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Please come to the first Brooklyn jazz fundraiser for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Kids With Food Allergies (KFA).

Join us during the regular Konceptions Music Series! The event is free, a tip jar will be passed and all money collected will go to AAFA / KFA.

The music starts at 9 pm, after remarks from AAFA CEO Cary Sennett.

If you are not in New York, watch a live stream at http://www.livamp.com/

And, you can donate online at

Konceptions Music Series at Korzo Restaurant is a Tuesday-night jazz series created by pianist / composer James Carney.

His wife, Heidi Bayer, is chairwoman of the board of AAFA, the nation’s oldest and largest asthma and allergy nonprofit organization. KFA is a division of AAFA.

The night will feature:

James Carney Quartet
James Carney, piano and compositions
Ralph Alessi, trumpet
Dezron Douglas, bass
Mark Ferber, drums

We hope to see you July 14th

Korzo is located at:

667 5th Avenue (between 19th & 20th Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Konceptions Music Series Presents: LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR & RHOMBAL

Konceptions Music Series Presents: LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR & RHOMBAL

MARCH 10, 2015 @ 9:00pm



DOUGLAS BRADFORD, guitar + compositions




MARCH 10 @ 10:30pm



STEPHAN CRUMP, bass + compositions



FEBRUARY 10 @ 9:00pm


JAMES CARNEY, piano + compositions




FEBRUARY 10 @10:30p


CHRIS SPEED, woodwinds

OSCAR NORIEGA; woodwinds


JIM BLACK, 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)


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).

James Carney @ Shapeshifter

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.

Mike McGinnis

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)


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.


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