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Big Star's 3rd performed by members of R.E.M., Big Star, etc.

Big Stars third album, Sister Lovers, has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential albums ever produced. Written and recorded when the legendary 70s band was primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, the third album has never been performed in public with the original string and wind orchestrations.

That will change December 9 and 10, 2010 when Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC hosts Stroke It, Noel, a special performance of this important piece of music. The all-star band will include Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s), and Jeff Crawford and Charles Cleaver (the Tomahawks). North Carolina’s own acclaimed chamber pop group Lost in the Trees, as well as members of Birds and Arrows and the NC Symphony, will comprise the orchestra. Guest vocalists will include members of the Love Language, the Old Ceremony, Megafaun and other special guests. In addition to performing Sister Lovers in its entirety, the band will play a few additional Big Star and Chris Bell selections during the show.

“The original written scores for the record were long missing,” Chris Stamey says. “But John Fry at Ardent Records was able to supply us with elements of the original multitrack tapes. Composer Carl Marsh, who wrote the ground-breaking charts for the original record, used these tapes to precisely retranscribe his arrangements. And I’ve orchestrated anew some other elements of the recordings for the players, in order to recreate live some of the aleatoric studio effects. We’ve also been able to hear and match the inner workings of these glorious compositions in much greater detail this way. It’s been a fascinating process, and a real community adventure as well.”

The concerts will be filmed as a major component of “Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story,” a documentary film by Danielle McCarthy and Drew DeNicola slated for 2011 release.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 day of show and are available at www.catscradle.com or by calling the Cat’s Cradle box office at (919)967-9053.

Proceeds from the concerts will be donated to two charities focused on improving the lives of musicians--KidZNotes of Durham, NC and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. KidZNotes is focused on classical and orchestral music training in pre-school years as a means to combat poverty and foster positive decision-making in inner cities. The New Orleans Musicians Clinic provides affordable, comprehensive health care to musicians.

Kermit Ruffins Releasing Happy Talk, Playing BAM, Voodoo, Fallon!

Leading up to the release of his latest album, Happy Talk on October 26, Kermit Ruffins is happy to announce that he will be performing at The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Red Hot + New Orleans in New York on December 3rd and 4th. A part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Kermit will be joined by New Orleans contemporaries Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Ledisi, Marc Broussard, Partners-N-Crimes, and Irma Thomas to show off the best the city has to offer — from second-line stomps to the raucous energy of bounce. Following the performance, Kermit will also join ?uestlove and The Roots on December 7th on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” And later this month, Kermit will be representing his hometown at New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival. Performing on Saturday Oct. 30th at 5 p.m., Kermit will be joined by Dr. Michael White, Jeremy Davenport, Jason Marsalis, David Pulphus, and Victor Atkins as a part of Basin Street Records’ All-Star Revue. And to add to all this, the first round of 2010 GRAMMY® ballots have been released and Kermit Ruffins' Have A Crazy Cool Christmas has been entered in a number of categories.

All this leads up to the release of Kermit’s latest album, Happy Talk. Produced by GRAMMY® Award Winner Tracey Freeman (Harry Connick, Jr., Jeremy Davenport), Happy Talk is Kermit’s first collection of big band music. And to celebrate the release of the record, Kermit has scheduled an album Release Party for November 5that Rock & Bowl in New Orleans with a big band.

It’s hard to think of how anyone wouldn’t benefit from a little bit more of Kermit’s perennially positive attitude, his iconic take on New Orleans jazz, and his delicious BBQ — which he still serves after his weekly shows in New Orleans, by the way. And with the exposure Kermit has received with David Simon’s “Tremé,” Kermit has gone from New Orleans’ legendary native son to America’s new favorite jazzman.

For Kermit, Happy Talk has been a long time coming. Throughout his career, he has made no secret of his love of big band music and his admiration for legendary bandleaders like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. As the bandleader, lead vocalist and trumpeter on the new album, Kermit has taken the big band sound and given it his own “Kermit swing.” There’s his rousing take of Sam Cooke’s classic “Ain’t That (Good News)” and “If I Only Had A Brain,which Kermit infuses with a healthy dose of Latin spice. The album also pays tribute to Kermit’s musical inspiration, Louis Armstrong, with versions of songs that Armstrong made famous including “Hey Look Me Over,” “La Vie En Rose,” and “Shine.” Kermit also leads his band through his own swingin’ originals like “I Got A Tremé Woman” and “New Orleans (My Home Town).”

