club d’elf at the ides of march

greetings and salutations,

hey, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? been one long minute since we last came at ya, and may we just say that we hope all is dandy in your world. some pretty crazy sh*t since the last ish, but no sense re-hashing it here. we all know what it is. pretty weird, though, innit? like we’re just careening as a species towards some…whatever, some BIG THING. something big, alright. been reading daniel pinchbeck’s 2012: The Return of Quetzlcoatl, and there’s a lot to chew on, alright. so far don’t like it as much as his Breaking Open The Head, but we’re keeping an open mind. since we last came at you your humble narrator has been on an adventure in peru, breaking open my own head with the help of a shaman, not to mention gramma. whoa daddy! no time to go into it here, cuz we got a show tonight and i have strings to change and gear to schlep. pay no heed to the weather, all ye in the 617. come venture down to the cozy confines of the lizard and all shall be made right. come
here angel trumpets and devil trombones…you are INVITED!


Thurs March 15, 2007
The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA. 02138.
617-547-0759/1228. 21+. $10.
8 – 9 pm (Soul Low): Hostfalt and Raberg (see below)
10 pm – 1:30 am: Club d’Elf w/ Dave Tronzo (slide guitar), Jerry Leake (tablas & perc), Vicente Lebron (congas & perc), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Dean Johnston (drums), w/ Tom Halter sitting in on trumpet. maybe we’ll have bruno and sten sit in as well. never had 2 basses on a d’elf gig before….hmmm, you never know.

Hostfalt and Raberg (
Labeled “groundbreaking, virtuosic innovators on the cutting edge of the NYC scene” and “lyrical, graceful, jazz impressionists of the highest order”, guitarist Sten Hostfalt and bassist Bruno Raberg are known to create a highly unique, original sonic universe whenever they join forces and merge.

“Sten Hostfalt has developed his own repertoire incorporating microtones. May be considered groundbreaking work, expanding the sonic continuum available to the guitar ” – Don Williamson, Jazz Review

Råberg has 5 recordings as a bandleader featuring artists such as Mick Goodrick, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Chris Cheek, Matt Wilson ands Bob Moses. He is currently a Professor at Berklee College of Music.

Friday March 16, 2007
Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham, MA. 02453.
Chums Coffeeshop (inside Usen Castle). 18+. Free and Open To The Public
Supporting DJ Logic.
8:00 doors. Baldi & Suburban Graffiti @9 PM. Club d’Elf @10:00PM – 11:00PM w/ Dave Tronzo (slide guitar), Tom Hall (sax), Mister Rourke (turntables), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Dean Johnston (drums). DJ Logic @ 11:15PM. maybe we can coax logic into joining us for a little hot, dj on dj action. yeah daddy!

Thurs March 29, 2007
The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.
617-547-0759. 21+. $10.
w/ Randy Roos, Mister Rourke & more!

Friday March 30, 2007
The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.
603-659-6321. $10. 18+.
Club d’Elf begins a new monthly residency at the Stone Church!
w/ Randy Roos, Mister Rourke, Mike Rivard, Dean Johnston & more!

Friday April 27, 2007
The Paradise Rock Club, 969 Comm Ave, Boston, MA 02215.
617-562-8800. 18+.
Opening for John Brown’s Body (
w/ Randy Roos, Gavin Castleton, Mister Rourke, Mike Rivard & Dean Johnston.
NOTE: this show has been changed from the original date of April 28. just to vex you.


Friday, March 16, 2007
Lamine Toure & Group Saloum
The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (between Harvard and Porter Squares).
$10 at door (21+ show), $8 in advance ( 9:30 pm. or

Group Saloum is: Lamine Toure (sabar and lead vocals), Paa Seck (sabar), Moha Seck (sabar), Michael Lewis (drums), Raja Kassis (lead guitar), Akili Jamal Haynes (bass and backing vocals), Patricia Tang (keyboards and violin), Kimani Lumsden (percussion), Josiah Woodson (trumpet, flute and guitar), Iginaijah Maxwell (backing vocals), John Vanderpool (sax) and Sarah
Privler (trombone).

Tuesday March 20, 2007
Public House w/ Geoff Scott & Johnny Trama (guitars), Timo Shanko (tenor sax), Mike Rivard (bass) & Brian Sayers (drums).
Matt Murphy’s Pub, 14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, Ma.
21+. Free.

Thursday March 22, 2007
Natraj Featuring special guest Senegalese master drummer Lamine Touré
Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge, MA.
8:30PM. 617-876-9330 or visit
The world-jazz ensemble Natraj celebrates 20 years of fusing Indian classical music, West African music, and contemporary
jazz with a show at Ryles Jazz Club. This program features special guest
Senegalese master drummer Lamine Touré on sabar, djembe, talking drum, and taasu (rhythmic recitation).
$12. Validated parking is available. All ages.

Featured guest Sabar master drummer Lamine Touré comes from a long line of musicians from the Wolof people of Senegal.
He has toured extensively in Senegal, Europe, and North America, and was featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Leader
of the Afro-pop band Group Saloum, he is known for artistry in fusing traditional Senegalese rhythms with jazz, rock, and

Lamine Toure – West African percussion, Phil Scarff – soprano saxophone, Rohan Gregory – violin, Mike Rivard – string bass,
Jerry Leake – tabla and multipercussion, Bertram Lehmann – drums and percussion.

Monday April 2, 2007
Gwa Gwa featuring Mike Rivard (bass), Brian Ales (laptop), Matt Kilmer (perc & electronics) & Dean Johnston (drums).
Matt Murphy’s Pub, 14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, Ma.
21+. Free.

