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Jeff 'Tain' Watts @ the Jazz Clinic & Concert Series (9/23)

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Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts will conduct a master class on "Modern Jazz Drumming and Group Improvisation" as part of LIU-Brooklyn Campus Jazz Clinic and Concert Series. The clinics are FREE and OPEN to the general public. They take place on various Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, in room H-106 of the Humanities Building on Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus.

Jeff "Tain" Watts, voted "Best Drummer" in Modern Drummer Magazine (1988 & 1993), has established himself as one of the most original and influential drummers on today's music scene. Moreover, he holds the distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis.

Mr. Watts' formal training began at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was classical percussion major, primarily a timpanist. But it at the Berklee College of Music, where he later enrolled, that he began to hone his style which was to change the face of modern jazz drumming - alongside such luminaries as Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith.

Mr. Watts left the Berklee College of Music to join the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981, with whom he won three Grammy Awards. After leaving Mr. Marsalis in 1988, he began working with jazz stars such as George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, subsequently, joining the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989.

While a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Mr. Watts had the opportunity to add some high profile television and film credits to his resume, which included a three-year stint performing as a member of the "Tonight Show" band with Jay Leno, and co-starring in the Spike Lee film "Mo Better Blues" as Rhythm Jones - a fictitious drummer who plays in the band of Denzel Washignton.

After leaving the "Tonight Show", Mr. Watts continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Ravi Coltrane.

In addition to his many performance credits as a sideman, Mr. Watts has an equally impressive track record as a bandleader, which includes five critically-acclaimed CDs:

·     "Folk's Songs" (Dark Key Music 2007)

·     "Detained, Live at the Blue Note" (Half Note 2004)

·     "MegaWatts" (Sunnyside 2003)

·     "Bar Talk" (Sony 2002)

·     "Citizen Tain" (Sony 1999)

 

A true jazz innovator and creative force, Mr. Watts has never failed to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene in the 1980s. Entertainment Weekly says, "Short of visionary, Tain still possesses heat, nuance, maturity, and a bounty of ideas."

Jazz Museum Events: Sept. 15-19, 2008

Benny Goodman- for the Grateful Web

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem takes pride in presenting free discussions and educational classes, plus live performances, all which so clearly demonstrate the vibrant legacy of jazz not just in America's past, but in contemporary society. And we're proud to honor Harlem's own on Monday: Jazz for Curious Readers features a talk with local jazz journalist Ron Scott, who pens a weekly jazz column in the Amsterdam News.

On Tuesday, the museum's executive director Loren Schoenberg will elucidate the lasting value of Benny Goodman's 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall for Jazz for Curious Listeners. And not only does Schoenberg know this recording through deep study and countless listening sessions; as a young man, Schoenberg worked with Goodman directly, so expect insights that only he can bring.

And for those to whom talk is not quite enough to satisfy artistic hunger, come feast at Harlem in the Himalayas hosted at the Rubin Museum of Art and, as the drummer Cindy Blackman fronts a fiery quartet on Friday.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Jazz for Curious Readers

Ron Scott, Jazz Journalist

6:30 – 8:00pm

Location: NJMIH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

Reservations: 212-348-8300 or register online

Ron Scott currently writes a weekly column "Jazz Notes" for the Amsterdam News, and is a regular contributor of reviews and features for the monthly publications Jazz Improv and Network Journal.  He also wrote monthly reviews for the Jazz Heritage Society Catalogues, and contributes pieces to the online publication jazzhouse.org

He is the senior editor for the book Forever Harlem, (Starlight Press L.L.C., 2006), a pictorial history of Harlem from 1896-2006. Most recently he was writer and editor for the Community Works exhibit "Harlem is… Music," exhibited at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and the Museum of the City of New York  

As a freelance writer Scott's byline has appeared in a variety of publications including the New York Times, Vogue, the NY Daily News, Time Out New York, Johnson Publications and ABC Radio. Scott also spent time as a theater and restaurant critic.

He is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association, New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), and National Writers Union Local 1981. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University, and New York University's Graduate School of Social Work.

He's served as a publicity consultant on feature films and television specials working with such celebrities as Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor Harry Belafonte and two-time Grammy winner and jazz legend Roy Haynes. On the hip-hop tip Ron has worked on projects with Ice T., Chuck D. and Ice Cube. He's coordinated press conferences for Reverend Jesse Jackson, and R&B Grammy winner Al Green and Patti LaBelle.

