Saco Yasuma's "Another Rain" (Mon) Russ Spiegel Sextet (Tue) Dan McCarthy Trio Feat. Myron Walden (Wed) Jeff Williams QT & More This Week at Cornelia Street Cafe


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29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.

This Week At Cornelia Street Cafe

Mon Jul 30

(Saco Yasuma, alto saxophone, Xaphoon, compositions;Roy Campbell Jr., trumpet, flugelhorn;Andrew Bemkey, piano, bass clarinet;Ken Filiano, bass;Michael T.A. Thompson, soundrhythium percussion;w/ special guest Golda Solomon, jazz poet) The New York-based saxophonist and composer Saco Yasuma, and her extraordinary ensemble will celebrate her new release, “Another Rain." Saco came to New York from Tokyo in 1989, and has been cultivating her skills in both playing and writing by participating in various types of ensembles, such as Jazz, Salsa, Afro-pop and experimental. The pieces in “Another Rain" are noted for memorable melodies, multi- tonalities and Japanese influences. The ensemble she assembled for this project uniqely interprets her music, and freely develops it in and out of time, form and harmony. Each musician brings certain gifts that are woven into a cohesive expression of spirit.

Tue Jul 31
(David Smith, trumpet;Arun Luthra, saxophones;Nick Mancini, vibraphone;Russ Spiegel, guitar;Gary Wang, bass;Owen Howard, drums)

THE RUSS SPIEGEL SEXTET: Chimera on SteepleChase Records

Modern Jazz with a New York edge. Intricate and expansive. Highly structured yet with plenty of room for improvisation.

For those who haven't encountered Russ Spiegel previously this well planned and structured set will be a welcome introduction to an immensely gifted performer, whose compositional ability, instrumental command and leadership qualities combine to make this an important label debut. Another exciting SteepleChase discovery is unveiled! Mark Gardner, Contributor, Jazz Journal International

Wed Aug 01
(Dan McCarthy, vibraphone;Myron Waldan, piano;Dan Loomis, bass;Dave Brophy, drums)

Dan McCarthy was born in Toronto, Ontario, in August of 1980. After college, Dan stepped on to the Toronto jazz scene full time, having already become a veteran playing at some of Canada's top venues. In August 2004, Dan made the move to New York, where his career continues to grow. Dan is now one of the most original -sounding and sought-after vibraphonists in North America.

Recently, Dan has just completed his debut record, INTERWORDS, which includes trio members Matt Wigton on bass and Greg Ritchie on drums, and features saxophonist Myron Walden. Drawing on such varied influences as Gary Burton, Mos Def, John Mayer, Damien Rice, and Brad Mehldau, INTERWORDS gives the listener something that most records these days lack; jazz melodies with a pop music approach. Shorter songs , with catchy melodies that are still harmonically complex and interesting to even the most trained ear are featured on this album. His “Short Stories" are 30 second pieces that are designed to pique the listener's attention and leave them wanting more.

With his music, Dan is trying to bring jazz back to the masses. With heavy influences in pop, folk, and hip-hop, Dan crosses musical barriers in an attempt to bring the listener exactly what they want to hear: something different, and something fresh.

“Dan gives new visions of the mallet instrument...the trio plays every selection as if it were the last opportunity - with deep feeling, expectancy, and freedom - the very things that make jazz so appealing." --Mark Turner, All About Jazz

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