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The Subjects On Headlining Tour With Bad Veins

Despite their clandestine and controversial beginnings (two band members were teachers and two were students at the same high school), The Subjects have managed to carve a name for themselves that sounds more like "Rushmore" than "School of Rock." Back in 2002, guitarist Joe Smith and bassist/vocalist Dave Sheinkopf were splitting their time between writing songs and syllabi, while drummer/vocalist Matt Iwanusa and guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti were about to bust out of the same Manhattan school. Since both parties were in desperate need of a full band, they held some rehearsals and once it became clear that the quartet's chemistry was pretty damn combustible, the Subjects were born.

Fast-forward a few years and things get a bit more complicated. The Subjects’ debut is dropped (2007’s With the Ease Grace Precision and Cleverness of Human Beings) and they hit the road, at first on their own and then with the Walkmen a few months later.

“We were always serious about playing music,” says Iwanusa, “but when we started meeting and playing with bands that were making music for a living we got to see how they did it.”

Keeping that career path in mind, the Subjects dove right into the demo stages for New Soft Shoe, firing up minimalist recordings in the style of their first full-length. Once those songs were ready for a proper studio, the band headed over to Key Club Recording Co. a couple hours outside Chicago. By working closely with Key Club’s masterful engineers, William Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins (see also: rock-solid releases from Cass McCombs, The Kills and Fiery Furnaces), the Subjects were able to whip up their wildest ideas, expanding their arsenal with everything from old-fashioned organs to honky-tonk pianos to Matt’s mom on saxophone.

“A lot of the instrumentation on this record came from stuff I learned in school—stuff I never thought I’d use,” says Sheinkopf, citing his training in classical harmony.

The first thing you’ll notice about the final product is the vocals—the way the melody in “Winter Vacation” unfolds like a spare Animal Collective A-Side; the brilliant shuffleboard beats/honeyed harmonies of “Right2Know.” Beyond that, the ep spreads the Subjects’ various strengths across the divergent tastes of four distinct songwriters in just 10 minutes. Well, divergent in terms of pulling cues from several eras and subgenres. All and all, the current state of the Subjects is as cohesive as a dictator-less band gets.

“Most of the arrangements on the first record are within the constraints of a four-piece band,” explains Iwanusa. “Now everyone’s more comfortable trying to sing and play different instruments. We all stepped it up this time.”

US Tour Dates

Fri 9/25 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
Sat 9/26 - MPMF Festival - Cincinnati, OH $
Sat 10/3 - Middle East Upstairs - Boston, MA *
Mon 10/5 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA #
Tue 10/6 - The Bishop - Bloomington, IN #
Wed 10/7 - Lager House - Detroit, MI #
Thu 10/8 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL #
Fri 10/9 - TBA - Lincoln, NE #
Sat 10/10 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO #
Mon 10/12 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT #
Tue 10/13 - Reef - Boise, ID #
Wed 10/14 - High Dive - Seattle, WA #
Thu 10/15 - Rotture - Portland, OR #
Fri 10/16 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, OR #
Sat 10/17 - Luigis - Sacramento, CA #
Mon 10/19 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA #
Tue 10/20 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA #
Wed 10/21 - Modified Arts - Phoenix, AZ #
Fri 10/23 - Emo's Jr. - Austin, TX #
Sun 10/25 - Cicero's - St. Louis, MO #
Tue 10/27 - The Cambridge Room @ HOB - Cleveland, OH #
Wed 10/28 - DC Nine - Washington, DC #
Thu 10/29 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA #

$ = w/ Chairlift, Micachu and the Shapes, Heartless Bastards
* = w/ The Soft Pack
# = w/ Bad Veins

Hatcham Social US Tour With Echo & The Bunnymen

They don't make them like this anymore... the well-scrubbed Londoneering indie poptastic quartet Hatcham Social consist of Toby Kidd (vocals / guitar), Finn Kidd (drums), Dave Fineberg (bass / vocals) and multi-tasking new boy Jerome Watson (synth / guitar). You Dig the Tunnel, I'll Hide the Soil is Hatcham Social's debut album. Recorded at big mushroom studios in the north of England with the Charlatans singer Tim Burgess and Jim Spencer at the controls this is a spiky, sparky collection of itching pop tunes which hark back to a time of musical innocence. Live favourites 'So So Happy Making' and 'Penelope (under my hat)' make a reappearance but other than those old lags this is a set of brand new songs highlighted by the tetchy lead off single 'Murder in the Dark', the exotic spoken word dramatics of 'Jabberwocky' and the frankly terrific summer-anthem-in-waiting 'Sidewalk'.