Scott has received numerous awards including the D. Parke Gibson Award for distinguished achievement in Public Relations. He has lectured at the City University of New York, Howard University and shared his expertise on music and journalism panels throughout the United States.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Jazz for Curious Listeners

What Makes it Tick? Five Classic Albums

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMIH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | Reservations: 212-348-8300 or register online

Benny Goodman: 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert

Amongst celebrated dates that exist in popular or fine art music, January 16, 1938 denotes the day the Benny Goodman Orchestra played the rarified environs of New York's Carnegie Hall - previously designated as the dignified home of classical music. Initially conceived as a publicity stunt to enhance Goodman's increasing popularity, this was the very first time a jazz ensemble had ever played this venue and despite initial coolness towards the event, the sell-out performance left no doubt that swing dance bands provided the latest craze which could no longer be ignored.

"As an ensemble, the players brought a new kind of perfection and swing to their interpretations of the classic arrangements by Fletcher Henderson, Edgar Sampson, and Jimmy Mundy," wrote tonight's instructor and National Jazz Museum in Harlem Executive Director Loren Schoenberg in his book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Jazz.

You'll hear the truth of these words by way of a crystal-clear recording of this date so crucial not only to jazz, but to American social history too.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Harlem in the Himalayas

Cindy Blackman, Drummer

7:00pm

Location: Rubin Museum of Art

(150 West 17th Street)

$18 in advance | $20 at door |

Box Office: 212.620.5000 ext. 344

JD Allen, tenor sax

Carlton Holmes, piano

George Mitchell, bass

Cindy Blackman, drums

Born in Ohio and raised in Connecticut, Cindy began her musical career as a New York street performer. She spent three semesters at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and also studied with legendary teacher Alan Dawson.

Cindy moved to New York City in the 80's and since that time, she has been seen and heard by millions of people all over the world performing with her own group and during her 11 year stint with retro funk rocker Lenny Kravitz, since 1993.

In 1998, Cindy released her first drumming instructional video entitled, Multiplicity. Cindy was touted as "one of the hottest drummers in the business, by the Star-Gazette and is regarded as one of the top drummers in the world. She is a solid, dependable drummer who can easily move from straight-ahead jazz to rock to funk and back again.

She's upheld the backbeat and created texture for artists as varied as: Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Hugh Masekela, Pharaoh Sanders, Sam Rivers, Cassandra Wilson, Angela Bofill, Bill Laswell, Buckethead. In early 2000, Cindy released her acclaimed solo album Works on Canvas, and yet another solo album, Someday, in 2004.

Trey Anastasio's 'Northern Exposure' Tour 2008 + MP3

Public on sales for Trey's eight show Fall Tour with Classic TAB band mates Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis and Ray Paczkowski go on sale to the general public this Friday and Saturday.

Please see below for a list of dates and on sale times.  For specific show information, please visit Trey.com.

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Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB

"Northern Exposure" Tour 2008

Yard Dogs Road Show Descend Upon Denver Oct. 4th

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

The Yard Dogs Road Show most recently left ROTHBURY and Glastonbury Festival audiences breathless. Yard Dogs Road Show will release their first music video EVER on their website in the next two weeks. It's called Lucky Day and it's an in-depth documentation of their last ten years on the road - from inception to the present - all about sprinklers, swimsuits and summer fun.  Shot by Dugan O'neal (Michael Franti, Bassnectar, M.I.A.). Now, San Francisco's hobo cabaret bring their living patchwork of vaudeville and rock and roll indoors for a headlining U.S. tour.

The run of shows launches on September 6 with a hometown show at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium. Complete with red carnations for all of the ladies in attendance, Beats Antique opens the show, while Shellac Shack spins vintage 78s in the venue's "Poster Room."  After SF, the troupe heads east for a string of dates with support act The Indigo Belly Dance, featuring Rachel Brice, Mardi Love and Zoe Jake are all members of Miles Copeland's internationally acclaimed Bellydance Superstars.

Of course, it wouldn't be a fall tour for Yard Dogs Road Show without a stop in Denver, where on October 4 they return to the Mile High City - this time at the Bluebird Theatre - for the first time since last year's epic Halloween bash with Devotchka. 

