Company Of Heaven Jazz Festival

January 7, 2010

Company of Heaven, the booking agency for many of creative improvised music’s biggest names, will hold its second annual jazz festival at New York’s Cornelia Street Café this weekend as part of the festivities surrounding the 2010 Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference.

The Thirteenth Assembly, featuring Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone and Tomas Fujiwara, will be performing, as will Playscape Recordings artists, the Michael Musillami Trio + 3, Mario Pavone‘s Totem Quartet and George Schuller’s Circle Wide. A complete schedule of events for the three-night festival is available here.


Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Out Today

October 6, 2009


Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt‘s latest release, Canada Day (Clean Feed), officially hits the streets today.

The record, the Toronto native’s eighth as a bandleader, is the debut of his primary working ensemble, also called Canada Day, featuring Nate Wooley (trumpet), Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Eivind Opsvik (bass).

It documents his original book of music for the group, which was written for the specific musical personalities of these musicians and developed in live performances in New York and beyond over the past three years.

“The material on the group’s self-titled album is as exciting as it is diverse,” declares Dusted‘s Marc Medwin, “with any clichés about group telepathy sounding entirely appropriate. Precision and spontaneity make every gesture simultaneously soloistic and supportive as the structures wend their complex but catchy ways forward. He’s the lynchpin of an exciting aggregate.”

“Drawing upon some of the best new talent in the Brooklyn scene,” explains AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “Eisenstadt’s formidable quintet is as capable of adventurous timbral explorations as they are of in-the-pocket swing. Blending a mid-’60s Blue Note vibe with elastic post-rock grooves and subtle West African influences, Eisenstadt successfully unites his assorted interests into a cohesive ensemble sound. An accessible blend of inside and outside traditions delivered by an empathetic young ensemble, Canada Day is a welcome addition to the burgeoning discography of one of the new generation’s leading composers.”

AllMusic.com’s Michael G. Nastos adds, “A composer of great depth and diversity, Eisenstadt proves a fine trap drummer for this recording, and a formidable bandleader who deserves more recognition in both areas. The cohesion of the ensemble, glued by the steady, steaming, streaming rhythms of Eisenstadt, keeps the listener focused and compelled to hear more…this is a strong candidate for Top Ten status in the category of best jazz CDs of 2009.”

You can learn more about Eisenstadt, Canada Day, and his many other projects in a new interview by Clifford Allen posted yesterday at AllAboutJazz.com

And, the band will be celebrating its new release with Northeast tour dates in New York, Toronto, Buffalo and Rochester starting October 24th. Details are available here.


John Hébert To Weekend At Cornelia Street Cafe

September 24, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

Bassist/composer John Hébert will celebrate his long-awaited debut release as a leader, Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12 Records), with a two-night stand at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe starting tomorrow night.

Hébert’s sextet, also called Byzantine Monkey, will feature saxophonists Michaël Attias and Tony Malaby, multi-instrumentalist Adam Kolker, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and drummer Michael Sarin (sitting in for Nasheet Waits for these two dates).

Known as “an indispensable presence on the local scene” (Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York) and “a bassist of deep intuition and extensive experience as a sideman” (Nate Chinen, New York Times), Hébert is one of the busiest bassists in New York and a regular in the Rising Star Acoustic Bass category of DownBeat’s annual Critics Poll for the past three years.

“On his first album as a leader he displays a sonic vision that’s all his own,” writes DownBeat‘s Peter Margasak, “even while sticking mostly to a support role. The leader has written nine lovely themes, some ebullient, some sorrowful, some fragile, and he directs his cohorts to elucidate and dance around the melodies with a mix of freedom and communicativeness. In particular, the intertwining lines of Tony Malaby, brawny and fat, and Michaël Attias, lithe and stinging, provide an exuberant dance on contrast.”

The Hartford Courant‘s Richard Kamins adds, “Byzantine Monkey takes the listener out of the everyday world into a landscape of mature melodies, splendid musicianship and highly creative interplay. It’s an aural landscape one can return to time and again, uncovering new paths to follow.”