You couldn't accuse the Hatcham boys of rushing things either: in the past two years they have released four limited edition independent singles, compiled two mini-album cassette, played over 200 gigs (including selling out the 100 Club in London and the Fleche D'or in Paris) and enraptured countless music lovers with the sort of charmingly jagged old school alternative stance several of us thought had been destroyed forever by the corporate indie boomtime of the early noughties. In 2008 alone they toured the UK with the Charlatans and then with Ipso Facto. They released their 'Crystal World' mini-album in Japan and signed to TBD Records in North America, becoming Radiohead's labelmates. Behind the cassette releases and the fringes and the fairly obvious admiration for the ethics, morals, tunes and drumming kittens which defined Postcard Records twenty years ago there lurks a hardboiled attitude which takes them well out of any precious indie ghetto. Toby puts it so succintly: "I am not against selling records, but I am against selling shit records." Check out Hatcham Social on tour with Echo & The Bunnymen this fall! US tour dates below.

Tour Dates:

Nov 17 - Black Cat - Washington, DC

Nov 18 - State Theatre - State College, PA

Nov 20 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA

Nov 21 - Stage One - Fairfield, CT

Nov 15 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

Nov 22 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY

Nov 23 - House of Blues - Boston, MANov 25 -  Metro - Chicago, IL

Holiday Shores Play DENVER At Hi Dive On 11/9 With Evangelicals

Columbus'd The Whim is the first first full-length album from Pemberton's Holiday Shores, who, like the street that bears their name, are quintessentially summer: chimey guitars, reverb-soaked vocals, warbling Rhodes, echoes of years past.

Pemberton started playing the piano at age seven and learned the guitar shortly after. He began finding his musical footing in high school bands, playing with his brother, friends, and eventually his college roommates.

The album, packed with 10 could-be singles, reads like a book of Pemberton's well-written memories. Each word chosen meaningfully with a linguist's touch; each sentence constructed carefully with an artist's ear. Columbus'd The Whim is a literary work in addition to a sonic one.

The current line up, comprised of friends and roommates spent months recording together in Pemberton's living room obsessing over vintage gear and perfecting their captivating hooks, heart-warming melodies, and creating a haunting tunnel of sound as a stunning backdrop.

Columbus'd The Whim is Holiday Shores' first release on twosyllable records.

CMJ Dates

10/20 - New York, NY - Cake Shop (Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party)

10/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Myopenbar Party)

10/23 - Brooklyn, NY - Trash Bar (Breakthru Radio Day Party)

10/23 - New York, NY - The Delancey (twosyllable records/Underwater Peoples CMJ Showcase)

10/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (AAM Day Party)

Tour Dates

10/11 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder ^

10/19 - Hamden, CT - The Space

10/20 - New York, NY - Cake Shop (Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party) @

10/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Myopenbar Party) $

10/23 - Brooklyn, NY - Trash Bar (Breakthru Radio Day Party)

10/23 - New York, NY - The Delancey (twosyllable records/Underwater Peoples CMJ Showcase) #

10/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (AAM Day Party)

11/2 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts*

11/4 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern*

11/5 - Portland, OR - Holocene*

11/6 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project*

11/7 - Missoula, MT - The Palace*

11/8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*

11/9 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive*

11/11 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar*

11/12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird*

11/16 - Washington, DC - The Red and The Black*

11/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie*

11/18 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall*

11/19 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*

11/20 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place*

11/21 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern*

11/22 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern*

11/23 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop*

^ w/Pattern is Movement

*w/Evangelicals

@ Surfer Blood, Princeton

$w/Javelin

#w/ Real Estate, New Villager, Inlets, Frat Dad, Pill Wonder

The Les Paul Trio With Special Guests At The Iridium Jazz Club Upcoming Schedule

The Iridium Jazz Club will continue to celebrate Les Paul the man, his music and his legacy every Monday night with

THE LES PAUL TRIO
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

With Special Guests
OCT. 19 LARRY CORYELL
OCT. 26 BUCKY PIZZARELLI
NOV. 2 & 16 STANLEY JORDAN
NOV. 9 STEVE MILLER
NOV. 23 & 30 MIKE STERN
DEC. 7 & 14 PAT MARTINO WITH ELDAR
DEC. 21 & 28 JOSE FELICIANO