Friday April 13, 2007
Dave Tronzo (slide guitar), Mike Rivard (bass) & Dean Johnston (drums).
Brookline Tai Chi Center, 1615 Beacon St, Brookline, MA. 02446.
617-277-2975. 8 – 10 pm. $10. All Ages.


*New Live CD

we’re hard at work on the next installment in our series of live recordings on the kufala label, this one from our cd release party show at the lizard lounge on oct 12, 2006, with john medeski, mister rourke, erik kerr, tom hall & the incendiary dual guitars of dave tronzo & duke levine. wow. it sounds really good, thanks to the musicians of course, but also to dan cardinal who recorded and mixed it. we’re in the final stages and it should be done and ready for you to run not walk to your computer to order this sucker, no doubt. anyone who was at the show and has some good photos, we’re looking for some. what’s in it for you? if we use yours we’ll not only give you a free copy, but your name will go in the credits, spelled right and everything! so hit us with what you got.

*Northeast Performer

speaking of dan, he wrote an article on us from an “insiders perspective” for northeast performer magazine, and it’s available in print form for all you old-schoolers, as well as online here:

*Now I Understand on XM radio

well, they said it couldn’t be done, those nay-sayers, those suit-wearing, radioactive, vegetable-based life forms who inhabit the interior world of our heads…they said “no way can a weird, gas-music-from-jupiter-soundin

g cd by an obscure group that doesn’t even stay the same from performance to performance get played on the RADIO!” and then they made some unintelligible sounds that seemed to indicate we were supposed to kill our whole family. but we didn’t listen to them! nor should you, because you know what? we made it to #2 on XM radio. not that we have a player or anything, but we’re told it’s good, and they’re playing us, so they gotta be good! take THAT metheny & mehldau! oh, sorry about the #18… suckers! hahahahahahaha…………………………….
um, thanks to the lovely michelle sammartino for loving us and helping to spread the word on xm. soon the world shall be ours!

For Wednesday, 28 February, 2007
1…10…Mike Mainieri…Northern Lights (NYC Records)
2…3…Club D’Elf-Now I Understand (Accurate)
3…4…Michael Wolff-Love And Destruction (Wrong Records)
4…5…Javon Jackson- Now (Palmetto Records)
5…1…Stanton Moore-III (Telarc)
6…2…Don Byron-Do The Boomerang (Blue Note)
7…9…David Gilmore-Unified Presence (RKM Music)
8…6…John Medeski/Matthew Shipp-Scotty Hard’s Radical Reconstructive Surgery (Thirsty Ear)
9…17…Donald Harrison-The Survivor (Nagel Heyer)
10…18…Kyle Eastwood-Now (Candid Records)
11…19…Michelle Rosewoman-The In Side Out (Advance Dance Disques)
12…16…Mitchell Forman-Perspectives (Marsis Jazz)
13…ADD Ornette Coleman…Sound Grammar (Phrase Text)
14…7…Al Di Meola-Consequence Of Chaos (Telarc)
15…8…Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood-Out Louder (Indirecto)
16…12…Mike Stern-Who Let The Cats Out (Heads Up International)
17…11…Patricia Barber-Mythologies (Blue Note)
18…13…Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau-Metheny Mehldau (Nonesuch)
19…15…Stefon Harris-African Tanatella: Dances With Duke (Blue Note)
20…ADD David Grisman-Dawg’s Groove (Acoustic Disc)


thanks to our man rob, all of the videos from our website are now on youtube. if you’ve wanted to relive some moments of glory and face-pelt wearing from the past, and don’t have the time to wait for them to download on our site, AND you enjoy wasting time on youtube, then go here ye intrepid traveler: check out especially poppa joe maneri in the jungle adagio clip from the knitting factory. wow. joe was channeling the spirits that night. incidentally, this show was released as 4/20 NYC (KUF0067) and is available from kufala ( nice.

*3/7/07 Stone Church review

there’s a write-up of last weeks set from tronzo & micro, opening for benevento/mathis/dillon at the stone church. it marked the first installment of their Mind Find series, and we hope to be participating in more of those in the future.

*Tyrone Hill (RIP)

we were saddened to learn of the passing of the late, great trombonist from sun ra’s arkestra. there doesn’t seem to be any obit on the web yet, but here’s something to check out, as well as the official sun ra. if you are unfamiliar, then start checking out the amazing universe of sound that was created by these cats. seeing ra live on many occasions as a young whippersnapper influenced your humble narrator in a big way, for what it’s worth. all the best to you tyrone as you travel the spaceways from planet to planet. official Sun Ra website:

*Leroy Jenkins (RIP)

we lost another great musician recently, the great jazz violinist leroy jenkins, whom succumbed to lung cancer. i listened to him extensively in my “formative” years, especially his work with the Revolutionary Ensemble. sorry to see you go, leroy.

*Beatbox Recipe

we love some good beatboxing. you do too, right? of course you do. and if it makes you laugh as well? that’s just bonus time then. we got sent this link from several sources all at once, so you may have seen it, but if not do yourself a favor and check it:

geez….it’s after 4 and i still haven’t gotten this thing out. enough already! more for you in the next ish. until then we wish you continued breathing of oxygen and an increased sense of the incredible beauty that exists in this world of ours, even with all the f-ed up sh*t going on. wow. no time to lose. we’re all in this together!

~ by clubdelf on March 15, 2007.

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