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Jennifer Rawlings ONE WOMAN PERFORMANCE (6PM) TAKSIM (8:30PM)Tonight At Cornelia Street Cafe

29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.
Contact: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services, 845-986-1677, jazzpromo@earthlink.net

Tonight At Cornelia Street Cafe

Thu  Aug 26th 6:00PM      
(Jennifer Rawlings, comic, writer, filmmaker, and a kick-ass mom)

Award winning performer Jennifer Rawlings presents readings from her one – woman show " I Only Smoke in War Zones" – a collection of true stories from the battlefield (both at home and abroad.)
Cover $8  (plus $ 7 Drink Minimum)   

Thu  Aug 26th 8:30PM      
(Souren Baronian, reeds, percussion; Haig Manoukian, oud; Lee Baronian, dumbek; Mal Stein, drums; Sprocket Royer, bass)

Souren Baronian, reedman/percussionist extraordinaire, is the Prez of Armenian-American musicians. His playing and his writing are a true synthesis of jazz and authentic Near Eastern music, born of his extensive experience in both areas. On the ethnic side, he trained with the renowned Turkish master Safet Gundeger, and on the jazz side with the legendary Lennie Tristano. He recorded with such jazz lights as Phil Woods, Don Jerry, Joe Beck, Arnie Lawrence, Carla Bley, Paul Motian, Joe Farrel, Steve Gadd, Armen Donelian and others, while continuing to lead ethnic ensembles in performance and on recordings. In 1975 Souren Baronian assembled a quintet of kindred spirits capable of pusuing his musical vision, and named this group "Taksim," a word which in the Near East refers to improvised melodic exploration. Before long Souren and his band were surprising audiences regularly at important jazz venues in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, and earning a glowing review from Downbeat Magazine. They are now enjoying their third decade of critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
"The cheers of five thousand people at the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Jazz Festival spoke volumes about this band." Dan Behrman, Festival Program Director.

"Like two chemicals that flare upon touching, the music is a remarkable hybrid of two cultures." Boston Herald American

Oudist Haig Manoukian celebrates the musical traditions of the Middle East, India and Africa in improvisations that combine control of classical form and modern sensibility. His current collaborations with the groups Alba, Orchestra Kef, and Sounds of Taraab express his love for the rhythms and modal structures of Andalusia, Turkey, and East Africa. In addition, Haig is active with Taksim, a Middle-Eastern jazz fusion band, and Transition, an ensemble that regularly performs Armenian, Arab, and Turkish music. For many years, he has taught and performed at Balkan and Middle Eastern camps throughout the United States.

Lee Baronian is Souren’s son; he could have had no better grounding for the masterful technique and musical awareness he brings to the dumbek and other percussion instruments. He has a virtuosic young group of his own called Charged Particles, the next chapter in the meeting of East and West.

Mal Stein has mastered the complexities of compound meters like no other drummer; his command of that specialty defines the state of the art today. He grew up in the company of jazz greats, his father Richard having been himself both a drummer and a jazz-club entrepreneur. When not powering up Taksim, Mal is very active playing in New York and Europe Mal Stein is Currently playing with Epiphany Project, Mad Juana, and The Mikel Paris Trio.

Sprocket Royer has been a professional bass player in New York for over 25 years, playing in a variety of idioms including Latin, Spanish, Swiss, Klezmer, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Blues, Classical and all forms of American popular music. His teachers include Don Palma, Orin O’Brian, and Bassam Saba. He has recorded with Andy Statman, Tommy Tucker, Michael Moore and Yale Strom, and has toured and played concerts and festivals in the U.S. and Europe. Sprocket also has a career as a luthier and restores double basses and other stringed instruments.
 Cover $10

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