hines on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Velma Middleton on vocals. These musicians—with various changes including the addition of Barney Bigard on clarinet, 'Big' Sid Catlett on drums, and Trummy Young on trombone—formed the Louis Armstrong All Stars, which became one of the most well-known jazz outfits in history.

Armstrong's All Stars performed relentlessly all over the world in clubs, festivals, and concert halls. No matter where they performed, they were followed by admiring audiences. Armstrong made appearances at the Nice Jazz Festival, the first international jazz festival, and in Africa, where he was greeted and hailed by thousands.

An international celebrity, Armstrong's music and face began appearing everywhere. He was pictured on the cover of Time magazine on February 21, 1949. He made appearances in the musical High Society and on television shows such as Johnny Carson's Tonight Show and the Ed Sullivan Show. He collaborated with the Oscar Peterson Trio and with singers Bing Crosby, Louis Jordan, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Harlem in the Himalayas
Jazz Festival: Two Young Pianists
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!

There have always been a tremendous amount of wonderful jazz players who arrive in New York to attain the seasoning needed to distinguish themselves in the leading rank of musicians. Meet two of them this evening that are ready for major careers:

Kris Bowers and Brandon McCune pair off on a beautiful Yahama concert grand. Come watch the sparks fly.

Satruday, July 25, 2009

Saturday Panels
The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword
10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Jazz Journalists in Conversation with Musicians/Writers

Moderator: Greg Thomas
Panelists to include: Gary Giddins, Steve Coleman

At the 2009 Jazz Journalists Association Award ceremony many musicians thanked the writers and critics present for connecting their work for and to a larger public. While the music and the musicians who play it are the best exemplars of the art form in action, jazz journalists play a key role in the mass and niche media by way of bridging the art and artists with consumers and listeners.

But in light of the downfall of Jazz Times, the cancellation of the major New York jazz festival, and, several years ago, the dissolution of the International Association of Jazz Educators, the state of jazz as a viable institutional force has been called into question.

However, jazz musicians and jazz journalists have confronted, decade after decade, the notion that jazz is on a death knell, while the number of students studying jazz in college continues to rise. Do journalists and musicians see eye-to-eye on a vision of a jazz future? What role does race and cultural background play into the often contentious discourse between and among musicians and journalists and critics?

These questions are just two of the many topics to be pursued in this Saturday panel. The present state of jazz journalism and the music will of course be discussed also.

To place the discussion in a historical context, scholar John Gennari, author of Blowing Hot and Cold: Jazz and its Critics, will provide a narrative of the key issues and questions that have arisen in jazz criticism.

Jazz Journalists Association president Howard Mandel, author of Miles Ornette Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz, is another panel guest.

Gary Giddins, considered by many the premier jazz critic in the nation, will also participate.

Steve Coleman, alto saxophnist, composer and band leader, is critical of aspects of jazz criticism and will bring his unique perspective to the discussion.

Several other jazz journalists and musicians of note are expected to confirm shortly. (Visit our website for updates.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Louis Armstrong: La Vie En Rose: The '50s
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong – The 50s and beyond

The 50’s saw many Armstrong create many of his greatest masterpieces, from the recordings with Ella Fitzgerald to the W.C. Handy and Fats Waller tributes, to the films including High Society, and the musical autobiography done for Decca Records, where he revisited many of his earlier classics, creating updates that were anything but inferior to the originals. As for social issues, contrary to what his critics believed, Armstrong was deeply incensed by racial discrimination and often voiced his disapproval. Even though his popularity had spread across the world, Armstrong was not excluded from the racism and prejudices that were pervasive during his career. He felt alienated even in his hometown New Orleans, where he refused to visit because the Jim Crow laws were still being exercised after they were ruled illegal. "I don't care if I ever see that city again," Armstrong said. "They treat me better all over the world than they do in my hometown. Ain't that stupid? Jazz was born there and I remember when it wasn't no crime for cats of any color to get together and blow."

Not only was Armstrong the first prominent African-American celebrity of international acclaim, but he was the first jazz musician to tour Africa extensively and one of the first musicians to play for integrated audiences. In 1957, Armstrong cancelled his tour in Russia to speak out against President Eisenhower and the way desegregation was handled in a school in Little Rock, Arkansas. He then congratulated the President when the policy was reversed.  