Yard Dogs Road Show Fall Dates are as follows:

September 11 Georgia Theater Athens GA w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 12 Variety Playhouse Atlanta GA w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 13 Orange Peel Asheville NC w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 14 Bijou Theatre Knoxville TN w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 16 The Cannery Ballroom Nashville TN w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 19 The Birchmere Alexandria VA w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 20 Asbury Lanes Asbury NJ
September 21-22 Spiegelworld, Pier 17 New York NY w/ The Indigo Belly Dance
September 26-27 Music Hall Portsmouth NJ
October 2 Majestic Theatre Madison WI
October 4 Bluebird Theater Denver CO

Yard Dogs Road Show are pure visual and sonic voodoo. It's a true story on stage: sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and sunset hobo poetry - all animated by the live sounds of the Yard Dogs cartoon heavy band. Born from the saloon vaudeville that toured the Wild West in the late 1800's and slammed into the underworld of modern American road culture. The Yard Dogs create a timeless space for the union of ancient theatrical alchemy and modern pop culture.

With the publication of his book, Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America (Random House / 2003), straw boss and founding member Eddy Joe Cotton and the Yard Dogs Road Show surfaced into the mainstream media. As the San Francisco Weekly reviewed, "Many wandering youngsters identify with the label "tramp artist," but few have taken it to the top-hat perfection quite like Eddy Joe Cotton...[Eddy] and the Yard Dogs Road Show do their neo-vaudeville thing the only way it should be: with flash, panache and an underlying sense of menace."

Celebrating New Harlem Jazz

Marc Cary- for the Grateful Web

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce the first concert of our fall 2008 season. "Celebrating New Harlem Jazz" will feature three ensembles led by the extraordinary Marc Cary, Lenora Zenzalai Helm and Eric Reed. All told, 16 musicians will be performing onstage at Aaron Davis Hall over the course of the evening.  
 
The Center is especially pleased to be launching a collaboration with Harlem Stage and its Harlem Stage Partners Program. Through this collaboration, the two organizations will combine our resources to present a series of concerts at Harlem Stage (both at Aaron Davis Hall and the Gatehouse) which will explore jazz through a variety of artistic and scholarly perspectives.

Marc Cary   -  Lenora Zenzalai Helm   -  Eric Reed in concert

Marc Cary, piano,  Samita Sinha, vocals, Earl Travis, bass, Will Calhoun, drums,  Sameer Gupta, tablas,  Prodigal Son, rapper,  
Marvin Sewell, guitar

Lenora Zenzalai Helm, vocals,  Brandon McCune, piano,  Nasheet Waits, drums,  Miriam Sullivan, bass

Eric Reed, piano, Grant Stewart, saxophone,  Shawn Baltazor, drums,  Ben Williams, bass,  Jeremy Pelt, trumpet

Beginning with a pre-concert interview with Mr. Cary, and Ms. Helm by Quincy Troupe, author of Miles: The Autobiography.

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7:30 pm

Harlem Stage @ Aaron Davis Hall

West 135th Street and Convent Avenue, New York City

Admission: $30 / $24 for Harlem Stage members and Harlem residents / $15 for students/seniors.
To purchase tickets, call 212.281.9240 or visit their website

Presented by the Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project in collaboration with the Harlem Stage Partners program
 
The Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project is made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. For more information on the Center for Jazz Studies events and activities, please visit our website at or call 212-851-1633.

Dead.Net - Introducing Two New Full Show Downloads

Two magical, complete performances from Fall '79, the basis for Road Trips, Vol. 1 No.1. These Spectrum shows, 11/5/79 & 11/6/79, are now available in both FLAC and MP3; documenting the band in the midst of their sparkling three-week eastern swing and capturing the raw excitement of the first tours with keyboardist Brent Mydland.

ok|ok's EATING MANTIS September 18th 8pm at Roulette

ok|ok''s EATING MANTIS- for the Grateful Web

Celebrating the release of ok|ok's first album EATING MANTIS, and keeping in line with the band's philosophy of turning concerts into borderless events for all to enjoy, RKM Music presents a FREE multi-media event by the avant-jazz/avant-rock group ok|ok who will be performing works from the new album. Lending visual support will be video artist Benton-C, known for his live visual performances with such artists as Bobby Previte and the Beastie Boys. Also not to be missed: the premier of the director's cut of ok|ok's animated music video "Hunt" by PECKS, a visual-artist team in Japan, which recently won the Reel Thirteen short film competition and was broadcast on THIRTEEN/WNET. The artful CD packaging was created by PECKS. 

ok|ok is Kyoko Kitamura on voice and laptop, Mike McGinnis on clarinet, Khabu Doug Young on guitars, Tony Moreno on drums. Steeped in the language of jazz improvisation but working with elements of rock, folk, poetry and their own beguiling style, ok|ok manages to seamlessly fuse avant-garde jazz with avant-garde rock, adding multi-lingual spoken words and inexplicable noises to create a wild landscape all its own.

