Hi–AGAIN.  The collaborative band ZONE, featuring myself on tenor, soprano, flute, and clarinets, Mel Nusbaum on keys, Billy Stein on guitar, Robert Edwards on electric bass, Lou Selmi on drums, and Yogui on congas and percussion, performs Friday, June 7, 2013 in the Community Room at Westbeth.

Where:  Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune Street

When:  Friday, June 7, 8 PM

Tickets:  $10

We’re adding a couple of players to last year’s band–guitarist Billy Stein and Yogui on congas/percussion.  Since then Billy and I have recorded a cd that we will release early next fall.  I’ve been playing with these guys going into our 4th year and you can really hear it.  Plus, Lou just purchased Elvin Jones’ personal drum kit and is so excited he has energized the entire band.  Hope to share a glass of wine with ya.Image


New York, In Love



Regina Ress, a wonderful storyteller, and I will be appearing at the Provincetown Playhouse in the Village Friday, Feb. 15 at 8 PM.  Located at 133 MacDougal, corner of Bleecker, follow link below for tickets.  We are celebrating the release of Regina’s CD, New York and Me.  I provide music in between each story.  I will be working with guitarist Billy Stein.  We really look forward to seeing you in this special performance at such an historical theater (watch out for the ghosts of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Paul Robeson).

Regina Ress , storyteller, actor, teacher, writer and long time Greenwich Village resident has performed stories of love and life from the summit of  Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii to  Copacabana Beach, Brazil, with stops across the US, Central and South America, and Europe. Many of her New York stories have been heard on NPR outlet WFUV’s Cityscape. When she is not in NYC, Regina is Storyteller-in-Residence at the Santa Fe Hillside Market, an artists cooperative and event space. This is her 12th year performing in this storytelling series and 10th as its Producer.
Guest Musicians
Reed player and composer Michael Moss has been involved in the music scene for many years leading his own musical groups including Mike Moss/4 Rivers and Free Energy.  He has played with an eclectic group of musicians including William Parker, Sam Rivers, Dave Liebman, Dave Burrell, Badal Roy, and storyteller Diane Wolkstein.  Moss is President of 4th Stream Records and ERG Publishing, past-President of Free Life Communication (a musician’s co-op in NYC), and is the recipient of numerous Meet the Composer and NYSCA grants.
For the past 30 years, native New Yorker guitarist and composer Billy Stein has been involved in multiple music scenes in and around NYC,  including R&B, funk, blues, rock, salsa, bossa nova, as well as both mainstream and free jazz.  The many eclectic musicians he has performed and recorded with include legendary bassist Milt Hinton, mainstream jazz icon Sahib Shihab, Latin composer Joe Blanco, the rock group The Coasters, and free-jazz drummer Rashid Bakr. Stein recently recorded the critically acclaimed CD “Hybrids” and is a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wonderful storyteller Regina Ress and I collaborated on her CD,  New York and Me, to be released in the very near future, i.e., before our engagement at the Provincetown Playhouse on MacDougal St. in Greenwich Village on February 15, 2013.  Regina recorded her New York City stories for seven years at WFUV, the Fordham University public radio station.  When she decided she had enough material, she called me up to musically support the project.  I provide musical interludes between stories that elucidate the inner workings of a New York state of mind.  I’ll let you know when it comes out!

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