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Harlem Speaks
Louis Hayes, Drummer
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

For more than forty years, drummer Louis Hayes has been a catalyst for energetic, unrelenting swing in his self led bands, as well as in those whose respective leaders reads like an encyclopedia of straight ahead post-bop modern jazz. Hayes, himself an authentic architect of post-bop swing, began his professional activities in 1955 at the tender age of 18. He started with tenor saxophonist, flautist and oboist Yusef Lateef, who like Hayes is a Detroit native. After the stint with Lateef, Hayes went on to propel groups led by pianist Horace Silver, legendary saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and pianist Oscar Peterson. These positions were augmented by countless recordings on the Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside and other labels with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Wes Montgomery, Cedar Walton, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, and a plethora of others.

For the last twenty-plus years, Louis has led or co-led some of the most uncompromisingly swinging groups in all of jazz. Each unit has displayed tight-knit harmonic cohesion and hard-driving consistency as part of its signature.

With so much activity in his past, Louis could easily rest comfortably on his laurels. But being a forward thinker and doer, Hayes operates “in the present.” His recent groups contain some of the cream of the young jazz crop. Saxophonist Javon Jackson and Abraham Burton, young trumpeter Riley Mullins and other stellar players are among current members of the Louis Hayes Quintet. Louis Hayes possesses an embarrassment of riches. His story, still being told, contains a glorious past, a vibrant present and an ever promising future, all of which he'll discuss at this, the closing event of the month of July for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Devil Makes Three leader Pete Bernhard steps out solo

Pete will be playing solo dates this summer and will be doing substantial touring around the release of the record. Pete will also be touting with The Devil Makes Three on their dates in October and November.

pete-bernhardMore about Pete Bernhard:
On his second solo album, Straight Line (his first solo commercial release),  Pete lays down a set of his more driving numbers.  He focuses on songs that he felt needed drums and weren’t suited for the all-acoustic old-country/blues/punk outfit The Devil Makes Three. His solo set has a  no-holds-barred feel about it and lyrical fearlessness that one only finds in the truly liberated – feeling no pressure of fitting into a mold. There’s folk, funky New Orleans soul, blues, rock and other genres craft fully melded into a seamless and natural combination that is, like The Devil Makes Three, extremely difficult to place into a single genre.  This may be the biggest similarity to Pete’s primary band – the music crosses many boundaries.  You feel it, you relate to it, it’s like an old friend you’ve never met before.  You have no idea what it is or what to call it.

Pete’s lyrics are thoughtful and inquisitive, often with painted with his well-known sarcasm and irony. He questions the status quo frequently, most notably on his song “Orphan”.  Would you rather be an orphan or a slave? Some might go through their entire lives obliviously, never asking or answering a question like this but Pete has no interest in shirking life’s tougher dilemmas.  “I got to thinking how everyone has some idea about how you should be and what you should and shouldn’t say.  Trying to pay attention to all that can be demanding.  It’s about how people are never satisfied,” he explained. “Pray For Rain” shines a spotlight on the mindless, sheep-like mentality of those who worship at the altar of consumerism.  Straight Line is almost exclusively original compositions, with one cover, “Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold” from the great Townes Van Zandt. He reinvents the folk classic with wailing B3 organ and arrangements that bring to mind the best of The Band.

Pete hails from a small, liberal community in Vermont with a family rife with musicians. His father played guitar and wrote songs, his brother attended Berklee School of Music and plays guitar and an aunt who was a folk musician. Immersed in music, he was drawn to older, traditional  blues from a young age, and also studied the style and aesthetics of music traditions like New Orleans R&B and country while simultaneously getting caught up in punk rock. He headed west as a young man, first to Nashville, then on to Washington State, where he formed a band with a childhood friend and hit the road. When they broke down one day in Santa Cruz, California, they stayed with a fellow Vermonter who was in school – The Devil Makes Three was born.

pete-bernhardThe Devil Makes Three has developed an audience that encompasses just about every kind of music fan from punk rockers to Deadheads, bluegrass barflies and rockabilly fanatics to indie rock kids. “We’re not really a genre-specified band,” he concludes, “I’ve  actually had people come up to me and say, ‘I don’t listen to anything but  hip-hop, but I love The Devil Makes Three. I think we’ve always tried to  keep our songwriting honest and natural, I guess that ends up making it difficult to really define our band. That always keeps things really exciting.”

