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Dream Kitchen, Berkeley, CA, Feb 23, 2008

THE BREW: Dream Kitchen and Craig Ventresco, Meridith Axelrod & Rob Reich
JCC of the East Bay
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Saturday, February 23, 8:00 pm
$10 members, $12 non-members
Buy tickets NOW!

Craig Ventresco, Meredith Axelrod, and Rob Reich fashion music utterly unconcerned with the modern era. Concentrating on early 20th century vaudeville, ragtime, and popular songs as recorded on obscure 78s from the dawn of the recorded music era, their sound travels backwards across time, pleasantly rumbling down the dirt roads of an America that once was.

Dream Kitchen presents a radical reevaluation of early Jazz, showing its roots in ragtime and folk music and its implications for improvisation. Compositions by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington are thrashed, trashed and smashed by a tuba-guitar-drums trio of John Schott, Marc Bolin, and John Hanes. The trio, whose members have won countless accolades in pretty much every musical genre, will also indulge in an investigation of the works of early Jewish Jazz composers.

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