DownBeat: John Hébert’s Byzantine Monkey

September 14, 2009


Bassist/composer John Hébert continues to gather accolades for his long-awaited debut release, Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12 Records). The latest is a four-star review by Peter Margasak in the October issue of DownBeat.

“On his first album as a leader he displays a sonic vision that’s all his own,” Margasak writes, “even while sticking mostly to a support role. The leader has written nine lovely themes, some ebullient, some sorrowful, some fragile, and he directs his cohorts to elucidate and dance around the melodies with a mix of freedom and communicativeness.”

“In particular,” he adds, “the intertwining lines of Tony Malaby, brawny and fat, and Michaël Attias, lithe and stinging, provide an exuberant dance on contrast.”

Hébert and his sextet, also called Byzantine Monkey, will celebrate this release at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe on September 25th and 26th.


Reminder: Mario Pavone Quartet Arc In NYC This Weekend

August 21, 2009
Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Bassist/composer Mario Pavone will unveil his latest ensemble, Quartet Arc, this weekend at back-to-back gigs in New York.

The first concert will be Saturday at The Stone followed by a Sunday night gig at Cornelia Street Cafe.

This new configuration of frequent Pavone collaborators will perform new material, as well as new arrangements of older music from Pavone’s vast catalog.

Quartet Arc features tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, trumpeter Dave Ballou and drummers Tyshawn Sorey (Saturday only) and Tom Rainey (Sunday only).


Harris Eisenstadt & Canada Day On Tour In October

August 19, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

This October, Brooklyn-based drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt and his working quintet, Canada Day, will tour in support of their eponymous October 6th debut on Clean Feed Records.

This active ensemble, featuring Nate Wooley (trumpet), Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Eivind Opsvik (bass), has been Eisenstadt’s primary focus as a bandleader since returning to New York in 2005.

The tour will begin Saturday, October 24th, the first of two nights at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe, to be followed by stops in Buffalo, Rochester, and Eisenstadt’s native Toronto. A September 16th performance at New York’s Cornelia Connelly Center, as part of Clean Feed Fest IV, will serve as a preview.

Tour itinerary:

Saturday, October 24th at 9:00 and 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 25th at 8:10 and 10:00 p.m.

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street in New York, NY (Greenwich Village)
Admission is $10 per set
Reservations available at (212) 989-9319

Tuesday, October 27th at 12:30 p.m.
York University Music Department
Martin Family Lounge, 371D Accolade East Building
4700 Keele Street in Toronto, ON
Admission is free and open to the public

Tuesday, October 27th at 10:00 p.m.
Tranzac (Toronto Australia New Zealand Club)
292 Brunswick Avenue in Toronto, ON
Suggested donation at the door

Wednesday, October 28th at 8:00 p.m.
Ressurrection Music
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, NY
Admission is $8 members and students; $12 general public

Thursday, October 29th at 8:00 p.m.
BOP ARTS
The Bop Shop Atrium
274 N. Goodman Street (in the Village Gate) in Rochester, NY
$10 requested donation

Learn more at http://www.harriseisenstadt.com


New Trumpet Underground 2009 Begins Tomorrow

June 25, 2009
Nadje Noordhuis

Nadje Noordhuis

New Trumpet Underground 2009, the first Festival of New Trumpet (FONT) Music event of its 7th annual concert season, begins Friday night at Cornelia Street Cafe.

Curated by Taylor Ho Bynum and Chris DiMeglio, this three-day event shines the spotlight on younger, lesser-known and experimental trumpet players.

Schedule for New Trumpet Underground 2009

Friday, June 26th at 9:00 p.m.
Greg Bobulinski G-Men
Josh Berman’s Old Idea
Leron Thomas

Saturday, June 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Nadje Noordhuis Quartet
Jordan McLean’s Piano Music and Song Trio
Search

Sunday, June 28th at 8:30 p.m.
Clarino
Russ Johnson Quartet

These performances, including the world premiere of a specially commissioned piece by Ms. Noordhuis, will be augmented by daytime educational offerings from Laurie Frink and John McNeil as part of FONT Music’s Workshop Series.