With a successful band and limited free time, one  might wonder when Pete Bernhard has time to work on his solo music, but that question is easily answered, he told Santa Cruz’s Good Times. “Before, we  were all working jobs and playing in the band and that took all my time. Now we don’t work, so going solo keeps me busy. When The Devil Makes Three goes off the road for a month or two, it gives me time to try something new with my solo songs. I have no interest in stopping.” He will continue to  both question and reveal the truth through his songwriting, on his record and on the road.

The Bad Plus & Marco Benevento Trio @ Boulder Theater

bad-plusArguably one of the biggest breakout stories of jazz in the past decade, The Bad Plus (Reid Anderson - bass; Ethan Iverson- piano; & David King - Drums) have connected with the jazz world and beyond with These are the Vistas (2003), Give (2004), Suspicious Activity? (2005), and Prog (2007).

Performing both original compositions and a variety of covers, The Bad Plus brings a winningly disparate body of influences to the stage. This is not a jazz trio for whom being "rock-influenced” means simply playing loud or referencing Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, and The Pixies, etc. With deep experience writing and performing across several genres, these guys are shrewd, hearty improvisers with the ability to build, contort, distort, destroy, rebuild and reinvent without losing grasp of “the song.”

Marco Benevento returns with Me Not Me, a new studio album featuring interpretations of songs by artists including My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof among others. The ten-track collection arrives within a year from release of Benevento’s critically acclaimed debut studio effort, Invisible Baby. Like its predecessor, Benevento is joined on the sessions by bassist Reed Mathis and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr.

Marco-beneventoMarco Benevento initially garnered national attention playing Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer in The Benevento-Russo Duo, but he shifts the focus to acoustic piano with his own trio. Throughout Me Not Me, he proves himself one of the most compelling sonic innovators of his generation, re-imagining the instrument by running it through pickups, delay and distortion pedals and a Fender Super Reverb Amp.

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone. Tickets are also available through our website @  Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

Eddie Kowalczyk in Handelsbeurs Ghent

One summer evening in 2009, another wonderful musical experience: Eddie Kowalczyk (lead singer of Live) at Handelsbeurs – Ghent (Belgium).


To our surprise it was a seated concert, but once the concert started, we knew why. It accentuated the nice, intimate atmosphere created by the music. The Handelsbeurs, situated in the city centre, is an ideal location for that kind of concerts as well. It is more than just a music hall. It is a monument with a large history. In the 16th century, even young Mozart performed here!


Eddie, or should we call him M. Kowalczyk, played songs such as I Alone, Selling The Drama, Lightning Crashes (dedicated to Michael Jackson), The Dolphins Cry, Heaven, Zion (a brand new song), Blowin In The Wind (Bob Dylan), They Stood Up For Love, and many more. If you ever have a chance to go and see him, don’t doubt! You find his tour dates on


Support group that night was She No Go, a local duo (Does and Bart) you might know from the band Thou. For this concert they only used a Spanish guitar, a Casio keyboard and their beautiful voices.

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

Here's what we've got coming up at Boulder Theater as of June 29.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted.
Wed, July 1                  Boulder Weekly Films, Radio 1190 & Twisted Pine present
8:00pm                       Beat the Heat Film Series
                                   "CADDY SHACK"
                                    GA / All Ages Balcony / $5.00

Thur, July 2                 IGNITE BOULDER 5
6:00pm                       Tickets available through

Fri, July 3                          Boulder Weekly Films, Radio 1190 & Twisted Pine present
8:00pm                       Beat the Heat Film Series
                                   "DARK SIDE OF THE RAINBOW"
                                    GA / All Ages Balcony / $5.00

Sun, July 5                  97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
8:00pm                       THE SAMPLES
                                    w/ Rob Drabkin
                                    GA / 21+ / $24.00
Wed, July 8                  97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                       TOWER OF POWER
                                    w/ Juno What?!
                                    GA / 21+ / $36.50
Thur, July 9                 KGNU & Colorado Daily present
8:30pm                       THE MOTET
                                    w/ Albino
                                    GA / 21+ / $16.00

Fri, July 10                 THE SELDOM SCENE
8:30pm                       w/ The Blue Canyon Boys
                                    Reserved=$26.50, GA=$20.00 / 21+

