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The Tribeca Performing Arts Center's Lost Jazz Shrines Celebrates Tin Palace
(Published: May 05, 2007)

The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College

Celebrates Tin Palace

With Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, The Luciana Souza Trio, Giacomo Gates, George V. Johnson, Jr. and many others

(Spring 2007) The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center proudly announces the 2007 Lost Jazz Shrines series. This year, the annual celebration will focus on Tin Palace, bringing yet another legendary NYC venue temporarily back into the consciousness of the jazz world with a thorough remembrance and examination. This year's Jazz Shrines Series will encompass three concerts (Fridays, May 18, June 1 and June 15) featuring Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, The Luciana Souza Trio, Giacomo Gates, George V. Johnson, Jr. and many others, performing some of the legendary music that was performed at Tin Palace during that unforgettable offbeat, post-hippy, pre-punk era of the East Village. In addition, all three concerts will be proceeded by a FREE Humanities Program with live interviews and films that showcase some of the celebrated figures associated with the venue, including Paul Pines, former owner and music booker.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center's annual "Lost Jazz Shrines" series is an exciting rediscovery of the hottest, hippest and legendary jazz venues in the Big Apple. This year's series celebrates Tin Palace, which opened in the fall of 1970 at Bowery and Second Street. Owner Paul Pines, presented an array of jazz, from classics and standards to fusion, and a series of Brazilian percussionists, some of whom used silverware and salt shakers as musical instruments. The club became recognized by the media and music industry as a serious venue and soon the seedy East Village backstreet was lined by limousines and Japanese tourists.

Tickets are $25, $15 (students and seniors). To order tickets and for additional information click on www.tribecapac.org/music.htm or call the box office at 212 220 1460. The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located at 199 Chambers Street, #110 SC, New York, NY 10007.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center's Lost Jazz Shrines Concert Schedule Lost Jazz Shrines Celebrates Tin Palace

Friday, May 18th, 2007

7:00 PM-Humanities Panel: Paul Pines, Tin Palace owner, will be interviewed by Ted Panken (WKCR, JazzTimes, DownBeat) 8:30 PM Jazz Concert: Trio 3 with Oliver Lake (saxophone), Reggie Workman (bass) and Andrew Cyrille (drums).

Friday, June 1st, 2007

7:00 PM Humanities Panel: A film retrospective exploring Brazilian jazz music, moderated and narrated by Michael Chertok 8:30 PM Jazz Concert: The Luciana Souza Trio will perform Brazilian music reminiscent of the Tin Palace's glory days in the 1970's.

Friday, June 15th, 2007

7:00 PM Humanities Panel: A presentation of the film "Eddie Jefferson in Concert, featuring Richie Cole", by Rhapsody Films, introduced by Willard Jenkins 8:30 PM Jazz Concert: George V. Johnson, Jr. and Giacomo Gates, backed by the Ronnie Mathews Trio, will perform the legendary music of the "Father of Vocalese" Eddie Jefferson.

More on Tin Palace:

Paul Pines wanted to open a jazz club that captured the high energy of old downtown jazz clubs but not the hard drugs and doomed history set by Charlie Parker and Lee Morgan. Pines stated, "I knew I wanted a jazz room with the energy of Slugg's, but not the pathology--the doomed gestalt of hard drugs and raw emotion that had so deeply attached itself to the music since Charlie Parker, the poet maudit of jazz. I believed it was possible to turn that around, that a music which reached for transcendence as often as for a soul could find a more conducive setting." He opened The Tin Palace at 325 Bowery Street @ 2nd Street, New York in the fall of 1970. The first six months catered to the Bowery/Soho crowd, which included painters in the lofts, such as Mike Goldberg and Robert Indiana. The club opened with Murray Shapinski Quartet, Charlie Turyn, saxophonist, Vinnie Giangreco, guitarist.

Tin Palace experienced a new owner's gift by getting the same telephone number as the defunct Slugg's Saloon. Callers were invited to the new Tin Palace. With Murray Shapinski, flautist Lloyd McNeill, and guitarist, Allen Gittler as the featured artists for the first flurry of calls, looking for Slugg's the place started up smoothly. Lloyd McNeill assisted with the booking by bringing in Brazilian ensembles featuring Amaury Tristao, Dom Salvador, and Portinio. These Brazilian musicians kept the club packed with Brazilian percussionists using silverware and saltshakers as musical instruments. Soon the club was listed in the New Yorker and Village Voice and other players were calling and dropping by. The club became a tourist attraction, limousines were lining the streets and groups of Japanese tourists ventured into the seedy west village backstreet.

In 1973, Stanley Crouch and his protg David Murray moved into an apartment above Tin Palace. There Paul Pine and Stanley Crouch developed a friendship beyond music and shared ideas and opinions. Topics of discussion covered the book of Job, Fats Navarro, Proust, Spengler, and Aime Cesar. Stanley Crouch had proposed opening an avant-garde Sunday afternoon series, which was very successful. He brought in "Air"-the trio of Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins & Steve McCall, David Murray, James Blood Ulmer, Oliver Lake and many others. Paul Pine booked the musicians until he sold it in 1976, and the club continued for another three years, with Stanley Crouch booking the room. Although several artists appeared at the Tin Palace, Paul Pine notes Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow as memorable for him. He also fondly notes the establishment of the World Saxophone Quartet which started at the Tin Palace.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center's annual "Lost Jazz Shrines" series is curated by Artistic Director Willard Jenkins, a jazz writer, broadcaster and consultant.

Located on the campus of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (a CUNY school), the mission of The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is to provide a professional season of culturally diverse arts programs of high quality for the Metropolitan New York area, the residential communities of Lower Manhattan and the college community in which it is located.

The BMCC Tribeca PAC maintains two theatres: a 913-seat theatre and a 262-seat theatre. The company offers an extensive 9-month long season of programming that includes jazz concerts, dance, theatre and family performances. The company also offers a year long Artist in Residence program to 8 different artists (4 choreographers and 4 theatre directors/playwrights) and presents their new, original work every Spring in the annual "Work and Show Festival". Tribeca PAC also hosts many critically acclaimed events during the season, including the Tribeca Film Festival in the Spring and Resfest in the Fall. Please contact: John Malatesta, Marketing Director, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, (212) 220-1459

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