Smokin’ Billy Slater
Friday & Saturday
Joel Forrester is the composer of more than 1200 tunes, a versatile and accomplished jazz pianist, leader of his own quartet and prolific recording artist. He has performed in an extraordinary diversity of settings – from large ensembles to a duet setting with a tap dancer! His playing draws from stride, boogie-woogie, bebop, trance and what he likes to call ‘salon pieces’ but each composition bears the stamp of this most individual artist.
Recognized by the Paris Free Voice as “the world’s leading accompanist to silent films”, Joel Forrester has given concerts with film in Paris at the Louvre, the American Center, the Forum des Images, and the MusŽe d’Orsay. For several years he performed with films in the Avignon Festival. In New York, he has played at the Film Forum, Brooklyn Museum, and Anthology Film Archives.
Monday from 7:30-10:30
Takuya Nakamura is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer and has been playing trumpet, keyboards, and various electronic instruments for over twenty years throughout the United States and the world with a diverse group of artists such as Quincy Jones, The Streets, George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra, Joy Askew, Arto Lindsay, Vernon Reid, Jojo Mayer’s Nerve, Brazilian Girls, Organic Grooves, Bob Moses, John Scofield,and many others.
Tuesday from 7:00-10:00
Isaac Namias is a pianist/composer with Mediterranean roots based out of Brooklyn, NY.
His classical piano studies dominated a majority of his life, eventually leading him to study improv and jazz with the legendary teacher Charlie Banacos, as well as pianist Dan Tepfer and presently with Gary Dial.
As a solo pianist he plays a mixture of traditional and re-contextualized repertoire including: jazz, classical, folk, and song book standards.
The melodies, harmonies and structures of these songs are always under the scrutiny of spontaneity and an improvisatory spirt that flows throughout the set.
Find his website here:
Tuesday 10:30-1 am
Pianist Joe McGinty, formerly of the Psychedelic Furs, can play just about any song there is! Choose your fave from the roster and impress your friends with your sweet vocal skills.
He has worked with Nada Surf, Ryan Adams, Devendra Banhardt, Martha Wainwright, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, and many others.
For more info on Joe, check out the links below:
The celebrated protege of the renowned Eubie Blake, Terry Waldo captures the history, personalities, and vibrance of Ragtime like none other can.
Ian Sarver plays original compositions influenced by artists ranging from Erik Satie to Ellington to Aphex Twin. He released an EP of electronic music in December 2012, some of which can be heard at http://www.soundcloud.com/iansarver