"For all its eccentricity and oddball experimentation, Eating Mantis is a highly musical album. An inside/outside perspective defines this 2006 session...a promising and engaging effort from this New York City-based foursome. " - Alex Henderson, AllMusicGuide

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 @ 8pm (1 set only)
(meet and greet for the press and industry at 7:15pm)

No Cover, No Minimum, FREE
(no strings attached)

Roulette @ 20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
212.219.8242

An Evening of Dialogue and Insight with Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa- for the Grateful Web

Guitar Center is pleased to announce the next installment of Guitar Center Sessions: An Evening of Dialogue and Insight with Joe Bonamassa. Taking place Wednesday, September 17 at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA, the evening is free and open to the public. The evening will be powered in part by Gibson Guitars.

Joe Bonamassa is one of the premier blues-rock guitarists of his generation. At the early age of 12 he was already a touring pro, opening for the legendary B.B. King. Since then, Joe's incendiary playing has earned him a loyal legion of fans and numerous albums in Billboard's Top 10 blues chart. Also a gifted singer and songwriter, Joe Bonamassa was named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine's readership in their annual Reader's Choice Awards for 2008, and recently released From Nowhere in Particular, a 2-CD live album recorded during his fall 2007 U.S. tour and released on his own J&R Adventures label. The CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Joe also hosts "Daily Cup Of Joe" as well, a Monday-Friday show on Sirius Satellite Radio's Blues Channel 74 that airs from 12-12:15 PM (ET).

Designed to provide informative, provocative conversation and hands-on tutorials, Guitar Center Sessions serves as an incubator for musicians, providing them an opportunity to network with their peers in an intimate setting and gain career-fostering advice from their heroes. Join us for a very special in-store event as Joe shares tips, techniques and experiences, talks about his signature Gibson Les Paul, and lays down some seriously soulful licks.

Wednesday, September 17 @ 7 pm

Guitar Center Hollywood

7425 Sunset Blvd.

(323) 874-1060

Free to the public. Limited capacity.

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the world's largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 214 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and website. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the company's website. The Guitar Center logo is a registered trademark of Guitar Center, Inc. Other brand or product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

Trace Bundy CD Release @ Boulder Theater

photo by Kimberly Kay- for the Grateful Web

Guitar wizard Trace Bundy celebrates the release of his new Studio CD titled "Missile Bell - Part 2" at Boulder Theater.

Trace Bundy must not only be heard, but seen. Listening is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live, it becomes quite confusing how one man can do that with just two hands and ten fingers - harmonics, right-hand tapping, slapping, percussive, looping, multiple capos, lightning fast picking... you name it. Since Trace hit the road as a full-time touring musician, the exponential growth of his fan base resulted in sold-out shows with standing ovations at venues across the country and around the world (throughout the US and 13 countries). Video clips of his playing have quickly circulated across the globe, with views of over 2,500,000 on YouTube. Don't take our word for it, go to www.TraceBundy.com and watch the videos.  After all, Trace Bundy must not only be heard, but seen.

Luba Mason at Birdland October 7

Luba Mason- for the Grateful Web

Stunning Slovak beauty Luba Mason fuses her classical vocal training, her impressive Broadway credentials, and a seamless blend of latin jazz, folk, and pop influences. The result is a unique and sultry sound which places equal emphasis on her vocal talent and stylistic range. A truly versatile entertainer, Luba has starred on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in "How to Succeed in Business" and Brooke Shields in "Chicago," and has made a smooth transition into other venues, such as performing in nightclubs and concert halls, recording studio albums which feature her talents as a vocalist and songwriter, and guest-starring on several popular television shows. "Time Out New York" calls Luba Mason "too good to overlook," while "Jazz Times" recently wrote that Luba Mason has "a voice as big and rich as the star filled sky."

Luba Mason will preview her latest project KRAZY LOVE at the World famous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City on

Tuesday, October 7 with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 PM.

Luba Mason, vocals

Dario Eskenazi, piano

John Benitez, bass

Adriano Santos, drums

Sandro Albert, guitar

Dende, percussion

(Special Guest star TBA)

KRAZY LOVE is the title of her upcoming CD in which she executes a "cool, Brazilian mood" with an intimate acoustic sound.  In addition to co-producing this new CD, Luba's blossoming writing talents are premiered with 8 original songs, creating a distinctive yet personal sound and style to a unique blend of melodies. 

Don't miss this special preview Of Her All New Show on October 7.