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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).
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.
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)
Photograph by Peter Gannushkin
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
The borough is where it’s at
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, myspace.com/konceptions; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)
Konceptions music series (@konceptions) has been mentioned in the Time Out New York article Things to Do on Weeknights for $10 or less. We are thankful to all of our exceptionally talented musicians who have helped to make this series one of the best kept secrets, and now one of the most sought after music series in Brooklyn. Time Out New York has identified Konceptions music series, presented at Korzo (@korzobklyn) as one of the best week night destinations for $10 or less and we couldn’t agree more, nor be more proud.
Here is an excerpt:
26. Konceptions jazz series
Three blocks from the Prospect Expressway, you’ll find some of the city’s most energizing jazz every Tuesday at Korzo. Composer and keys man James Carney gathers a collegial mix of veterans (pianist Fred Hersch, trumpeter Ralph Alessi) and younger players (pianist Dan Tepfer, vocalist Jen Shyu) around this Central European bar-restaurant’s back-room grand piano. This week’s billing features the Matt Pavolka Band (Tue 23 at 10:30pm). Bonus: Pitchers of all draft beers are $10 after 10pm. 667 Fifth Ave between 19th and 20th Sts, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-285-9425, myspace.com/konceptions). Tue 9, 10:30pm; suggested donation $10 plus $7 minimum.
If you’d like to read more, a link to the article is here.
Every Tuesday night sets begin at 9:00pm and 10:30pm respectively. The tip jar is passed and 100% of the money goes to the musicians. It is an honor to be recognized and thank you again to everyone who makes this series successful.