|| TRIO DINICU and HEDGEHOG SWING... triodinicu.com
TRIO DINICU: A young international Gypsy Jazz trio highly regarded for their fast-paced renditions of traditional Romanian and Hungarian gypsy melodies. Trio Dinicu builds on a foundation of classical training, adding the spontaneity of jazz and the thrilling refrains of the European folk tradition. In 2013 they were featured artists at Djangofest Northwest in Seattle, Washington and Music By The Sea at Bamfield, Canada.
Hailed as "dazzling" by the San Francisco Chronicle, TRIO DINICU combines the talents of three world-class musicians - Canadienne Luanne Homzy, a truly exceptional violinist (First Prize winner of the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009) with amazing facility and expressiveness, Tommy Davy a young American guitarist with the authentic chops of the "Django Reinhardt" style and Frank Anastasio, the one and only legendary bassist (direct from Paris, France) with sonorous soul - This trio melds classical, jazz and folk in innovative ways.
The Trio takes its name from Romanian virtuoso violinist and composer Grigoras Ionica Dinicu, who provided inspiration to legendary
violinist Jascha Heifetz and who was greatly admired and revered by Stephane Grappelli, the world's most famous jazz violinist.
Their first album, “Trio Dinicu: Live in Los Angeles” was released at Djangofest Northwest in Langley, Washington in September 2013, and is available for order online at djangoguitars.com and for download on iTunes, distributed by Hot Club Records Label.
Trio Dinicu is based in Los Angeles.
Luca Pino - Guitar
Gage Hulsey - Guitar
Kale Stiles - Clarinet
Benj Clarke - Bass
Formed in 2010, HEDGEHOG SWING is an acoustic quartet consisting of two guitars, clarinet, and upright bass. Luca Pino (guitar), Gage Hulsey (guitar), and Kale Stiles (clarinet) grew up in Long Beach, playing in the local high school jazz bands. After developing a taste for the gypsy music of Django Reinhardt, these 3 aficionados studied under their mentor, guitarist Jeff Radaich.The ensemble prides itself on being true to the music of 1930's France, and the style of legendary guitarist, Django Reinhardt. They play frequently in Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area, entertaining at private parties, restaurants, street fairs, and other events.
|Two Nights Wednesday & Thursday
||March 12 & March 13
BARRY McGUIRE, “Trippin’ The 60’s,” with JOHN YORK....
Barry McGuire stepped into the public eye in 1963 on the Andy Williams Show as the gravelly voiced lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels. He launched his musical career with the million-sellers "Green, Green" and "Green Back Dollar."
In 1965, at the heart of the peace movement, McGuire went solo. His growing awareness of social hypocrisy was expressed in his third hit "Eve of Destruction" which echoed around the world as an anthem of the times.
Three years later, Barry was cast as the male lead in the original Broadway production of the musical "Hair." Once again his voice was heard proclaiming the ideals of a radical generation. Dick Clark says, “When world events collide with “Rock&Roll” you get Barry McGuire”.
Currently working with Barry McGuire in "Trippin' The Sixties," John York is best known for his work as a member of the world-renowned Folk Rock/Country Rock group, the Byrds. His vocal and instrumental talents have kept him in the company of such musical luminaries as Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Clarence White, Nicky Hopkins, Mac Rebenack (Dr. John,) Doug Sahm (The Sir Douglas Quintet,) The Mamas and Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel (The Band)……and many others. The TV show “The Place Where I Am Dreaming” featured John’s artistic collaboration with his wife, artist Sumi Foley. Recently, John has composed and recorded music for the lyrics of Kim Fowley on "West Coast Revelation." The duet "Redneck Ninja" highlights John's creative partnership with acclaimed songwriter Patrick Brayer. In 2007, John played concerts in Japan for the third time.
THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN and SCHOOLCRAFT & MURRAY
Bob Stane says: This is a very special show of musical humor. Another great national touring act. A top parody done with great skill. Try THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN. A great tongue-in-cheek evening. Bob loves them.
SCHOOLCRAFT & MURRAY are just perfect. Comedy, great songs, funny on stage. Read the copy.....
The Perfect Gentlemen provide the perfect blend of harmony and humor harkening back to the days of Vaudeville. Preserving America’s great vocal sounds from a time when music was music, this vocal quartet, named the 2002 National A Cappella Champions, recreates the close harmonies of such legendary groups as The Ink Spots and the Pied Pipers, while including the era’s great comic songs made famous by the likes of Louis Jordan and The Hoosier Hotshots.
A typical performance by The Perfect Gentlemen includes marvelous melodious music mingled with masterful mirth, mischief, and merry-making. The group’s versatility allows for effortless shifts between vocal styles with an air of ease, whether singing a cappella or accompanied by guitar or ukulele. Their signature piece, Salute to the 20th Century, is a humorous take on the de-evolution of music over the last century, illustrated by singing the same song in the style of Barbershop, Dixieland, Blues, Big Band, Doo-Wop, Bluegrass, Disco, Techno Punk, and Rap, complete with visuals that delights audiences of all ages time and time again.
