Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the forthcoming world premiere of bassist/composer Mario Pavone's Arc Suite t/pi t/po, a suite of original compositions commissioned by chamber music America's 2009 new jazz works: commissioning and ensemble development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Pavone wrote the music for his long standing sextet, orange double tenor, which will perform the work live for the first time on june 8+9th at the Cornelia Street Café, before heading into the recording studio on june 10+11th.

The subsequent recording,also titled arc suite t/pi t/po, will be released by playscape recordings in November to coincide with Pavone's 70th birthday and 45th year in music. Orange Double Tenor features Tony Malaby and Jimmy Greene (saxophones), Dave Ballou (trumpet), Peter Madsen (piano), and Gerald Cleaver, (drums). Also part of this project are Steven Bernstein and Michael Musillami who, along with Pavone and Ballou, each arranged individual movements within the suite.

"I have reflected on the 1960's ... a time of incredible change and transformation ... and on being there and taking in not just the musicality of Trane, Cecil, Ornette, Mingus and Monk, but the physical prescence of these giants and the sociopolitical issues their work addressed. I look to re-envision and re-interpret in today's idiom, and in my compositional systems, the feeling,ethos and energy of that time and those players."

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Toubab Krewe Announce Live at the Orange Peel, Fall Tour

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe kicks off an extensive fall tour this week as they prepare to release their sophomore album, Live at the Orange Peel.  The new album captures their outstanding 2008 New Year's run at the Orange Peel in their hometown of Asheville, NC.


"We've been developing our material live, as we tour, so recording our second album on stage was a natural way for us to capture our creative energy," says guitarist Drew Heller. "Live performance allows unexpected moments to occur - audience and band energies interact in ways that can't be foreseen or simulated in a studio." 


All of the songs are previously unreleased and continue to blend American rock 'n' roll with the West African musical traditions the band fell in love with on their travels to Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast. Along the way, they explore the worlds of surf and zydeco, fusing it all together into what the Village Voice describes as "a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy" and Honest Tune hails as "one of the most innovative voices in music today."


The new release features collaborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl. It was produced by Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, who also produced the band's debut CD.


Details on the album's release date and additional tour dates to be announced soon.


Tour Dates


Sept. 12 | Atlanta, GA | Smiths Olde Bar


Sept. 13 | Tampa, FL | Tampa Cuban Club (WMNF Birthday Party)


Sept. 14 | Gainesville, FL | Real Big Deal (Alachua County Fairgrounds)


Sept. 17 | Carrboro, NC | Cat's Cradle


Sept. 18 | Boone, NC | Legends at Appalachian State


Sept. 19 | Greenville, SC | Handlebar


Sept. 20 | Savannah, GA | Live Wire Music Hall


Sept. 25 | Falls Church, VA | State Theatre


Sept. 26 | Pittsburgh, PA | Club Café


Sept. 27 | Cleveland, OH | Beachland Ballroom


Sept. 28 | Toronto, ON | Small World Music Festival (Revival Bar)


Sept. 30 | Ithaca, NY | Castaways


October 1 | Northampton, MA | Iron Horse Music Hall


October 2 | Burlington, VT | Higher Ground


October 3 | Narragansett, RI | Wheel House


October 4 | Philadelphia, PA | North Star Bar


October 5 | Baltimore, MD | 8X10


October 7 | Harrisburg, PA | Appalachian Brewing Company


October 9 | New York, NY | Bowery Ballroom


October 10 | Silk Hope, NC | Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival 


October 11  | Horse Shoe, NC | Loki Festival at Deerfields 


October 14 | Columbus, OH | Scarlet Grey Café


October 15 | Ann Arbor, MI | Ark


October 16 | Chicago, IL | House of Blues 


October 18 | Minneapolis, MN | Cabooze


October 21 | Bozeman, MT | Zebra Cocktail Lounge


October 23 | Seattle, WA | Tractor Tavern


October 24 | Eugene, OR | W.O.W. Hall


October 25 | Portland, OR | Doug Fir Lounge


October 28 | Arcata, CA | Humboldt Brewery


October 31 | San Francisco, CA | Independent


November 1 | Petaluma, CA | Mystic Theater


November 2 | Santa Cruz, CA | Moe's Alley


November 6 | Los Angeles, CA | The Mint


November 8 | Tucson, AZ | Fox Tucson Theatre


November 11 | Santa Fe, NM | College of Santa Fe


November 13 | Boulder, CO | B Side Lounge


November 14 | Fort Collins, CO | Aggie Theatre


November 15 | Denver, CO | Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom


November 19 | Dallas, TX | Granada Theater


November 21 | Austin, TX | Stubbs Bar-B-Q


November 22 | New Orleans, LA | Tipitina's (With Hot 8 Brass Band)


December 3  | Charleston, SC | Music Farm

Orange Bowl 2007

Orange Bowl 2007- for the Grateful Web

Greetings from South Florida! Here's a few photos from the Orange Bowl between Wake Forest and Louisville.

Happy New Year!