club d’elf show tonight

greetings and salutations,

another last minute missive from d’elf hq. starting the summer off right with a show tonight at the lizard, so if you want to hear the angel trumpets & devil trombones, you know where to do it. come and join us as we engage in a group accessing of the same parts of your brain as eating chocolate, having sex and taking opiates (see daniel levitin article below). lots going on in this world of ours, and not all of it is too cool, is it? 40 years ago we had the summer of love & sgt peppers, but now with our current administration we seem to have the summer of shove. as usual we have been seeking out those things which still help us to laugh through the dark, and 2 of the better finds of late are our hero george meyer’s (you know, the simpsons guy) recent piece in the new yorker ( and gareth marengi’s dark place, which is a bbc series that combines a cheesy 80s quantum leap look with some h.p. lovecraft
supernatural horror, and quite simply took us through our own dark place and into one that was considerably lighter ( wow. thanks to peter for turning us onto that gem.

the elves have been busy, and when next we rap at ya in the next ish we’ll be announcing our new cd, Perhapsody, which drops on june 19. if you’re the type who just can’t wait to get your grubby little hooves on a copy and have to have one NOW!!! you can order it online at otherwise we will have them for sale at a most special show on 6/19 at the regattabar, so make sure you put that one on your calendar. we’ll be joining jacob fred jazz odyssey for an evening that promises to kick some arse. we’ve taken this opportunity to spruce up our myspace and website with some new tracks & other goodies, so if you haven’t peeped in awhile it’s worth a visit to & more to come.


Thursday June 7, 2007
The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.
617-547-0759/1228. 21+. $10. NOTE: NEW early start (no soul low). 9:30 pm. DON’T BE LATE!!!
w/ Geoff Scott & Randy Roos (guitars), Jerry Leake (tablas & perc), Vicente Lebron (congas & perc), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Dean Johnston (drums).

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett St, Cambridge, MA. 02138. 617-661-5000.
Co-Bill w/ Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (
7:30 pm. Club d’Elf plays first, followed by JFJO. Both bands will play 1 set, aprox 60 – 75 min.
w/ Duke Levine (guitar), Roger Miller (keyboards), Mister Rourke (turntables), Mike Rivard & Dean Johnston.

Friday June 22, 2007
The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.
603-659-6321. $10. 18+. 2 sets starting at 10 pm.
w/ Dave Tronzo (slide guitar), Tom Hall (sax), Mister Rourke, Mike Rivard & Dean Johnston.


Friday, June 8, 2007
World-jazz group Natraj features tabla virtuoso Aditya Kalyanpur
Dakshin, 672 Waverly St., Framingham, MA. 508-424-1030.
7:30 pm. $15 (general admission) and $10 (students, seniors); ages 8 and under are free.
Dinner with the show (starting at 8:30 pm) is $8.

Pinpoint rhythmic precision, bold and clear execution of syllables, and a colossal repertoire of compositions and
improvisational techniques are the hallmarks of special guest Aditya Kalyanpur`s virtuosic tabla playing. A highly sought-after
percussionist, he frequently tours with icons of Indian classical music, including santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma,
Ustad Shahid Parvez, N. Rajam, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat.

Aditya Kalyanpur – special guest, tabla; Phil Scarff – soprano saxophone; Mike Rivard – string bass; Jerry Leake – tabla and multipercussion; Bertram Lehmann – drums and percussion.

Mondays in June (6/11, 6/18 & 6/25)
Duke Levine Group (Duke Levine – Guitar; Kevin Barry – Guitar & Lap Steel; Mike Rivard – Bass; Per Hanson – Drums)
Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA. 617-864-2792.
9:00 pm – 12 am. No cover!

*Lamine Toure & Group Saloum

Upcoming Group Saloum dates:
Thursday, June 16, 10 pm @ Tazza Cafe, Providence, RI
Tuesday, June 26, 7:30 pm @ Berklee Percussion Festival, Boston, MA
Saturday, July 14 @ Zebulon, Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, July 19, 6:00 pm @ Battery Park Concert, Burlington, VT
Saturday, July 21, 7:00 pm @ Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, Montreal or

*we mentioned in a previous issue the plight of fellow bassist/sintir player vir mccoy, who fell ill to an infection related to lyme’s disease. thankfully he is doing better but has accrued some serious medical bills, and so friends and band members are having a benefit for him. if you’re in the bay area you may want to check this out and help a brother out:

Sat June 16, 2007
Heal the Real McCoy: Benefit for Vir McCoy
Ursa Minor Studio, 4318 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael.
Doors at 8 pm. $20 requested donation.
Featuring Hamsa Lila, The Goddess Alchemy Project, Kid Beyond, DJ Dragonfly & more!


all of us in the d’elf family were deeply saddened to learn of the passing on may 22 of saxophonist tom hall’s father, hi hall. our thoughts and prayers have been with him and his family at this difficult time, and i’m sure all of you out there are sending vibes their way as well. we love you tom, and grieve with you. you are not alone, my friend.

Ohio “Hi” C. Hall, 86, was a resident of Summerdale, Alabama. He was born in Ohio and raised in Georgia. He joined the Georgia National Guard in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army through all of WWII. He served in the Pacific area and made the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. He then went to California and married Barbara May Johnson. They lived in Long Beach, California where he owned his own Grocery store and worked for Smart and Final Wholesale Grocers. He was recalled into the Army for the Korean War in 1951, spent 25 years in the Army and retired as a full Colonel. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and was stationed in many states as well as Germany and Okinawa. When he retired from the Army, he worked as a Field Underwriter for New York Life Insurance Company. In 1986 he fully retired and started RVing. He and Barbara traveled full time for 6 and 1/2 years when they bought a lot and built in Rainbow Plantation where they continued to live while
still enjoying travel in an RV.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years Barbara as well as six children, Diane Hall of Melbourne, FL; Becky (Larry) Viel of Newport, NC; Ernie (Barbara) Hall of Cleveland, GA; Linda (Kevin) Hall of New York City; Thomas (April) Hall of Boston, Ma. and Victoria (Mitch) Green of Wyckoff, NJ. He is also survived by grandchildren Larry Viel; Chris Hall; Deborah Viel; Jaime (Brian) Landrum; Justin McClure; Malinda Meyers, Kristina Hall-Long; Tracey Hall; Kamaria Bullock; Forest Hall; Stephanie Green; Josh Baker; and Ashley Smith as well as 4 great grandchildren Scotty, Savion, Abigail, and Vaughn.

His burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery on August 8, 2007 at 9 AM.


*i’ve had this guys book This Is Your Brain On Music on my stack of “to reads” for awhile now, so now i really have to get around to reading it. this was in the washington post recently (thanks to commissioner gordon for bringing it to my attention), and since it’s all about sex, drugs & rock and roll and the brain, we thought it might be right up your street. plus it gives props to the beatles, and that ain’t bad, seeing as how they changed the world and all. check it:
It Was 40 Years Ago Today By Daniel J. Levitin, Washington Post, Friday, June 1, 2007

*way, way before dan brown made a pile of dough with the davinci code, the ideas which he presents in that book were floating around, but one had to search a bit deeper than just walking into a barnes & noble. we were reading about freemasons, the knights templar, the illuminati, etc in the books of robert anton wilson & others back in the day, and if you’re interested in this sort of thing – and have a bit of time on your hands (it’s pretty lengthy) – you may enjoy this article by rick flavin:



~ by delfblog on June 7, 2007.

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