OCT. 19 LARRY CORYELL


LARRY CORYELL is one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters. He has recorded more than 75 albums over the past 40 years as a bandleader, soloist and 'featured accompanist'. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of "the guitar gods" in the late 1970s and as a "truly Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing", he has also been christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Dan Ouellette of Down Beat Magazine.
http://larrycoryell.net/

OCT 26 BUCKY PIZZARELLI  

For more than six decades, the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli has had a stellar career. “The complete jazz musician”, he was a fixture in jazz and the studios since the early ‘50s. The list of big bands and vocalists with whom Bucky has performed and recorded reads like a veritable Who's Who of Jazz. One of the era's most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli was in high demand, playing and touring with Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, Bud Freeman, and Stephane Grappelli, and, later, recording with George Van Eps, Carl Kress and George Barnes. His superior mastery of the seven-string guitar is unparalleled. The beloved guitarist has developed a very personal style that sets him apart. He lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with his wife, Ruth.

“...moves effortlessly from the daunting format of the solo guitar to playing solid, swinging rhythm and single string solos..” RIVERWALK.ORG


NOV. 2 & 16 STANLEY JORDAN

From the moment he made his debut in 1985 with the gold-selling Grammy® nominated album Magic Touch, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has proven himself as a forward thinking innovator. With his nimbly executed “touch” or “tap” technique, he ushered a dazzling and spellbinding new sound into the world of progressive instrumental music.
http://www.stanleyjordan.com/

NOV. 9 STEVE MILLER

Steve Miller is one of the most famous blues-rock guitarists to emerge from the 1960s. From his early days in San Francisco to his top-selling pop/rock hits of the  '70s and early '80s  "The Joker," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock'n Me," and "Abracadabra. Born in Milwaukee, Wi. in 1943 Steve was befriended by guitar pioneer Les Paul who was a frequent visitor to the Miller household and is considered Les’s ‘Godson’.  A portion of the door proceeds for this show will benefit the Les Paul Foundation dedicated to keeping his legacy alive for future generations.

NOV. 23 & 30 MIKE STERN


In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, five-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.
http://www.mikestern.org/

DEC. 7 & 14 PAT MARTINO WITH ELDAR


Pat began playing professionally in 1961. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Richard Groove Holmes, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Stanley Clark, Eric Kloss, Trudy Pitts, Willis Jackson, Lloyd Price, Woody Herman, Chuck Israels, Charles Earland, Barry Miles and Joe Pesci. Since 1967, Pat has been touring as a leader. He has been a Recording Artist for Vanguard, Prestige, Warner Brothers, Muse, Columbia, King, Paddlewheel, Evidence, Sony, 32 Jazz, High Note, Milestone, Polydor, Concord, Fantasy, House of Blues, Mythos, Mainstream, Cobblestone, Atlantic and, most currently, Blue Note Records.
http://patmartino.com/

Eldar left his native Kyrgystan for the United States in 1998, a boy of 11 with a slight grasp of English but an astonishing natural talent that immediately captured the attention of the jazz world. In the last seven years, with the support of his family, he has established American roots as he continued his education, absorbed the culture, and emerged as one of the most distinctive jazz pianists of the new generation.
http://www.eldarjazz.com/

Deastro Plays DENVER At Larimer Lounge on 11.21 With Max Tundra

The title of Deastro's "Tone Adventure #3" may evoke a "working  title"-like looseness--why name a song when you can simply number it?--but the track itself is one of Moondagger's tightest. "Tone Adventure #3" is an archetypal Deastro song, as Randolph Chabot sprints through catchy, melodic passages with maniacal conviction, howling about feet being "strapped to cannon balls" from behind a wall of computer-generated atmosphere. In keeping with its title, "Tone Adventure #3" is more psychedelic than much of Moondagger, warping its instruments into unrecognizable, mutant sound-entities. Glockenspiels, spy-movie guitars, orchestral stabs, and alien ray guns all make appearances--as they should in any good adventure.

On "Tone Adventure #3"'s B-side, Toronto electro producer I Am Robot And Proud remixes Moondagger's "Greens, Grays, and Nordics" into a joyous, MIDI-fueled daydream. The song's previously sinister tone gets the lo-fi electronics treatment from the Robot's gleeful presets--the re-harmonized final chorus alone is worth the price of admission.

