2009

Hot Buttered Rum Webcast | 11.19.2009

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Touring in support of their new album Limbs Akimbo, Hot Buttered Rum welcomes aboard drummer Matt Butler. A native of Eugene, Matt is a veteran of countless shows at the WOW Hall with Jambay and the Everyone Orchestra.

Initially formed as an acoustic string band, seven years of constant touring has transformed Hot Buttered Rum into a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse that wows critics and fans alike. Their left-coast rock reveals an access to jazz, country, and world music that few groups can match. While the band's music belies simple categorization, its songwriting and stage chemistry delights listeners at every turn.

Hot Buttered Rum’s story is one of evolution. The “high altitude bluegrass” era captured on their first studio album, In These Parts, found the band enjoying success at such diverse stages as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra, Wakarusa and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Along the way, the group shared the stage with some of today's most accomplished artists, including Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper and Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile. In 2006, acoustic pioneer Mike Marshall produced Hot Buttered Rum’s second studio album, Well-Oiled Machine, and captured the sound of a hard-touring band charting its course along the highways and byways of American music.

The continued expansion of Hot Buttered Rum’s sound and writing found a home in Live in the Northeast. More electric pickups made their way to the stage, along with an increased focus on songwriting. As the band developed a heavier sound, fans and press began to describe them as a rock band with acoustic instruments. It therefore came as no surprise when, following the departure of mandolinist Zac Matthews, the other founding members Aaron Redner (fiddle and mandolin), Bryan Horne (upright bass), Nat Keefe (guitar) and Erik Yates (banjo, guitar, woodwinds, and resophonic guitar) joined forces with Everyone Orchestra conductor and drummer Matt Butler.

The new lineup has recently emerged from San Francisco’s Mission Bells Studios, where they recorded Limbs Akimbo under the watchful eye of producer Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips). Featuring guest appearances by Jackie Greene (Skinny Singers, Phil Lesh and Friends) and Zach Gill (ALO, Jack Johnson), the album marks the beginning of a new creative phase. Limbs Akimbo now signals the arrival of a highly matured, impressively listenable, stirringly rocking, and pleasantly poppy sound.

Proving himself a forceful producer, Bluhm has struck an impressive balance between highlighting the multi-instrumental, cross-genre elements of the band’s sound while avoiding the contemporary trappings of music that is complex and different merely for the sake of complexity and difference. The result is beautifully paradoxical: a tremendous, minimalist pop album full of hints, teases and cameos of the band’s complex musical personality.

In “Something New,” Keefe recites the familiar wedding adage “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” And right there, in a nutshell, is Limbs Akimbo: an album that is both an elegy and reincarnation of Hot Buttered Rum’s past sound, that borrows heavily from the rock pantheon while sprinkling in just a little of everything else. Limbs Akimbo is an album that evidences the acoustic string band of yesteryear while unapologetically propelling into the scene a mature left-coast, drum-driven, pop-rock band.

Tickets to the actual show are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.

SHOWTIME: 8:00 PM, PRICE: $13 Advance, $15 Door. BUY TICKETS NOW

zAck Borer's "Middle of Movember" November 12, 2009 @ The Bitter End

Equal parts pop, rock, funk, and soul, Canadian-born zAck borer is still just the nice guy with big hair and has been creating quite the buzz in the northeast over the past few months.  Landing in New York City, zAck's focus on his songwriting and development as a solo artist has helped him craft a sound built on strong lyrics and melody. Armed with the experiences of the average 27 year old, zAck has taken the traditional singer/songwriter sound and fused it with an explosive live band featuring some of New York City's most talented musicians.

In an effort to get guys his age to start paying attention to their health, zAck decided to join Movember and has been doing all he can to promote the cause.  Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues - specifically prostate and testicular cancer. In addition to talking about Movember on all of his social networks, zAck is driving home this important message at all of his latest shows.   zAck’s next big NYC gig, zAck Borer’s Middle of Movember, is slated for November 12 at New York’s Bitter End and will be dedicated to generating awareness for the cause.  zAck’s connection to cancer stems from the numerous family members and friends he’s watched live with the disease and now more than ever he wants to do all he can to honor them.


zAck Borer’s “Middle of Movember”
Thursday, November 12, 2009 | The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street
10:00PM, 18+, $10 Cover

2009 CMJ Lineup, Artist Schedule & Set Times!

The Antlers

10/20 – Brooklyn Vegan Showcase - Music Hall of Williamsburg (8PM)
10/21 – Sound Fix Records (6PM)
10/22 – Club NME Showcase - The Delancey (10PM)
Bear Hands
10/21 – Mercury Lounge (10PM)
10/22 – Club NME Showcase - The Delancey (10PM)
10/23 – Planetary Group CMJ Day Party - Pianos (3PM)
10/23 – Cantora Records CMJ Showcase - Bowery Electric (10PM)
Cymbals Eat Guitars
10/20 –Club NME NYC Showcase -BLVD (10PM)
10/21 – Oh My Rockness Showcase -Santos Party House (8PM)
10/22 – Vice Party -Public Assembly (12.30 AM)
10/23 – Le Poisson Rouge (6PM)
Deastro
10/21 – Santos Party House (8.45 PM)
10/22 – The Cake Shop (12 PM)
10/22 – KEXP Session - The Cutting Room (4PM)
10/24 – Pianos (4.15PM)
The Depreciation Guild
10/21 – Kanine Records Showcase - Cake Shop (8PM)
10/23 – SESAC Showcase - Cake Shop (8PM)
10/24 – Self-Titled Magazine - Glasslands (9PM)
Drug Rug
10/23 – Bowery Ballroom (10PM)
Holiday Shores
10/20 - Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party - Cake Shop (3PM)
10/22 – My Open Bar Party - Shea Stadium (8PM
10/23 – Break Thru Radio Party - Trash Bar (3.30PM)
10/23 – twosyllables Records/Underwater People’s Festical -The Delancey (8PM)
10/23 – Delancey (10.10PM)
10/24 – AAM Radio Showcase - Music Hall of Williamsburg (12PM)
Jones Street Station
10/21 – Alphabet Lounge (8PM)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
10/22 – Knitting Factory (8PM)
10/23 – Le Poisson Rouge (8PM)
The Moi Non Plus
10/19 - WFMU Radio Session (10PM)
10/20 - Subbacultcha! Showcase - Cakeshop (10PM)
10/21 - Pianos (4PM)
10/23 - Viva Radio Me + You Session (4PM)
10/24 - Impose Magazine CMJ Party - Don Pedro's (8PM)

Phil & the Osophers

10/24 – La Societe Expeditionnaire Showcase - Bruar Falls (8PM)
Pop Tarts Suck Toasted CMJ Party
10/20 - Cake Shop
Small Black - 6PM
Holiday Shores - 5:15 PM
Surfer Blood - 4:30PM
Will Stratton - 4:30 PM (Upstairs)
Grooms - 3:45PM
Seth Kallen 3:30 PM (Upstairs)
Motel Motel - 3PM
Sisters - 2:15PM
Little Girls - 1:30PM
Dinosaur Feathers - 12:30PM

