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* updated July 11, 2014

JULY 15 @ 9pm

DAVID BRYANT QUARTET  w/ MARK SHIM, saxophone; DAVID BRYANT, piano +
compositions; DEZRON DOUGLAS, bass; JONATHAN BARBER, drums

 

JULY 15 @ 10:30pm

CURTIS MACDONALD TRIO w/ CURTIS MACDONALD, saxophone + compositions; BOBBY AVEY, piano; CHRIS TORDINI, bass

 

JULY 22 @ 9pm

OHAD TALMOR, saxophone; THOMAS MORGAN, bass; ERIC McPHERSON, drums

 

JULY 22 @ 10:30pm

BRIAN DRYE BIRTHDAY TRIO w/ BRIAN DRYE, trombone + compositions; MATT PAVOLKA, bass; BEN PEROWSKY, drums

 

JULY 29 @ 9pm

PETER EPSTEIN QUARTET w/ PETER EPSTEIN, saxophone + compositions; STEPHANIE RICHARDS, trumpet; SAM MINAIE, bass; MARK FERBER, drums

 

JULY 29 @ 10:30pm

JAMES CARNEY QUARTET w/ PETER EPSTEIN, saxophones; JAMES CARNEY, piano + compositions; CHRIS LIGHTCAP, bass; MARK FERBER, drums

 

AUGUST 5 @ 9pm

ERIK DEUTSCH, piano + compositions; TREVOR DUNN, bass; SCOTT AMENDOLA, drums

 

AUGUST 5 @ 10:30pm

MICHAËL ATTIAS QUARTET w/ MICHAËL ATTIAS, saxophone + compositions; ARUAN ORTÍZ, piano; MARK HELIAS, bass; NASHEET WAITS, drums

 

AUGUST 12 @ 9pm

JAMES WEIDMAN’S “APERTURISTIC TRIO” w/ JAMES WEIDMAN, piano + compositions; HARVIE S, bass; STEVE WILLIAMS, drums

 

AUGUST 12 @ 10:30pm

DANNY FOX TRIO w/ DANNY FOX, piano + compositions; CHRIS VAN VOORST VAN BEEST, bass; MAX GOLDMAN, drums

 

AUGUST 19 @ 9pm

JOHN O’GALLAGHER, saxophone; JAMES CARNEY, piano; MICHAEL BATES, bass; JEFF DAVIS, drums

 

AUGUST 19 @ 10:30pm

TBA

 

AUGUST 26 @ 9pm

JEN SHYU, compositions, voice; piano; er-hu

 

AUGUST 26 @ 10:30pm

MATT MITCHELL QUARTET w/ CHRIS SPEED, saxophone; MATT MITCHELL, piano + compositions; CHRISTOPHER TORDINI, bass; DAN WEISS, drums

 

SEPTEMBER 2 @ 9pm

TBA

 

SEPTEMBER 2 @ 10:30pm

TBA

 

SEPTEMBER 9 @ 9pm

“MOTHER STUMP” w/ JOEL HARRISON, guitar + compositions; MICHAEL BATES, bass; JEREMY “BEAN” CLEMONS, drums

 

SEPTEMBER 9 @ 10:30pm

CHARLOTTE GREVE, saxophone + compositions; KEISUKE MATSUNO, guitar; SIMON JERMYN, bass; TOMMY CRANE, drums

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Chris Lightcap playing bass, James Carney on Piano
@2013 Heidi Bayer – file photograph

This is what Nate Chinen of the New York Times had to say about our grouping of Chris Lightcap’s Superette and Aidan Carroll Quartet which will play TONIGHT at 9pm and 10:30pm respectively. Please come ready to hear amazing music and don’t forget to put $10 in the tip jar per set – 100% goes to the musicians – also a recommended minimum $10 purchase from the restaurant. They love to have us there, but they also like to serve us! Thanks again for all your support:

Superette/Aidan Carroll Quartet (Tuesday) This installment of the Konceptions series will feature one of the first outings by Superette, a rock-infused cooperative consisting of Chris Lightcap on electric bass, Jonathan Goldberger and Curtis Hasselbring on guitars and Dan Rieser on drums. After that hit, at 9 p.m., the bassist Aidan Carroll will play a 10:30 p.m. set with the saxophonist John Ellis, the pianist Sullivan Fortner and the drummer Joe Dyson. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, konceptionsmusicseries.wordpress.com; $10 suggested donation, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

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This appeared in the New York Times Jazz Listings September 20 – 26, 2013. We couldn’t be more proud!

Drunken Sailor/Ben Holmes Quartet (Tuesday) The first band on this bill, playing at 9 p.m., is a wryly named collective of improvisers with a strong feel for group dynamics: the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the saxophonists Jeff Lederer and Petr Cancura, the trombonist Brian Drye and the drummer Alison Miller. The second band, led by the trumpeter Ben Holmes and performing at 10:30 p.m., will be joined for the occasion by the tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, konceptionsmusicseries.wordpress.com; $10 suggested donation, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

We’re so thankful to be surrounded by such great musicians.

 

Come on out and see what we were thinking when we booked the strong pairing of Pete Rende, pianist with Loren Stillman’s band “Bad Touch”. Fantastic musicians abound on Tuesday August 20th with Bad Touch at 9pm and Pete Rende at 10:30p. As always a suggested donation of $10 per set / $10 restaurant purchase.

