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Mike Berkowitz & the Gene Krupa Band at Iridium for Gene's 100th Birthday

Gene Krupa- for the Grateful Web

Star drummer Gene Krupa and his Orchestra were the hottest of the hot stuff in the big band years. Fortunately Mike Berkowitz, an incredible drummer of today rescued the brilliant Krupa arrangements and put together a phenomenal aggregation of some of our New York Jazz world's swingingest musicians and Vocalist extraordinaire, Cassie Miller from L.A. Not just for nostalgia buffs and music historians, any real jazz lover has to be thrilled by the sounds made by this amazing 16-piece group.  Scott Barbarino has booked them into the Iridium, the premiere Jazz room (on West 51 Street and Broadway) on Tuesday, January 13, which coincides with what would have been Gene Krupa's 100th birthday.  The sets are at 8 pm and 10 pm.  This is a rare opportunity to recapture big band music at its most exciting.

Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway @ 51st Street
212-582-2121 for reservations
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com

12/29 & 12/30/97 on LivePhish Radio this Monday & Tuesday

An early New Year's treat from LivePhish.com: starting at 2PM EST on Monday 12/29 and Tuesday 12/30, LivePhish.com will broadcast both 12/29/97 and 12/30/97, respectively, in their entirety on Live Phish Radio.

Marco Granados Winner Best Latin Jazz Flautist of 2008

Marco Granados- for the Grateful Web

Marco Granados and Un Mundo Ensemble perform music from their homeland, Venezuela. Venezuelan music is characterized by fast melodies, complex syncopated rhythms, and jazzy harmonies that blend the traditions of African, European and native cultures with sense of sophistication that is truly unique. A lot of Un Mundo's arrangements are virtuosic, giving the performers the opportunity to display mastery of their instruments. The different styles performed by the ensemble represent the typical forms most commonly enjoyed by the Venezuelan listener. These styles include: the Joropo, the Merengue, the Tonada, the Gaita, and the Valse (or Waltz).

RIBS & BRISKET REVUE New Year's Eve at Cornelia Street

RIBS & BRISKET REVUE- for the Grateful Web

Paul Shapiro, saxophone & clarinet; Cilla Owens, vocals; Babi Floyd, vocals; Dan Rosengard, piano; Booker King, bass; Joe Ham, drums

And downstairs in the cabaret what more exhilarating way to bring in the New Year than with Paul Shapiro's fabulous foot-stomping RIBS & BRISKET REVUE,* w/ the incredible Cilla Owens and Babi Floyd on vocals,and Paul's wonderful six-piece band.

Ribs and Brisket's new album Essen is out on Tzadik Records:

THE BUFFALO NEWS:
This is from Shapiro's fabled "Ribs and Brisket Revue" and it's from the Shapiro who's more of an avant-klezmer vaudevillian than one of the most powerful multicultural saxophonists in New York... In other words, it's the downtown New York jazz version of Jewish novelty maestro Mickey Katz.

STRAIGHT NO CHASER- UK:
Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish..; Shapiro tips his beret to Slim Gaillard with a couple of his tunes in praise of kosher cuisine, pours soul sauce and reggae beats over Jewish comedy songs and generally rips into things with just the right mix of irreverence and affection... Respect is due to John Zorn's Tzadik label for bringing this unique recording to the world. There really is no one else doing it quite like Shapiro!

$50 includes a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage Brut Champagne at midnight

CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.

This Weekend At Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC)

Michael Formanek- for the Grateful Web

Sat  Dec 27
9:00PM & 10:30PM RAY ANDERSON - MARK DRESSER DUO

(Ray Anderson, trombone; Mark Dresser, bass) 

Sun  Dec 28
8:30PM INGRID LAUBROCK - TOM RAINEY - MICHAEL FORMANEK

(Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones; Michael Formanek, bass; Tom Rainey, drums)

"Ingrid Laubrock—a uniquely adventurous saxophonist and bandleader on the British scene since mid decade—has made an album so exceptional that the German-born, London-based musician hasn't gone so much global as galactic."  Chris May, All About Jazz

About Michael Formanek:

