Earlville Opera House w/Hazmat Modine
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Earlville Opera House w/Hazmat Modine

HAZMAT MODINE has toured the world for over fifteen years.
From Borneo to British Columbia, China to India, Brazil to New Zealand; throughout Europe and into Siberia. The band distills American music into an essence from its myriad forms: Blues, Country, R & B, Rock-n-Roll, Jazz, Gospel, World Music, Soul, Roots... Yet it adds to this mixture something raw and mysterious that feels at once familiar and new.

Wade Schuman
Diatonic Harmonica, Lute Guitar, Guitar, Lead Vocals

Playing the harmonica since the age of ten, Wade is an accomplished master in the early Blues and musical styles of the 1920's and 30's. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan which has long had a vital and interesting musical scene, and currently resides and works in New York City. He draws musical inspiration from among others: Desmond Dekker, Jaybird Coleman, Sidney Bechet, Taraf De Haidouks and Slim Gaillard. Recording credits include Joan Osborn's "Relish" which was nominated for four Grammys.

Joseph Daley
Tuba

Joseph is a native of New York and perhaps this country's most consistent and creative "Lower Brass Specialist". Among others he has played with Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Taj Mahal, Charlie Haden, Gil Evans, Lionel Hampton, Howard Johnson, Dave Douglas, and Muhal Richard Abrams. He appears on well over a dozen recordings.

Pamela Fleming
Trumpet, Flugelhorn

NYC trumpet player and composer Pam Fleming is the leader of original world jazz group Fearless Dreamer. Pam is best known for her work with Lilith Fair artists Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls; Reggae stars Burning Spear, Dennis Brown and Maxi Priest; and Klezmer groups Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos.

Steve Elson
Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Duduk, Flute

As a teenager, saxophonist Steve Elson toured with the legendary Johnny Otis Rhythm and Blues Revue, featuring Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Shuggie Otis and the Three Tons of Joy.He has gone on to play in a wide variety of settings including world tours with David Bowie, film soundtracks for Philip Glass, several hundred pop, jazz, klezmer, R&B and new music recordings. Elson has been a recipient of numerous composition grants and fellowships from the NEA, NYFA and Mary Cary Flagler. among others. He leads his group Steve Elson's Lips and Fingers Ensemble.

Reut Regev 
Trombone, Flugabone, Slide Trumpet

Reut Regev was born and raised in Israel. Since arriving at NYC in 1998 Reut has taken part in various musical projects, playing Jazz, Latin music, Improvised and Contemporary Classical, Klezmer, Blues, Rock, and more. She has worked with Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, Frank London Klezmer All-stars, Firewater and Grupo Irek among many others. Her debut recording as a leader, This is R Time, is scheduled to be released Jan 2009 on Ropeadope Records.

Erik Della Penna
Guitar, Banjitar, Vocals

Erik is a songwriter and guitarist living in New York City. He studied western classical music at The Mannes College of Music. After graduation he spent years preforming around the Northeast in ensembles informed by American roots music traditions. Erik then went on to write, record and tour extensively with artists such as Joan Baez, Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne and David Yazbek.  Erik has written music for A&E television, The New York Historical Society, as well as dozens of documentary films. His guitar and drum duo, Kill Henry Sugar, is currently in the process of recording their seventh collection of original songs. In addition, Erik is working on two musicals now in development, one in Chicago and one in New York City.


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Terra Blues w/Hazmat Modine
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Terra Blues w/Hazmat Modine

Hazmat Modine is a musical group based in New York City, USA, founded in the late 1990s, led by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wade Schuman.
Their music is rooted in blues and also touches on folk, jazz and World music. The most recent lineup of the band features harmonica, tuba, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, drums, guitar, violin as well as solo and harmony vocals.

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Terra Blues w/Hazmat Modine
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Terra Blues w/Hazmat Modine


Hazmat Modine is a musical group based in New York City, USA, founded in the late 1990s, led by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wade Schuman.
Their music is rooted in blues and also touches on folk, jazz and World music. The most recent lineup of the band features harmonica, tuba, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, drums, guitar, violin as well as solo and harmony vocals.

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Howard Johnson Tribute Concert
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Howard Johnson Tribute Concert

Interschool Orchestras of New York Presents Its Gala Celebration:

A TRIBUTE TO HOWARD JOHNSON

Featuring Taj Mahal and Students of InterSchool Orchestras of New York

 

Interschool Orchestras of New York (ISO) is proud to announce its 2019-2020 gala celebration, A Tribute to Howard Johnson, at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall, September 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The special event will honor the musical legend, who, in his five-decade career, has played alongside luminaries in multiple genres and pioneered the voice of the tuba in jazz. The event will also feature the talents of two-time Grammy-winning musician Taj Mahal and the students of the ISO Symphony. All proceeds from the event will support financial aid and scholarships for ISO students.

 

“ISO’s mission - to serve all young musicians who want to participate, regardless of ability to pay - is deeply rooted in a long-standing commitment to the children of New York City,” said Karen Geer, executive director of ISO. “We are thrilled to pay tribute to Howard Johnson as a distinguished member of the city’s vibrant musical legacy. His tremendous career and innovations in music are a testament to the creativity, passion, and perseverance our students find through playing in an orchestra and carry with them throughout their lives.”

 

Gala honoree and performer Howard Johnson, “I am honored to be recognized by ISO for my contributions to the music community. Being a musician has opened so many doors in my life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to make that possible for a new generation of players. Because of their time in the orchestra, the talented students of ISO will go on to be lifelong supporters of the arts, no matter their career path. The funds raised as part of this event will help make that vision possible.”