Kermit was born with the music in his blood. Growing up, Kermit used to skip lunch and perform second line music for his classmates before the principal would shut him and his friends down. In 1982, Kermit founded The Rebirth Brass Band with his high school classmate and tuba player Philip Frazier in Tremé, LA. The band took off after their legendary first performance at Jazz Fest and quickly became one of the most beloved brass bands in New Orleans and the United States. In 1992, Kermit founded the Barbecue Swingers, his traditional jazz quintet. Their weekly performances at Vaughan’s Lounge for 17 years and Bullet’s Sports Bar since Katrina have become staple New Orleans events, with Kermit tailgating his shows by serving up that legendary barbecue!

When David Simon decided to follow up “The Wire” with “Tremé,” he approached Kermit to have him appear on the show. As Simon put it, “There wasn't any use in casting someone else. Only Kermit can play Kermit." Truer words could not have been spoken.

Toubab Krewe Fall 2010 Dates + New Album

From the ragtime piano tinged opener "Mariama" to the percussion fueled, slide guitar glide of "Gine Fare" to the subtle, inviting African echoes of "Konkoba" to the hypnotic, psychedelic slow burn of "Holy Grail," TK2 reveals Toubab Krewe to be rare innovators in a modern age often too ready to settle for more of what's been. Toubab Krewe is happily an exception to this rule, and those willing to take the journey with them are in for one hell of a cool, exciting ride.

"It's five years later since our last studio album, and we've been doing almost nothing but playing together," says Drew Heller. "We've had a lot of time to further our musical relationships. I feel like this album was recorded at a really perfect time. The last track on the new album is an improvisation that was the very first sounds captured, and other things came out of that initial rush."


CURRENT TOUR DATES:

October 9 - Silk Hope, NC (Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival)

October 10 - Roseland, VA (The Festy Experience)

October 28 - Memphis, TN

October 29 - Birmingham, AL

October 30 - Mobile, AL

October 31 - New Orleans, LA (Voodoo Experience)

November 5 - Charlottesville, VA

November 6 - Baltimore, MD

November 7 - Washington, D.C.

November 9 - Carrboro, NC

November 10 - Knoxville, TN

November 11-12 - Live Oak, FL (Bear Creek Music Festival)

November 18 - Miami, FL

November 19-20 - Key West, FL

December 1 - Boulder, CO

December 2 - Denver, CO

December 4 - Phoenix, AZ

7 Walkers ft. Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali Announce Self-Titled Debut

Famed drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann and voodoo guitar master Papa Mali come together as 7 Walkers for their self-titled debut release, due out November 2, 2010 on Response Records. With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, 7 Walkers is an electrifying hybrid of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk.

Together with legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball), the highly anticipated release features a batch of brand-new originals, a guest performance by Willie Nelson on “King Cotton Blues,” and a few smokin’ instrumentals. A self-proclaimed “open love letter” to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a unique collaboration between these very different musical shamans.

For both Kreutzmann and Papa Mali, 7 Walkers—whose name is borrowed from one of the band’s songs—is something of a dream come true. Kreutzmann has New Orleans in his DNA, literally—his mother was born there—and he’s always been partial to the city’s music. “I have a real feeling for that music and I get along with the folks down there really well,” he says.

The Crescent City, of course, also impacted native Louisianan Papa Mali incalculably. Although he grew up in Shreveport, he made frequent trips during his youth to New Orleans, where his mom’s family was from. “I bought my clothes and my records there, saw lots of live music there and began to forge my own personal style and musical identity in New Orleans,” he says.

The songwriting partnership between Robert Hunter and Papa Mali created undeniable chemistry. Their collaboration, says Kreutzmann, “reminds me very much, and not because of the personalities or anything, of Garcia and Hunter working together, in that really tight fashion. Those words, if you just read them, they’re fun stories, but when you put the music to them it sends them over the top.”

He’ll get no argument from Robert Hunter. “7 Walkers hit the ball so far out of the park it’s still sailing,” he says about the album. “It might actually have gone into orbit. I’m very proud to be part of the project. This album is sheer joy from first note to last.”

