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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


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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,; $10 suggested donation, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

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,; $10 suggested donation, with a $10 minimum. (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

It’s a lovely day in the beginning of August where we’re hoping to catch some Jazz fans itching for a new album – presenting the album release of “Like A Tree” (Steeplechase) by Stacken-Knuffke Duo and special guest drummer Kenny Wolleson. Also, James Carney brings his trio back to the mix with Chris Lightcap, bass and Ted Poor, drums. Here’s what the New York Times Jazz Listing has to say about it.

Stacken-Knuffke Duo + 1 / James Carney Trio (Tuesday) Jesse Stacken, a pianist, and Kirk Knuffke, a cornetist, have ample experience working as a duo: “Like a Tree” (Steeplechase) is their third album in the format, though, just as in this 10:30 p.m. performance, it includes a guest turn by the drummer Kenny Wollesen. An earlier set, at 9 p.m., will feature a trio led by the pianist James Carney, who programs this series; his rhythm section consists of Chris Lightcap on bass and Ted Poor on drums. At Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Last evening at Korzo Restaurant, Konceptions Music Series #193 (the one hundredth ninety third presenting of jazz music to be precise), listeners were graced by the presence of Ben Wendell (saxophone), Sam Minaie (bass), and Nate Wood (drums). I happened to have an HD compact video camera with me and documented the first tune.

Konceptions Music Series presented by James Carney at Korzo Restaurant in Brooklyn garnered recent attention in the NYTimes.  Ben Ratliff reviewed Tim Berne’s band on May 26, 2011 . A more recent mention was with regards to other Jazz series being presented in Brooklyn as well as the “Undead” festival.

Here’s an excerpt from Ben Ratliff’s review of Tim Berne:

The gig, on Tuesday, was part of the Konceptions series at Korzo, booked by the musician James Carney, who’s doing a quietly heroic job of challenging audiences and keeping the house piano in tune. It’s a place to try new material. The show opened with a workshoplike short set of fresh septet material by the pianist and conductor Gordon Beeferman, including false starts.

If you recently discovered Konceptions, you know what a wonderful find it is.

Last week Konceptions presented Fred Hersch, guest pianist to trumpeter Shane Endsley and also featuring esteemed band members
Ohad Talmor, saxophone, Carlo DeRosa, bass and Tom Rainey, drums.

Every Tuesday Konceptions Music Series presents two sets of live Jazz in an intimate setting. Korzo Restaurant features twelve beers on tap and boasts a delicious, though decadent, fried burger. Tonight is another great grouping of very talented members of the Jazz community:

June 28th – Konceptions Series #179

Tim Berne, alto saxophone + compositions
John Hebert, bass
Ches Smith, drums

JP Schlegelmilch, piano
Pascal Niggenkemper, bass
Carlo Costa, drums

$10 suggested donation per set + two drink minimum (price is per guest/per set).


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