Sean Bones

10/20 – Music Slut Party - Pianos (3PM)
10/20 – Productshop NYC - Glasslands Gallery (10PM)
10/21 – Purevolume Loft (10PM)
10/22 – Paradigm - Mercury Lounge (12.45AM)
10/24 – WestRocks UK - Mercury Lounge (12.45AM)
Subbacultcha Showcase
10/20 - Cakeshop - (Doors 7PM)
Blondes - 7:30PM
Hospital Bombers - 8:25 PM
Best Coast - 9:20PM
The Moi Non Plus - 10:15PM
Surf City - 11:10PM
zZz - 12:05PM
Male Bonding - 1AM
DJ Dan Selzer (will also be DJ'ing between the bands) - 1:35AM - 3AM

Violens
10/21 – Green Owl Party - Le Poisson Rouge (10PM)
10/22 – AAM Party - The Suffolk (9PM)
10/24 – Bowery Ballroom (6PM)
We Have Band
10/21 – Public Assembly (8PM)
10/24 – Santos Party House (8PM)

White Denim
10/19 – Conflict Of Interest Party - Rebel NYC (10PM)

Passion Pit Nominated For The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards

2009 has already been a whirlwind year for Boston's Passion Pit, but it's not quite over yet! Having already been nominated for an MTV VMA, for their video "The Reeling", and winning Best Album from Boston's WXPN, the accolades will just not stop flowing. They have now been nominated for the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards for "Breaking Woodie." After amazing stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Monolith, and ACL, Passion Pit has an even bigger Winter planned! Following their sold out US Fall Tour and Treasure Island Music Festival in SF, Passion Pit head to Europe where they  will continue to stir up the world. Stay tuned... This is a band who will be keeping your feet moving well into 2010!

Passion Pit Tour Dates

10/7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/9 - Eugene, OR @ EMU Ballroom
10/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
10/11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
10/14 - Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
10/15 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
10/17 - San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island
10/21 - Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
10/22 - Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University
10/23 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage
10/24 - Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
10/26 - Oxford, UK @ Academy
10/27 - London, UK @ Koko
10/28 - London, UK @ Koko
10/30 - Bristol, UK @ Anson Rooms
10/31 - Southampton, UK @ Southampton University
11/1 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2     
11/3 - Dublin, IE @ Academy
11/4 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/6 - Lille, FR @ Aeronef
11/7 - Paris, FR @ La Cigale
11/8 - Nantes, FR @ Olympic
11/10 - Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
11/11 - Lyon, FR @ Ninkasi Kao
11/12 - Zurich, CH @ Alte Borse
11/13 - Munich, DE @ 59:1
11/14 - Cologne, DE @ Werkstatt
11/16 - Berlin, DE @ Lido
11/17 - Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
11/18 - Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
1/8 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY(Tickets On Sale For T5 Friday)

2009 POP Montreal International Music Festival

These newcomers to the 2009 edition of the POP Montreal International Music Festival will join some of the best headliners that Pop world has to offer.

Les Paul: 1915-2009

Les Paul, acclaimed guitar player, entertainer and inventor, passed away today from complications of severe pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plain, New York, surrounded by family and loved ones. He had been receiving the best available treatment through this final battle and in keeping with his persona, he showed incredible strength, tenacity and courage. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the thoughts and prayers from his dear friends and fans. Les Paul was 94.

les-paulOne of the foremost influences on 20th century sound and responsible for the world’s most famous guitar, the Les Paul model, Les Paul’s prestigious career in music and invention spans from the 1930s to the present. Though he’s indisputably one of America’s most popular, influential, and accomplished electric guitarists, Les Paul is best known as an early innovator in the development of the solid body guitar. His groundbreaking design would become the template for Gibson’s best-selling electric, the Les Paul model, introduced in 1952. Today, countless musical legends still consider Paul’s iconic guitar unmatched in sound and prowess. Among Paul’s most enduring contributions are those in the technological realm, including ingenious developments in multi-track recording, guitar effects, and the mechanics of sound in general.

Born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 9, 1915, Les Paul was already performing publicly as a honky-tonk guitarist by the age of 13. So clear was his calling that Paul dropped out of high school at 17 to play in Sunny Joe Wolverton’s Radio Band in St. Louis. As Paul’s mentor, Wolverton was the one to christen him with the stage name “Rhubarb Red,” a moniker that would follow him to Chicago in 1934. There, Paul became a bonafide radio star, known as both hillbilly picker Rhubarb Red and Django Reinhardt-informed jazz guitarist Les Paul. His first recordings were done in 1936 on an acoustic—alone as Rhubarb Red, as well as backing blues singer Georgia White. The next year he formed his first trio, but by 1938 he’d moved to New York to begin his tenure on national radio with one of the more popular dance orchestras in the country, Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians.

Tinkering with electronics and guitar amplification since his youth, Les Paul began constructing his own electric guitar in the late ’30s. Unhappy with the first generation of commercially available hollowbodies because of their thin tone, lack of sustain, and feedback problems, Paul opted to build an entirely new structure. “I was interested in proving that a vibration-free top was the way to go,” he has said. “I even built a guitar out of a railroad rail to prove it. What I wanted was to amplify pure string vibration, without the resonance of the wood getting involved in the sound.” With the good graces of Epiphone president Epi Stathopoulo, Paul used the Epiphone plant and machinery in 1941 to bring his vision to fruition. He affectionately dubbed the guitar “The Log.”  

Les Paul’s tireless experiments sometimes proved to be dangerous, and he nearly electrocuted himself in 1940 during a session in the cellar of his Queens apartment. During the next two years of rehabilitation, Les earned his living producing radio music. Forced to put the Pennsylvanians and the rest of his career on hold, Les Paul moved to Hollywood. During World War II, he was drafted into the Army but permitted to stay in California, where he became a regular player for Armed Forces Radio Service. By 1943 he had assembled a trio that regularly performed live, on the radio, and on V-Discs. In 1944 he entered the jazz spotlight—thanks to his dazzling work filling in for Oscar Moore alongside Nat King Cole, Illinois Jacquet, and other superstars —at the first of the prestigious Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts.

By his mid-thirties, Paul had successfully combined Reinhardt-inspired jazz playing and the western swing and twang of his Rhubarb Red persona into one distinctive, electrifying style. In the Les Paul Trio he translated the dizzying runs and unusual harmonies found on Jazz at the Philharmonic into a slower, subtler, more commercial approach. His novelty instrumentals were tighter, brasher, and punctuated with effects. Overall, the trademark Les Paul sound was razor-sharp, clean-shaven, and divinely smooth.