The complete list of 7 Walkers tour dates is as follows:

Friday, October 1 Uptown Theatre Napa CA

Friday, October 1 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows San Francisco CA

Friday, October 22 Revolution Hall Fort Lauderdale FL

Saturday, October 23 Magnolia Music Festival Live Oak Fl

Monday, October 25 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach CA

Tuesday, October 26 Winston's Beach Club San Diego CA

Thursday, October 28 Coach House San Juan Capistrano CA

Friday, October 29 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA

Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31 Las Tortugas Festival Groveland CA

Thursday, December 9 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT

Friday, December 10 Narrow Center for the Arts Fall River MA

Saturday, December 11 Higher Ground South Burlington VT

Sunday, December 12 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH

Tuesday, December 14 Port City Music Hall Portland ME

Thursday, December 16 Stage One Fairfield CT

Friday, December 17 Boulton Center for the Arts Bay Shore NY

Saturday, December 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA

Sunday, December 19 City Winery New York NY

Tuesday, December 28 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT

Wednesday, December 29 Pearl Street Northampton MA

Thursday, December 30 Westcott Theater Syracuse NY

Friday, December 31 The Silo Reading PA

Beats Antique Debuts At #2 On Electronic iTunes Charts

Exotic electropop/fusion/gypsy hip-hop act Beats Antique, a band with roots in bellydance, performance art and electronic music, celebrates its new release with a live concert webcast.

The webcast concert for Blind Threshold’s iTunes release is Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, broadcast from the campus of Ex'pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA. Hosted by CreativeAllies.com, an online design community that lets anyone submit art in official contests for artists like M.I.A., OK Go, Amanda Palmer, Jack Johnson and Thievery Corporation, the webcast is free and open to the public.

Beats Antique has performed at Lollapalooza, the Austin City Limits festival and Outside Lands, and has toured with Bassnectar and Les Claypool of Primus. The new release, Blind Threshold, contains violins, laser-guided harmonica from Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, and vocal tracks ranging from restless pop from singer-songwriter LYNX to the Eastern European folk melodies of Eva Salina.

Blind Threshhold is released in CD form on Antique Records on October 12.

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US Tour:

9/17 - Laytonville, CA - Earthdance
9/18 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
9/24 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival @ Motor
9/25 - Arcata, CA - Aracata Theatre
9/28 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
9/30 - Madison, WI - Majestic Live
10/1 - Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
10/2 - Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub
10/3 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
10/6 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10/9 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/11 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
10/12 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
10/13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10/14 - Asheville, NC - TBD
10/15 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House
10/16 - Athens, GA - New Earth Music Hall
10/17 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade - Hell Room
10/22 - Allston, MA - Harpers Ferry
11/11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11/12 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
11/13 - Calgary, AB - Royal Canadian Legion

11/14 - Winnipeg, MB - Crescent Wood United Church

NATIONWIDE BENEFIT CONCERTS for the Fishermen & Wildlife affected by the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

On July 1st, 2010, a nationwide effort on behalf of independent club's will take place to benefit those directly affected by the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. We are all aware of the severity of this tragedy to the region and the global ecosystem.  What many are unaware of, as the oil continues to gush, the  Gulf Coast communities are quickly being devastated. The local and global economy will suffer irreparable damage that will last for many years to come. The ramifications will be that many families will not be able to survive financially in the very near future (http://www.dirtycajuns.com) : (http://tinyurl.com/2g487xj).

In addition to the dire situation facing the wetlands we have many people in our own back yard needing assistance.In the spirit of Independence Day, indie venues across the US are donating a % of of door revenues or ticket sales to the fishermen of the Gulf Coast and the clean up efforts. Many of our fellow Americans in the foreseeable  future will have no livelihood, are preparing to leave their homes, and are now lining up for food handouts. With hurricane season on the horizon there is reason for great concern. We've learned how essential it is to be prepared for the worst.

The funds will dispersed directly to the people in need through charity organizations directly aiding fishermen & their families, as well as those associated with wildlife relief efforts.

In conjunction with the events of July 1st, Coast to Coast will also be unifying a collective social media outreach campaign, which will be lead by Sloane Berrent (http://answerwithaction.com)

This is an opportunity for us to save lives and make a difference in an unnatural disaster of epic proportions where many want to get involved but don't know how. This is the way the music industry can help. No agenda other than working together for a common cause to raise monies and directly help the communities and support the efforts to save the wetlands and native species of the Gulf Coast.

