February 26 – Reed Basket

Hello dear listeners!

We are back to break the chill of winter with an incredible woodwind ensemble! Envisioned by Andy Biskin, Reed Basket is quartet of clarinets of various sizes and shapes, commandeered by Andy Biskin, Peter Hess, Mike McGinnis, and Sam Sadigursky. The group plays music by Pee Wee Russell, Jelly Roll Morton, Mozart, Schubert, Bartok, Lou Reed, and others, plus Biskin’s own original compositions.
Reed Basket

Reed Basket

Andy Biskin – Clarinet
Peter Hess- Clarinet
Mike McGinnis- Clarinet
Sam Sadigursky- Clarinet

This powerhouse quartet of musicians, all virtuosos in their own right, come together to take us on a journey through some of the great americana and jazz repertoire, into classical and original compositions, all reinterpreted to stretch the limits of the clarinet family and the creative collaboration of these players. A rare treat for eager ears, please join us as they bring their musical genius to the Parlor for an outstanding afternoon of inspiration.

Sunday 26 February, Reed Basket

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.


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January 8 – Made in China

Hello dear listeners!

Happy Holidays! We wish you all the best for the new year, and hope you can join us in getting it started right with a great trio of Jazz adventurers!

Michael Blake presents Made in China

Made in China

Michael Blake – Saxophone
Samuel Blaser – Trombone
Michael Sarin – Drums

Made in China got its name because the band was in fact made in China. Originally organized by a friend to tour China as a Quartet that included upright bass, the band found itself with visas in hand but no bass player. They were unsure how people would respond to a bass-less band but removing the core frequencies they had come to rely on gave them a wonderful challenge, it allowed for more space to exist and the trio adjusted to the setting without dropping a beat.

The result of this collaboration was captured on the 2016 album “Transmissions”. The recording can best be described as a ‘drive thru’ session. Even though the band hadn’t played in several years since their tour of China, they picked up where they left off, devising a program of mostly original music and several covers. Blake’s tunes include the head-slamming title track, a tribute to the great Ornette Coleman and a free-jazz Calypso inspired by the previous mentioned icon. Blaser’s compositions are a stark contrast, offering up both a bluesy tribute to a good friend and a melodic tongue twister called Mouse. The trio charms the listener by performing both of the cover songs, including a tender rendition of Louis Moholo’s You Ain’t Gonna Know Me ‘Cos You Think You Know Me and the rarely heard Jamaican ska tune You Don’t Know with an abiding reverence that captures every bit of the stubbornness that their titles suggest.

Please join us as they bring their musical genius to the Parlor for an outstanding afternoon of inspiration.

Sunday 8 January, Made in China

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.


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December 21 – Robinson and Rohe

Hello dear listeners!

As the days grow shorter, and the nights get colder, we have ingrained in us the need to gather close and keep warm with good cheer and song, and to fortify our spirits against the darkness that surrounds us…

.. and so we are thrilled to continue our holiday tradition of hosting Robinson and Rohe and having you join us in our celebration of the winter solstice on a rare, Wednesday evening performance.

Robinson and Rohe – 
The Longest Winter: A Christmas Concert and Singalong

A crowd of friends and neighbors has gathered on one of the longest nights of the year. All is warm and cozy inside, while the cold winter wind blows just outside the door. The clatter of wine glasses and mugs filled to the brim with hot cider gives way to silence. And from that radiant silence emerges a song…

For the past nine years, Robinson & Rohe has been performing The Longest Winter: A Christmas Concert and Singalong. Annually hosted in venues and house concerts throughout the Northeast, this event has become an audience favorite, a staple of the season. For the third year in a row, they bring their midwinter music to the Parlor Series, resplendent with a gorgeous backdrop, a triptych of paper cut light boxes designed by illustrator Andrew Benincasa.

Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe bring their folk-music roots and contemporary sensibilities to songs new and old. Robinson & Rohe go deep into the Christmas repertoire: the mystical, the melancholic, the soulful, the sublime. Expect songs you may not know: haunting melodies of old Europe, joyful singalongs of the Southern US, and modern takes on the strange and ancient Christmas tale. Please join us for this special evening.

About Robinson & Rohe:

Both accomplished songwriters in their own rights, Jean Rohe (guitar, singing) and Liam Robinson (banjo, accordion, singing) let their finely crafted songs shine in detailed arrangements and elegant harmonies. Whether in small clubs or on festival stages, Robinson & Rohe performances are intimate gatherings in which listeners are invited to share in the music-making.

Wednesday 21 December, Robinson and Rohe

Doors at 6:30 PM, concert begins at 7:00 PM sharp.

Coming Up:

Sunday, January 8, 3pm – Michael Blake


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December 4 – Chris Dingman Trio

Hello dear listeners!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are grateful for you, our Parlor Series community, and give thanks for the extraordinary talents who reside in our sanctuary city that have graced our family home with soul food of the music variety over the last 5 years!  Thank you to all the musicians and music lovers out there — because we can all use a little wash in musical energy and positivity!

And therefore…. we are thrilled to once again welcome the amazing Chris Dingman back to the parlor with his new trio…

Chris Dingman Trio

Chris Dingman Trio

Chris Dingman – vibes, compositions
Linda Oh – bass
Paul Wiltgen – drums

Sunday 4 December, Chris Dingman Trio

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.