As small combos eclipsed big bands toward the end of World War II, Les Paul Trio’s popularity grew. They cut records for Decca both alone and behind the likes of Helen Forrest, the Andrews Sisters, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Dick Hayes, and, most notably, Bing Crosby. Since 1945, when the crooner brought them into the studio to back him on a few numbers, the Trio had become regular guests on Crosby’s hit radio show. The highlight of the session was Paul’s first No. 1 hit and million-seller, the gorgeous “It’s Been a Long, Long Time.”

lesMeanwhile, Paul began to experiment with dubbing live tracks over recorded tracks, also altering the playback speed. This resulted in “Lover (When You’re Near Me),” his revolutionary 1947 predecessor to multi-track recording. The hit instrumental featured Les Paul on eight different electric guitar parts, all playing together. In 1948, Paul nearly lost his life to a devastating car crash that shattered his right arm and elbow. Still, he convinced doctors to set his broken arm in the guitar-picking and cradling position. Laid up but undaunted, Paul acquired a first generation Ampex tape recorder from Crosby in 1949, and began his most important multi-tracking adventure, adding a fourth head to the recorder to create sound-on-sound recordings. While tinkering with the machine and its many possibilities, he also came up with tape delay. These tricks, along with another recent Les Paul innovation—close mic-ing vocals—were integrated for the first time on a single recording: the 1950 No. 1 tour de force “How High the Moon.” This historic track was performed during a duo with future wife Mary Ford. The couple’s prolific string of hits for Capitol Records not only included some of the most popular recordings of the early 1950s, but also wrote the book on contemporary studio production. The dense but crystal clear harmonic layering of guitars and vocals, along with Ford’s close mic-ed voice and Paul’s guitar effects, produced distinctively contemporary recordings with unprecedented sonic qualities. Through hits, tours, and popular radio shows, Paul and Ford kept one foot in the technological vanguard and the other in the cultural mainstream.

All the while, Les Paul continued to pine for the perfect guitar. Though The Log came close, it wasn’t quite what he was after. In the early 1950s, Gibson Guitar would cultivate a partnership with Paul that would lead to the creation of the guitar he’d seen only in his dreams. In 1948, Gibson elected to design its first solidbody, and Paul, a self-described “dyed-in-the-wool Gibson man,” seemed the right man for the job. Gibson avidly courted the guitar legend, even driving deep into the Pennsylvania mountains to deliver the first model to newlyweds Les Paul and Mary Ford. “Les played it, and his eyes lighted up,” then-Gibson President Ted McCarty has recalled. The year was 1950, and Paul had just signed on as the namesake of Gibson’s first electric solidbody, with exclusive design privileges. Working closely with Paul, Gibson forged a relationship that would change popular culture forever. The Gibson Les Paul model—the most powerful and respected electric guitar in history—began with the 1952 release of the Les Paul Goldtop. After introducing the original Les Paul Goldtop in 1952, Gibson issued the Black Beauty, the mahogany-topped Les Paul Custom, in 1954. The Les Paul Junior (1954) and Special (1955) were also introduced before the canonical Les Paul Standard hit the market in 1958. With revolutionary humbucker pickups, this sunburst classic has remained unchanged for the half-century since it hit the market.

“The world has lost a truly innovative and exceptional human being today. I cannot imagine life without Les Paul. He would walk into a room and put a smile on anyone’s face. His musical charm was extraordinary and his techniques unmatched anywhere in the world,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We will dedicate ourselves to preserving Les’ legacy to insure that it lives on forever. He touched so many lives throughout his remarkable life and his influence extends around the globe and across every boundary. I have lost a dear, personal friend and mentor, a man who has changed so many of our lives for the better.”

“I don’t think any words can describe the man we know as Les Paul adequately. The English language does not contain words that can pay enough homage to someone like Les. As the “Father of the Electric Guitar”, he was not only one of the world’s greatest innovators  but a legend who created, inspired and contributed to the success of musicians around the world,” said Dave Berryman, President of Gibson Guitar. “I have had the privilege to know and work with Les for many, many years and his passing has left a deep personal void. He was simply put – remarkable in every way. As a person, a musician, a friend, an inventor. He will be sorely missed by us all,”

les-paulWith the rise of the rock ’n’ roll revolution of 1955, Les Paul and Mary Ford’s popularity began to wane with younger listeners, though Paul would prove to be a massive influence on younger generation of guitarists. Still, Paul and Ford maintained their iconic presence with their wildly popular television show, which ran from 1953-1960. In 1964, the couple, parents to a son and daughter, divorced. Paul began playing in Japan, and recorded an LP for London Records before poor health forced him to take time off—as much as someone so inspired can take time off.  In the 1977, Paul resurfaced with a Grammy-winning Chet Atkins collaboration, Chester and Lester. Then the ailing guitarist, who’d already suffered arthritis and permanent hearing loss, had a heart attack, followed by bypass surgery.

Ever stubborn, Les recovered, and returned to live performance in the late 1980s. Even releasing the 2005 double-Grammy winner Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played, featuring collaborations with a veritable who’s who of the electric guitar, including dozens of illustrious fans like Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Joe Perry. In 2008, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame paid tribute to Les Paul in a week-long celebration of his life which culminated with a live performance by Les himself.  Until recently Les continued to perform two weekly New York shows with the Les Paul Trio, at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, for over twelve years where a literal who’s who of the entertainment world has paid homage.  It has been an honor to have Les Paul perform at The Iridium Jazz Club  for the past twelve years hosting such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and others and is a tragic loss to owner Ron Sturm both personally and professionally. Iridium intends to celebrate Les Paul's music and legacy every Monday night.

Les Paul has since become the only individual to share membership into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Les is survived by his three sons Lester (Rus) G.  Paul, Gene W. Paul and Robert (Bobby) R. Paul, his daughter Colleen Wess, son-in-law Gary Wess, long time friend Arlene Palmer,  five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A private Funeral service will be held in New York. A service in Waukesha, WI will be announced at a later date. Details will follow and will be announced for all services. Memorial tributes for the public will be announced at a future date.   The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Les Paul Foundation, 236 West 30th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001.

15th Annual West Coast Jazz Party Sept. 3-6, 2009

4 Nights and 3 Non-Stop Days of America’s Best Mainstream Jazz Party featuring: Three Big Bands, Nightly Ballroom Concerts, Outdoor Pool Sessions, a Saturday Night Dance and a unique Newport Harbor Jazz Brunch Cruise!   Helping celebrate 15 swingin’ years will be the Four Freshmen, Terry Gibbs, Jack Sheldon, Ken Peplowski, Ernie Andrews, Houston Person, Marilyn Maye, Paul Smith, Peter Erskine, Frank Capp Juggernaut plus special tributes by Debby Boone, Charlie Shoemake and Byron Stripling with his All-Star Orchestra featuring Butch Miles on drums!

 

west-coast-jazzWith Orange County’s wonderful weather in September, this year’s party will feature Pool Sessions on Friday and Saturday, both days  from 12 noon until 3:15pm including on Friday the JazzAmerica Big Band directed by Richard Simon and the Dave Tull Quartet plus a special act to be announced. On Saturday- two sets with the celebrated Frank Capp Juggernaut Orchestra featuring Ernie Andrews plus Guitar Summit with Mundell Lowe, Mimi Fox & Ron Eschete  supported by Jon Mayer, Hassan Wiggins and Harold Jones.

