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Connection Works - Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open




@ LITTLEFIELD – http://www.littlefieldnyc.com

Littlefield is located at is located at 622 Degraw Street between 3rd and 4th Ave in Brooklyn, Tel 718 855 3388, $14 cover, $6 minimum.

Wednesday, February 9 @ 8:00 PM
Tim Berne – saxophones
Craig Taborn – piano
Michael Formanek – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums

Immediately following their performance:
“Musical Dialogues” – A conversation with Michael Formanek followed by

WORKS @ 9:30 PM
Michele Gentile – flute
Daniel Kelly – piano
Rob Garcia – drums

“Celebrate music by being a part of the concert series that ‘Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open’ provides for the community at large!!! We need each other to carry on… Sounds & Feelings” – jazz legend Joe Lovano.

“Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open is not just another concert series. One of the elements that makes it special-for both the audience and the musicians-is that artists are invited to discuss their process and answer questions as they arise. This creates a natural, relaxed atmosphere in which the barriers between audience and performers are removed and true understanding and appreciation can take place.” – Eileen Willis, Metropolitan Museum of Art

This event is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by JPMorgan-Chase, all administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC) as well as funding from Meet the Composer.

Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open 2011 Schedule:

February 9, 2011

Michael Formanek Quartet (8PM)

Featuring Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver


WORKS (9:15 PM)

March 9, 2011

Musical Dialogues w/ Dave Liebman (8PM)

WORKS w/ special guests Dave Liebman & John Hebert (9:15 & 10:30PM)

April 13, 2011

Musical Dialogues w/ Joe Lovano (8PM)

WORKS w/ special guests, Joe Lovano & Scott Colley (9:15 & 10:30PM)

May 11, 2011

Joel Harrison Large Ensemble (8PM)

Presenting a new work commissioned by Connection Works

with assistance from Meet The Composer!

WORKS w/ special guests (9:15 & 10:30PM)

Notes on the artists:

February 9 @ 8:00 PM – Michael Formanek Quartet

(w/Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver)
Michael Formanek’s singular approach to the acoustic bass has led to an impressive range of musical associations. During his thirty-plus year career, he has played and/or recorded with Elvis Costello, Tim Berne, Uri Caine, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Marty Ehrlich, Chet Baker, Tony Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Mintzer, Fred Hersch, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Mark Isham, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, Mingus Big Band, Terumasa Hino, Cedar Walton, Attila Zoller, George Coleman, Jane Ira Bloom, Bob Moses, Gunther Schuller, Peter Erskine, Joe and Matt Maneri, Gary Thomas, Harold Danko, Dave Burrell, and many others.

Composition also plays a significant role in Formanek’s overall musical profile, and four albums of his original music, Wide Open Spaces, Extended Animation, Low Profile and Nature Of The Beast have been released to critical acclaim on the Enja label. Am I Bothering You, a recording of solo bass performances made for Tim Berne’s Screwgun label, has firmly established itself as an important contribution to that genre. Formanek produced or co-produced all of these recordings and among the featured musicians are Greg Osby, Tim Berne, Mark Feldman, Dave Douglas, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Marty Ehrlich, Wayne Krantz, and Jim Black. Formanek received Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation Grant for 2000-2001 to compose a new piece for the Tim Berne/Michael Formanek Duo, which was recently performed in Philadelphia as part of the Chamber Music America Encore program for 2007. Formanek was commissioned to compose an original piece for the 150th anniversary of the Peabody Conservatory. The piece, The Open Book for Jazz Soloists with Orchestra, was premiered at Peabody in February of 2007, and featured members of the Peabody Jazz Orchestra and the full Peabody Concert Orchestra under the direction of Hajime Teri Murai.

Current projects include Tim Berne’s bloodcount, together with saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed, and drummer Jim Black, which has reunited after a ten-year hiatus, and 3081, a Baltimore based quartet featuring trumpeter Dave Ballou, saxophone and clarinetist, John Dierker, and percussionist Will Redman, and a new quartet with Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn, and Gerald Cleaver on drums which recently released the critically acclaimed album “The Rub and Spare Change” on ECM.

February 9 @ 9:30 PM – WORKS

The resident ensemble of Connection Works. The group consists of flutist Michel Gentile, pianist Daniel Kelly and drummer Rob Garcia, all of whom compose for the group. They perform as a trio as well as with special guests including, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Joseph Jarman, Tony Malaby, John Hebert, Loren Stillman and Bill McHenry.

For the past decade, drummer Rob Garcia has brought his superb skills and subtly dynamic rhythmic sense to an assortment of jazz-based, creative ensembles; collaborating with stellar artists such as: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Diana Krall, Anat Cohen, Woody Allen, Howard Alden, Lynne Arriale, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Marty Erhlich, Chris Cheek, Myra Melford, and Vince Giordano among others.

Rob is an inspired composer and bandleader in his own right. His latest CD, Perennial (BJUR 012; with Noah Preminger, Dan Tepfer, and Chris Lightcap) was listed in the “10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009” by The New York Observer. He has also received grants from Meet The Composer and NYSCA to support his group’s performances. Rob’s other releases include, Place of Resonance (CAP 950), which features Dave Kikoski and Mike Formanek, and Heart’s Fire (CWR 101).

