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RICHIE HAVENS ON TOUR THIS WINTER

photos by Laura McDaniel- for the Grateful Web

A sense of timelessness rings throughout Richie Havens' latest release, Nobody Left to Crown, as though the passing years have only strengthened the meaning of his soul-filled folk rock. Nobody Left to Crown, recently released to the US on Verve Records this past July, attests that Richie Havens has never been more relevant, necessary even, than he is today.

Gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, Richie Havens has a soulful singing style that remains as unique and ageless as when he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s. It's a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993 - coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, "A Day In The Garden", in 1999. Richie Havens is not a man to easily abandon his hopes for a better world. "We are at the dawn of major change", he declares with a broad smile.  Nobody Left to Crown is his heartfelt and unwavering contribution to these fine aspirations.

For over three decades, Richie has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. With more than twenty-five albums released and a touring schedule that would kill many a younger man, he continues to view his calling as a higher one.  As he told The Denver Post, "I really sing songs that move me.  I'm not in show business; I'm in the communications business.  That's what it's about for me".

Richie Havens tours this summer and fall in support of Nobody Left to Crown.  His current list of tour dates is as follows:

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

January 17 Sons of Hermann Hall Dallas TX
January 18 Manship Theater at Shaw Center for the Arts Baton Rouge LA
January 23 Anthology San Diego CA
January 24 The Palmdale Playhouse Palmdale CA
January 30 Fairfield Theatre Company Fairfield CT
January 31 Barre Opera House Barre VT
February 06 The Firehouse Coffeehouse Littleton MA
February 07 Veritas Auditorium Chicopee MA
February 08 Carol Autorino Center / Hoffman Auditorium West Hartford CT
February 13 Coconino Center for the Arts Flagstaff AZ
February 14 Rhythm Room Phoenix AZ
February 15 Temple of Music and Art Tucson AZ
February 20 Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland WA with Harry Manx
February 22 Aladdin Theater Portland OR
February 25 Kayhi Auditorium Ketchikan AK
February 28 Mariner Theatre Homer AK
March 01 Alaska Center for the Performing Arts - Discovery Theatre Anchorage AK
March 05 Northern California Center for the Arts Grass Valley CA
March 06 Napa Valley Opera House Napa CA with Harry Manx
March 07 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA with Harry Manx
March 20 Irvington Town Hall Theater Irvington NY with Cliff Eberhardt
April 17 Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Clinton Township MI with Harry Manx
April 18 Jasper Community Arts Commission Jasper IN with Harry Manx
April 23 Thrasher Opera House Green Lake WI with Harry Manx
April 24 Stoughton Opera House Stoughton WI with Harry Manx
April 25 ECC Blizzard Theatre Elgin IL with Harry Manx
April 26 University Church West Lafayette IN with Harry Manx
May 15 Metropolitan Museum of Art New York NY
May 16 Algonquin Arts Manasquan NJ
May 28 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN
May 29 Paramount Theatre Austin TX

Blue Train Revisited This Weekend At The Iridium Jazz Club

Coltrane''s Blue Train- for the Grateful Web

The most enduring of the dozen or so records made by John Coltrane in 1957, Blue Train was John Coltrane's sole recording for the legendary Blue Note label.  The sextet setting allying the tenor giant with trumpeter Lee Morgan and trombonist Curtis Fuller has gone on to become one of the most popular entries in the Coltrane discography.  Curtis Fuller, the only trombonist to record in a Coltrane led band, returns to recreate the classic sound of the group with young veterans Terell Stafford and Javon Jackson filling out the frontline and an all-star rhythm section of George Cables, Lonnie Plaxico and Andrew Cyrille.

 

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
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Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

 

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)

Organ Summit This Weekend At The Iridium Jazz Club

Photo by Jim Eigo- for the Grateful Web

ORGAN SUMMIT Featuring: Joey DeFrancesco, Reuben Wilson, Paul Bollenback, & Byron Landham.  Also, be sure to check out EVERY MONDAY LES PAUL AND HIS TRIO JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS.