 

The Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise on Hornblower Yacht’s Entertainer will again be a highlight of the 3 day event.   Attendees and the artists will transition from the Marriott to Newport Harbor, where 3 decks of  specially designed “jam sessions” with over 20 All-Stars, including Terry Gibbs, Marilyn Maye, Guitar Summit and the Peter Erskine Trio will be featured during the champagne brunch cruise which will take place from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

September 3-6, 2009 is the weekend for the West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise, to again be held over Labor Day Weekend at the Irvine Marriott Hotel and Hornblower Yacht’s Entertainer.

 

The party will center on a large stage nightly at 7:00pm (8:00pm on Thursday night only) with reserved seating, and conclude each night with an “up close & personal” acoustic lobby bar session, wrapping up well after midnight.   Late afternoon lobby sessions will also feature artists in an acoustic setting.

 

*Kicking off this 15h year will be the Grand Opening Sessions on Thursday evening featuring two sets with the Four Freshmen, including 5 Trombones and the Ken Peplowski All-Stars!
 
*Featured on Friday evening will be legendary vibist Terry Gibbs and his quartet with Ken Peplowski, the Grant Stewart Quartet, Byron Stripling Quintet and closing the night- Ernie Andrews & Houston Person-Together Again!
 
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Saturday evening will feature the Paul Smith Trio, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Byron Stripling, Harold Jones followed by Marilyn Maye and her trio featuring Tedd Firth plus the Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet.
  
*Sunday night’s closing sessions will include the Ken Peplowski Quartet, a Tribute to Rosemary Clooney by Debby Boone with Musical Director- John Oddo, Charlie Shoemake’s Tribute to George Shearing with Terry Trotter, Luther Hughes, Colin Bailey & Ron Anthony plus BIG BAND MEETS BROADWAY with Byron Stripling’s All-Star Orchestra featuring Butch Miles on drums!

 

Also featured  during this Labor Day Weekend jazz Celebration will be Dan Barrett, Chuck Berghofer and his Midnight Jazz Band,  Jim DeJulio, Matt Finders, Gary Foster, Paul Kreibich, Andy Martin, Jon Mayer Trio, Roy McCurdy, Ira Nepus, Tom Ranier, Bob Summers, Terry Trotter, and Scott Whitfield!

 

Tickets are now available for the complete four night, three-day package (Over 33 hours of jazz!) including the Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise. Prices are $335/375. Individual reserved seats are priced at $60/$75 for evening performances and $40/50 for the Grand Opening Sessions,  $30 each  for “Friday & Saturday By the Pool” and $79 for the Jazz Brunch Cruise (space available). For tickets to the West Coast Jazz Party & Brunch Cruise, call the Jazzline at 949.759.5003 or for complete artist appearance times and an order form  visit our website at: http://westcoastjazzparty.com/ . Those wishing to have a weekend getaway may also enjoy the Irvine Marriott’s special rate of $135 per night and $165 for concierge.  For hotel reservations call the Irvine Marriott Hotel at 949.553.0100 and ask for the WCJP rate.   The Irvine Marriott is located at 18000 Von Karman Ave., five minutes from the John Wayne/Orange County Airport, with free shuttle service.  Free self-parking will also be available for attendees.   

FONT presents New Trumpet Underground 2009

CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.
Contact: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services, 845-986-1677, jazzpromo@earthlink.net

FONT presents
New Trumpet Underground 2009
Cornelia Street Café
June 26-28
$10 per set or $15 per night

Fri  Jun 26
9:00PM   FONT FESTIVAL
(Greg Bobulinski G-Men; Josh Berman's Old Idea; Leron Thomas Group)
9:00PM
Greg Bobulinski G-Men
Greg Bobulinski, trumpet & flugelhorn; Daniel A. Weiss, organ; Tom Kirchmer, bass; Ed Balsamo, drums

Donald P. Borchert dedicates his newest nonfiction book, Free For All (Virgin Books): “To Greg Bobulinski, jazz trumpet extraordinaire, who reminds us that life is not merely endless commerce.”

Greg Bobulinski’s professional career began at age 13 and has been going strong for nearly five decades. He has worked with many of the greatest names in jazz history from Clark Terry to Red Garland to Big Nick Nicholas; from the JVC/Newport Jazz Festival to the Louis Armstrong House to Saint Peter’s Church; from solo trumpet to full orchestra, throughout the world. Greg has been composing original music for over 40 years and has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and American Music Center fellowships.

Greg Bobulinski is very proud to take part in the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music. Directly applying his long and fruitful experience, JAZZ EXPANSIONIST – GREG BOBULINSKI is a trumpet explorer bringing improvised/expressive trumpet soloing and composition into many diversified arenas of music: classical, Latin, opera, a cappella choir, Native American, religious services, cyclical pieces, poetry, etc. This evening, he will be joined by his longtime friends, colleagues, and performers for the past 25 years: Daniel A. Weiss, Tom Kirchmer, and Ed Balsamo. The evening also marks the release of Greg’s newest CD – Greg Bobulinski G-Men on the Squire Music Media International label.

www.bagofjazz.com

Fri 10:00PM
Josh Berman's Old Idea
Josh Berman, cornet; Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Anton Hatwich, bass; Frank Rosaly, drums

Josh Berman is a cornetist, composer, and music presenter living in Chicago. For almost 10 years, Josh has been a pivotal member of Chicago's vital improvised music community. He has been featured on recordings with the Chicago-Luzern Exchange alongside tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson, with Jackson’s big and small bands Project Project and Fast Citizens, with Jason Adasiewicz’s quintet Rolldown, and Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra. His band, Old Idea, has just released a self-titled CD/LP on Delmark Records. Old Idea continues Berman's long musical association with Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz, Anton Hatwich, and Frank Rosaly.
www.myspace.com/joshbermanchicago

Fri 11:00PM
Leron Thomas Group
Leon Thomas, trumpet & vocals; Mike Moreno, guitar; Mike Severson, guitar; TBA, drums; TBA, bass

Leron Thomas (originally from Houston, Texas) graduated from NYC’s New School in 2003, known for his identifiable personal sound on the trumpet and his cleverly-written jazz compositions. Leron has played with Billy Harper, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Lauren Hill, Mos Def, and Bilal, amongst many others. He has performed his material with bands throughout Manhattan, staying focused on developing as a jazz composer and trumpet player but grew tired of the politics and lack of quality music within the New York jazz scene. With a love of music of all genres, alongside the scene’s general lack of support, Leron found ways to liberate himself through a natural, fluid progression into writing and performing what would be known as his ‘other’ music. This genre-less music incorporated jazz, rock, pop, country, electro-pop, and blues. Leron wrote these compositions and played his individual personal tone through his trumpet, while his unique vocals emphasized the diverse sound. His crossover talents were recognized by many, including the New York Times, gaining a favorable review and consistent support. Leron continues to stay true to his art and the objective of bringing real music to the people, with the recent independently-released Improvsensation.