Randolph Chabot has been making albums since he was 12 years old -- now, at 22, the Detroit-based musician known as Deastro is ready for his close-up.

"Vermillion Plaza" the second single from Deastro's upcoming full-length debut Moondagger, miniaturizes the album's best assets and shoots them out of a cannon. Plucky synth arpeggios, end-of-the-world choruses, joyously careening melody lines--it's all there, squashed into a life-affirming three minutes and 50 seconds. When Chabot pleads for contact, singing, "Would you be my son / 'cause all of mine have died?," it's less a cry of self-pity than an exhilarating salute to the power of human connection.

Recently, Chicago-based photographer/videographer James P. Morse--a longtime friend and collaborator of Ghostly's--followed Chabot around Detroit for a day and edited the footage into "Ghostly Presents: Deastro," a video profile whose warm, colorful aesthetic matches Chabot's energy and positivity to a T. Chabot putters around his Detroit home, visits his favorite bookstore, gushes about Isaac Asimov and Simone de Beauvoir, and plays a sweaty, packed show with his band. It's a loving portrait of an artist who stays true to his beliefs, staying passionate, engaged, and creative in all of his endeavors.

Deastro's full-band debut, Moondagger, arrived on June 23rd, on Ghostly International.

CMJ Dates (More TBA)

10.21 New York, NY @ Santos Party House

10.23 New York, NY @ TBA

10.24 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge

US Tour Dates

11.05 Chicago @ Schubas - Max Tundra HL

11.07 Detroit @ Magic Stick - Deastro HL

11.08 Toronto @ The Drake -  Max Tundra HL

11.09 Montreal @ Lambi - Deastro HL

11.10 Boston @ Great Scott -  Max Tundra HL

11.11 New York @ Mercury Lounge - Deastro HL

11.12 Washington DC @ DC9 - Max Tundra HL

11.13 Baltimore @ Metro Gallery - Deastro HL

11.14 Philadelphia @ Kung Fu Necktie -  Max Tundra HL

11.16 Atlanta @ Drunken Unicorn - Deastro HL

11.18 Austin @ Mohawk -  Max Tundra HL

11.19 Dallas @ The Cavern - Free Energy HL

11.20 Kansas CIty @ Czar Bar - Max Tundra HL

11.21 Denver @ Larimer Lounge - Deastro HL

11.22 Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge - Max Tundra HL

11.24 LA @ Echo - Deastro HL

11.25 San Francisco @ Bottom of the HIll - Max Tundra HL

11.27 Portland @ Doug Fir - Deastro HL

11.28 Seattle @ Nectar - Max Tundra HL

11.29 Vancouver @ Media Club - Deastro HL

The Subjects Play DENVER At Hi Dive On 10.10 With Bad Veins

Despite their clandestine and controversial beginnings (two band members were teachers and two were students at the same high school), The Subjects have managed to carve a name for themselves that sounds more like "Rushmore" than "School of Rock." Back in 2002, guitarist Joe Smith and bassist/vocalist Dave Sheinkopf were splitting their time between writing songs and syllabi, while drummer/vocalist Matt Iwanusa and guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti were about to bust out of the same Manhattan school. Since both parties were in desperate need of a full band, they held some rehearsals and once it became clear that the quartet's chemistry was pretty damn combustible, the Subjects were born.

Fast-forward a few years and things get a bit more complicated. The Subjects’ debut is dropped (2007’s With the Ease Grace Precision and Cleverness of Human Beings) and they hit the road, at first on their own and then with the Walkmen a few months later.

“We were always serious about playing music,” says Iwanusa, “but when we started meeting and playing with bands that were making music for a living we got to see how they did it.”

Keeping that career path in mind, the Subjects dove right into the demo stages for New Soft Shoe, firing up minimalist recordings in the style of their first full-length. Once those songs were ready for a proper studio, the band headed over to Key Club Recording Co. a couple hours outside Chicago. By working closely with Key Club’s masterful engineers, William Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins (see also: rock-solid releases from Cass McCombs, The Kills and Fiery Furnaces), the Subjects were able to whip up their wildest ideas, expanding their arsenal with everything from old-fashioned organs to honky-tonk pianos to Matt’s mom on saxophone.

