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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.

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

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 (@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.

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

9:00pm
BERNE, HEBERT, SMITH
Tim Berne, alto saxophone + compositions
John Hebert, bass
Ches Smith, drums

10:30pm
MINERVA
JP Schlegelmilch, piano
Pascal Niggenkemper, bass
Carlo Costa, drums

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

Jen performed live at Korzo in January; it was a solo production of “Inner Chapters”. Watch the video on YouTube here.
Jen Shyu’s Web site