Artist-run organizations are a new and successful trend in the jazz world, and Rob has been a major force in this new way for jazz to continue and thrive. He is the founder and executive director of Connection Works, and a member of the Douglass Street Music Collective, an artist-run rehearsal and performance space, featuring some of New York’s most creative and cutting edge musicians/composers. He is also a new member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community.

Flutist and composer Michel Gentile is an active member of the New York jazz scene. He received his Master of Music degree with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jimmy Giuffre, Dave Holland, Geri Allen, Mick Goodrick, and George Garzone. Michel has recorded and performed with Fred Hersch, Anthony Braxton, Dave Kikoski, Bobby Previte, Jane Ira Bloom, Harvie Swartz, Michael Formanek, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joseph Jarman, and many others.

Michel has worked extensively with dance, theater, and film and has been featured on national radio and television throughout North America and is a member of the performance ensemble, Strike Anywhere.

Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly has developed his own personal and unique approach to jazz, Afro-Cuban music, and free improvisation using keyboards, samplers, and electronic sound manipulation as well as the acoustic piano. He has recorded or performed with a wide range of musicians, including David Gonzalez, Michael Brecker, Lauryn Hill, Ray Barretto, David Murray, Bobby Sanabria, William Parker, and John Zorn, and is currently a member of bands led by bassist Harvie S and drummer/composer Rob Garcia. Daniel has also performed several totally improvised solo piano concerts. He has recorded three highly acclaimed CDs of his own compositions, World, Duets with Ghosts, and Emerge, and many others as a sideman. He has also performed with other great musicians such as Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Christian Howes, Brad Shepik, Grammy-winner Nestor Torres, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kyaw-Kyaw Naing, Joel Harrison, and many others.

The Daniel Kelly Quartet, which showcases Daniel’s genre-bending compositions, was awarded the 2007 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award.

This is free and open to all. If you know any young musicians who would like to participate, please pass this along so they can reserve a spot. See below. Sincerely, Connection Works

Saturday, January 29
3:00 – 5:00 pm

PERFORMANCE and WORKSHOP for young musicians

Aspiring musicians (individual and/or organized groups) are invited to participate in a performance and workshop.


295 Douglass St. #1; b/3rd and 4th ave, BKLYN.

Open to all young musicians, free of charge.

This event allows young musicians a chance to perform, listen to each other, and work with the members of the Connection Works resident ensemble (Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly, and Rob Garcia), receiving invaluable feedback and support from professional musicians. All styles of music are welcome. If there’s time, a jam session will follow having students and professionals playing together.

Our vision is to help create a scene for young musicians to meet, play, listen and be inspired by each other. This opportunity is offered to participants for free, and we ask a $5 suggested donation for adults who wish to attend. Piano, drum and flute accompaniment will be available. The space is equipped with a piano, drums, bass and guitar amps and a PA system.

*To register, reply to this email or email us at

“This is one of the greatest services provided to Brooklyn, thanks guys.”
-Michael Croes

“I would highly recommend this group for any educational program and would be the first to say how memorable this day was for the children and staff of BISNY.”
-Holly Hampton, Head of Music, British International School of New York

“I attended a concert of kids’ bands, and the coordinators worked with the kids with such heart and skill, the kids were really able to open up to critique and learn and grow musically. Most Inspiring!”-Carol Porteous Fall, Manhattan, NY

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CONNECTION WORKS, one of the leaders in the growing movement of artist-run organizations, proudly announces the 2010/2011 season of Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, the distinguished concert and dialogue series, now in its fourth season, scheduled to take place at Brooklyn’s newest, hippest, and most environmentally friendly venue, Littlefield. The 2010/2011 Fall/Winter series will take place on Wednesdays, October 13 (John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble/WORKS w/Tony Malaby), November 10 (Anat Cohen Quartet, featuring Jason Lindner), WORKS w/Ralph Alessi and Chris Lightcap), December 15 (WORKS with special guest Joseph Jarman, plus Ron Horton/Tim Horner – Andrew Hill Project), February 9 (Michael Formanek Quartet + WORKS), March 9 (WORKS w/Dave Liebman and John Hebert), April 13 (WORKS w/Joe Lovano & Scott Colley) and May 11 (Joel Harrison Large Ensemble, WORKS with special guests).

Connection Works’ Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open concert series, provides Brooklyn with events meriting large-scale international attention, maintaining the highest standards in performance and education, presented in a community-based format. The dialogues provide the audience a rare opportunity to interact with musical icons as they share their experience and artistic processes, while the workshops allow young musicians to perform, and receive feedback from seasoned professionals. Since 2007, the Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series has presented workshops, master-classes and concerts featuring artists such as Joe Lovano, Fly (w/ Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard), Adam Kolker Quartet with John Abercrombie and Billy Hart, Dafnis Prieto Quartet, Yosvany Terry Quartet, Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, Dave Liebman Quartet, Anat Cohen/Howard Alden Quartet, Steve Coleman and Five Elements and Gene Bertoncini.

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