Events at Tillie’s of Brooklyn248 DeKalb Avenue Brooklyn NY 11205 (718) 783-6140 www.tilliesofbrooklyn.com
The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet
Charley Gerard, Jenny Hill, Chris Bacas and Alden Banta
A group of saxophonists who link disparate styles and have been likened to the Kronos String Quartet because of their eclectic repertoire and accessibility. The Broken Reeders have a variety of thematically based programs, including Jazz and Swing; Four Seasons, Four Saxes; New Four-Casts, Charley Gerard's re-creation of the Vivaldi classic; Sixties Rock n' Roll Reconfigured, featuring "recompositions" of songs by Carole King and the Beach Boys; Gumbo Sax, a celebration of New Orleans music from Jelly Roll Morton to rhythm n' blues; Music of Alec Wilder for Saxophone Quartet; and Comic Book Characters, music inspired by Superman, Peanuts, Archie and others. Recent performances include one at Lincoln Center in March 2007 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium and an appearance on Manhattan Cable TV's Songs of Freedom.
Tom Blatt Project
Michele Smith, flute and vocals Jerry Engelbach, piano
Howard Post, guitar
Andy O'Neill, drums
Tom Blatt, bass
A dynamic local ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire that has played at Pianos, the Bowery Poetry Club, and Brooklyn’s Goodbye Blue Monday.
Friday June 20th
Up and coming talent from Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA: Though Mat Burke is only 19 and members of the Levee Drivers 22, all are inspired by American roots music, and singers such as Tom Waits and Johnny Cash. Compelling performers with growing followings, they appeared recently at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In January 2008, the Levee Drivers beat out 300 other bands in the “Best of Philly Rising” competition.
Friday 6/27/08 David Aaron's Short Memory David Aaron, saxophones
Dave Scherer, drums
Jon Frederick, bass
Spencer Katzman, guitar www.shortmemory.org
“Aaron plays the tenor sax with telling effect. He nails down an idea and then expands on it in a deliberate and compelling fashion. The music paints an interesting and colorful canvas, grabbing attention by combining bright splashes of color with darker hues.” Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz
Colors of Nature
Watercolors by Nadia Merzliakow
June 8th – July 6th 2008
Nadia Merzliakow was born in Paris, France, to Russian émigré parents and lived in Germany for seven years before emigrating to the U.S., where she graduated from Hunter College and then studied at Harvard, Columbia, and New York University. She received a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Pratt Institute, where she was Director of International Students for many years. She is fluent in Russian, French, German, and English.
Currently retired, this longtime resident of Clinton Hill volunteers at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, where she takes classes in watercolor painting. She has exhibited her work there and at the Tinicum Arts Festival in Pennsylvania.
Of this new chapter in her life, she writes: “When I was a child, I liked to paint flowers, and anyone who saw them oohed and aahed – with the exception of my parents. Of Russian nobility, my parents lost everything in the Russian Revolution of 1917 and wanted me to have a stable profession. Moreover, my mother’s sister, a very talented artist, was an eccentric. With horror in their voices, they would look at my work and say, ‘Oh, just like Aunt Olga.’ Though I was always interested in art growing up, and attended museums, I did not paint.
I was at Pratt for over 30 years and never took an art class. My work with the international students was demanding and intense. When I retired ten years ago, I became a volunteer at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and took the free watercolor classes there. Remembering my childhood passion for painting flowers, I looked at the offerings and said, why not? Watercolor has changed my vision of the world, particularly that of flowers. When I look now at flowers, my mind absorbs their colors and shapes through an artistic process.”
7 – 9 p.m.
Open Mic Thursday 6/5/08
8:00 p.m. sign-up
8:30 p.m. performance
Host: Nick Noir
For more information on any of the above, call Patricia Mulcahy at (718) 783-6140. For directions, see our website at www.tilliesofbrooklyn.com under “Getting Here.”