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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
http://firstgiving.com/fundraiser/aafa_KFA

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
718-285-9425

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)

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

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).

David Lopato played a concert at Korzo last night accompanied by Ratzo Harris on bass, and drummer Gene Jackson for his CD Release Party of his solo album entitled Many Moons. http://www.davidlopato.com/index.html

It was truly a special evening with Mr. Lopato telling the packed room that he was not only celebrating his 56th Birthday at Korzo, his album release, but he was celebrating the first time he’d played a gig in Brooklyn, his birthplace.

For those of you who missed it, I encourage you to purchase his CD, which is available on his web site – and we hope to have Mr. Lopato and his group back soon.