www.allaboutjazz.com/leronthomas
www.myspace.com/leronthomas

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
http://www.fontmusic.org

Saturday, June 27

9:00PM
FONT FESTIVAL
(Nadje Noordhuis Quartet; Jordan McLean Trio; Search)
9:00PM
Nadje Noordhuis Quartet (*FONT commission*)
Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet & flugelhorn; Mike Holober, piano; Matt Wigton, bass; Rohin Khemani, drums & tabla


Australian trumpet/flugelhorn player Nadje Noordhuis is becoming known for her lyrical invention and warm, rich tone. A semi-finalist in the prestigious 2007 Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition, she has assembled a number of diverse ensembles that perform in intimate jazz clubs, formal concert series, as well as for private events at the Australian Consulate and United Nations. Nadje has been awarded a 2009 FONT Commission to write new music specifically for the trumpet. This work will be premiered by her trumpet, piano, bass, and percussion quartet and will emphasize the classical and jazz traditions of irresistible beauty, fluid melodic lines, and group interplay. Based in New York for the past six years, Nadje is a regular member of many young-composer big bands as well as the acclaimed Diva Jazz Orchestra. She has performed at numerous jazz festivals in Germany, France, Croatia, Australia, Asia, USA, and Canada; at venues including Blue Note New York, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and Birdland; and has shared the stage with celebrated artists including Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, and Carmen Bradford. An eclectic composer, Nadje has written and performed music for short films as well as exploratory new music duos with glass percussion instruments. She holds a Masters degree in jazz trumpet from Manhattan School of Music.

www.nadjenoordhuis.com

Sat 10:00PM
Jordan McLean's Piano Music & Song Trio
Jordan McLean, trumpet & flugelhorn; Derin Oge, piano; Anneke Schaul-Yoder, cello

The music of Federico Mompou sets the artistic direction of this play-any-where chamber group. Music of Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, the 12th-15th centuries, Siberian and Turkish folk songs, and Mr. McLean's original work round out the groups' repertoire.

Performances include concerts at John Zorn's Stone, The Anthroposophical Society of New York, Renaissant Arts' SoHo Salon, and private homes, cafés, and clubs around the greater NY Metropolitan Area. Internationally-recognized trumpeter, composer, and orchestrator Jordan Mclean is joined by fellow SUNY Purchase alum Anneke Schaul-Yoder and Derin Oge on a busy performance schedule as they prepare to record the group's second album later this year.

www.fireofspace.com

Sat 11:00PM
Search: RJ Avallone, trumpet & wooden flutes; Matt Maley, saxophones & clarinet; David Moss, bass; TBA, drums

As recently described by All About Jazz, “Search’s sound and vibe conveys and signals an air of maturity that's rather uncanny for such a young band. The artists project a distinct sound into these largely, memorable and astutely engineered compositions, teeming with gobs of depth and snaking movements.” Their original compositions, based on motifs, characters, and organic thought, create new worlds of color, depth, tangibility, and exhilaration. The music becomes a theater of sound, taking audiences on a trip of the imagination across time and space, where anything is not only possible, but likely.

www.searchforthepresent.com

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
http://www.fontmusic.org

Sun  Jun 28
FONT FESTIVAL
8:30PM
Clarino: Thomas Heberer, quarter-tone trumpet; Joachim Badenhorst, clarinets


Clarino is the duet of quarter-tone trumpeter Thomas Heberer and clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst. The duet's name refers to the close association of the two instruments. The clarinet (literally translated: "little clarino") took on the high trumpet (a.k.a. clarino) parts in baroque music after the art of the clarino died out in the 19th century. Additionally, the rediscovered clarino techniques influence the trumpet embouchure advocated by Thomas. Check out his essay on trumpet mechanics on his website www.thomasheberer.com.

Sharing the same musical vision, Thomas and Joachim have absorbed the traditions of jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music resulting in personal instrumental styles that incorporate both traditional and extended techniques like circular breathing, micro-tonality, and multiphonics.

Thomas Heberer, born 1965 in Germany, living in NYC since 2008, winner of numerous awards, has been at the forefront of creative improvised music for the last 20 years. Having worked with nearly everybody in the field, he is probably best known for his work with Misha Mengelberg's ICP, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and bassist Dieter Manderscheid.

Joachim Badenhorst, born 1981 in Belgium, divides his time between New York and Belgium. He is active in numerous projects as a co-leader: Mogil (Iceland), Red Rocket (Ireland), Rawfishboys (France), Ploug/Pettersen/Badenhorst (Denmark), and Ryan Blotnick Group (New York). Joachim is a member of the Han Bennink trio.

www.thomasheberer.com
www.myspace.com/joachimbadenhorst

9:30PM
Russ Johnson Quartet
Russ Johnson, trumpet; Jacob Sacks, keyboard; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

Brooklyn-based trumpeter Russ Johnson is an active performer in the jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music scenes throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to leading his own groups, and co-leading The Other Quartet and New Math, Russ is currently touring as a member of Lee Konitz's New Nonet and the Steve Swallow/Ohad Talmor "L'Histoire du Clochard" sextet. In addition, Russ has performed with a long list of musical heavyweights including Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Joe Maneri, Oliver Lake, Myra Melford, Anthony Davis, Brian Blade, Tony Malaby, Jenny Scheinman, and Mat Maneri.

For the FONT 2009, Russ is premiering a new set of music featuring three of New York's most creative musicians: Jacob Sacks on keyboard, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.

www.russjohnsonmusic.com

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
http://www.fontmusic.org

Winners, 2009 Jazz Awards

A bevy of jazz's best singers convened  at the 13th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards at the Jazz Standard (June 16) as Kurt Elling, Sheila Jordan, Roberta Gambarini, Giacomo Gates and Venissa Santî gathered around bebop-vocalist Mark Murphy to wish him well. Murphy, age 74, was recipient of the first "Words and Music" Awards, co-presented by the JJA and the Jazz Foundation of America, whose director Wendy Oxenhorn made an appeal for $20 donations to cover the crisis in housing and health care for musicians in need.

kris-kingBesides the singers (Elling was named Male Vocalist of the Year, Gambarini was Female Vocalist of the Year 2008)  the following Awards winners were in attendance: Trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Latin jazz bandleader Arturo O'Farrill, trombonist Roswell Rudd, violinist Billy Bang, reeds player Frank Wess, clarinetist Anat Cohen, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and producer of the year George Wein. Nominees including vibeist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Noah Preminger, trombonist Clifton Anderson, flutist Jamie Baum, pianist Vijay Iyer, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly,  multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, drummer Harris Eisenstadt and big band composer-conductor Darcy James Argue and Karen Mantler were in attendance. So were a multitude of jazz journalists from the U.S. and overseas, including Gary Giddins, Dan Morgenstern, Ira Gitler, Arnold J. Smith, Francis Davis, Doug Ramsey, Dan Ouellette, Bill Milkowski, Marc Myers, David Hajdu, David Adler, Art Lange, Fred Kaplan, Laurence Donohue-Greene, Chris Kelsey, Tim Wilkins, Nate Chinen, Ben Ratliff, Marcia Hillman, Hank Shteamer, Christian Broecking (Germany) and Cyril Moshkow (Russia), photographers John Abbott, Fran Kauffman, Enid Farber, Steven Sussman and broadcasters Linda Yohn (WEMU-Ypsilanti), Ben Young (WKCR-Columbia University and Becca Pulliam (WBGO-Newark) along with program director Thurston Briscoe and general manager Cephas Bowles.