The following venues will be participating:

The Roxy (Los Angeles, CA)

Viper Room (Los Angeles, CA)

Spaceland (Los Angeles, CA)

The Echo (Los Angeles, CA)

The Mint (Los Angeles, CA)

Fais Do Do (Los Angeles, CA)

The Comedy Store (Los Angeles, CA)

Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach, CA)

Winston's (San Diego, CA)

Downtown Brewing Co. (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Mojito (San Francisco, CA)

Fox Theatre (Boulder, CO) - Euforquestra & Ocote Soul Sounds - Bands donating a % of all merchandise sales

Boulder Theater (Boulder CO)  -  Zane Lamprey "Drinking Made Easy" Comedy Tour

Triple Door (Seattle, WA)

Tipitina's (New Orleans, LA)

The Blue Nile (New Orleans, LA)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Lafayette, LA)

George's Majestic (Fayetteville, AR)

Neumeier's Rib Room (Fort Smith, AR)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Ocean Springs, MS)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Gulfport, MS)

Soul Kitchen (Mobile, AL)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Mobile, AL)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Destin, FL)

The Press Room (Portsmouth, NH)

MARCO BENEVENTO | Spring & Summer Tour

On May 11, Marco Benevento will release his third album in as many years, Between The Needles & Nightfall. We couldn't be more excited for you to wrap your ears around this groundbreaking, creative high-point from the acclaimed Brooklyn-based pianist. The pre-order for the album is now open. Pick up your copy on CD, Vinyl or limited edition Red vinyl (only 100 copies), and you'll get a link to download a bonus EP, Spell 579, that features five solo piano tracks recorded by Marco, including his long sought after version of The Shins' "Kissing The Lipless."

Pre-Order BETWEEN THE NEEDLES & NIGHFALL here

Also, Marco Benevento tour dates and lots of them...

April 21 | Bennie's Boom Boom Room | Hattiesburg, MS *w/ Dave Dreiwitz & Billy Martin
April 23 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA *w/ Dave Dreiwitz, Mark Mullins & Billy Martin
April 24 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA *w/ The Slip & Surprise Me Mr. Davis
April 28 | Howlin' Wolf | New Orleans, LA *
Megalomaniac's Ball w/ Garage A Trois
May 2 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans, LA
May 5 | The Space | Portland, ME
May 6 | The Stone Church | Newmarket, NH
May 7 | Main Pub | Manchester, CT
May 8 | RISD | Providence, RI
May 9 | Parima | Burlington, VT
May 12 | The Hideaway | Louisville, KY
May 13 | Southgate House | Newport, KY
May 14 | Martyr's | Chicago, IL
May 15 | Wilbert's | Cleveland, OH
May 16 | Club Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 | The Nightcat | Easton, MD
May 20 | 8x10 | Baltimore, MD *w/ Xylos
May 21 | North Star | Philadelphia, PA *w/ Xylos
May 22 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY *w/ Xylos
June 16 | Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA *w/ American Babies
June 17 | River Street Jazz Cafe | Plains, PA *w/ Steve Kimock
June 18 | The Bearsville Theater | Woodstock, NY *w/ Charlie Hunter
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA *w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR *w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR *w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis
June 27 | Winnipeg Jazz Festival | Winnipeg, Canada
June 28 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal, Canada
June 29 | Toronto Jazz Festival | Toronto, Canada
August 8-10 | Fly Me To The Moon | Telluride, CO ***SOLD OUT
August 12-13 | Dazzle | Denver, CO

SURPRISE ME MR. DAVIS | THAT MAN EATS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST

Surprise Me Mr. Davis just wrapped a ecstatically energized East Coast run capped off by two very special nights in New York City this past weekend! The band is supporting a new EP, That Man Eats Morning For Breakfast, and while plans are well under way to get back into the studio to record their first full length studio album, this EP, including "Sissyfuss," "Roses In Bottles" and "Joelle," is the place to start.