 

A Tribute to Howard Johnson will raise funds to support scholarships and financial aid for ISO students. As a critical element of ISO’s mission to nurture young musicians, no child has ever been turned away because of financial need; 80% of ISO students receive some form of financial assistance, and the organization awards nearly $250,000 in scholarships each year.

 

Sponsorships for the gala start at $2,500 and include dinner and an evening of performances by Howard Johnson, Taj Mahal, Billy Rich, Gravity, the Levon Helm horns, The Beartones, members of the ISO Symphony, and others.  For more information, visit isorch.org or call (212) 410-0370.

 

 Tickets: https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/tribute-to-howard-johnson/

 

Howard Johnson is a legendary performer and mentor to a generation of African-American musicians. Over the past half century, Johnson has appeared on hundreds of albums playing tuba, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, electric bass and other instruments with the giants of many genres. New York Times critic Nate Chinen credits Johnson as “the figure most responsible for the tuba’s current status as a full-fledged jazz voice.” Arriving in New York in the early ’60s, Johnson quickly gained notoriety as a sideman, recording and performing with Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, Chick Corea, John Lennon, Paul Simon, and eventually hundreds of others. As a tubaist, Johnson was the first to demand prominent solo roles for the instrument in jazz and was heavily involved in the design and manufacture of a specialist tuba for jazz playing. In 1975, Johnson was appointed the inaugural bandleader of The Saturday Night Live Band. He was also a long-time muse to innovators such as Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, and George Gruntz, who created music to showcase his multi-instrumentalist abilities, and inspired him in his life-long quest to expand the range and repertoire of the less familiar instruments in jazz and popular music.

 

Sparking interest in the music, especially in young people, has always been of paramount importance to Howard Johnson. It’s his life’s mission, likely fueled by his own passion for the art that first flared in junior high school. As a youngster, he spent every free minute in the band room, investigating the contents of the mysterious and intriguingly shaped instrument cases. He eventually tried his hand at many of the instruments he first encountered there, an opportunity to explore not afforded to many 21st century students, as arts programs in schools dwindle.

 

Supporting this voyage to musical discovery—and the self-discovery inherent in musical expression—is a mission dear to the heart of this legendary musician. Howard Johnson notes that while many people in the world have knowledge and talent, each individual has something unique and important to contribute, if given a chance: “What you give of yourself, there’s nothing that can beat that,” he declares.

 

Founded in 1972, the Inter School Orchestras of New York creates opportunities for school-aged children in New York City to make music together through a tiered system of four orchestras, serving beginners to pre-conservatory-level players. ISO provides a nurturing environment where all children can realize their personal best, achieve high artistic standards, and share their music with the community. Under the leadership of executive director Karen Geer, ISO serves nearly 300 students from diverse backgrounds living in each of the five boroughs and surrounding areas. Generous financial aid and scholarships ensure that every child can participate.

 

In its distinguished 47-year history, ISO has collaborated with artists and ensembles including James Earl Jones, David Amram, Raúl Jaurena, Canadian Brass, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, and on stages including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the United Nations. Additionally, ISO has been featured on WNET’s (PBS) NYC-ARTS; participated in the Unity Youth Symphony as part of the HBO documentary Landfill Harmonic; and is a League of American Orchestras award winner as well as a member of the Channel 13 Hall of Fame.

 

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Wheatland Music Festival w/Hazmat Modine:  Remus Michigan
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Wheatland Music Festival w/Hazmat Modine: Remus Michigan

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Founded in the late 1990s by songwriter Wade Schuman (vocals and harmonica, occasional guitar and other instruments), the band in their formative years also featured mainstays Joe Daley (tuba, sousaphone) and Randy Weinstein (harmonica). Other personnel varied considerably, including not only performers on guitar, drums and sax but also exotic oddities like cimbalom and bass marimba.

Their debut album was recorded over a five-year span and earned positive critical notice. Hazmat Modine was featured on the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered" on October 25, 2006,[1] and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation program "The Daily Planet" on May 29, 2006.[2]

Their second Hazmat Modine album featured a more stable lineup, though Weinstein has parted ways with the band.

In 2013 Wade Schuman enlisted his friend Erik Della Penna to join the band as a guitarist, co-vocalist and songwriter. Schuman wanted the band to evolve into one that had more vocal harmonies, he was becoming more interested in the long tradition of American songwriting by the likes of Irving BerlinFats WallerDoc Pomus, Hays & Porter. A live album followed in 2014, and a studio album in 2015.

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Terra Blues NYC w/Hazmat Modine
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Terra Blues NYC w/Hazmat Modine

HAZMAT MODINE plays the kind of Blues one might have found in a barrelhouse in New Orleans had the city been inhabited by gypsies who performed with Otis Redding and the city had been built on the Black Sea. The band is driven by harmonicas, tuba, drums, guitars, Banjo and a full horn section. Guests play such exotic instruments as the Romanian cimbalom, the banjitar, and the Claviola. Front man Wade Schuman has the appropriately throaty voice of someone who has both hopped freight trains and collaborated with the Throat Singers of Tuva. For the past eight years, the band has been touring in over 40 countries worldwide. They have collaborated/performed with a vast range of artists including Bombino, Kronos Quartet, Cat Empire, the Gangbe Brass band from Benin, and Natalie Merchant. The title track from their first CD BAHAMUT was recently used in the 3D film Pina by Wim Wenders, and currently in a performance by Pina Bausch and the Stuttgart Ballet. Their second CD Cicada was awarded the Charles Cross award in France for best blues album of the Year, and topped number one on the World Music Charts in Europe. Their new CD Extra-Deluxe-Supreme is out on Jaro records in Europe and due out this spring in the U.S.

("Hazmat" is a portmanteau of "hazardous material" and "Modine" is the name of a company that manufactures commercial heaters but may be used to refer to the heater itself.)

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