Billy Bang Quintet & Todd Nicholson’s Otic Band in New York

From New York’s RUCMA:

The Local 269
269 East Houston
at the corner of Suffolk Street
F to Second Avenue

first set @ 7:30PM
Otic Band
Nabate Isles trumpet
Dave Sewelson baritone saxophone
Todd Nicholson bass
Newman Taylor Baker drums

second set @ 9PM
Billy Bang Quintet
Billy Bang violin
James Zollar trumpet
Andrew Bemkey keyboard
Todd Nicholson bass
Newman Taylor Baker drums

Admission $10
Students & seniors $7

For More Info:
tel: 212.254.5420

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Stalker at RUCMA

From New York’s RUCMA:

Start: 02/04/2009 – 8:00pm
End: 02/04/2009 – 9:30pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT-4

James Keepnews’ Stalker
Wednesday, February 4 @ 8:00 pm
Yippie Café: 9 Bleecker Street, near Bowery
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors: $7

James Keepnews, guitar
Todd Nicholson bass
Mike Golub drums

A guitar trio for the 21st century, Stalker draws on elements from free jazz, electro-acoustic improvisation, progressive rock and freakout improv, utilizing digital processing and real-time sampling to expand ensemble dynamics and orchestration to more than one breaking point. Original compositions and improvisations are featured along with pieces from the fire music tradition.

James Keepnews is a musician, writer and multimedia artist, often blurring each of these roles in his work. He has performed with dozens of bands and performing artists over the course of two decades, including Daniel Carter, George Lewis, Holland Hopson, Joe Giardullo, Linda Montano, Damian Catera and many others. He collaborated with pioneering interactive improviser — and Macarthur Foundation “genius grant” awardee — George Lewis on a software-based computer video sampler for Lewis’ performance, Following the Northstar Bugaloo.

Bassist and composer Todd Nicholson is a mainstay of the downtown New York hardjazz scene. He has performed with Billy Bang, Roy Campbell, Eddie Gale, Frank Lowe, William Parker, James Spaulding, and Steve Swell, among others. His work with the legendary violinist, Mr. Bang, is especially notable for its longevity: Nicholson has been a core member of Bang’s ensembles for the past seven years. Recent recorded appearances include “Long Hidden: The Olmec Series” by William Parker (AUM Fidelity), “First, Keep Quiet” by the Gauci Trio (CIMP Records), and a live recording by the Billy Bang Quintet entitled “Above and Beyond” (Justin Time).

Michael Golub is a drummer, guitarist, socialist, devoted husband and father of two very musical girls. He has composed music for the classic upstate ny ensemble, Kuru, who were briefly signed to Knitting Factory records, and for his current band, The Red Hook Project.

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Billy Bang at An die Musik LIVE

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From An die Musik LIVE:



Billy Bang – violin
Andrew Bemkey – piano
Todd Nicholson – double bass
Newman Taylor Baker – drums

Tickets are $20/18 seniors & students wID. $30 for both concerts

Billy Bangs concerts sell out..BOOK EARLY!

The violin is hardly the first instrument that comes to mind when you think about jazz, but that’s never daunted Billy Bang, one of the instrument’s most adventurous exponents. Over the past 26 years Bang’s hard-edged tone, soulful sense of traditional swing and evocatively expressive style has enhanced over two dozen albums by top names in a variety of genres, from the blistering funk of Bootsy Collins and the harmolodic groove of Ronald Shannon Jackson‘s Decoding Society to the intergalactic uproar of Sun Ra.

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Roy Campbell’s Akhenaten Ensemble at the Stone November 25th

From Improvised Communications:

On Tuesday, November 25th at 10:00 p.m., trumpeter/composer Roy Campbell will perform music from his March 2008 release, Akhenaten Suite (Arts for Art/Aum Fidelity), at The Stone in New York. His Akhenaten Ensemble will feature Billy Bang (violin), Bryan Carrott (vibes), William Parker (bass) and Zen Matsuura (drums).

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