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9.23.2006

events—The Perch Cafe—9.25 – 10.1—Brooklyn, NY

Serving dinner nightly from 5pm on with great cocktails!

Sunday, September 24
TBD Music starts at 7pm (2 sets)
Cover: Suggested Donation $5

Monday, September 25
Serving dinner 5pm on with great cocktails!

Tuesday, September 26
LITERARY TUESDAYS 7:30pm
Followed by open mic
JANICE EIDUS, twice winner of the O. Henry Prize for short stories, is the author of four books—the short story collections The Celibacy Club and Vito Loves Geraldine, and the novels Urban Bliss and Faithful Rebecca. She is co-editor of It’s Only Rock and Roll: an Anthology of Rock and Roll Short Stories. She teaches writing privately, as well as at Carlow University’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her new novel, The War of the Rosens, is forthcoming.
Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D., is the author of two collections of essays, Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue and Incidental Findings. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, The New York Times and The
Los Angeles Times and on National Public Radio. She is co-founder and editor in chief of the Bellevue Literary Review.
KELSEY JILLETTE
Music starts at 9pm (2 sets)
Cover: Suggested Donation $5
Featuring Kelsey Jillette vocals Tom Abbott, woodwinds Ila Cantor, guitar kAZU, keys Chris van Voorst van Beest, bass Born in Washington, D.C. in 1977, Jillette has spent the last six years performing in New York City with her own group. She studied theater arts at Brown University and Jazz Performance at the New School University under Janet Lawson, Richard Harper, David Glasser, and Reggie Workman. In August, 2005 she recorded her third jazz album, In New York, which stretches outwards from classic jazz into world music and more modern jazz realms. www.kelseyjillette.com

Wednesday, September 27
Five Star Day
Music starts at 8:30pm (2 sets)
Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 suggested donation at the bar Featuring banjo, lap steel, guitars, snare drum and vocals, Five Star Day performs classics by Gram Parsons, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and others, as well as originals by outstanding vocalist U.V. Avnur. myspace.com/uvavnur

Thursday, September 28
Sonia Szajnberg and Dave Veslocki Duo
Music starts at 9pm (2 sets)
Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 suggested donation at the bar Featuring Sonia Szajnberg – vocals Dave Veslocki - guitar Sonia Szajnberg and Dave Veslocki have maintained a musical collaboration and friendship since they started playing together in high school. Now that they have re-entered the scene as professional musicians, the duo will be performing a new, all-acoustic set of original compositions and jazz standards for voice and guitar.

Friday, September 29
TBD Music starts at 8:30pm (2 sets)
Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 suggested donation at the bar

Saturday, September 30
Sten Hostfalt and Katt Hernan
Music starts at 8:30pm (2 sets)
Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 suggested donation at the bar
Sten Hostfalt – guitar Katt Hernandez – violin
A highly original and creative duo with mentor and visionary composer Joe Maneri's music and celebrated 2006 performances duo performances in Philadelphia and NYC in common. Described by Jazz Giants Jimmy Giuffre and Joe Maneri as "Highly Exceptional" and "Virtuosic" and with recent work labeled "Groundbreaking" and recommended by leading press/media, NYC guitarist STEN HOSTFALT has actively and creatively contributed to the NYC / International scene since the early 1990's in collaborations with some of the world's most innovative musicians.
http://www.sonusrex.com

Sunday, October 1
TBD Music starts at 8:30pm (2 sets)
Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 donation at the bar

THE PERCH CAFE
365 5th Ave Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
(between 5th and 6th Streets)
F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street
718-788-2830

9.18.2006

Stan Mitchell, Professional musician—September 2006

urbanseashell—a collection’s first Q & A

Welcome to the first Q & A on urbanseashell—a collection featuring Stan Mitchell, a professional musician, songwriter, music producer and educator. Originally from New Zealand, Stan now lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family.

Lisa: Hi Stan, thank you and welcome to the first Q & A on urbanseashell—a collection.

Stan: Hello Lisa. Thanks for doing this.


Lisa: You grew up in New Zealand.
Stan: Yes, born and raised on a sheep farm.

Lisa: Cool! When did you become interested in music?
Stan: I drummed madly all through my youth. The live music scene in NZ during the 1970s was very vibrant and I went fully pro at the tender age of 17. Over the course of that decade I toured and recorded extensively and became one of the country’s premier drummers. As a result of these experiences I figure I’ve played every form of popular music in existence.

Lisa: Can you tell us how you got started here in the States?
Stan: I originally joined the newly formed band, The Drongos as their drummer in August of '78'. But after personal changes early on in New York, I began writing more and doing a third of the vocal chores. The band toured and promoted constantly from 1979 through 1985/6. Before breaking up we returned to New Zealand for a tour in 1985/6. During this time we were made Cultural Ambassadors by the then Prime Minister David Lange, who happened to be a fan of the band.

Lisa: Can you give us a little background about The Drongos?
Stan: The Drongos were formed specifically in 1978 in New Zealand to provide music for a guerrilla theater troupe called Red Mole. We only ever gigged in New Zealand for 7 weeks prior to our departure to the big wide world. The Drongos worked as a separate band for 7 months in San Fran but then got the call from Red Mole to move to New York to take part in a season the troupe had booked in the Theater For the New City in April of 1979. After completing the season, Red Mole traveled to Europe while The Drongos remained in New York to establish themselves in the then highly active alternative scene.