“A lot of the instrumentation on this record came from stuff I learned in school—stuff I never thought I’d use,” says Sheinkopf, citing his training in classical harmony.

The first thing you’ll notice about the final product is the vocals—the way the melody in “Winter Vacation” unfolds like a spare Animal Collective A-Side; the brilliant shuffleboard beats/honeyed harmonies of “Right2Know.” Beyond that, the ep spreads the Subjects’ various strengths across the divergent tastes of four distinct songwriters in just 10 minutes. Well, divergent in terms of pulling cues from several eras and subgenres. All and all, the current state of the Subjects is as cohesive as a dictator-less band gets.

“Most of the arrangements on the first record are within the constraints of a four-piece band,” explains Iwanusa. “Now everyone’s more comfortable trying to sing and play different instruments. We all stepped it up this time.”

US Tour Dates

Wed 10/7 - Lager House - Detroit, MI #

Thu 10/8 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL #

Fri 10/9 - Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE

Sat 10/10 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO #

Mon 10/12 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT #

Tue 10/13 - Reef - Boise, ID #

Wed 10/14 - High Dive - Seattle, WA #

Thu 10/15 - Rotture - Portland, OR #

Fri 10/16 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, OR #

Sat 10/17 - Luigis - Sacramento, CA #

10/18 - Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, CA #

Mon 10/19 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA #

Tue 10/20 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA #

Wed 10/21 - Modified Arts - Phoenix, AZ #

Fri 10/23 - Emo's Jr. - Austin, TX #

Sun 10/25 - Cicero's - St. Louis, MO #

Mon 10/26 - The Vollrath - Indianapolis, IN #

Tue 10/27 - The Cambridge Room @ HOB - Cleveland, OH #

Wed 10/28 - DC Nine - Washington, DC #

Thu 10/29 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA #

$ = w/ Chairlift, Micachu and the Shapes, Heartless Bastards

* = w/ The Soft Pack

# = w/ Bad Veins

The Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson

The DJGB is pleased to announce that Mom brought us up right and taught us to share. And while the DJGB w/JM isn’t going anywhere (except on the road and to musical venues near your house!), we’re happy to lend our sterling lead guitarist, Jeff Mattson, to our friends at Dark Star Orchestra in their time of need. Hey – we like him too!

Jeff will be sitting in with DSO on:

11/16 Mon McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ

11/18 Wed State Theater, Ithaca, NY

11/19 Thu The Klein, Bridgeport, CT

11/20 Fri Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA

11/21 Sat Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA

For breaking news, check www.donnajeangodchauxband.com

Leftover Salmon Celebrates 20 Year Legacy With New Year's Eve Shows in Boulder

Leftover Salmon celebrates its 20th anniversary of music and will ring in the New Year with a pair of shows at the Boulder Theater on December 30 & 31. On New Year's Eve 1989 the band was born when members of Left Hand String Band, Drew Emmitt and Glenn Keefe, joined Vince Herman and members of Herman's band, The Salmon Heads, for a gig at Crested Butte's club the Eldo.

hermanThe name Leftover Salmon was created while on the drive from Boulder to Crested Butte that day and the gig that night created the band that's swimming on to ring in 20 years this New Year's Eve. The morphing of these two bands formed a group with a trademark sound that came to be known worldwide as 'Poly-ethnic Cajun Slamgrass'. That sound propelled the group from its humble Rocky Mountain beginnings to international critical acclaim while deeply influencing countless groups that soon followed in their footsteps, such as The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and others.

Leftover Salmon's New Year's Eve shows go on sale to general public through the Boulder Theater starting Friday, September 18 online at 10 AM MST (www.bouldertheater.com) and at the Boulder Theater box office at 3 PM.  A limited amount of tickets are available now for Leftover Salmon fan club members; anyone interested in securing these early tickets can simply visit www.leftoversalmon.com and sign up on the email list. By signing up, fans will receive a code to purchase New Year's Eve tickets in advance of the public on-sale as well as a complimentary music download of the band's main stage set at the High Sierra Music Festival.

Tickets are $38.50 for December 30 and $50 for New Year's Eve, doors are at 7:30 PM and both shows start at 8:30 PM.  The Boulder Theater is located at 2032 14th Street; Boulder, CO 80302.