Once you’ve heard The Perfect Gentlemen, you won’t settle for anything. Bob Stane loves this act.... a perfect blending of world class voices and laser fast humor. Love the costumes and "the moves." So worth the money. Super creative and witty.
Michael Schoolcraft & Mike Murray cut their teeth in the world of music, acting and improvisation. Before they met, Schoolcraft had been honing his comedic skills across the country by performing with the comedy troupe, “Mumblypeg,” and musical improv group, “The New Tonics.” Murray had been kicking around in the music and professional theater scenes of NYC and Chicago, including a run in the National Tour of “Mamma Mia!” After meeting at an acting class in Hollywood, CA, they soon began playing together and writing songs loaded with good grooves, tasty licks and lyrics marinated with wit. Somehow, they are influenced by Tony Rice, Steely Dan, Lyle Lovett, Carlos Santana, and Slim Whitman all at the same time. How is that possible, you ask? They have almost no attention span.
WHITTAKER & ME....The Americana/Folk band "WHITAKER AND ME" is fronted by Katie Rose and Dennis Whitaker, and they are joined by J. Betrue, John Marino and Dylan Grombacher. The were just awarded "Best Country Artist" at the 2013 Malibu Music Awards. Rose's voice has been called, "haunting", "powerful" and compared to Joan Baez by Phil Madeira, producer of The Band Perry and Civil Wars. This talented group is getting ready to record a EP with Madeira and Lynn Nichols in Nashville Tennessee. Their songs are vulnerable, honest and from the heart. This is a band to watch!
Burgan & Chan ~ Folk Songs & Stories
Jerry Burgan, the co-founder of We Five, returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage joined by We Five’s lead singer, Debbie Burgan, and their long time bassist, Tholow Chan. With musical roots tracing back to the classic folk era of the early 60s, they rode the leading edge of the folk-rock tidal wave that followed their hit recordings of You Were On My Mind and Get Together.
The Songs & Stories of Burgan and Chan bring every audience on a first-person musical joy ride though some of the most magical and memorable moments of their common musical experience-- when folk songs topped the charts, Dylan hadn’t plugged in, and Lewynn Davis wasn’t even a glint in the Cohen Brothers’ eye.
Between songs, Jerry shares fascinating tales from his new book, Wounds to Bind – A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution, interwoven with the spirit of departed legends like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and the Weavers, as well as the next wave of artists they inspired – like John Stewart. The former Kingston Trio banjo player and writer of countless classic songs in the musical form that’s come to be called Americana was Jerry’s mentor, so count on hearing some treasures that were learned directly from the master.
With a the wealth of classic folk material draw from, along with seven We Five albums and Jerry’s solo CD, Reflections, Songs & Stories, you can count on hearing some favorite tunes—though a few surprises are always part of the fun. The Burgans’ command of the stage is tastily complimented by bassist and humorist, Tholow Chan. Together, their rapport has a seamless quality that’s been honed by time as they draw each audience into the feel-good experience. When the three of them sing together, their tight arrangements bring to life the exhilarating power, harmony and charm that made folk trios so popular. When the audience joins in, it’s a love-in. Lighters are not permitted so bring you battery powered candles.
||STRING MADNESS......Bob Stane Says: A wow group. Sophistication and humor and a stunning display on all instruments. Solid !!!!
A "must see." Pretend I whispered into your elbow after a show and told you "see, and hear, String Madness." Do it, please. Guaranteed.
Extremely good deal at $15. A gift. Bring guests and out of towners and those folks you want to seduce into being slaves to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Show no quarter. Be like “Ming The Merciless.”
String Madness... "String band music from Bach to Bop -- and Beyond."
Three hot instrumentalists – mandolinist Bob Applebaum and guitarists Mitch Greenhill and Peter Spelman – pool their talents to form String Madness. The group has carved out a repertoire of original compositions, string band tunes, and jazz scripture from the Books of Django and Miles. Improvised solos interweave with arranged harmonies and unison lines to propel an exciting musical exploration.
Bob Applebaum is a nationally recognized mandolinist with over forty years professional experience in stage, recording, television and film work. He has performed and recorded with the likes of Bela Fleck, John Fogarty, Tony Trischka, Peter Wernick, Byron Berline, Stewart Ducan, Richard Greene, Mason Williams, and Sam Bush. Bob’s CD “All the Way Home” was praised by Bluegrass Unlimited as "the contemporary bluegrass album of the year…” He is coauthor of "Fretboard Roadmaps for Mandolin," published by Hal Leonard.
