Please note our starting time: 7:30pm for the open mike, 8:00pm for the opening short set, and 8:30pm for
the featured performers.
First-timers: Get a free pass for a future show - see details below.
Our next concert is on Saturday April 11, 2015, featuring:
And a short set* by
Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While
the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction,
blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend
John Fahey said it well: "You can hear classical, jazz and blues approaches
somehow converging into a single sparkling sound - a sound completely his own.
Woody takes a fresh approach to his blues re-creations, and his own compositions
defy category. If there was a category simply called ‘great music’ Woody’s music
would belong there."
Woody received his first musical schooling in the living room of Reverend Gary
Davis, the legendary blues, gospel and ragtime guitarist. Mann soon went on to
perform with blues legends Son House and Bukka White, British great Jo Anne Kelly,
and guitar innovator John Fahey. Mann complemented the tutelage of Rev. Davis with
formal training at New York’s celebrated Juilliard School. In addition, Mann
completed a period of intense study with noted Chicago-born pianist Lennie Tristano,
who introduced him to the world of jazz and its infinite possibilities. During this
time, Mann’s early musical grounding began to blossom into an improvisational style
all his own.
Since then, Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career. He has recorded
extensively and performed everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway
to festivals, clubs and concert stages worldwide. Mann’s reach as a teacher,
producer, and writer has been just as sweeping; he has been a faculty member
at the New School in New York City, conducted master classses throughout
the world, founded International Guitar Seminars / Acoustic Sessions Inc,
and schooled countless guitarists through his acclaimed books and DVDs.
He has recorded nine albums as well as collaborations with blues legends
Son House and John Cephas. Acknowledging his artistry, the C.F. Martin
guitar company has honored Woody with the recent release of the "Woody
Mann" signature model guitar. He is presently a visiting artist at
Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
"... Mann blurs the line between jazz, blues, classical, and world music creating his
own sound in the process. Attempts to categorize his music simply miss the point. This
is brilliant playing that demands to be heard." -Sing Out Magazine
"Don’t miss a chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything - or anyone - better
in the fields that Mann has chosen to master." -The London Times.
More at woodymann.com
Something new at the Eclectic Café! Each
month we invite a local performer to do a short set from 8:00 to 8:30.
This month's short set performer will be Bill Lauter
Bill Lauter is a distinctive voice in Long Island music. First there is his voice - a warm,
rich baritone with amazing range. Then there are the several guitars he plays, changing
over the years and each richly complementing his voice. Equally entrancing is Bill's
repertoire - songs and gutar instrumentals from folk and popular traditions. Along with his
affinity for traditional folk music, Bill has a way of reinventing more recently popular
songs such as Autumn Leaves
More at billlauter.com
|Admission is $18 at the door or $13 when purchased in advance.
Advance sales will end at midnight Friday, April 10.
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