Music was provided by the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Jane Bunnett's Spirits of Havana, pianist Marian Petrescu and guitarist Andreas Öberg, saxophonist Carol Sudhalter and singer-pianist Daryl Sherman, and saxophonist Matt Miller's trio. Jazz Awards winners receive engraved statuettes, having been voted upon by professional members of the Jazz Journalists Association, a world-wide non-profit organization. For further information about the Jazz Awards go to www.JazzJournalists.org http://www.JazzJournalists.org , and for further information about the JJA go to http://www.Jazzhouse.org

A complete list of Jazz Awards winners follows.

Winners, 2009 Jazz Awards


Lifetime Achievement in Jazz

Lee Konitz

Musician of the Year

Sonny Rollins

Composer of the Year

Maria Schneider

Up & Coming Artist of the Year

Esperanza Spalding

Events Producer of the Year

George Wein

New Festival Productions

Record of the Year

Appearing Nightly

Carla Bley Big Band

(Watt/ECM)

Latin Jazz Album of the Year

Song for Chico
Arturo O'Farrill


(Zoho)

Historical Recording/Reissue of the Year

Road Shows, Vol. 1

Sonny Rollins

(Doxy)

Historical Recording Boxed Set

The Lester Young/Count Basie Sessions 1936-40
(Mosaic)

Record Label of the Year

Mosaic

Female Singer of the Year

Cassandra Wilson

Male Singer of the Year

Kurt Elling

Instruments Rare in Jazz

Richard Galliano, accordion

Large Ensemble of the Year

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Arranger of the Year

Maria Schneider

Small Ensemble Group of the Year

SF Jazz Collective

Trumpeter of the Year

Terence Blanchard

Trombonist of the Year

Roswell Rudd

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year

Sonny Rollins

Alto Saxophonist of the Year

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Flutist of the Year

Frank Wess

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year

Gary Smulyan

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year

Branford Marsalis

Clarinetist of the Year

Anat Cohen

Guitarist of the Year

Bill Frisell

Pianist of the Year

Hank Jones

Organist of the Year

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Strings Player of the Year

Billy Bang

Bassist of the Year

William Parker

Electric Bassist of the Year

Steve Swallow

Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year

Joe Locke

Percussionist of the Year

Hamid Drake

Drummer of the Year

Brian Blade

Periodical of the year

Jazz Times

Website of the Year

AllAboutJazz.com

Blog of the Year

Jazz Beyond Jazz

By Howard Mandel

www.artsjournal.com/jazzbeyondjazz

Best Book about Jazz

A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music

By George Lewis

(University of Chicago Press),

Best Photo of the Year

Hank Jones, Montreal Jazz Festival 2008

By Kris King

The Lona Foote–Bob Parent Award

for Photography

John Abbott

The Willis Conover–Marian McPartland Award

for Broadcasting

Ben Young, Director, WKCR

(Columbia University)

The Helen Dance–Robert Palmer Award

for Review and Feature Writing

Nate Chinen

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism

Mike Zwerin

The Jazz Foundation of America
                                      and the
   Jazz Journalists Association
      Special Career Honors
            for Words with Music
            
                   Mark Murphy

A Team Awards for:

Herb Alpert

Musician, Producer, Jazz Supporter

Dr. Agnes Varis

Jazz Angel

Bruce Lundvall

Record Man

David N. Baker

Jazz Educator

Timuel Black

Cultural Historian

Steven Saltzman

Chicago Jazz Advocate

Ruth Price

The Jazz Bakery

Clarence Acox

Garfield High School

Jazz Band Leader

Scott Brown

Roosevelt High School

Jazz Band Leader

Peter Levinson

Author and Publicist

Richard Sudhalter

Author, Journalist, Musician

Ellnora Guitar Festival Announces 2009 Event

The return of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' biennial guitar festival Ellnora | The Guitar Festival at Krannert arrives September 10-12, 2009. This newly renamed, three-day, round-the-clock guitar extravaganza will emerge with over 30 guitarists, scores of musical collaborators, innovative engagement events, 11 free performances, and global perspectives on all things guitar.

Propelled by the extraordinary success of the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival in 2005 and 2007, the 2009 festival promises an astonishing collection of genres and artists, the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a Guitar Hero gaming station, community engagement programs with Dan Zanes and Friends, and numerous opportunities to delve deeper into this truly international instrument through commentaries, discussions, and interactive workshops-all assembled by Krannert Center's director Mike Ross and his staff in collaboration with the festival's artistic advisor, David Spelman. Spelman, the founder/director of the New York Guitar Festival, also launched the Adelaide International Guitar Festival in South Australia in 2007 and has served as the artistic advisor for all three biennial Krannert Center festivals.

Plans to rename the festival, now dubbed Ellnora | The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center, first began as the Center embarked on preparations for this third biennial event. The festivals in 2005 and 2007 had served as microcosms of the Center's strong commitment to diversity, quality, and distinctiveness in programming. In approaching its latest incarnation, the staff realized that the first party had grown into an internationally recognized arts event and were concerned that it might be confused with other endeavors that had "wall to wall" in their titles. The decision to change the name also rested on a desire to better reflect the festival's distinctiveness and the unique micro-urban setting of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. This examination ultimately led organizers back to the inception of the Center in the 1960s, when philanthropists Herman and Ellnora Krannert first envisioned the multifaceted facility that has become a leading university-based performing arts center. Key to that vision was Mrs. Krannert's captivating plan to utilize the central lobby as a crossroads for audiences, artists, academics, and community members to meet, mix, and mingle in celebration of the arts. Ellnora Krannert's exceptional foresight has continued to lead the Center in the more than 40 years since. It was with this lineage in mind that the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival was reborn as Ellnora-to honor the philosophy, philanthropy, and powerful leadership of the Center's first patron.

The 2009 artist roster includes Ani DiFranco, the Keb' Mo' Band, the Derek Trucks Band, Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project, The National, Chicha Libre, Junior Brown, The Jerry Douglas Band, Dan Zanes & Friends, Alex de Grassi, the Leni Stern Quartet, the Frank Vignola Trio, the Brasil Guitar Duo, Debashish Bhattacharya, The Long Count, The Sisters Euclid, Nigel North, Paul Galbraith, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Erin McKeown & Natalia Zukerman, the Jake Hertzog Trio, Richard Julian & Jim Campilongo, the Laurie Morvan Band, and Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo.

Regular updates will be posted at EllnoraGuitarFestival.com. Single tickets and festival passes go on sale July 16 at 10am. Festival passes include all eight events; passes must be purchased by August 2 for priority seating. Festival pass prices range from $80 for students to $192 for standard admission.  