Mitch Greenhill recorded two solo albums for Prestige, now re-issued on Fantasy as "Shepherd of the City Blues," and two albums in collaboration with Mayne Smith. The Boston Globe hailed his "movement and drive and touch that anyone who has ever coped with a guitar cannot but envy." He has produced an array of recordings, including a Grammy-winner for Doc Watson, and has composed and designed music and sound for regional theater, where he has received several Drama-Logue awards, and on Broadway. Mitch has appeared on screen in "The Long Riders" and "Safe."
Peter Spelman's extensive history as soloist and band leader includes stints in both Northern and Southern California. Like Bob, Peter cut his eyeteeth in the Greenwich Village musical cauldron, then moved west. He composes much of String Madness's repertoire.
In the words of the Los Angeles Wicked Good Newspaper, String Madness is "a sonic lollapalooza, a mystical kinship of passions, a mind-meld of great empathy, a riveting feast of music....They swing, they dig deep, they dazzle, and they mean it all….Not to be missed! "
Finn MacCool: Celtic Folk
Finn MacCool, a five piece band, features multi instrumentalist, Peter McGowan who was born and grew up in the countryside in County Cavan, Ireland. His family was the Irish Partridge family. Mandolins and accordions were common Christmas presents. His seven siblings (one brother and six sisters) didn't escape the dreaded, "here, learn how to play this" when a musician in their Dad's band either quit or died. As a result Peter learned to play Button Accordion, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Pennywhistle and Bodhran by the time he was 10 years old.
McGowan has recorded on sessions with world-renowned artists including, Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers), Albert Lee (Eric Clapton), Stuart Smith (Sweet) and Howard Leese (Heart) Smith and Leese are featured on Finn MacCool's first CD, Sherdhana's Hand
McGowan is joined by: Marta Collier: Pennywhistles - Bodhran, David Williams: Mandolin - Guitar, Andrew Everson: Fiddle, and Elizabeth Kirby: Vocals - Heart Drum
"Although St Patrick's day falls on March 17th, we are honoring an ancient Celtic tradition by celebrating on the eve of the holiday." said McGowan
||THE MurMURATORS is a tight, contemporary alternative Celtic trio exploring Irish songs, unique in tempo and pleasing to fans of Irish tunes. A scintillating sound unlike any other in Irish Music.
THE MurMURATORS.... are vocalist/guitarist Swan Montgomery, harpist Carol Tatum and bassist Jim Wootten.
Confident as well respected and accomplished musicians, they forged a new group purposed to create a beautiful and experimental version of Irish music, staged in an entertaining, non-traditional way and generously refreshed with excting new visions. The MurMurators: A one of a kind show inspired by Irish music’s wit. Born in Drogheda, Ireland, vocalist Swan Montgomery is known for his role as “Robert Plant” in the internationally successful tribute band "Led Zepagain." Montgomery has toured the world in sold out shows in Sarajevo and Japan. Interpreting well-loved Irish tunes in a modern, even “rebellious” manner has been a lifelong desire of Swans. That dream comes true in The MurMurators.
Former Windham Hill recording artist Carol Tatum, the harpist for The MurMurators, is best known as the founding member of the neoclassical harp/flute/cello band “Angels Of Venice” and co-writer for three albums by the Led Zeppelin-inspired rock band “Kingdom Come.”
Bassist Jim Wootten, a respected multi-instrumentalist and the nephew of Les Paul and Mary Ford, also performs with Swan Montgomery in “Led Zepagain.” Jim plays with select bands of quality, including “The Long Run”, the world’s premiere Eagles tribute band, and “Four Way Street” (CSNY).
Recent reviews of The MurMurators:
"Wildly original……(sounds like) songs by Robert Plant if, at the end of the 1960s, he decided to record a few Irish standards... virtually every song carries in itself a huge dose of surprise…well arranged and played…Irish songs inspired by classic rock… ‘No Quarter’ by Led Zeppelin (is) the icing on the cake… ~ Rafa? Chojnack. Website: www.themurmurators.com
THE SHOW PONIES along with CREEKWOOD.
The Show Ponies are a 5 piece indie folk band with old tyme country influences. The band features award winning male and female vocalists: Clayton Chaney and Andi Schrock. They are backed by Phillip Glenn on the fiddle, Jason Harris on the guitar and banjo and Kevin Brown on the drums. When you see The Show Ponies be prepared to clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along.
THE SHOW PONIES are an Indie-Folk band with Old Tyme Country influences, striking a balance between old and new; joy and sorrow; rough and tender. The band started in 2011 as the combined musical creativity of Clayton Chaney and Andi Schrock; Schrock is a native Texan, while Chaney was born in Texas and raised in Arkansas. Heading to Los Angeles at different times for unrelated reasons, they eventually found themselves singing, writing, and performing together.