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM (Unless Otherwise Indicated)

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio This Weekend At The Iridium Jazz Club

Dr. Lonnie Smith- for the Grateful Web

"Dr. Lonnie Smith is a phenomenal B3 burner who can light up a room with visceral intensity or lay down some of the nastiest funk ever played on an organ." Bill Milkowski in JazzTimes

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM (Unless Otherwise Indicated)
Les Paul Sets Remain at 8:00 & 10:00PM

This Weekend At Cornelia Street Cafe NYC w/ John McNeil

John McNeil will play the Corneila Cafe- for the Grateful Web

Fri Nov 28 & Sat Nov 29
9:00PM & 10:30PM THE JOHN MCNEIL HARMONIC EXTRAVAGANZA! @ the Cornelia Street Cafe

(John McNeil, trumpet; Tom Beckham, vibraphone; Nate Radley, guitar; Mike McGuirk, bass)

The John McNeil Harmonic Extravaganza! - A THANKSGIVING TREAT!

After blowing your diet completely and spending yet another torturous holiday with family members you can't stand, you now have the opportunity to wipe the slate clean.  John McNeil's Harmonic Extravaganza is just the thing to erase the evil memories of Thanksgiving and to steel you against Yuletide challenges yet to come.

You see, this is no ordinary music; the chords and tonal colors generated by this band are specifically designed to resonate within your cerebral cortex and stimulate your pleasure centers with endorphins.  In other words, this band puts the "hip" in hippocampus, the "myg" in amygdala and removes the "dull" from medulla. It's like electroshock therapy without the drooling and loss of short-term memory.

Sun  Nov 30 
8:30PM ALEJANDRO FLÓREZ'S TIBAGUI

(Sam Sadigursky, clarinet, flute; Sebastián Cruz, tiple, guitar; Alejandro Flórez, bandola, tiple, guitar; Andreas Guarín, guitar; Pedro Giraudo, bass; Franco Pinna, drums, percussion)

Three unique acoustic guitars plus drums, bass, clarinet and flute, playing music that is rich in danceable rhythms, elaborate melodies and sophisticated harmonies, based on Colombian tradition but injected with a jazz ingredient full of improvisation, interaction and innovative character.

Mon  Dec 01 
8:30PM AMRAM & CO

(David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; John de Witt, bass; Adam Amram, percussion; John Ventimiglia, actor)

David Amram Quartet, with Kevin Twigg, John Dewitt, Adam Amram, actor John Ventimiglia and surprise guests celebrating the publication of Amram's new book, "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" classics of jazz, world music, spoken word and amram's compositions.

This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments - renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

Karrin Allyson Appearing This Weekend At The Iridium Jazz Club

Karrin Allyson- for the Grateful Web

Born on July 27th, in Great Bend, Kansas, Karrin Allyson (pronounced 'CAR-in') has spent the last fifteen years carving out an impressive career as a singer, songwriter, pianist, composer and bandleader.

It's not just critics who love her, it's the rest of the world, too-musicians, concertgoers and connoisseurs of quality music.

One thing's for certain, though: The two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist has been winning over fans and critics alike. And she's been doing so just about everywhere jazz can be heard or seen since 1992.

That was the year Allyson assembled her Kansas City-based rhythm section, borrowed funds from her family and headed into the studio. The result? I Didn't Know About You. The reaction was immediate. "Stunning debut! Irresistible twists of melody and inflection," wrote veteran jazz critic Neil Tesser in Playboy Magazine, placing the young singer in the company of legends Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn. Critics and jazz lovers from coast to coast echoed the news. Allyson is a major talent that will drive you wild.

Over the years, Karrin Allyson has recorded a series of eleven CDs for Concord Records, each of which have showcased her astonishing breadth of repertoire, from standards by Gershwin and Porter to Brazilian bossa nova to samba and Thelonious Monk. She has also taken on French and Brazilian music (From Paris to Rio), the genius of John Coltrane (Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane) and the blues (In Blue).

Most recently, the vocalist has released Imagina: Songs of Brasil, a beautiful collection of 14 tracks that features songs sung fully in Portuguese, as well as Brazilian songs with English translations by Susannah McCorkle, Chris Caswell, Gene Lees, Paul Williams and Jon Hendricks. But, "Whatever your native language," she says, "I hope that these songs speak directly to your heart, as they have to mine."

