Archive for August, 2008

Jacob Garchik’s Yore at IBeam Music on Friday

Monday, August 25th, 2008

YORE: Trombonist Garchik lucidly dreams of the destroyed works of Paul Dukas, Max Roach’s vocal writing, Toru Takemitsu’s secret big band charts, and Alban Berg’s abandoned plan to write a “Hassidic” opera of the Dybbuk. To recreate the dream he has assembled a gifted group of interpreters/improvisers: Judith Berkson, voice; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Johnny McLellan, drums; Oscar Noriega, clarinets; Jacob Garchik, trombone and compositions.

Friday Aug 29

I-Beam Music, 168 7th Street b/t 2nd and 3rd Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn
F train to 4th ave and 9th st.
$10 suggested donation

Followed by Lady Clown at 10pm

Ben Scheuer: vocals & guitar
Dan Hindman: guitar
Geoff Kraly: bass & vocals
Josh Dion: drums

Yoon Sun Choi’s Quartet at the 55 Bar, Aug. 26, 2008

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Don’t miss Yoon Sun Choi’s Quartet next week:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Yoon Sun Choi’s Quartet
Time: 7:00pm
Location: New York City, NY
Venue: 55 Bar

E-String Band at I-Beam, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Don’t miss Yoon Sun Choi and the E-String band at I-Beam this Friday, August 22nd, 2008:

Friday, August 22, 2008
Yoon Sun Choi and The E-String Band
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Venue: I-Beam Music (178 7th St., between 2nd and 3rd Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Yoon Sun Choi at Cornelia St. Cafe

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Yoon performs this evening with three other vocalists:


Wednesday, August 6th

Yoon, Kyoko, Jen and Fay (voices)
Cornelia Street Cafe
(29 Cornelia Street)
F/B/D/A/C train to West 4th

Cover: $10

Another review of Imagination

Monday, August 4th, 2008

This one at

The second recording for vocalist Yoon Sun Choi and pianist Jacob Sacks explores the music of composer Joe Raposo, who died in 1989 days shy of his 52nd birthday. Known for writing songs favored by his longtime friend Frank Sinatra, as well as jazz, musical theatre, pop and children’s productions (notably Sesame Street and Dr. Seuss,) Raposo’s music offers a wellspring of interesting choices for interpretation. What Choi and Sacks give to his music is a challenging edge that harkens back to both the bop tradition and the exploratory nature of modern creative expressionism. Choi’s pretty voice is as flexible an instrument as you might hear in contemporary jazz. She’s easily able to scat, contort phrases, or offer witty repartee. Sacks is a different kind of piano accompanist, part Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner and Misha Mengelberg. His quirky style and at times abrupt inserts are quite like vocal quips. At their most reflective, the long wispy ballad “Little Things” is quite reminiscent of something Norma Winstone might do, the very delicate “Imagination” has Sacks stretching out his intro, and there’s a decidedly dour take of the well known theme of Kermit The Frog, “Bein’ Green.” On the opposite end of the spectrum, a wild, bouncy, loose and free take of “Somebody Come Out & Play” mixes up their dynamic stance in an imagined meeting of perhaps Anita O’Day and Chick Corea. The unrestrained, stride like and self-effaced “Not Much Of A Dog,” one minute rumbling, campy and comedic “What Makes Music” and the fun playground tune “J Jump” shows their cartoonish side. “Song Of Five” is a spastic improvised numbers game for Choi’s chops, “Happiness Hotel” seems a paean to Sheila Jordan, and “La, La, La” is a skipping, clipped lope with insistent roiling piano finger rolls from Sacks setting off Choi’s scat language. “Sing” offers the most contrast in one piece, with dark mystery challenging the joie de vivre. This is certainly an intriguing project, not conventional as Raposo’s music might be categorized, and a wondrous collection transmuting his songs in a way the composer might have not imagined, but definitely would approve.

Michael Attias’s birthday celebration at Zebulon, Aug. 4, 2008

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008


Monday August 4 at ZEBULON

Saxist-composer Michaƫl Attias
keyboardist Jacob Sacks
bassist Thomas Morgan
drummer Nasheet Waits

nagoya special at 11pm and other groups of Michael’s beginning at
258 Wythe Ave (between Metropolitan Ave and North 3rd St)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Subway: L to Bedford Ave
no cover