Sat, July 11                 Bent Lens Cinema & Friends present
7:30pm                       "OUTRAGE"
                                    GA / All Ages / $12.00

Sun, July 12                 KGNU presents
7:00pm                       E-TOWN
                                    w/ John Gorka & Hot Buttered Rum
                                    GA / All Ages / $18.75

Wed, July 15                 Boulder Weekly Films, Radio 1190 & Twisted Pine present
8:00pm                       Beat the Heat Film Series
                                   "THE GOONIES"
                                    GA / All Ages Balcony / $5.00

Thur, July 16                97.3 KBCO & present
9:00pm                       OLD 97's
                                    w/ solo performance by Rhett Miller & Murry Hammond
                                    GA / 18+ /  $24.00
Thurs, July 23               97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                       E-TOWN
                                    w/ Del McCoury Band & Eddie Kowalezyk of LIVE
                                    GA / All Ages / $18.75

Fri, July 24                 BAND DU JOUR
9:00pm                       w/ guests
                                    GA / 21+ / $15.00  

Sat, July 25                Boulder Journey School presents
10:30am                     PLAY-GROUND THEATRE IN THE GREEN SCENE
                                   GA / All Ages / $15.00
Sat, July 25                 Boulder Weekly & KGNU present
9:00pm                         MIDNITE
                                    w/ Mr. Anonymous
                                    GA / 21+ / $22.50

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
                                    Late Night
                                    GA / Advance=$37.00, DOS=$40.00 / 18+
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

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

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+
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 & KRISTEN SCHAAL
                                     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+

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 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.

Mark Karan's Walk Through Fire

Because live music’s what it’s all about…Jemimah Puddleduck will celebrate the release of Mark Karan’s Walk Through the Fire by playing on David Gans’ “Dead to the World” show on KPFA on July 1st, 2009, from 8 pm to about 9:30 pm.

karanYou can hear the show live on and;  it will also be on

Walk Through the Fire will be released June 30th on Quacktone Records and Dig Music and will be available at stores, ITunes, Rhapsody, Napster, Amazon and so forth, and at Jemimah Puddleduck and RatDog shows.

The album features an outstanding cast of musicians, including Delaney Bramlett (in his first posthumous release), The Persuasions, Bill Payne (Little Feat), The Rowan Brothers, Mike Finnigan (CSN, Hendrix), Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Rod Stewart), Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, David Lindley), Jimmy Sanchez (Roy Rogers), and more. It also introduces "Jemimah Puddleduck" (JP), Mark's collaboration over the last decade with John Molo (Phil Lesh & Friends) on drums, JT Thomas (Bruce Hornsby) on keys, and Bob Gross (Albert King, Delaney Bramlett) on bass.

Dead to the World is heard regularly on Wednesdays 8-10pm on listener-sponsored KPFA 94.1 fm in Berkeley, California - hosted by musician/journalist David Gans, who will soon be celebrating his 25th anniversary in broadcasting.  More information at

The Antlers Add US Tour Dates

Sometimes you have to put yourself first, no matter how difficult that notion seems; no matter how much time and effort you’ve already put into this one person—the person who’s reduced your very being to its absolute core. Just ask Peter Silberman, the string-pulling founder of The Antlers, a solo project that suddenly went widescreen on the self-released Hospice LP (now receiving a proper widespread pressing through Frenchkiss). The first Antlers effort to feature two key permanent players—powerhouse drummer Michael Lerner and the layer-lathering multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci—it’s an album with a sound that’s actually as ambitious as its concept.

antlersHospice came from the idea of caring for a terminal patient who’s mentally abusive to you,” says Silberman. “You don’t have the right to argue with them, either, because they’re the one who’s dying here; they’re the one that’s been dealt a wrong hand. So you take it, but you can only take so much. Eventually, you realize that this person is just destroying you.”

Appropriately enough, Hospice’s 10 distinct chapters resonate on debilitating sonic and lyrical levels, from the hypnotic harp and tension-ratcheting build of “Two” to the sing-or-sink choruses of “Bear” and the speaker-rattling peaks of “Sylvia,” easily one of the year’s most immediate epics. It’s here, amidst contrasting shards of ambient noise, sweeping strings and smoky horns, where The Antlers truly transcend Silberman’s singer-songwriter beginnings—a striking escalation of expectations first hinted at on 2008’s New York Hospitals EP. The progression doesn’t end there, either. In a move that could be taken as the riff-raking extension of his thorough guitar training (from the age of 6 ‘til right before college), “Atrophy” and “Wake” delve into sheets of distortion, subtle shades of soul, cicada-like effects and enough movements to fill an entire EP.