Her many eclectic and steadfast recordings, however, are only the tip of the iceberg. Karrin Allyson spends two days out of three on the road, playing the major jazz festivals and clubs of the U.S. and making repeated tours overseas. In February 2004, she toured Australia for the first time. This summer, she embarks on yet another tour of Europe, South America and the Far East.

What you may not know, is that not only has Karrin performed in traditional jazz venues throughout the world, but she has appeared at Carnegie Hall, at Lincoln Center, and at the 92nd St. Y; performances made all the more special to the artist because those concerts took place in what has been Karrin's adopted home town for the last decade, New York City.

The singer has also been a popular and welcomed guest of Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion on several occasions, most recently from Tanglewood. And finally, Allyson and her band have performed with symphony orchestras around the country, including the new Carnegie Hall concert series at Zankel Hall.

What has generated this much esteem and success? First of all there is the singer's uniquely distinctive voice. Notable jazz critic and historian Gary Giddins affirms, "Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain...incisive, original, and emotionally convincing." The Houston Press agrees wholeheartedly, "If there's a choir in heaven, someday the exquisite vocalist Karrin Allyson will lead it. She's such an otherworldly talent that the creator probably already has her on heavy rotation."

But there is more. When one listens to Allyson, you hear heart, intelligence, and musical sophistication. Her emotional range, from heartfelt to sassy, is beyond her musical peers. And there is a literate and engaging connection that honors the great traditions of blues, jazz and roots, expands to the Great American Songbook and embraces French and Brazilian rhythms.

The classically trained Karrin Allyson is also a great bandleader - she is a musician's musician. If you listen carefully, you will hear highly developed musical interplay with her band that sounds so effortless and natural that it conceals the deep level of musical sophistication. This is one of Allyson's great achievements, and it is the result of working for more than a decade with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi. Together, they have developed a powerful and flexible language and style unique among current groups.

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/

Mahjongg Kick Off European Tour This Week

Mahjongg- for the Grateful Web

Originally formed in the great bounteous Midwest region of the United States "Mahjongg" began as a simple experiment between The Grid and The Sphere.  To attract the brood orientation of the young mind, Mahjongg knew the only way to spread Kontpab's message was by forming a musiK band.  This ever-expanding Sect uses "irratainment" to teach the warnings and Revelations of the almighty god Kontpab. Kontpab basically warns the human race of the mass "funneling" of the populace minds into The Grid.

Once trapped in The Grid themselves, Kontpab instructed Mahjongg to make a pilgrimage to Chicago, IL., where they would form their first  "warning orbs," at local art spaces and bars, and in turn be shown the light that is The Sphere.  It was during this time that the Machinegong EP was recorded, and their first attempt to leave Kontpab's message sublimated in the patricians of the clubs was a success.  Kontpab showed Mahjongg that The Grid's seemingly well-defined rules and laws could in fact be used against The Grid itself.

Many not briefed on the vast Kontpab religion will never fully understand Mahjongg during their "Warning Orbs," so they cut another album to set into stone what Kontpab had clearly shown them: Raydoncong 2005 . Again using The Grid's vast amalgam of mathematical tools against itself, The Sect were able to demonstrate to the brood, for instance with prime numbered polyrhythms, that not only was the path to The Sphere full of spectacle and self awakening, but pharmaceuticals, beer, and dancing as well.  It was here that Mahjongg became not only teacher, but student, and this is where The Chicago Sects association with the Water Babies began.

Born into the great Chicago winter of '06 in the septic rivers of the Magikal Forest, the Water Babies used Kontpabs undivided and all seeing power to unlock The Sphere's greatest secret: improvisation. With these new teachings from the almighty Kontpab, Mahjongg was able to create a new church and recording studio for the Chicago Sect.  Soon the tapestries of aural chaos were tempered and perfected.  Software was upgraded and drums tuned.  With nervous but relevant hair follicles and motley threads, Mahjongg hit the scene.  Many eons of "Warning Orbs" have since commenced, but the human race still chooses to "funnel" into The Grid.  It is because of this that Mahjongg is left with no choice but to invoke the name of our great God almighty itself.  And it is with this name we proudly present to you our new album, Kontpab.  For we are all Kontpab.