 

Coming Up:

Wednesday, December 21, 7pm – Robinson and Rohe – The Longest Winter

Sunday, January 8, 3pm – Michael Blake


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November 19 -Shipp-Noordhuis – Gilchrist

Hello dear listeners!

We are thrilled to welcome back James Shipp and Nadje Noordhuis, and to introduce the incredible Maeve Gilchrist in a Parlor Series debut of this trio!

Shipp/Noorduis Duo, featuring Maeve Gilchrist – Celtic Harp

“The air cools, the leaves turn, the evening extends its influence into the afternoon.  This time of year seems built for reflection and introspection; collars are up, windows are shut, meals are hotter and longer in the pot.  Come join three artists as they join forces to explore these feelings in the season when we in the Northeast remember the old countries in flavors, scents and songs.  Having worked together in many different settings, this will be the group’s debut as a trio, and together they will explore original compositions, traditional folk music, and well-loved old songs, delivered with the lush sounds of shimmering brass, earthy percussion, ringing vibraphone, endlessly warm electronics, and the undeniable harp and singing of Maeve Gilchrist.”

– James Shipp

Shipp/Noorduis Duo, featuring Maeve Gilchrist

James Shipp -Vibraphone, Percussion and Electronics
Nadje Noordhuis- Trumpet
Maeve Gilchrist – Harp and Vocals

Saturday 19 November, Shipp/Noorduis Duo, featuring Maeve Gilchrist

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.

Coming Up:

Sunday, December 04, 3pm – Chris Dingman Trio

Wednesday, December 21, 7pm – Robinson and RoheThe Longest Winter

Sunday, January 8, 3pm – Michael Blake


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October 23 – Sexmob

Hello dear listeners!

It’s an October Surprise! The Parlor Series is back for our 6th season, and we are thrilled to start things off with a big bang!

Sexmob

Together for almost 20 years, Sexmob continues to redefine the jazz tradition, while being part of it. There is already a generation of young musicians (including Mostly other People Do the Killing)  inspired by their CDs and legendary live performances. As each member of the band continues to evolve in their own projects (including Bernstein’s 8 year tenure with legendary drummer/vocalist Levon Helm), new sounds are are folded into the Sexmob “big tent”. Sexmob embodies the sound of Downtown: insistent, elastic, unrepentant, unfazed. The deconstruction of familiar themes has long been a band trademark—and unquestionably a key reason for the Mob’s notoriety beyond the standard jazz crowd.

Sexmob

Steven Bernstein – Slide Trumpet
Briggan Krauss – Alto Saxophone
Tony Scherr – Bass
Kenny Wollesen – Drums

Sunday 23 October, Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.

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June 26 – Jean Rohe and Lucía Pulido

Hello dear listeners!

We are back with our final concert for the spring season, and are thrilled to share with you the amazing voices of Jean Rohe and Lucía Pulido, each playing a solo set.

Jean Rohe

“a unique musical voice that sounds like a love song for a world imperiled.” Albany Times Union

“A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe has been captivating audiences for years with her one-of-a-kind narrative songs. In her latest release, Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show, she showcases the unique, multilingual musical voice that she has honed since her debut record, Lead Me Home. Her intuitive aesthetic blend of folk, jazz, and Brazilian traditions led one Elmore magazine reviewer to call it “remarkable in so many ways I can think of no comparison”. The record won three Independent Music Awards in 2014.

Jean’s writing concerns itself as much with the internal world as with the external. Her songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “phonojournalism”, a genre of her own invention, have won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle. A true citizen artist, she gracefully approaches matters of social concern with artistry and heart. Her 2013 video release, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” is an aspirational alternative national anthem for the United States, which has now been performed by choirs and bands across the country. No Depression wrote, “Not only does she make astoundingly beautiful music but she is thoughtful, reflective, and courageous.”

Raised in a participatory folk music scene, Jean’s inviting performances balance precise craft with the unpredictable boisterousness of community music-making. Alone or together with her eclectic ensemble, Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, she has toured throughout the US and as far as Havana’s Teatro Nacional. In November she gave her first European tour. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Lucía Pulido

Foto-cuatro

Lucía Pulido’s off-stage demeanor–delicate, reserved, unassuming–belies one of the most powerful and original voices in Latin American music today: a torrent of sound and emotion that mesmerizes with its energy and captivates with its sensibility. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Lucía left an important mark in popular music in Colombia. Since her arrival in NYC in 1994, however, she has become a relentless explorer and exponent of the depth of Colombian and Latin American folklore. Of most significance is the fact that she has delineated her efforts with experimentation, surrounding herself with a variety of improvisers, composers and producers who are established artists and pioneers in their own right, such as Fernando Tarres, Erik Friedlander, Satoshi Takeishi, Dave Binney, Christian Fennesz, Burkhard Stangl, Franz Hautzinger, and long-time collaborator, producer, and musical director Sebastian Cruz.

She is currently working on several projects with musicians in New York City and in different countries in Europe and Latin America. Her active career includes performances in Canada, United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.

On her solo performance, Lucía will play an intimate but strong repertoire of songs accompanied by cuatro (traditional Colombian and Venezuela four string guitar) and small percussion.

 

Sunday 26 June, Jean Rohe and Lucía Pulido

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.