Jason Harris, fellow musician and Texan, initially introduced the duo. Harris jumped at the opportunity to produce The Show Ponies’ debut album, “Here We Are!”, bringing his extensive training in music composition to the project. Shortly after recording the album, Harris officially joined The Show Ponies as their guitarist and banjo player. Philip Glenn joined the group after recording fiddle tracks with the band. Glenn is considered by many to be one of the top young fiddle players in the country; before joining the other Ponies in the studio, Glenn attended the Mark O’Conner Fiddle Camp where he was awarded the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin. Kevin Brown soon became the fifth Pony, lending his drumming expertise while earning his masters degree in percussion performance from CSU Long Beach. Very rarely do five people with such exceptional talent join together to create such a cohesive sound.
CREEKWOOD.... was formed in late 2012 in Nashville, TN when singer-songwriter duo Andrew McBride (guitar, lead vocals) and Cooper Nelson (banjo, vocals) teamed up with Bryan Hall (mandolin, vocals, bass) to form an original group reaching back to the roots of country music. They are truly an Americana band, drawing from styles such as Bluegrass, Old Time Country, Rock, and Blues. McBride and Nelson soon took the group to Long Beach, CA where they teamed up with local musicians Mathias Chaidez (violin, vocals), Levi Duren (drums, vocals), and Rob Orr (bass, vocals). They hit the ground running, releasing their first EP in September of 2013 and playing numerous shows in the Long Beach area. They are currently working towards a full-length album along with bigger and bigger shows.
|Thursday, th. at
||$10 cover at the door (cash) - No Reservations
DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS
Do you love Rock and Jazz and Blues too? Great Ballads and Pop songs? Americana with a Country Rock vibe? And some bluesy Folk too?
Amazing performers are bringing their best to my showcase on Thursday, March. 20th., 7PM at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Great Music, Great Coffee and bites, and Great people. Come with $10 and you're in!
So be there on Thursday, March 20th. at 7:00 PM.
Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
$10 cover at the door (cash) - No Reservations
We have a great line-up for this show - From Rock to Blues, Pop, Americana and Folk, plus an original story, we have it all!
Bob Malone is a force of Nature. Whether playing keyboards, piano, organ, or accordion he plays with a wicked virtuosity that makes your whole soul shimmy and shake. Bob plays keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty, and continues a long running and successful solo career. His sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of blues, rock, and New Orleans R&B, delivered with high-energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own. He plays over 100 shows a year across the globe, and has played with or opened for Bruce Springsteen, Rickie Lee Jones, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Dr. John and many others. Bob is a regular at the prestigious WWOZ Piano Night at House of Blues in New Orleans, featured along with piano legends like Marcia Ball and Henry Butler. Mr. Malone is the keyboardist on the new John Fogerty album "Wrote A Song For Everyone" – playing on a brand new Fogerty tune, a revamped “Lodi,” and John’s duets with Bob Seger, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban. Bob’s TV appearances with John Fogerty include The Late Show With David Letterman and The View. www.bobmalone.com
Zachary Provost is one of the most amazing keyboard artists and songwriters anywhere. He toured the world for five years as the Music Director and head pianist for Josh Groban. His first solo EP, "Heart of the Moment" , has stunning songs. Zach brings songs deep in feeling and full of heart that reach out and touch you to the core. He reminds me of a more soulful Bruce Hornsby. Zach has been finishing up his second CD with great new work. You will love his songs! http://www.myspace.com/zacharyprovost
Karen Nash is equal parts Country and Rock 'n roll. She can drop you to your knees with a ballad then blow you away with a rock song. She reminds me of Linda Ronstadt when she blew open the charts in the '70's. Karen's love and joy in her music is infectious. She played Lilith Fair, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Kerrville Folk Festival just to name a few. And she has great stories of her favorite former neighbor Warren Zevon. Karen has a truckload of new songs for a new CD she's doing this year! She's the real deal! www.karennash.com
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, T’Lark, is a talented singer, songwriter, and performer who currently calls Los Angeles home. With strong roots in America’s South drawing on Blues, Country, Soul, and Folk influences, and with her powerful, unique voice and broad range, it is no surprise that T’Lark has recently caught the attention of top producers, songwriters, and management in the very competitive Nashville music scene.
And Special Guest...
"A Word" With Dylan Brody!
Dylan Brody is an award winning playwright, a thrice published author, a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to NPR's OffRamp on KPCC. He is also a martial artist, but those skills will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong.
Come out for a great night of music.
||JOHN YORK, BILLY DARNELL & CHAD WATSON, "The Jangle Brothers" ( Formerly Byrds & Beyond) A member of the legendary folk-rock band, The Byrds, John York played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightin' Hopkins.
Joining him on stage will be Billy Darnell, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John and Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn, and Chad Watson, legendary bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.
The show is filled with familiar Byrds tunes for sing-along, fine original songs and great interpretations of songs from the era.. and the best music this side of Bob Dylan and the Band. Come join us for an evening of great artistry and entertainment.
RACHAEL SAGE with Special guest from Moscow,
A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals. and improvisational audience interaction.
Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Colin Hay, Marshall Crenshaw, Marc Cohn, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several Independent Music Awards and OUTMusic Awards. Her songs have appeared on MTV, HBO, the “Fame” soundtrack, and the current season of Lifetime’s #1 reality series,”Dance Moms”.
In Spring 2014, MPress Records will release the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed album “Haunted By You”.
Marina V is an award-winning recording artist with a "hauntingly beautiful" voice. (L.A. Times), whose "melodic andpassionate music" (The Washington Post) has been influenced by the Beatles, Tchaikovsky and Tori Amos.
Born in Moscow, Marina V. came to America at 15 to pursue her version of the American Dream. Since then, she has been relentlessly touring and has blossomed into an international artist she is today. Having played over 600 shows worldwide from The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and the American Embassy in Moscow to clubs from Sydney to Paris, Marina raised $30,000 from her loyal fans to record her new album, MY STAR, which was produced by Guy Erez (Gypsy Kings) and features guest musicians from KISS and Collective Soul.
Marina's songs have appeared in films, tv shows, ads and games, and she recently won an award from Sir Bob Geldof in London. www.MarinaV.com
"hauntingly beautiful" ~ L.A. Times
"melodic and passionate music" ~ The Washington Post
"the voice of an angel" ~ The Prague Post
"timeless quality and ethereal beauty" ~ Las Vegas City Life
Tish Hinojosa (Austin, TX) with special guest Anny Celsi (Los Angeles, CA)
Two acclaimed American artists present an acoustic pop/roots evening celebrating one of America’s most cherished art forms – songwriting.
San Antonio-born Tish Hinojosa has long been one of Texas’ national treasures. She has drawn numerous critical accolades for her borderless approach to music, blending Mexican folk and country music with a modern singer/songwriter sensibility and touches of pop.
With accolades that include playing at the White House at the invitation of President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Linda Ronstadt recording her own version of Tish’s song Donde Voy, and teaming up with artists like Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Flaco Jimenez, and Los Lobos, Hinojosa’s sound has an undeniable and far-reaching appeal.
Tish’s latest self-penned album, After the Fair, draws its inspiration from the sights and sounds of the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, where she lived for nine years. The album was produced by Berlin musician and producer Moe Jaksch and has just been released in Europe on Colosseum Records.
“A talented songwriter with an understated but utterly unaffected delivery…vivid…touching…pointed…playful…engaging…A rare gift for melody that’s perfect for Hinojosa’s lovely, relaxed soprano.” THE WASHINGTON POST
“Her songs are richly detailed slices of life…Hinojosa’s is a strong, poetic, sensual, and conscious voice.” SPIN MAGAZINE
Opening the show will be Los Angeles singer/songwriter Anny Celsi. Her style has been described as “beatnik cool,” “pop-noir,” and “slightlydelic pop jangle,” and has evoked comparisons to artists like Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega and Jackie DeShannon. Tangle-Free World (2009) produced by Nelson Bragg of the Brian Wilson Band, showed influences ranging from Bacharach to The Bangles and back; Anny’s latest self-produced album, January, once again combines Brill Building hooks with a songwriter’s eye for detail. In her live shows, Anny brings wit, soul and energy to the singer/songwriter format, proving that ‘girl-with-guitar’ has no limits. Anny’s CDs are available in Europe from Taxim Records and from Blue Rose Records.
“….it’s just the perfect music; all summery, sunshine pop with gorgeous harmonies abounding…this rootsy, pop-flavoured collection of self-penned songs is a genuine winner.” MAVERICK MAGAZINE
Tish Hinojosa: www.mundotish.com
Anny Celsi: www.annycelsi.com
HARRY ORLOVE & THE 2 + 1 QUARTET....JAZZ.....
From his work with artists ranging from Leann Rimes to Lee Greenwood, Paul Young to Billy Swan, Johnny Tillotson to Mac Davis and Vassar Clements to Odetta, Harry Orlove has covered a lot of territory in his career. Whether it was live appearances on “The Tonight Show” or studio work for movies like “Deep Impact” and “The Southpark Movie”, or TV productions “Murder She Wrote” and “Knight Rider”, he’s always been ready to play whatever was required. However, though it all, his great passion for Jazz never left him and now he’s pursuing it wholeheartedly. He’s recently released his first all Jazz CD featuring original instrumentals and several well chosen vocal tunes that lean towards the soulful ballad side. Come hear him as he presents this exciting and intimate music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage with his full Quartet (Piano, Bass and Drums) featuring some of the finest musicians on the Los Angeles Jazz scene. Oh, and he's funny as hell, too.. By 1973, Harry’s interest in the 5-string banjo and bluegrass music had become an obsession, and he worked in several ground breaking “new acoustic music” bands including, “Bottle Hill” and “The Monroe Doctrine”. This led him to a gig with Vassar Clements playing guitar on two of Vassar’s records and touring for a short time. During this period, Harry also played guitar on records by Tony Trischka and Stacy Phillips among others.