Michael Formanek may have one of the most diverse biographies in contemporary improvised music. At first glance his list of musical affiliations is both intriguing and confusing. Spanning nearly twenty three years he has played and/or recorded with Tim Berne, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Marty Ehrlich, Chet Baker, Tony Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Kevin Mahogany, Fred Hersch, Marimolin, Dave Liebman, Uri Caine, Joe Henderson, Mark Isham, James Emery, Bob Mintzer, Mingus Dynasty, Mingus Big Band, Terumasa Hino, Cedar Walton, Attila Zoller, Eddie Daniels, George Coleman, Franco Ambrosetti, Jane Ira Bloom, Ted Rosenthal, Bob Moses, Daniel Schnyder, and Gunther Schuller.  "...deep propusion, big beefy tone, a strong sense of line, individuality expressed through avoiding the expected." - Village Voice

About Tom Rainey:
"He is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air" - Josef Woodard, L.A. Times.

Mon  Dec 29
8:30PM   ERI YAMAMOTO " THANK YOU 2008 SPECIAL BAND"
(Eri Yamamoto, piano; Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone; Steve Swell, trombone; Kevin Tkacz, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums)

New Year's Eve Show Marcus Goldhaber W/The Jon Davis Trio

Catch Marcus with the Jon Davis Trio on NYE- for the Grateful Web

When Marcus was growing up, every night after dinner his mother would call him over to the piano to teach him a new song. She had no great plan to train him professionally, she only wanted him to know this music and have it a part of his life. She would always say, "This is a great one for you to know."

At age 14, he quickly realized that this was not a common practice in the homes of his friends. So needless to say, he listened to a wide range of music that included Robert Smith, Jim Morrison, Sarah Vaughn, Elton John, Claude Debussy, Eddie Vedder, and Chet Baker, but at night he'd always go right back to the piano with his mom after dinner; quite the balance for a suburban kid in Buffalo, NY.

This was not a chore, but rather a treat – a chance to get another piece of a genre in which he always wished he'd been born. Instead, born in 1978, Marcus fell in love with this music through the influence of his grandparents, Ernest and Martha Blaustein and, of course, through these after dinner sessions with his mom. When his grandparents were alive, these two were grace, class and chivalry incarnate and to Marcus, this was all written and brought to life in the music of their time.

Today, he is right at home in this genre interpreting the songs of Dorothy Fields, Sammy Cahn, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Fain, and so many others. Marcus is a perfect blend of yesterday and today. With a modern approach that stays true to the style of this music, he hopes to help bring these great tunes back so that young people can grow up knowing this music as he did and then pass it on to their children, maybe after dinner at the piano.

Catch Marcus Goldhaber with the Jon Davis Trio on NYE

Marcus Goldhaber
W/The Jon Davis Trio
Matt Clohsey, bass  /  Willard Dyson, drums

At Fabio Piccolo Fiore
230 East 44th St. (between 2nd & 3rd ave.)
10pm show — no cover.

Dinner seating: 9pm / prix fixe - $85 (includes champagne)
Reservations: 212. 922. 0581
http://www.fabiopiccolofiore.com

The Fader's 'Here We Go Magic' Streets 2/24 + Preview Track

The Fader''s

To date, Luke Temple has been unconfined by genre. His full-length debut Hold a Match for a Gasoline World presented heartfelt folk tunes and expansive pop numbers filtered through a unique outsider perspective. Last year's follow-up Snowbeast was an avant statement full of interwoven light and dark imagery recorded entirely in his Brooklyn bedroom. 

Developed over a two-month period of stream-of-consciousness recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Luke's self-titled debut under his new moniker Here We Go Magic is a remarkable departure from his signature singer-songwriter material.  Luke recorded the album at home using analog synths, a cassette 4-track, and his trusty SM-57 mic, coloring the sound with warmth and creating textures you want to wrap yourself in.