“We were going for something that’d be dense but not too complicated,” explains Silberman. “I hate the word ‘lush,’ but I guess that’s the best way of describing it. The structures are like pop songs—verse/chorus, verse/chorus—but the sound is a little more shoegaze-y or post-rocky.”

It’s about to get even more complicated, too, as The Antlers’ Technicolor-tinged trio take all of Hospice’s songs—and three previous releases—in a completely different direction, jettisoning a note-for-note rendition of the record for “a massive sound” doused in delay, reverb and unrehearsed chaos. And to think Cicci was a stage actor with a desire to drop it all for music just a few years ago.

Hospice was the clear indication that this isn’t a singer-songwriter thing at all,” says Silberman. “Whatever we record next is going to define the three of us as a ‘band.’

He continues, “I always figured I’d be the ‘shredder’ in a group… But things somehow ended up this way.”

We wouldn’t have it any other way, either.

US Summer Tour Dates

July 15 - My Old Kentucky Blog Presents at The Vollrath - Indianapolis, IN
July 16 - The Mill - Iowa City, IA
July 17 - Madfork at The Terrace - Madison, WI
July 18 - Pitchfork Festival - Chicago, IL
July 21 - Magic Stick W/ Frightened Rabbit - Detroit, MI
July 22 - Horseshow Tavern W/ Frightened Rabbit - Toronto
July 23 - Petit Campus W/ Frightened Rabbit - Montreal
July 24 - Jerky's W/ Frightened Rabbit - Providence, RI
July 25 - Iron Horse W/ Frightened Rabbit - Northampton, MA
August 21 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY (Record Release show)

FONT presents New Trumpet Underground 2009

29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.
Contact: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services, 845-986-1677,

FONT presents
New Trumpet Underground 2009
Cornelia Street Café
June 26-28
$10 per set or $15 per night

Fri  Jun 26
(Greg Bobulinski G-Men; Josh Berman's Old Idea; Leron Thomas Group)
Greg Bobulinski G-Men
Greg Bobulinski, trumpet & flugelhorn; Daniel A. Weiss, organ; Tom Kirchmer, bass; Ed Balsamo, drums

Donald P. Borchert dedicates his newest nonfiction book, Free For All (Virgin Books): “To Greg Bobulinski, jazz trumpet extraordinaire, who reminds us that life is not merely endless commerce.”

Greg Bobulinski’s professional career began at age 13 and has been going strong for nearly five decades. He has worked with many of the greatest names in jazz history from Clark Terry to Red Garland to Big Nick Nicholas; from the JVC/Newport Jazz Festival to the Louis Armstrong House to Saint Peter’s Church; from solo trumpet to full orchestra, throughout the world. Greg has been composing original music for over 40 years and has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and American Music Center fellowships.

Greg Bobulinski is very proud to take part in the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music. Directly applying his long and fruitful experience, JAZZ EXPANSIONIST – GREG BOBULINSKI is a trumpet explorer bringing improvised/expressive trumpet soloing and composition into many diversified arenas of music: classical, Latin, opera, a cappella choir, Native American, religious services, cyclical pieces, poetry, etc. This evening, he will be joined by his longtime friends, colleagues, and performers for the past 25 years: Daniel A. Weiss, Tom Kirchmer, and Ed Balsamo. The evening also marks the release of Greg’s newest CD – Greg Bobulinski G-Men on the Squire Music Media International label.

Fri 10:00PM
Josh Berman's Old Idea
Josh Berman, cornet; Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Anton Hatwich, bass; Frank Rosaly, drums

Josh Berman is a cornetist, composer, and music presenter living in Chicago. For almost 10 years, Josh has been a pivotal member of Chicago's vital improvised music community. He has been featured on recordings with the Chicago-Luzern Exchange alongside tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson, with Jackson’s big and small bands Project Project and Fast Citizens, with Jason Adasiewicz’s quintet Rolldown, and Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra. His band, Old Idea, has just released a self-titled CD/LP on Delmark Records. Old Idea continues Berman's long musical association with Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz, Anton Hatwich, and Frank Rosaly.