In his years on the West Coast, Harry has recorded with a wide range of artists like Lawrence Juber, Billy Swan, Lee Greenwood, Albert Lee, Paul Young, Robin Zander(Cheap Trick), Felix Cavalieri(The Rascals), and has also done a great deal of commercial studio work including spots for Coca-Cola and Gateway Computers. His film credits include “Deep Impact”, “Delta Force”, “Wagon’s East”, “Man Of The Year” and “The Southpark Movie”, there have also been TV sessions for “Knight Rider”, “The Promised Land”, “Murder She Wrote.” His recent live shows include performances with Leann Rimes, Michelle Shocked, Fred Willard, Odetta, Lucinda Williams, Del McCoury, Johnny Tillotson, Mac Davis, Johnny Rivers, David Grisman, Ray Campi, Peter Rowan, James Intveld, Brian Setzer, Big Jay McNeely, Jerry Douglas and on and on and on..............
Karen Hammack is a highly in-demand pianist who has toured all over the world as musical director with the likes of pop legend Melissa Manchester, Jazz and Gospel great Niki Haris, and currently with Grammy nominated world music artist Perla Batalla. A master of many styles, she has performed and recorded with Michael McDonald, Don Was, Jackson Brown, jazz greats Chuck Berghofer, Bill Frisell, Eric Marienthal and Larry Koonse, vocalists Tierney Sutton, Gretchen Parlato, and Kate McGarry.
Bassist Chris Connor is a veteran of the L.A. Jazz scene and has toured and recorded with many jazz masters such as Johnny Hartman, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Sal Nistico, Bob Crosby, Buddy DeFranco, Phil Woods, Don Menza,the Bill Holman big band, Kate Reid and Oscar Peterson.
August Messana has been a fixture in town for many years and has been seen playing drums on stages with the likes of Gordon Goodwin, Wayne Bergeron, Grant Geissman and Dan Higgins.
Harry has released two CD’s. 2004’s “Back From The Dead”, and his newly released Jazz CD “So It’s Come To This”, both of which are available at CD Baby and on iTunes.
THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS
A Bluegrass band like no other, THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS features the world class musicianship of John Marshall, Evan Marshall, Duane Michaels and Michelle Lynskey. Evan Marshall is one of the preeminent mandolinists in the world. Renowned for his stunning duo-style playing, he is a true virtuoso, and his jaw-dropping rendition of The William Tell Overture as a solo piece is legendary to mandolin enthusiasts worldwide. John Marshall, also a virtuoso of his craft, has wowed audiences for more than 25 years with his unique and incomparable melodic / rhythmic slap bass style. Duane Michaels, known for his dynamic and masterful solos, is widely considered to be on of Bluegrass’ most authentic and innovative fiddle players. Rounding out the MMB line-up is bassist / vocalist, Michelle Lynskey, who has been a featured performer on film and television soundtracks for more than 20 years, and was also a world championship Irish Dancer.
Individually, they’ve performed all over the world, and at prestigious venues such as the HOLLYWOOD BOWL, various POPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, and have been featured performers in radio, television and film, including A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with GARRISON KEILLOR, and HBO’S series, BIG LOVE. They are now delighted to be combining their talents and expertise to create this incredible, one-of-a-kind band.
This wonderful show consists of unique and exciting musical arrangements that incorporate hints of jazz, classical and swing with traditional Bluegrass, and includes such innovative elements as double double slap-bassing, blazing fiddle duets, driving Bluegrass tunes, amazing vocals and harmonies, and powerful step dancing. Add in the joy and camaraderie of these long time friends, and you have an evening of fun and music you won’t soon forget.
Catch one of their shows, and you’ll see why the MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS is a powerhouse group that has quickly become an audience favorite.
||DAVE STAMEY......Voted Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association, winner of the Will Rogers Award for Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, and a five-time nominee for Songwriter Of The Year, Dave Stamey is one of the most popular Western Entertainers working today. His vast repertoire of classic and original Western folk music represents a link between today's Americana singer-songwriters and the old-time cowboy balladeers. He has delighted audiences in seven states, and has found that he prefers this type of work to being stomped by angry horses.
||JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS (Wow!!! Janet is delightful, musical and fun and WHAT A BAND!)
Musical Prospecting Madness with lots of Prohibition Era Naughty Fun.
Inspired entertainers giving quality performances of 1920 and 30s music with merriment and historical illuminations.
Always sells out so hurry.
The enchanting and effervescent chanteuse Janet Klein with her band The Parlor Boys will entertain in a lively Speakeasy Jazz Revue style. This dapper, multi-talented troop will perform scintillating early hot jazz tunes from the 1920's and 30's with authentic expert grace. Between songs, the band will pepper the entertainment with musical and local historical folklore tidbits.