Lisa: Did The Drongos release any albums during the time you performed with them?
Stan: Yes in 1983 the songs released on singles were 'Don't Touch Me' and 'Halloween'. The E.P. (Extended play. 3 songs) contained the songs 'Just Another Winter', 'Pass The Sugar' and 'Standing on the Corner' released in 1982. This was released in cassette form and I think all copies have since turned to dust blown away. The 1st album was called simply 'The Drongos'. Released in 1984. The 2nd album was called 'Small Miracles'. Released in 1985. A now defunct indie music label called Proteus released all the two singles, the E.P. and the albums.


Lisa: Where did The Drongos perform?
Stan: We played at some of the clubs like CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City, Trax and the Ritz. For 6 years The Drongos worked the Eastern college circuit sharing the stage with top acts of the day including The Stray Cats, The Fixx, Bobby Wier (Of The Grateful Dead) to name a few.

Lisa:
What happened after The Drongos disbanded?
Stan: For a short time after that I had my own band simply billed as 'Stan the Man'. I released a well-received album under my name 'Stanley John Mitchell' and pushed through my own label-'Clever Sheep Music' starting in 1987. It received some nice reviews including a very encouraging one from Billboard magazine. The band toured and gigged for the better part of a year before I became involved in a boogie band called 'The Lone Sharks'. This profitable band became very popular in the Hamptons and Eastern Long Island and soon became the focus of my attention. I worked constantly with the Lone Sharks for the best part of 8 years before moving to LA in '98'. The band still exists and is still a hot ticket on Eastern Long Island.


Lisa: What did you do in LA?

Stan: I was a freelance drummer and gained experience as a music educator, working in the Ventura County elementary school system. My experience with teaching music and drumming began in California when I became involved with the ‘Artists In The Classroom’ program for the Ventura County elementary school system. For over 5 years this program took me into many classrooms teaching a curriculum of my own design. After 7 years in LA I moved back to home base in NY with my family. These days I divide my time between NYC and LA.

Lisa: Did this experience inspire you to start your own after school program?

Stan: Yes and I use the same teaching model I used in California.


Lisa: What can you tell us about your program?

Stan: These are 'Music and Rhythm' classes where we do things like play rhythm games, listening games, drum, write and record simple songs. Classes will be after-school on all weekdays. They will take place at my home on Westminster Rd in Prospect Park South. It is a family home with a warm and inviting atmosphere. They are $25/class and last an hour. I take boys and girls from age 5 and upward. Parents and caregivers are invited to observe or even join in if they wish. I also give private drum lessons.


Lisa: Your contact information?
Stan: I can be reached at standrum@att.net or phoned at Home-718-284- 5492.
Cell: 818-216-6804. They can visit my website for more detailed information: http://web.mac.com/stanleymitchell.



Lisa: I would like to conclude this Q & A with a little background on the instructional materials you have had published.

Stan: The book 'Get Locked’ I co-authored with bassist Greg Hyatt. It is a unique instructional for bass guitar and drums. The book explores the relationship between the bass and drums as they lay down the foundation for a band. This book is the only one of its kind on the market. And received a 4 star review in the premier drummers mag. 'Modern Drummer'. The DVD is called ' Easy Rock Drum Beats. No Reading Required’ and is an instructional for young players. As yet unreviewed. Both book and DVD are published through Alfred Music.


Lisa: Thank you Stan, it’s been a pleasure. Good Luck and I hope you’ll come back to give us an update.

Stan:
I most certainly will. Thanks again for doing this. Cheers.

events—The Cornelia Street Cafe, September 21—New York, NY


Third Annual Manhattan Magazine
Reading at Po'Jazz
with Golda Solomon
"The Medicine Woman of Jazz"
Joseph Lennon
Saco Yasuma, sax
Ila Cantor, guitar solo
Special Guest Poet Frank Simone

Thursday, September 21st 6-8pm
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Admission $15.00 ($10.00 Seniors & Students)
Includes one drink
Great Food!!

The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY
212.989.9319

9.17.2006

events—The Perch Cafe —Brookyn NY

This week’s events at

September 18 - 24 Serving dinner nightly from 5pm on with great cocktails!

Tuesday, September 19
LITERARY TUESDAYS
7:30pm
Followed by open mic

ILKA SCOBIE
, poet and critic, is a native Brooklynite. Local Sky is her most recent chapbook, and she teaches poetry in the public schools for Teachers & Writers Collaborative, the New York City Ballet and Career Education Center. She also writes for Marie Claire and Artnet.
VINCENT KATZ
is a poet, critic and translator. He won the 2005 National Translation Award for the book The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius. His ninth and most recent book is Rapid Departures. He is the editor of literary journal Vanitas and Libellium Books.

Kelsey Jillette Quartet
Music starts at 9pm (2 sets)
Cover: Suggested Donation $5


Wednesday, September 20
Five Star Day
Music starts at 8:30pm (2 sets)
Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 suggested donation at the bar

Featuring banjo, lap steel, guitars, snare drum and vocals,
Five Star Day performs classics by Gram Parsons, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and others, as well as originals by outstanding vocalist U.V. Avnur. (myspace.com/uvavnur)

Thursday, September 21
Karlie Bruce

Music starts at 9pm (2 sets)

Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 suggested donation at the bar


Friday, September 22
Shayne Steele

Music starts at 8:30pm (2 sets)

Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 suggested donation at the bar


Saturday, September 23
Jamie Reynolds Duo
Music starts at 8:30pm (2 sets)

Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 suggested donation at the bar


Sunday, September 24
TBD

Music starts at 8:30pm (2 sets)

Cover: 1 Drink MINIMUM, $5 donation at the bar


THE PERCH CAFE
365 5th Ave Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

(between 5th and 6th Streets)
F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street
718-788-2830