João Carlos Martins & Bachiana Filarmônica with Dave Brubeck

This October get ready for some fun, as conductor João Carlos Martins brings the Bachiana Filarmônica from Brazil to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.   Joining Mr. Martins and his orchestra are jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his son, trombonist Chris Brubeck.

The “meeting” will be October 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.   It includes a program of Brazilian works along with Dave Brubeck's own compositions.   The night begins with “Ouverture Opera Amazônia” by Mateus Araujo, followed by Villa-Lobos' “Bachiana Brasileira No. 7.”   Dave will be solo pianist in Howard Brubeck's “Theme for June,” and his son Chris plays solo trombone of his own composition, “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.”   Mr. Brubeck's “Brandenburg Gate Revisited,” is also on the program, and a collaborative effort with João Carlos Martins with Mr. Brubeck's piece, “Thank You,” will finish the program.

Mr. Brubeck and Mr. Martins met several times throughout their lives, each time having musical experiences, which Mr. Martins explains as, “so strong, we cannot forget them.” The first time Mr. Brubeck and Mr. Martins saw each other perform was in a recital in Alaska, and they came to an understanding of how Bach and jazz have many things in common.   Later, in 1979, Mr. Martins mentioned on NBC News that he would like to play the Bach Double Piano Concerto with Dave.   Due to unfortunate events leading to the damage of both of his hands, Mr. Martins lost the ability to play the piano, and was never able to live up to his dream.

"The rapport between João Carlos and me was instant. And ever since that time we shared many a musical thought which is what the October 2nd concert is all about." - Dave Brubeck

Although the Bach Concerto is not on the program at Avery Fisher Hall, Dave Brubeck and João Carlos will perform together when Mr. Brubeck plays Brandenburg Gate with Mr. Martins' orchestra.   Even with Mr. Martins' limitations, he will join Mr. Brubeck at the piano for the last piece of the program - a dream come true.

Elizabeth & The Catapult Brings You "Christmas With The Jews"

In less than two years since their move to New York, Elizabeth and the Catapult has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In May and August of 2006 they were featured in WNYC's "Soundcheck" as well as PRI's "Fair Game with Faith Salie" At the end of the year they were dubbed by NPR as "One of the Best Discoveries of 2006."  The Catapult have had residencies at clubs such as the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, and after opening for national headliners like Jessie Harris, Kirk Kirkwood (of the Meat Puppets fame), The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) there was enough buzz about them to support a tour and label interest on the West Coast. All of this success also earned them a place as the Billboard Underground Artist for last October.

Bound by a common love of eclectic influences, Elizabeth & the Catapult draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Jon Brion—as well as classical influences such as Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. One explanation for the band's musical diversity is Elizabeth Ziman's musical background. She was trained as a classical pianist until the age of sixteen. "As a kid, I used to practice all the time…" Elizabeth explains. "But one day I realized that I couldn't lock myself in a room for eight hours a day…that's when I started writing and singing." After that, it quickly became apparent that her vocal abilities rivaled her piano skills. In 2002, Elizabeth successfully auditioned to be a background vocalist for soul-queen Patti Austin and ended up joining her on tour for the next year and a half. Elizabeth's experience along with Pete and Danny's folk/rock sensibility piece together to make up the band's harmonically distinctive pop sound, a sound well reflected in their stylistically diverse new EP.

After a listen to the Elizabeth & the Catapult EP, it is immediately clear that a great deal of thought went into each of the songs' arrangements. Strings, Horns, Marimba and Synthesizers are all blended together, creating an organic, off-beat style that fans have often referred to as "baroque pop." The sound of the EP is also shaped by the guerilla-style fashion in which it was recorded. Drummer Danny Molad recorded most of the EP in basements and bathrooms, producing this album, along with Elizabeth, in an incredibly modest home studio. With these limited resources, Elizabeth & the Catapult managed to produce an expertly mixed album. Every note of the EP sounds deliberately placed while there still manages to be an air of effortlessness that penetrates throughout all the songs.

In their recordings as well as live performances, Elizabeth and her band members bring together all their backgrounds and experiences to make music that they themselves enjoy. They acknowledge their amorphous style and readily admit that it probably scares record labels. Even so, Elizabeth asserts that she is "not interested in assigning herself a specific style." Elizabeth & the Catapult are proud of their ever-changing sound and are committed to keeping their music fresh and creative.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Dec 27 Washington DC at DC9
Dec 29 Easton MD at Coffee East
Jan 22 Hoboken NJ at Maxwells