PERFORMANCE DETAILS 

Opening Night Party
Chicha Libre
Junior Brown
Derek Trucks Band
Frank Vignola Trio
We ignite the 2009-10 season with our blockbuster Opening Night Party-and a quadruple bill of scorching bands, head-back-for-thirds food, dancing space, and festive crowds will keep this joint jumping well into the night. Chicha Libre's Peruvian-influenced psychedelic pop claims the Lobby at 7pm, Junior Brown brings his country soul sounds in at 8pm, and the Derek Trucks Band takes over at 9pm with a funk-filled progressive roots blend. Outside, the Frank Vignola Trio fires up the Amphitheatre with feisty jazz at 7:30 and 8:45pm. Come early, stay late, and enjoy yourself to the fullest at this all-out, party-mode liftoff to the new season at Krannert Center!
Thursday, September 10 at 7pm; doors open at 6pm
Lobby
$5

 

Dan Zanes and Friends
Dan Zanes and Friends will spin train tunes, Jamaican beats, Zulu numbers, salsa, sea shanties, and the folk songs collected by Illinois son Carl Sandburg into a Lobby-wide party that will have kids and grownups on their feet for high-energy dancing, clapping, stomping, whistling, and singing.
Friday, September 11 at noon
Lobby
Free

Interval: Brasil Guitar Duo
João Luiz and Douglas Lora, the 2006 Young Concert Artists Guild International Competition winners, have demonstrated their dexterity through captivating performances at the unconventional venues of the New Music/New Places initiative as well as Carnegie Hall. Their sublime synchronicity on Bach and Scarlatti and joyous affinity for the sambas and choros of their native country are infused with musicianship that is "simply outstanding" (Classical Guitar).
Friday, September 11 at 3pm
Stage 5
Free

Traffic Jam: The Jerry Douglas Band
Jerry Douglas presides over bluegrass-this 12-time Grammy Award winner was also voted Musician of the Year three times by the Academy of Country Music-and blues, jazz, and folk ripple out from his resonator guitar. You'll savor the tornadic picking, nimble strumming, and limitless artistry of the man called "Flux."
Friday, September 11 at 5pm
Lobby
Free

Morning and Evening Ragas: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
At age four, Bhattacharya had already demonstrated his dominance on the sitar through his expressive ragas. As an instrument architect, he has more than 19 guitar designs to his credit, including three known as his "trinity of guitars" that represent, like Bhattacharya himself, the past, present, and future of Indian slide.
Friday, September 11 at 6:15pm; Saturday, September 12 at 9am
Lobby
Free
Join us for a special yoga session beginning on Saturday, September 12 at 8:30am in the Lobby.

The Long Count
The Mayans believe that we reside in the fourth world-with the fifth world set to emerge on December 20, 2012. Bandmates and brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and artist Matthew Ritchie reveal the power and symbolism of the Mayans' long count as they intermingle the hues and cardinal directions of Mayan myth and indie rock within a revolving baseball diamond for a revealing, hypnotic sensory experience.
Friday, September 11 at 7pm
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 30 / SC 25 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

A Story of Floating Weeds with live music by Alex de Grassi
In this 1934 silent film, an aging leading man takes the "floating weeds" (itinerant actors) of his failing troupe to his hometown in the hopes of achieving triumphs in his professional life but instead suffers personal setbacks. Alex de Grassi's inspired fretboard work, divine arrangements, and delicate fluidity perfectly escort Yasujiro Ozu's contemplative visual style in an exploration of family and love.
Score commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival
Friday, September 11 at 8:30pm
Amphitheatre
Free

Keb' Mo' Band
Keb' Mo' has fearless acoustic phrasing and deft slides that reveal his connections to the Delta blues of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, and his "effervescent" and "wonderfully engaging" songs showcase his luminous voice colored with "a wink and a grin" (All Music Guide).
Friday, September 11 at 10pm
Tryon Festival Theatre
Flex: 43 / SC 38 / Stu 28 / UI & Yth 23
Single: 45 / SC 40 / Stu 30 / UI & Yth 25

Afterglow: The Sisters Euclid
Fronted by Grammy Award-winning Kevin Breit, the musicians of The Sisters Euclid aren't sisters-or brothers for that matter-but they are connected to the bone through luxuriously rough and jaggedly lustrous melodies. You'll be "transfixed" when this group pulls out every conceivable six-string sound (and some seemingly impossible ones) to end this exquisite Ellnora evening (JazzReview.com).
Friday, September 11 at 11:15pm
Stage 5
Free

Bachfest
Nigel North, lute
Paul Galbraith, guitar
Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Ellnora takes a classical turn with this celebration of the Baroque master. Nigel North's gentle soul and "unfailingly stylish" playing is a perfect match for the subtle beauty of the lute (Gramophone), while Paul Galbraith brings a "soaring dignity" to Bach's work through his peerless and revolutionary approach (Los Angeles Times). Then the members of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet will add their "irresistibly driving" energy to conclude this tribute (Los Angeles Times).
Saturday, September 12 at 10am
Foellinger Great Hall
Flex: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 30 / SC 25 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

Interval: Natalia Zukerman and Erin McKeown
Zukerman's tender bottleneck slide will gently entice you-and once you've heard her gentle blues-folk melodies, you'll be drawn way down into her sweetly sophisticated tunes. With songs "so catchy and clever it's a wonder she's not yet a household name," Erin McKeown will further enthrall you (Entertainment Weekly). Separate, they're delicious; together, they can't be resisted.
Saturday, September 12 at noon
Stage 5
Free

Interval: Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones
Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Ted Greene, and Lenny Breau's mastery fuel Jake Hertzog, and he's known for jamming with local favorites like Chip McNeill and Rocky Maffit. He's "sure to blow your ears wide open" with his own searing and unmistakable licks (Midwest Records), so don't miss your chance to show your love to one of our most gifted native sons!
Saturday, September 12 at 1pm
Stage 5
Free

Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project: Musical Portraits from Heber Springs
Featuring Viktor Krauss, Greg Leisz, and Eyvind Kang

Known for a quiet demeanor and ever-present humor, Bill Frisell is a six-string giant who's been tapped by DownBeat as Guitarist of the Year five times over since 1998. His Disfarmer Project sprouts from outsider artist Mike Disfarmer's biting and intimate portraits taken in small-town Arkansas during the height of the Great Depression. Disfarmer's shimmering projected images play counterpoint to the unpretentious original music rooted in the heart of the Ozarks.
Saturday, September 12 at 2pm
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 30 / SC 25 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

Brazilian Bash: Brasil Guitar Duo, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, and Luciana Souza featuring Romero Lubambo
The Brasil Guitar Duo and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet will turn from the splendor of their earlier shows to their flair and passion for the music of their home culture before Luciana Souza ends this ebullient afternoon. Descended from bossa nova innovators, the Grammy-nominated Souza continues this enlightened approach to her own craft through gossamer and earthy interpretations of songs and her genre-wrenching collaborations with the sophisticatedly intense guitarist Romero Lubambo.
Saturday, September 12 at 3:30pm
Foellinger Great Hall
Flex: 32 / SC 27 / Stu 23 / UI & Yth 18
Single: 34 / SC 29 / Stu 25 / UI & Yth 20