Janet & Her Parlor Boys are all about sharing their loved historical discoveries and not just playing to nostalgia and quaintness. They have treasures to share with their music and discoveries.
Today Janet is the most refreshing anachronism to ever materialize from the ether of the Prohibition. Klein is a channel to a definitive time in American music when bob hairdos were the rage and batting-eyes meant you had a live one on your hands.
Thing is, LA-based Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys are not nostalgic shtick. She doesn't merely perform songs from “lost America”-obscure numbers circa 1900s-1930s such as barrelhouse jazz, foxtrots, chansonettes, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime ditties and vaudeville from the Great Depression-she actually lives them, and transports her audiences along the way. Janet considers herself an “archeologist” for digging up buried treasures by the likes of Wilton Crawley and A.P. Randolf, Robert Cloud, Ruth Etting, Lil Armstrong, Mae West, Annette Hanshaw, Fannie Brice, Josephine Baker and so forth.
Janet Klein with band The Parlor Boys will feature a dapper all-star line-up: John Reynolds - banjo and guitar, Corey Gemme - cornet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet & percussion, Randy Woltz - Vibraphone, Ian Whitcomb - vocal & accordion and Marquis Howell - Stand Up Bass.
With family roots in the West of Ireland, this Irish-American folk duo brings to the stage inspiring, original songs and storytelling. Patrick O’Hara plays acoustic guitar and bodhran (Irish drum) while trading lead vocals and sharing harmonies with his son Michael. At age fifteen, Michael sings with the “heart of an old soul.” “Authentic!” hails Glen Starkey of the New Times, San Luis Obispo.
Young Ireland writes and performs their original songs reflecting the spirit of the Irish struggles, triumphs and traditions in both Ireland and America from the 1600's to modern day. Young Ireland is a father-son folk duo based in San Luis Obispo, California. First and second generation Irish-Americans with family roots in County Mayo, Ireland, Patrick and Michael O’Hara bring to the stage inspiring, original songs and storytelling. Patrick plays acoustic guitar and bodhran (Irish drum) while trading lead vocals and sharing harmonies with Michael. At age fifteen, Michael sings with the “heart of an old soul.” “Authentic!” hails Glen Starkey of the New Times, San Luis Obispo. Diane Byrnes, veteran Irish radio host (“Echoes of Erin” Pittsburgh, PA) says, “Huge success is just over the horizon for ‘Young Ireland’ and for those who love Irish music, ’Young Ireland’ is a testament to the strength and musicality of the ‘song’.” Young Ireland writes and performs their original songs reflecting the spirit of the Irish struggles, triumphs and traditions in both Ireland and America from the 1600's to modern day. Whether they are playing a lilting aire or a driving, rhythmic march, their music is grounded in “skillfully crafted ballads and delicate harmonies in a richly Irish tradition.” They also perform traditional Irish folk songs and apply their own folk styling to selections from great Irish bands like the Waterboys and The Pogues. A five minute documentary about Young Ireland with live performance footage can be found at
THE LINE UP BAND..... Gary Foster (alto saxophone), David Sills (tenor saxophone), Riner Scivally (guitar), Blake White (bass), Tim Pleasant (drums)
The Line-Up Band performs music by Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and Lennie Tristano as well as original jazz compostions by its members. The improvisations are lyrical and compelling with a sense of swing that is infectious. The musical selections are from the post be-bop era (the 1950's) as well as recent compostions that use that era as a stylistic starting point.
The band features Gary Foster (alto saxophone): who has played with Lee Konitz, Clare Fischer, Warne Marsh and Cal Tjader. Gary has a long list of studio credits, having played many television, movie and live-theatre engagements.
Also featured is David Sills (tenor saxophone): who has played with Alan Broadbent and David Benoit. Both musicians are wonderful improvisers and guarantee to heat up the room.
They are backed by a swinging and sensitive rhythm section of Riner Scivally (guitar), Blake White (bass) and Tim Pleasant (drums).
This promises to be a jazz concert to remember.
KATE TAYLOR......Kate Taylor, as in James Taylor's "Sister Kate"
Born in New England and raised in North Carolina, Kate shares her dual musical heritage with brothers James, Livingston, Hugh, and her late brother Alex. Her roots run deep in the soul, gospel and rockabilly sounds of her southern upbringing and in the literate folk, pop and Appalachian stylings that comprise the balance of her family's musical legacy.
Fronting her own band at fifteen, Kate signed her first recording contract with Atlantic/Cotillion records at nineteen under the tutelage of her manager, legendary producer Peter Asher. That album, "Sister Kate," produced her first charting hit, a cover of Elton John's "Country Comfort," recorded with his encouragement and blessing.
She later recorded two albums for Columbia Records, "Kate Taylor," produced by her brother James Taylor and "It's in There," produced by acclaimed Muscle Shoals/Nashville producer Barry Beckett. Her duet with James, "The Shoop Shoop Song," from "Kate Taylor," became her next charting hit single and remains an audience favorite today.