The album opens with the trance-inducing polyrhythm's and gorgeous multi-layered vocals of "Only Pieces."  What follows is an album oozing with sounds maternal and subconscious...like floating in amniotic fluid, ripe, hiccup-y and desperate to emerge. Many of the songs pulse with infectious afro-beat and kraut-rock influenced grooves, calling to mind classic albums like Remain in Light and Graceland.  In contrast, the instrumental tracks conjure mystical introspective landscapes reminiscent of Popol Vuh's unforgettable ambience.

Despite the album's murky aquatic underpinnings it's hard to resist shakin what you got to ebullient blissed-out tracks like "Fangala" and "Tunnelvision." The album closes with "Everything's Big", a bleak commentary on weakness and fear birthed of opulence and gluttony.  Luke's fragile tenor delivers this absurd carnival waltz with the fervor and abandon of a teetotaler under the influence, never breaking the spell of the album's mood of rejuvenation and release. 

Luke is joined by fellow Brooklynites Baptiste Ibar (bass) and Peter Hale (drums) for Here We Go Magic's psychoactive live incarnation.

Fujiya & Miyagi Announce 2009 US Winter

Fujiya & Miyagi- for the Grateful Web

Imagine that Fujiya & Miyagi are mask-wearing technicians dissecting music, keen to magnify particles of sound to create a pulsing antidote to the ordinary. They speak in tongues, using language as a rhythm, picking words that sound good, rhyming 'jigsaws' with 'carnivores'.
     
Their songs are incisive snapshots of real lives that make household appliances sound threatening. They are steeped in vintage music from evocative krautrock to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth, Floydian Englishness and the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times.
     
In total, Fujiya & Miyagi don't really sound like anything. Instead, they sound like everything condensed into perfectly arranged three minute chunks of infectious pop music, a strange hybrid of James Brown on Valium and Wire gone pop. Or maybe Serge Gainsbourg with a PhD in electronics backed by David Byrne's Eno-produced scratchy guitar mixed by MF Doom. Its Darwinism gone mad.
     
Formed in 2000 as an electronic duo of David Best (guitars and vocals) and Steve Lewis (synths, beats, programming), they released Electro Karaoke In The Negative Style two years later, a minimal electronic set it hangs eerily on Best's distinctive whispered vocal. Adding bass player Matt Hainsby in 2004, they released a series of ten inch EPs that took them to the hearts of fanzineland. Gathered together these parables of personal injury, both physical and mental, made up three quarters of the well-received (Pitchfork, NME, MOJO, etc) album Transparent Things in 2006. Named after a Nabokov brain dump on the relationship between the past and the present. It sums them up.

A Regal seven-inch, "Uh", further concentrated their sound. A set of vocal ticks, a funky bass and a storyline about a relationship as prickly as two porcupines, it made small talk sound sinister over an infectious groove. It was the perfect set up for their second US Album, Light Bulbs – imagine 11 classic ideas clicking on above your head, now with real drums in places, courtesy of Lee Adams, and the picture is complete.

Fujiya & Miyagi stay away from lyrical themes that have been done to death. Using old synths to punctuate their beautifully-observed anecdotes on romantic triumphs and disasters, heroes and villains and the world at large, their rhythms palpitate to produce modern symphonies like no-one else. Light Bulbs is a journey littered with fragmented images, anecdotes from the sublime to the ridiculous, blurry stories that you feel you shouldn't have overheard. Each track an aural contamination set to itch your inner ear every waking moment.

US 2009 Winter Tour

2/11 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis MN
2/12 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago IL
2/13 - Magic Stick - Detroit MI
2/14 - Alfred University Knight Club - Alfred NY
2/15 - Paradise - Boston MA
2/17 - LPR - New York NY
2/18 - The Trocardero - Philadelphia PA
2/19 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC
2/20 - Cats Cradle - Carrboro NC
2/21 - 40 Watt Club - Athens GA
2/23 - Back Booth - Orlando FL
2/24 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee FL
2/25 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge LA
2/27 - Emos Alternative Lounge - Austin TX
2/28 - Palladum Loft - Dallas X
3/2 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix AZ
3/3 - Echoplex - Los Angeles CA
3/5 - The Independent - San Francisco CA
3/6 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland OR
3/7 - Neumos - Seattle WA

Blue Turtle Seduction & Izabella Together on New Years

photo courtesy of Tsunami Publicity- for the Grateful Web

Looking for a high-energy bash to bring in the 2009 New Year? Look no further than Sparks, Nevada where California up-and-comers, Blue Turtle Seduction and Izabella, have joined forces to produce a "retro-formal" New Year's blowout at the Great Basin Brewery. Both bands have garnered reputations for turning each and every performance into an all-out dance party, and this all-night celebration promises to be no exception.

