A Weekend at Cornelia Street Cafe: Reviews of Secret Keeper and Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up (4/17 and 4/18/15)

This past weekend, Cornelia Street Cafe hosted two significant record release concerts. On Friday, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Stephan Crump teamed up with their Secret Keeper project to debut their second record, Emerge (Intakt). On Saturday, Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up (including Halvorson, Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, and Michael Formanek) debuted their third

Bizingas Live at Barbes (26 Jun 2013)

I have been looking for an opportunity to hear this band play live for quite some time because of how much fun these musicians, led by Brian Drye (trombone, piano, keyboards), sound like they have on record (check out their 2010 self-titled release on NCM East). The band also includes Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Jonathan Goldberger

Denver General at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg (6/10/13)

A relatively new club–Muchmore’s has ample space with walls lined with couches, the staff is friendly, and the noir murals lining the interior set the mood as a great place to listen to forward-looking jazz and improvised music. Last night’s show featured Kirk Knuffke‘s Denver General with the leader-cornetist backed up by guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and drummer Jeff

Nate Wooley’s Seven Storey Mountain at Issue Project Room

Nate Wooley is a visionary. At age 38, he has already developed an entire vocabulary all his own–a difficult thing on any instrument, even more so on one so well-explored as the trumpet. With eyes closed and without a mouthpiece, he led his band Seven Storey Mountain before an electrified crowd at Issue Project Room

Intriguing Duos at Douglass Street Music Collective

Musician-run spaces are the places to go if one wants to see the genesis of music and ideas in action and in this regard, Douglass Street Music Collective has been the leader of the pack. This past Thursday, May 16, the venue witnessed three interesting pairings: pianist Kris Davis and percussionist Andrew Drury, tenor saxophonist Ingrid

Ingrid Laubrock – Mary Halvorson Duo Displays Telepathic Connection

The small crowd gathered at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center last night found that their efforts in braving the cold and the wind were not without reward. Ingrid Laubrock, the Brooklyn-transplanted German tenor saxophonist, and Mary Halvorson, a guitarist originally from Boston, continued to extend their joint musical vocabulary. Both rising stars on New York’s creative music