Kate's 2002 release, Beautiful Road, received 3 stars from Rolling Stone, who dubbed it a "heartfelt folk-rock gem."
Her 2009 release, Fair Time!, her first of all original compositions, debuted to critical acclaim nationwide.
Kate's recent performances include the Newport Folk Festival, the WUMB/Boston Folk Festival, Sirius/XM radio and Nashville's famed Blue Bird Cafe. Kate plays regularly throughout the Northeast and at Feinstein's in New York City.
Praise for "Fair Time!"
From Elmore Magazine: Sweet and sensual with a vocal twang that can melt hearts, Kate Taylor is the kind of musical gem that keeps on shining with every album she puts out...Taylor assuredly trades the impassioned heartache conveyed on 2003's Beautiful Road for a slyer, more dynamic sound, the kind that encompasses the vocal power of Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.
From The Noise...Hailing from the legendary musical family that is the Taylors of Martha’s Vineyard (brothers James, Livingston, etc.), Kate Taylor, who made a name for herself in the ’70s, has released this 12-song album that contains all the flavor and spunk of country and rockabilly... and all the depth of folk... Kate’s CD is a wonderful collection of heartfelt songs. From the Nashville-feeling and jaunty “Soap Opera Life” to the beautiful and utterly touching tribute to her late husband in “Red Tail,” Kate superbly shows her talent for translating various emotions into well-written and arranged songs. The more I listen to this, the more I appreciate Kate’s spirit and voice. Other picks: “King of the Pond,” “Sun Did Shine,” and “Cholene.”
||GURF MORLIX is a master craftsman. Whether producing Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Gauthier, Ian McLagan, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Slaid Cleaves, playing anything with strings extraordinarily well,(Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year for 2009), or songwriting.
Every song fits. Every mix is a dovetail joint. Every lyric refines the lines and the musicianship is steady Freddy without a single nail or glue holding things together. And best of all the poetry is all things... windows and doors and guns and sky... "no ideas but in things". Every cut is integral and finished...not just "done". I suppose the anti-gun tune "Bang Bang Bang" a fond remembrance of Roy Rogers gone astray is timely and immediately tempting to play... and when Alt Country radio gets around to it it'll probably chart. But "My Lif'es Been Taken, "Looking For You", "Series Of Closin' Doors" and "Small Window", the first 4 songs are a sweet suite that deserve to be played together. I can't really single out any song though... they all are moving and honest and fell true...I'm going to play it front to back on my show.
Friends and fellow dj's...I promise I won't go overboard like this often... but this is a rare gem in my humble (or not so humble) opine.
Hobart Taylor, KUCI, Irvine California
Gurf will appear solo, and accompanied by Amlia K Spicer on harmony vocals.
|APRIL 15 & 16
8 P.M. BOTH
||DOUBLE HEADER JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER
Jim and Anne Curry Bring the Hits of John Denver to Coffee Gallery Backstage
Husband and wife team, Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally!)
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.
Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.
Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other. "
Jim will appear with his wife, Anne who plays mandolin and guitar, sings harmony and generally keeps Jim in line! Together, they will take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs.
INCENDIO in both Italian and Spanish means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion.
At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”. Averaging over 130 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Huntington Arts Festival on Long Island, Ford Amphitheater, California World Festival, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena CA, Memphis TN, Westport CT, Bethlehem PA, Arlington TX, and many more.
Their latest summer 2013 release, "The Shape of Dreams" has been hitting #1 on the Amazon.com mp3 charts since its release and is playing on radio stations across the US, as well as Pandora and Spotify.
INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle. incendioband.com
A HUGE, INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & POP STAR. VERY FAMOUS. TIM WEISBERG IS A VERY BIG DEAL. Puts on a great show. Super gig.
TIM WEISBERG.... is one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion who’s incredible career includes 20 albums on the biggest record labels in the business including A&M, Columbia, Warner Brothers, and MCA. He has sold over 5 million albums and played some of the largest venues in the world. Two of Tim's albums are collaborations with the gifted singer, songwriter, Dan Fogelberg, which include their platinum album, "Twin Sons Of Different Mothers,” containing the hit “The Power of Gold.” Tim’s bands are legendary and have been known as a proving ground for the likes of David Benoit, Art Johnson, and Chuck Alvarez. Although he is classified by the recording industry as jazz, Tim's music has always been somewhere between rock and jazz.
Weisberg has performed with David Benoit, The Carpenters, Dave Mason, Lynn Blessing, David Arkenstone, and Samantha Siva.
Check him out at www.timweisberg.com
• Bonnie Raitt - Tim Weisberg concert at Greek Theatre, University of California, Berkley, • Winter Park Jazz Festival, Winter Park, Colorado, Awards and honors Twin Sons of Different Mothers was Certified Platinum by RIAA.