European Tour

Oct 8, 2008 - Rome, Italy Init
Oct 9, 2008 - Pisa, Italy Caracol
Oct 10, 2008 - Genova, Italy Burrida
Oct 11, 2008 - Marseille, France Festival Actoral
Oct 12, 2008 - Bordeaux, France Saint-Ex
Oct 14, 2008 - Brest, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Brest
Oct 15, 2008 - Brest, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Brest
Oct 16, 2008 - Brest, France Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Brest
Oct 17, 2008 - Dublin, Ireland Whelans Cap
Oct 18, 2008 - Glasgow, Scotland Stereo
Oct 22, 2008 - Cardiff, Wales Clwb Ifor Bach
Oct 23, 2008 - Brighton, England Freebutt
Oct 24, 2008 - London, England Upset the Rhythm
Oct 25, 2008 - Rouen, France Emporium Galorium
Oct 26, 2008 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands Studio K
Oct 27, 2008 - Hamburg, Germany Astra Stube
Oct 28, 2008 - Leipzig, Germany Frueh Auf
Oct 29, 2008 - Dresden, Germany Scheune
Oct 30, 2008 - Berlin, Germany Bang Bang Club
Nov 1, 2008 - Boulogne-Billancourt, France Festival BBmix / Carré Bellefeuille
Nov 2, 2008 - Darmstadt, Germany Oetinger Villa
Nov 3, 2008 - Basel, Switzerland Hirscheneck
Nov 4, 2008 - Esslingen, Germany Komma
Nov 5, 2008 - Koln, Germany Tsunami
Nov 6, 2008 - Trier, Germany Ex Haus
Nov 7, 2008 - Metz, France Festival Musiques Volantes / Les Trinitaires
Nov 8, 2008 - Lausanne, Switzerland Festival Métropop / Le Romandie
Nov 13, 2008 - Castellon, Spain Tanned Tin Festival

Keller Williams on Tour this Fall

Keller @ the Fox - photo by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Keller Williams has built a career on his uncanny ability to captivate a packed house-all by himself.  So why now, after fifteen-years as a solo artist, is he releasing a live album-simply titled, Live-with three other names on the cover? It turns out that since he first picked up a guitar, this troubadour has wanted to front a band. 

On Live (September 16, 2008 / SCI Fidelity Records), Keller taps into the world-class talent of Keith Moseley (bass - The String Cheese Incident), Gibb Droll (guitar - Marc Broussard, Brandi Carlile), and Jeff Sipe (drums - Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon). The musical horsepower of four friends playing together on stage proves stronger than even Keller had dreamed. Recorded at select live shows during a winter 2008 tour, and featuring seventeen tracks that span Keller's career, Live is a testament to how a band, with the right chemistry and chops, can take a song to places even the writer couldn't have imagined. 

"What a treat after so many years of being in control," Williams says. "The band has a knack for hanging a sharp left that I don't see coming." As the principal singer/songwriter, Keller may be driving this musical train, but he doesn't always know where it's headed. Williams puts unyielding faith in Moseley, Droll, and Sipe's ability to sustain the conversation. And, as with every live recording worth a damn, the audience is an integral part. On Live the crowd sizzles with energy; they know they're witnessing something special.

Catch Keller Williams featuring Keith Moseley, Gibb Droll, & Jeff Sipe on tour this fall, making stops on the West Coast for the first time ever. 

The complete list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

October 23 The Kent Stage Kent OH KW Solo
October 24 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH KW Solo
November 05 Coach House San Juan Capistrano CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 06 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 07 El Rey Theatre LA, CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 08 Crystal Bay Casino Crystal Bay, NV with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 09 Fillmore San Francisco CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 11 Eureka Theatre Eureka CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 12 Midtown Ballroom Bend OR with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 13 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 14 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 15 Showbox Seattle WA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe

"Live From Abbey Road" airs this Thursday

Ben Harper & the Criminals- for the Grateful Web

Watch Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals perform in the legendary Abbey Road Studios this Thursday, August 28th on the Sundance Channel at 10PM ET/PT.

Watch an exclusive interview with Ben at http://www.sundancechannel.com/livefromabbeyroad/

The program will air in the UK on Channel 4 on Sept 12th and 13th.  More international broadcast dates forthcoming at www.benharper.net.

Visit the Tour Archive at http://www.benharper.net for the setlist, photos and reviews!