Traffic Jam: Richard Julian and Jim Campilongo
His twilit lines, painterly voice, and witty acoustics prompted Bonnie Raitt to embrace the work of Richard Julian as "some of the coolest, smartest and original music" this decade. He'll match licks with Telecaster master Jim Campilongo, who reigns as the professor of "an overall killer course on How To Play Your Instrument Putting All Others To Shame" (Billboard).
Saturday, September 12 at 6pm
Stage 5
Free

Ani DiFranco
A fiercely honest passion and the heart of a poet have drawn crowds to the hard-driving staccato fingerpicking of independent music's It Girl for over two decades. Through her unique voice and unending verve, DiFranco bravely leads all "who feel that burning desire to go farther out and experience life at a wilder level" (Folk and Music Exchange).
Saturday, September 12 at 7pm
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 36 / SC 31 / Stu 23 / UI & Yth 18
Single: 38 / SC 33 / Stu 25 / UI & Yth 20

The Goddess with live music by the Leni Stern Quartet
The harrowing tale of a mother-turned-prostitute set against the backdrop of 1930s Shanghai becomes palpably taut through the "haunting power" of German-born guitarist Leni Stern's original score (Washington Post). Her "beautifully drawn vignettes" musically express the struggle, solace, and hope of director Wu Yonggang's masterful film (Washington Post).
Score commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival
Saturday, September 12 at 8:30pm
Amphitheatre
Free

The National
Founded in Brooklyn by Cincinnati natives, The National briskly grew its small but heated group of followers into broad support and placement on "best of" lists from Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, and Paste Magazine. Even the Obama campaign took notice, using the band's "Fake Empire" as a backdrop for its Signs of Hope and Change video at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Saturday, September 12 at 10pm
Tryon Festival Theatre
Flex: 26 / SC 21 / Stu 17 / UI & Yth 12
Single: 28 / SC 23 / Stu 19 / UI & Yth 14

Laurie Morvan Band
Pat Morvan, bass; Kevin Murillo, drums; Lisa Grubbs and Carolyn Kelley, backing vocals and percussion Before she lit up the stages at blues festivals across the country and before she opened for the Fabulous Thunderbirds and before her widespread recognition for "wiry, fiery solos" and a "sweet, soaring voice" (Blues Revue)-before all of that, this bluesy singer/songwriter was a standout right here at the University of Illinois. Join us in welcoming her back home!
Saturday, September 12 at 11:30pm
Lobby
Free

 

CREATIVE INTERSECTIONS AND SPECIAL FEATURES 

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
On Goodwin Street in front of Krannert Center, Free
A mobile recording and video production studio outfitted with the latest musical instruments, computers, recording equipment, and video production gear, the John Lennon Bus provides students, schools, and communities with a free, hands-on introduction to music, songwriting, video, and broadcast technologies. The John Lennon Bus will be stationed at Krannert Center's Goodwin Street entrance throughout the festival. The bus will be open for tours and activities-details are pending. 

Krannert Coffeehouse
The Intermezzo café at the north end of the Center's central lobby will be transformed into a coffeehouse for this year's festival. Patrons can grab a cup of cappuccino between performances, down an espresso shot to rev up for the late night shows, or simply relax and recharge throughout the festival. 

Outdoor Food Vendors
In addition to the large tented food area on the west terrace for the Opening Night Party, local food vendors will also be open during the evenings on both Friday and Saturday night. 

The Studio Store
The Studio Theatre, located at the north end of the Center will once again become the official festival store, featuring merchandise, sponsor tables, special displays, and meet-and-greets with select artists.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Ellnora | The Guitar Festival Single Tickets and Festival Passes

Single tickets and festival passes are on sale July 16 at 10am. Festival passes include all eight events; passes must be purchased by August 2 for priority seating.

Festival Pass: 192 / SC 160 / Stu 120 / UI & Yth 80

Ticket Office Information
Phone: 217/333-6280 or 800/KCPATIX (527-2849)
TTY: 217/333-9714 (for patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired)
Fax: 217/244-7469
Online: KrannertCenter.com or EllnoraGuitarFestival.com
E-mail: kran-tix@illinois.edu 

Mail: Krannert Center Ticket Office
500 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801-3788

In person: Visit the Krannert Center Ticket Office at 500 South Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, Illinois, anytime daily from 10am to 6pm. 

General Ticket Information/Key to Ticket Prices
SC = Senior citizens 65 years or older or retired University of Illinois faculty and staff
UI = University of Illinois students who have paid the Krannert Center fee
Stu = All students college age or younger
Yth = All children high school age or younger  

CREDITS 

Krannert Center's Ellnora | The Guitar Festival is supported in part by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and these sponsors: 

Patron Sponsor: Anonymous 

Patron Co-sponsors: Frances and Marc Ansel; Jean Huddleston, Kelly Foster, and Paul Foster; Mary and George Perlstein; and Carol and Ed Scharlau 

Corporate Power Train Engines: Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center; Scanics 

Corporate Platinum Event Sponsor: WCIA 3 

Corporate Gold Sponsor: One Main Development 

Corporate Silver Sponsors: Dean's Graphic Division; Chief/Bauer Heating & Air Conditioning; and The Blind Man Hunter Douglas Gallery 

Corporate Bronze Sponsors: Bacca Cigar Company; Barham Benefit Group; and Jeffrey Van Buren, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, and Valerie Van Buren 

ELLNORA | THE GUITAR FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Th Sep 10
7pm    Opening Night Party with Chicha Libre, Junior Brown, the Derek Trucks Band, and the Frank Vignola Trio 

Fr Sep 11
Noon | Dan Zanes and Friends
3pm | Interval: Brasil Guitar Duo
5pm | Traffic Jam: The Jerry Douglas Band
6:15pm | Evening Raga: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
7pm | The Long Count
8:30pm | A Story of Floating Weeds with live music by Alex de Grassi
10pm | Keb' Mo' Band
11:15pm | Afterglow: The Sisters Euclid

Sa Sep 12
8:30am | Yoga Session
9am | Morning Raga: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
10am | Bachfest: Nigel North, lute; Paul Galbraith, guitar; Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Noon | Interval: Natalia Zukerman and Erin McKeown
1pm | Interval: Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones
2pm | Bill Frisell's Disfarmer Project: Musical Portraits from Heber Springs Featuring Viktor Krauss, Greg Leisz, and Eyvind Kang
3:30pm | Brazilian Bash: Brasil Guitar Duo, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, and Luciana Souza featuring Romero Lubambo
6pm | Traffic Jam: Richard Julian and Jim Campilongo
7pm | Ani DiFranco
8:30pm | The Goddess with live music by the Leni Stern Quartet
10pm | The National
11:30pm | Laurie Morvan Band with Pat Morvan, bass; Kevin Murillo, drums; Lisa Grubbs and Carolyn Kelley, backing vocals and percussion.