Pick up the CD direct from RPF | or at iTunes

Surprise Me Mr. Davis, a band that plays a handful of dates a year--schedules permitting in the worlds of Nathan Moore, The Slip and Marco Benevento--is taking on more significance these days. The schedule is busier in 2010 and if all goes as planned will continue to grow.

Upcoming dates are:

April 30 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 26 | WOW Hall | Eugene, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
July 1 High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 3 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 6 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
July 7 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
August 19 | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO
August 20 | Three 20 South | Breckenridge, CO
August 21 | Newhoma Music Festival | Florissant, CO

National Jazz Museum in Harlem 2010 May Schedule

We invite you to join us at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem as we venture to the very birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, for a month-long focus on the Crescent City of today.

We take our Jazz for Curious Listeners theme, “Tuning into Tremé,” as an allusion to the critically acclaimed new HBO series, which itself is named after one of the oldest black neighborhoods in the United States. Curated by Larry Blumenfeld of the Wall Street Journal, this journey will encompass the gumbo of cultures and musics that make New Orleans so special while pointing the way to its post-Katrina future. The Saturday Panel on New Orleans will extend and elaborate this critical inquiry.

Our flagship discussion series, Harlem Speaks, begins with Harlem resident and master tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, and ends with the veteran vibraphonist David Samuels, whose eclectic musical tastes will add spice to the conversation. Trumpet man Randy Sandke’s latest book is making waves in as a fresh and at times controversial look at race and economics in jazz history; he’ll share the whys and hows at Jazz for Curious Readers.

As always, we never just give you all talk and no play, so the instrumentalists will have their say on stage, as pianist Steven Schoenberg performs a solo concert for Harlem in the Himalayas and the NJMH All Stars blow their horns for dancers at Jazz at the Dwyer.

Mark your calendars today, tell some friends, don’t delay, so we can swing with you in May!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Jazz for Curious Readers
Randy Sandke
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Trumpeter/author Randy Sandke, author of Where the Light and the Dark Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics and Business of Jazz (Scarecrow Press, 2010), has performed at festivals, clubs, and concerts around the world and has recorded over twenty albums as a leader as well.

As a composer, Sandke has had pieces performed at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd St. YMCA, and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center. The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band performed six of his suites.

Tonight’s focus, however, is on Sandke’s literary achievement and insights.

Randy Sandke’s previous book, Harmony for a New Millennium, details a method of exploring non-tonal harmony in the context of both composition and improvisation. He has also written scholarly articles on jazz history for the Oxford Companion to Jazz and the Rutgers University Annual Review of Jazz Studies.

In his recently published work (see above) Sandke conjoins his experience as a working musician with his scholarship to produce a work that debunks many of the hoary myths surrounding the role of race in jazz history. In what promises to be an intriguing (and perhaps controversial) discussion, Sandke will explain his thesis and why he was inspired to write Where the Light and the Dark Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics and Business of Jazz.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Tuning in to Tremé: Big Chiefs and Second Lines
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Set in New Orleans, David Simon's new HBO series “Treme” picks up three months after the floods that resulted from the levee failures after Hurricane Katrina. Culture, which in New Orleans means a tight braid of music, cuisine, dance, visual art, and street life, is the primary focus of the series, as indeed it was and is the defining element of the city's identity and its recovery. Familiar faces from Simon's actors' troupe show up as fictional cultural fixtures: Wendell Pierce (detective Bunk Moreland on The Wire) plays Antoine Batiste, a trombonist we first encounter subbing with the real-life Rebirth Brass Band. Clarke Peters (detective Lester Freamon on The Wire) plays the Mardi Gras Indian Chief Albert Lambreaux, chanting out some of his best lines while beating a tambourine. The true-life heroes of New Orleans jazz figure prominently too: In addition to Rebirth, the list of musicians making cameo appearances, often in performance, includes trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, saxophonist Donald Harrison, and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, and drummer Bob French.

These 90-minute conversations, led by writer Larry Blumenfeld, who has written extensively about New Orleans since the flood, will use the HBO series to frame a wide-ranging consideration of jazz culture in New Orleans and its role in recovery. Excerpts from the show will be screened, and special guests-musicians, participants in the series, and scholars-will join in the discussion.