This is what Time Out New York had to say about the upcoming jazz at Konceptions Music Series:

Keyboardist James Carney’s valuable progressive-jazz showcase presents two strong outfits: the grouping of pianist Pete Rende, saxist Bill McHenry, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Tyshawn Sorey (10:30pm), and saxist Loren Stillman’s outstanding working band, Bad Touch (9pm).

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James Carney @ Shapeshifter

A very exciting evening coming up this Tuesday August 6, 2013:  JAMES CARNEY at 9pm featuring MARK HELIAS bass and CHAD TAYLOR, drums. Stay for the 10:30pm set with SPLANG-A-LANG featuring MIKE MCGINNIS, woodwinds + compositions,  SEAN MORAN, guitar; ELIAS BAILEY, bass; VINNIE SPERRAZZA, drums.

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Mike McGinnis

Here’s what TIME OUT NEW YORK had to say about both these groups this week:

Keyboardist James Carney’s valuable progressive-jazz showcase presents woodwind player Mike McGinnis’s SPLANT-A-LANG quartet (10:30p) and Carney’s own trio (9pm)

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Andrew D’Angelo & George Garzone are #NYTimes pick this week. Congrats Andrew & George! See the rest of you on Tuesday night when we also will be presenting at 10:30pm EVA NOVOA, piano; BILLY MINTZ, drums, MATT PAVOLKA, bass.

Here’s the blurb from the NYTimes - Thanks Nate Chinen!

Andrew D’Angelo Trio With George Garzone (Tuesday) Andrew D’Angelo is a saxophonist and bass clarinetist with a smartly full-throttle approach to free improvisation — something he shares with his guest and fellow saxophonist, Mr. Garzone. They’ll work with and against the churn of Mr. D’Angelo’s working rhythm team of Chris Lightcap on bass and Mike Pride on drums. At 9 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, konceptionsmusicseries.wordpress.com; $10 suggested donation, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

mcevoywill TonyMalaby_parisTONIGHT! Come and see Will McEvoy’s MUTASM at 9pm, then stay for TONY MALABY TUBACELLO QUARTET at 10:30pm – $10 suggested donation, $10 purchase. Choose from Korzo’s most excellent fried burger, or any of the beers on tap.

From the Search and Restore Blog today:

This week, the Konceptions series at Korzo out does itself once again. Always a double bill, always affordable and always in a close space, Konceptions gives energized creative music a regular home, and there’s nothing not great about that.

Working backwards, tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby closes the night with a 10:30pm set, a combination of two of his previous existing trios (tuba trio & cello trio). It will feature Chris Hoffman on cello, Dan Peck on tuba and John Hollenbeck on drums. Malaby is a fierce composer and improviser, highly capable and in control when gorgeous tones are required, but also seemingly always on the verge of a chaotic break, or a swerve into other sound worlds pushed by his instrument. The double-low-combo of cello and tuba on top of Hollenbeck’s dexterous drum navigation is going to make this a really really enjoyable show. Guaranteed. See the video below of the tuba trio from the past.

Kicking the night off at 9pm is a group led by bassist Will McEvoy called Mutasm. Though a generation younger than Malaby & company, Mutasm follows in the musical footsteps of the artists following them.

We’ve posted a streaming track below, off their greatly titled album Labor Of Labor. The composition of the piece is so so strong. The entire composition. The written, the improvised, it all is concocted and executed with preparation and novelty in the moment and it all just comes across as great music. It can get challenging but never forever and there’s always a point.

For those afraid of that which is free, I suggest always seeking things with a point. Identify the point for comfort and new risks. These guys know what they’re doing and aren’t afraid to learn as they go.

in the band: Will McEvoy on bass, Danny Gouker on trumpet, Nathaniel Morgan on alto sax, Patrick Breiner on tenor sax, Dustin Carlson on guitar and Cody Brown on drums.

Last Tuesday evening, on July 9, 2013, we had the pleasure of presenting Ravi Coltrane. Someone came and recorded as he played Ralph Alessi’s tune “Who Wants Ice Cream.” While I’m not really sure the rights issues have been cleared by the person who recorded this, Logan . Ralph’s tune is wonderful, and Ravi’s sound is fantastic. So I thought I’d share. Before it gets pulled off of the web.

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Kris Davis
Photograph by Peter Gannushkin

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As printed in the March 22nd edition of the New York Times jazz listings. Kris Davis and Ingrid Laubrock as well as Circle Down will play tomorrow night, March 26, 2013 at Korzo Restaurant beginning at 9:30pm.

Kris Davis and Ingrid Laubrock/Circle Down (Tuesday) Ingrid Laubrock, a saxophonist, and Kris Davis, a pianist, share an aesthetic of unsettled calm and unhurried revelation; they appear on each other’s fine recent albums, and should have no problem distilling their rapport to its essence in this 9 p.m. set. Following suit, at 10:30 p.m., is Circle Down, a venturesome trio consisting of the pianist Angelica Sanchez, the bassist Chris Lightcap and the drummer Chad Taylor. Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, konceptionsmusicseries.wordpress.com; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)

Every once in a while the Konceptions Music Series gets a little press. A recent article penned by Matthew Kassel in the Village Voice mentioned Konceptions Music Series and its founder, James Carney.

“It’s not that Manhattan is boring,” the pianist James Carney explains via e-mail. “It’s simply become so expensive that venues there tend to program less adventurous jazz and improvised music these days.”

Thanks Matthew, for your in-depth reporting. Make sure to come back soon!

Check out the article in the Village Voice

All That Brooklyn Jazz

The borough is where it’s at

by Matthew Kassel Wednesday, Jan 23 2013

http://bit.ly/10Wt9iO

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