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Wednesday April 1 at Largo at The Coronet (The Small Room) 9pm 366 N. La Cienaga Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90048 310 855 0350 www.largo-la.com
Jenny Scheinman (violin, maybe sing a few?), Nels Cline & Moe Hawk (guitars)
Nels is dear friend and long time collaborater with a slew of brilliant solo recordings (most recently “Coward”) covering his incredible range of interests and talent: churning drones, claustrophobic swarms, deep elegiac blues, ecstatic bursts, Andrew Hill.. He joined Wilco a few years back and now spends much of his time trotting around Mt Olympus with a gaggle of other rock stars. Moe Hawk remains a mystery, but suffice it to say that he spends a bit of time up there too…
Tuesday April 7 through Sunday April 12 at Blue Note, 8 and 10:30 131 W. 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, 212-475-8592 www.bluenote.net
Jenny Scheinman (violin), Nels Cline & Steve Cardenas (guitars)
I must say this is a somewhat mischievous ensemble to debut at The Blue Note since Nels “The Enabler” Cline is drawn to extremes. But honestly I couldn’t think of anything more perfect. Steve knows my original instrumental music backwards and forwards and can play it that way, has brought in a few lesser known Thelonious Monk tunes, and we’ve culled our collective Paul Motian library for a few choice favorites. This will be our second time in this configuration, the first time was a year or so ago at my regular haunt Barbes, in Brooklyn, where we nearly blew the roof off – not with volume but with sheer ecstatic mayhem. Nels is dear friend and long time collaborater whose recent all guitar recording “Coward” (his fifteenth?) is one of my favorites. Did I mention churning drones, claustrophobic swarms, deep elegiac blues, ecstatic bursts, Andrew Hill? He joined Wilco a few years back and now spends much of his time trotting around Mt Olympus with a gaggle of other rock stars. Come persuade America that jazz is alive! Also fyi it is a double bill with Omar Sosa – look him up, I’m a fan – we have the first halves of each 2 hour set.
NEWS AND SIDEPERSONING
- In early April I’ll be out in California with Bill Frisell doing a few concerts with his Disfarmer Trio. www.billfrisell.com
- I will be touring (Singing!) as the support act for The Flatlanders with the inimitable Robbie Gjersoe playing guitar and singing harmony. The tour looks a lot like this:
April 15 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Whittaker Center
April 16 Alexandria, Virginia Birchmere
April 17 Alexandria, Virginia Birchmere
April 18 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania World CafÃ©
April 21 Newport Kentucky, Varsity Theater
April 22 Ann Arbor, Michigan The Ark
April 25 Chicago, Illinois Old Town School
- Robbie Fulks has invited me to join him on a few dates this summer, starting with a show at The Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago May 2, then again in Indiana in July. www.robbiefulks.com
- Speaking of Robbie Fulks, he and I just finished a version of “If You’ve Got The Money Honey, I’ve Got The Time” for a new documentary on the US Health Care System entitled “Money Making Medicine” by the team that made “Enron: The Smartest Men In The Room”. darkly apropos..
- Last month Ang Lee hired me and Bruce Cockburn to do some demo cues for his upcoming film “Taking Woodstock”, a comedy set in 1969 at a resort in upstate New York. Our cues were great I swear! funny, moving, strange, even slightly Jewish! So when you see the movie late summer and hear Danny Elfman’s brilliant orchestra swooping around the green slopes of the Catskills just try to imagine how much more memorable it would be to hear me sawing away on my squeakbox trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking my neck..
-I’ll be home in Brooklyn much of the summer working on my next singing record (all originals) and preparing for Labor Day.