In Sidney Bechet's memoir, Treat It Gentle, the late, great clarinetist's real grandfather is supplanted by Omar, a fictional figure based on a folk tale, all the better to convey stirring truths about the true origins of New Orleans jazz. Real and imagined intermingle pointedly in New Orleans, in all walks of life. What can the fiction of “Treme”-which is named for the “Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, long a hothouse for jazz culture-tell is about the city's real culture before and since the flood?

In our first session we will see the manner in which “Treme” plugs directly into an indigenous culture that has served as a lifeline for a New Orleans still inching toward recovery. That lifeline is extended principally by traditional jazz and brass-band musicians; the Social Aid & Pleasure Club members that mount Sunday parades; and-perhaps the most mysterious and essential group of all-Mardi Gras Indians, who dress in elaborate feathered and beaded suits four times a year. We'll consider the roots, traditions and depictions of these culture-bearers and their connections to familiar music.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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

Harlem resident Wayne Escoffery is one of the most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen on tenor saxophone in jazz. Born in London, Escoffery grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where he sang in a renowned local boy’s choir and began taking sax lessons. At 16 he attended JazzMobile in Harlem, and by his senior year in secondary school had met Jackie McLean at The Artist’s Collective in Hartford.
McLean gave Wayne a full scholarship to attend The Hartt School, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance, and became known as one of McLean's prize pupils. He went on to attend and graduate from The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at The New England Conservatory in Boston with a Masters degree.

Since then, he has performed with a plethora of internationally respected musicians and has become known for his beautiful sound, impressive technique and versatility. As well as performing with his quartet, his group Veneration and a collaborative group with vocalist (and wife) Carolyn Leonhart, Wayne Escoffery currently performs locally and tours internationally with Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet, The Tom Harrell Quintet, and The Mingus Big Band/Orchestra/Dynasty.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Harlem in the Himalayas

Steven Schoenberg
7:00pm
Location: Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$18 in advance | $20 at door |
For tickets: RMA Box Office
or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344

This solo piano performance marks Steven Schoenberg's first New York concert since the release of Steven Schoenberg Live: An Improvisational Journey. He’s a dynamic, award-winning composer/pianist whose talents cross into musical theater, classical compositions, film scoring, children's music, and solo improvisational piano performances. Schoenberg’s creativity as an improviser and composer shall be on full display as he spontaneously riffs on the Himalayan themes of the venue as well as the vibrations he picks up from the audience . . . so be a part of the experience!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Tuning in to Tremé: Hymns, Dirges and Misdemeanors
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

We continue tracking the acclaimed HBO series, noting that New Orleans jazz has always drawn upon and served both the secular and the sacred, and has been an important element of community organization. Yet, in the wake of Katrina, the often-strained relationship between the musicians and the police, the city and its culture, were starkly revealed: A city known for its culture did not so warmly welcome that culture back. Curator Larry Blumenfeld invites you to join the examination of this tension, and its portrayal in the series.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday Panels
New Orleans
12:00 – 4:00pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Live music plus film and discussion about the Crescent City
New Orleans holds a special place in the history and mythos of the U.S.A. Its mix of southern, French, Spanish and African cultures, and a largely Catholic religious background—in a nation predominately Protestant—was a uniquely rich soil for the birth and early development of jazz. Today’s discussion will feature live music, film, recordings, and a lively discussion of the Crescent City from the 19th to the 21st centuries, when a post-Katrina New Orleans struggles to recover while maintaining its soul, style and dignity.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Tuning in to Tremé: A Rhythm-and-Blues Intervention
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Following the current HBO series, we note that perhaps more so than in any other American city, New Orleans represents the blending of African rhythms and forms with European harmonies and musical sensibility to transform our ideas about music and seed ongoing innovation. Looking at that lineage-from Congo Square to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino to the Nevilles, Wynton Marsalis to Lil Wayne-and as portrayed in the series, Larry Blumenfeld and our live audience will consider what that mixture means.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

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

Veteran Dave Samuels is widely recognized for his fresh new sound and creative approach to both the vibraphone and marimba. Although he’s best known for work with his current ensemble, The Caribbean Jazz Project as well as for his long tenure with Spyro Gyra, Samuels has also worked with a broad scope of artists ranging from Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Carla Bley and Pat Metheny to the Yellowjackets, Bruce Hornsby, and Frank Zappa.