Fri 11:00PM
Leron Thomas Group
Leon Thomas, trumpet & vocals; Mike Moreno, guitar; Mike Severson, guitar; TBA, drums; TBA, bass

Leron Thomas (originally from Houston, Texas) graduated from NYC’s New School in 2003, known for his identifiable personal sound on the trumpet and his cleverly-written jazz compositions. Leron has played with Billy Harper, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Lauren Hill, Mos Def, and Bilal, amongst many others. He has performed his material with bands throughout Manhattan, staying focused on developing as a jazz composer and trumpet player but grew tired of the politics and lack of quality music within the New York jazz scene. With a love of music of all genres, alongside the scene’s general lack of support, Leron found ways to liberate himself through a natural, fluid progression into writing and performing what would be known as his ‘other’ music. This genre-less music incorporated jazz, rock, pop, country, electro-pop, and blues. Leron wrote these compositions and played his individual personal tone through his trumpet, while his unique vocals emphasized the diverse sound. His crossover talents were recognized by many, including the New York Times, gaining a favorable review and consistent support. Leron continues to stay true to his art and the objective of bringing real music to the people, with the recent independently-released Improvsensation.

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night

Saturday, June 27

(Nadje Noordhuis Quartet; Jordan McLean Trio; Search)
Nadje Noordhuis Quartet (*FONT commission*)
Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet & flugelhorn; Mike Holober, piano; Matt Wigton, bass; Rohin Khemani, drums & tabla

Australian trumpet/flugelhorn player Nadje Noordhuis is becoming known for her lyrical invention and warm, rich tone. A semi-finalist in the prestigious 2007 Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition, she has assembled a number of diverse ensembles that perform in intimate jazz clubs, formal concert series, as well as for private events at the Australian Consulate and United Nations. Nadje has been awarded a 2009 FONT Commission to write new music specifically for the trumpet. This work will be premiered by her trumpet, piano, bass, and percussion quartet and will emphasize the classical and jazz traditions of irresistible beauty, fluid melodic lines, and group interplay. Based in New York for the past six years, Nadje is a regular member of many young-composer big bands as well as the acclaimed Diva Jazz Orchestra. She has performed at numerous jazz festivals in Germany, France, Croatia, Australia, Asia, USA, and Canada; at venues including Blue Note New York, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and Birdland; and has shared the stage with celebrated artists including Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, and Carmen Bradford. An eclectic composer, Nadje has written and performed music for short films as well as exploratory new music duos with glass percussion instruments. She holds a Masters degree in jazz trumpet from Manhattan School of Music.

Sat 10:00PM
Jordan McLean's Piano Music & Song Trio
Jordan McLean, trumpet & flugelhorn; Derin Oge, piano; Anneke Schaul-Yoder, cello

The music of Federico Mompou sets the artistic direction of this play-any-where chamber group. Music of Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, the 12th-15th centuries, Siberian and Turkish folk songs, and Mr. McLean's original work round out the groups' repertoire.

Performances include concerts at John Zorn's Stone, The Anthroposophical Society of New York, Renaissant Arts' SoHo Salon, and private homes, cafés, and clubs around the greater NY Metropolitan Area. Internationally-recognized trumpeter, composer, and orchestrator Jordan Mclean is joined by fellow SUNY Purchase alum Anneke Schaul-Yoder and Derin Oge on a busy performance schedule as they prepare to record the group's second album later this year.

Sat 11:00PM
Search: RJ Avallone, trumpet & wooden flutes; Matt Maley, saxophones & clarinet; David Moss, bass; TBA, drums

As recently described by All About Jazz, “Search’s sound and vibe conveys and signals an air of maturity that's rather uncanny for such a young band. The artists project a distinct sound into these largely, memorable and astutely engineered compositions, teeming with gobs of depth and snaking movements.” Their original compositions, based on motifs, characters, and organic thought, create new worlds of color, depth, tangibility, and exhilaration. The music becomes a theater of sound, taking audiences on a trip of the imagination across time and space, where anything is not only possible, but likely.