The fresh musical movement known as Blue Turtle Seduction is a two-fold sonic experience. Both musically and socially aware, the five-piece rock / bluegrass / reggae / hip-hop hybrid creates music that defies classification. Their 2008 release, "13 Floors" was recently selected as one of the top 100 albums of 2008 at KTHX 100.1 radio. Nestled between legends such as Radiohead, Lucinda Williams and Joan Baez, 2009 promises to be a big year for this South Lake Tahoe band.

Dec. 31, 2008
Blue Turtle Seduction & Izabella New Years Bash

Great Basin Brewery
846 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, Nevada
Ticket Phone: 775-355-7711
10 PM, 21+
$20 adv | $25 doors

Izabella is another California band to keep your eyes on. Their originals are dead solid with hooky lines and exultant, flowing music - - following in the Bay Area tradition of great forebears like the Sons of Champlin, Izabella is making national waves in a very short time.

The New Year's Eve show will begin at 10:00 PM and will feature drink specials on the Great Basin's award winning brews as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Fans are encouraged to dress in "retro-formal attire" and it is strongly suggested that attendees purchase tickets in advance, the show is expected to sell out.

ODETTA CHRISTMAS SPIRITUALS

ODETTA- for the Grateful Web

On December 3, 2008 one of the world's great voices was stilled.  Odetta, who Martin Luther King, Jr. called "The Queen of American Folk Music", reigned for over thirty years with her rich voice and the honest, regal beauty of her presence.  The folks at Ashe Records were about to begin promotion of their online-only release of Odetta's award-winning album Christmas Spirituals when they received the news.  In tribute to Odetta, Ashe Records wishes to dedicate all proceeds from sales on this album to her favorite charity, The Jazz Foundation of America.  

This album was recorded in 1988 at White Crow Audio in Burlington, Vermont. It was the first time that Odetta had done a studio recording in over fifteen years.  She put her trust in a fledgling record producer, Rachel Faro, and brought in bassist Bill Lee to rerecord the tracks she had done almost twenty years previously for Vanguard Records (the album is often assumed to be a reissue of the old Vanguard recording but it is actually a completely new recording).  It was initially released on Alcazar Records, went on to win the INDI Award for Best Seasonal Release and has brought joy to thousands of listeners throughout the world.

Several years later Alcazar shut down and eventually the rights reverted back to Rachel Faro and her partner Helge Sasse, who in the mean time had founded a label, Ashé Records, initially distributed through Rounder Records, to produce and distribute music from the African diaspora.  Now, almost twenty years to the day, Ashé has rereleased the album online.  In honor of this great artist Ashé will donate 100% of the proceeds from sales to Odetta's most beloved charity, The Jazz Foundation of America, which helps elderly jazz musicians in times of crisis.
 
Surrounding Odetta's remarkable voice and songs are bassists Bill Lee and Lincoln Goines, with percussionist Carole Steele.  The songs are mainly traditional with originals by Odetta and new lyrics by Rachel Faro on "O Jerusalem".  The cover is a collage created by artist Colleen Patterson, depicting the Black Madonna by the River Jordan in Egypt, with the Three Kings and three shepherds from various cultures and races in attendance. It was a great honor for Ashe to work with Odetta and we still feel the power of her truth, nobility and love around us.
 
This album will be rereleased next year under the name "Beautiful Star" in order to differentiate it from the Vanguard album.  Meanwhile, please support The Jazz Foundation of America and hit the link above in order to download this beautiful album.  It is our sincere wish that these songs and Odetta's amazing and resonant voice will transport us and transcend all the bad news, bringing peace and joy to all who hear it during this holiday season.