Samuels has been performing and recording with his group The Caribbean Jazz Project for over a decade; their most recent CD, Afro Bop Alliance, garnered a Latin Grammy and was also nominated for a Grammy. Some of his other recording projects include Remembrances, a percussion recording that features a commissioned marimba concerto for chamber orchestra and soloist composed by Jeff Beal, and Double Image—the vibe-marimba duo consisting of Dave Samuels & David Friedman—which is celebrating thirty years of performances. Double Image performs music which spans many styles - from jazz standards and original compositions to through-composed pieces and spontaneous improvisations, demonstrating Samuels deep versatility and spirit of collaboration.

In addition to his playing, Samuels is a respected educator and author and some of his new works can be found at MalletWorks.com and JazzBooks.com. Samuels has been voted “Best Vibes Player” in both Jazziz and Modern Drummer magazines, and was recently featured on the online jazz television show, Jazz it Up!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Jazz at the Dwyer
Take The A Train: A Big Band Swing Dance
7:00 – 11:00pm
Location: The Dwyer Cultural Center
(258 St. Nicholas Avenue at W. 123rd Street)
$20 | More information: info@DwyerCC.org
, presented with Community Works and The Dywer Cultural Center.

Featuring the NJMH All Star Big Band directed by Loren Schoenberg

Last month, Jazz at the Dwyer featured a romping Caribbean band; this month we’ll swing you into good health with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Star Big Band! The famed Big Band Swing era was full of dance bands that stomped and grooved with jitterbugging teens and adults following their every move. Tonight’s show is much more than nostalgia, it’s reclamation of an essential part of the dynamic that made jazz popular. Bring your dancing shoes!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Tuning in to Tremé: Deeper Than the Water
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Weeks into the current HBO series that observes a city built on culture must be rebuilt with culture. That's precisely what is happening in New Orleans. How is this happening? Who are the artists and activists and organizations behind this cultural rebirth? And what can we learn from this experience about the role of culture in our lives and the needs of every American city?

Larry Blumenfeld, curator of this four-part JCL series on New Orleans, writes about music and culture for The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice and many other publications, and is editor-at-large of Jazziz magazine. He is a former Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute, researching cultural recovery in New Orleans.

Marco Benevento Announces North American Tour Dates

Marco Benevento has announced North American tour dates in support of his forthcoming new album, Between The Needles & Nightfall. The Brooklyn-based pianist leads his trio for the majority of a 29-night headline run that includes a handful of April appearances surrounding the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and May dates on the East Coast and Midwest that are capped off by a hometown show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom.

In June, Benevento works a double shift over three nights in the Northwest playing with both his Trio and Surprise Me Mr. Davis. He'll conclude the month with a string of Canadian jazz festivals, including a solo piano performance at Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur as part of the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Between The Needles & Nightfall hits stores May 11 on vinyl, CD and download via The Royal Potato Family.  A free mp3 download of the album's lead track, "It Came From You," is available now at marcobenevento.com.

Upcoming MARCO BENEVENTO Dates:

April 2 | Parima | Burlington, VT (Solo)
April 21 | Bennie's Boom Boom Room | Hattiesburg, MS (MB & Friends)
April 23 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA (MB & Friends)
April 24 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA (w/ The Slip & Suprise Me Mr. Davis)
April 28 | Megalomaniac's Ball at Howlin' Wolf | New Orleans, LA
May 2 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans, LA
May 5 | The Space | Portland, ME
May 6 | The Stone Church | Newmarket, NH
May 7 | Main Pub | Manchester, CT
May 8 | RISD | Providence, RI
May 9 | Parima | Burlington, VT
May 12 | The Hideaway | Louisville, KY
May 13 | Southgate House | Newport, KY
May 14 | Martyr's | Chicago, IL
May 15 | Wilbert's | Cleveland, OH
May 16 | Club Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 | The Nightcat | Easton, MD
May 20 | 8x10 | Baltimore, MD (w/ Xylos)
May 21 | North Star | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Xylos)
May 22 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ Xylos)
June 16 | Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA (w/ American Babies)
June 17 | River Street Jazz Cafe | Wilkes Barre, PA
June 18 | The Big Up Festival | Ghent, NY
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
June 27 | Winnipeg Jazz Festival | Winnipeg, Canada
June 28 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal, Canada (Solo)
June 29 | Toronto Jazz Festival | Toronto, Canada