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night

Sun  Jun 28
Clarino: Thomas Heberer, quarter-tone trumpet; Joachim Badenhorst, clarinets

Clarino is the duet of quarter-tone trumpeter Thomas Heberer and clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst. The duet's name refers to the close association of the two instruments. The clarinet (literally translated: "little clarino") took on the high trumpet (a.k.a. clarino) parts in baroque music after the art of the clarino died out in the 19th century. Additionally, the rediscovered clarino techniques influence the trumpet embouchure advocated by Thomas. Check out his essay on trumpet mechanics on his website

Sharing the same musical vision, Thomas and Joachim have absorbed the traditions of jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music resulting in personal instrumental styles that incorporate both traditional and extended techniques like circular breathing, micro-tonality, and multiphonics.

Thomas Heberer, born 1965 in Germany, living in NYC since 2008, winner of numerous awards, has been at the forefront of creative improvised music for the last 20 years. Having worked with nearly everybody in the field, he is probably best known for his work with Misha Mengelberg's ICP, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and bassist Dieter Manderscheid.

Joachim Badenhorst, born 1981 in Belgium, divides his time between New York and Belgium. He is active in numerous projects as a co-leader: Mogil (Iceland), Red Rocket (Ireland), Rawfishboys (France), Ploug/Pettersen/Badenhorst (Denmark), and Ryan Blotnick Group (New York). Joachim is a member of the Han Bennink trio.

Russ Johnson Quartet
Russ Johnson, trumpet; Jacob Sacks, keyboard; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

Brooklyn-based trumpeter Russ Johnson is an active performer in the jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music scenes throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to leading his own groups, and co-leading The Other Quartet and New Math, Russ is currently touring as a member of Lee Konitz's New Nonet and the Steve Swallow/Ohad Talmor "L'Histoire du Clochard" sextet. In addition, Russ has performed with a long list of musical heavyweights including Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Joe Maneri, Oliver Lake, Myra Melford, Anthony Davis, Brian Blade, Tony Malaby, Jenny Scheinman, and Mat Maneri.

For the FONT 2009, Russ is premiering a new set of music featuring three of New York's most creative musicians: Jacob Sacks on keyboard, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night

Les Paul Return Monday, July 6th At The Iridium Jazz Club

les paulLes Paul's regular Monday night appearances at The Iridium Jazz Club since April 1995 attract devoted fans from all over the world.  World-class musicians like Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Tony Bennett, Steve Miller, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck, Slash and countless others come to pay homage. By far, this is the music industry's most important regular music gig in NYC.

Les Paul is a living legend and an icon of the music world. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received multiple Grammy Awards, pioneered the modern electric guitar and invented numerous recording techniques. Les has influenced countless musicians and guitarists and is hailed as "The Father Of The Electric Guitar".

1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121


After a brief layoff the 94 year old guitar pioneer return’s on Monday, July 6th 

Upcoming Ridgefield Playhouse Shows

Tonight at The Ridgefield Playhouse...Madeleine Peyroux -- Tonight, Tuesday, June 23rd at 8:00 p.m.

Madeleine-PeyrouxThe smokey vocals of Madeleine Peyroux are coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse with her earthy new album called Bare Bones.  Peyroux has achieved critical success with her signature "postmodernist coolness" (LA Times).  The New York Times has praised Peyroux as having "a Mona Lisa voice and a personality to can read whatever emotions you want in her sly, enigmatic interpretations."

Working with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Peyroux will donate $1 from each ticket sold to a local charity through the NCADV.  This is not the first time Peyroux has raised money while out on tour, having done similar fundraisers on her past 5 North American tours.

Tickets available at or by calling 203.438.5795

and later this week...Gary Burton Quartet Revisited with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Antonio Sanchez  -- Thursday, June 25th at 8:00 p.m.

In the early 70’s, 19-year old guitarist Pat Metheny began his career by taking over the guitar chair in Gary Burton group for three years, the start of a 35- year long musical friendship between the vibist and guitarist. Great partnerships only come along now and then in the jazz world and for QUARTET LIVE, several overlapping combinations of legendary musicians got together to celebrate the ground-breaking Gary Burton Quartet.  Four legendary musicians, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow and Antonio Sanchez, improvisers and composers all, each at the top of his game, bringing modern jazz history to life on QUARTET LIVE.  The Gary Burton Quartet Revisited!

Tickets available at or by calling 203.438.5795

Also coming up….

Branford Marsalis September 25th, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall November 2nd and Chick Corea April 9th! Tickets are on sale now.