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Jen Cork – February 16th

Red Newt Lunch Music

Jen Cork has a passion for dirt, baritone ukes, 1904 uprights, vocal layering, emotional honesty and found sounds. Piano, guitar, melodica, and damn, she can sing….and her voice is just the beginning. From packed art galleries, camp fire circles in Michigan, and harmony singing to deep listening rooms, Jen is at home.

She is a well-known part of the music scene in Ithaca, NY. She ruminates on rusty turnbuckles. She loves the history, grit and intersection of nature and mechanical objects, and her emotional songwriting grows out of these timeworn landscapes. There is history in her voice and legacy in her songs.

Cork was named “Best Female Singer” by the Ithaca Journal.

Finger Lakes Music Press called her a “Superb Vocal Stylist,” and her band was selected to perform at the Confluence Benefit for the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.

The Lunchtime Music Series

  • informal and eclectic.
  • Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.
  • Music starts a 1pm
  • no cover – no reservations.
  •  Lunch is served concurrently from 11am – 3pm.

Jaimie Lee – February 9th

Afternoon Lunch Music

Jaimie Lee grew up in North Carolina, where her love for music began. She always enjoyed singing and had an urge to write songs. Learning to play the guitar was the perfect avenue for this creative venture. Through high school and college, she played solo gigs at coffee shops, special events, and bars/restaurants. Her musical influences early on were Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Jim Croce, and Ingrid Michaelson among others. Now in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, she is a solo musician playing a variety of covers as well as originals. Frequently deemed as having the “voice of an angel” (though if you ask her, that’s a bit of a stretch), Jaimie Lee has developed an Americana/folk/pop music style. She has a knack for putting her unique twist on cover songs and singing with a passion that will convince you those songs were her own. Her original songs are clever, thought provoking, and sometimes humorous with a hint of sass.

Jaimie can be heard at a variety of venues including wineries, breweries, restaurants, weddings and other special events. See the events page of Jaimie’s website for upcoming shows, most of which are in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.

Lunchtime Music Series

  • informal and eclectic.
  • Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.
  • Music starts a 1pm
  • no cover – no reservations.
  •  Lunch is served concurrently from 11am – 3pm.

Bert Salmirs – February 2nd

Afternoon Piano Jazz

1-2:30pm, Full Lunch, no cover

Please join us at lunchtime on Sunday for this special treat! Bert Salmirs started his musical career at Julliard School of Music, and has been playing piano in the Finger Lakes for over four decades. With a repertoire from the American Song Book that includes jazz, ragtime, Broadway show tunes and more, Bert never fails to show his virtuosity.

Some of you may remember him tickling the ivories with the “Bert Sal Trio” across the southern tier since the 70’s in venues such as the College Club, Brennens, Fountainbleau and the Jefferson Hotel.

Mike Titlebaum and Catherine Gale – January 26th

Afternoon Lunch Music

Saxophonist Mike Titlebaum and vocalist Catherine Gale lead a jazz group for an evening of great songs and beautiful, swinging jazz. Mike Titlebaum has played at infamous musical venues such as the Blue Note, Smalls, Augies, Fez/Time Café and the legendary CBGB’s as well as the pit orchestra of the Broadway musical “Cats.” He has performed with dozens of internationally recognized artists and groups such as John Hollenbeck, Gary Versace, Red Rodney, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Cab Calloway, Jeff Tyzik, Natalie Cole, Billy Taylor, Mel Torme, Branford Marsalis, Billy Hart, Paquito D’Rivera, Jason Robert Brown and the Mingus Big Band. During daytime hours, Mike directs the jazz studies program at the Ithaca College School of Music, where he teaches jazz saxophone, arranging, improvisation, theory, and directs the hard-swinging Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble.
Catherine Gale was raised in a family of musicians and has been singing since the age of three. She has sung with many groups in Central New York, including the Ithaca Jazz Quartet, the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, and Walter White’s “Small Medium @ Large.” For more than 15 years, she performed as a freelance singer in and around New York City, singing with a variety of groups including The Warren Vache Quintet, The Peter Deutchen Orchestra, Manhattan Sound, The Bronx Arts Ensemble and The Swing Mavens. Though much of her work is as a featured singer, Ms Gale has always been a fan of, and a performer in jazz vocal groups. She toured extensively with Swing Fever, and over the years has been a member of such groups as The Swing Syndicate, Lance Hayward Singers, New Voice of Hope, & Sharp Five. She attended Oberlin College and completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music. She currently teaches at Opus Ithaca.

Lunchtime Music Series

  • informal and eclectic.
  • Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.
  • Music starts a 1pm
  • no cover – no reservations.
  •  Lunch is served concurrently from 11am – 3pm.

Richie Stearns & Aaron Lipp January 19th

Afternoon Lunch Music

RICHIE STEARNS first discovered the pleasures of the old time banjo when he was 14. He’s traveled round the world, performing both traditional and his own original music, finding ways to collaborate with musicians from five continents as well as local musicians from diverse musical backgrounds. Over the past three decades, he’s written original music for film scores and dance ensembles as well his own bands (The Horse Flies, Evil City String Band, Ti Ti Chickapea, Donna the Buffalo, and the Renegades, among them) and collaborated with artists from a variety of disciplines to present public performances on stages through the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as on radio and television. He’s also president and co-creator of the annual GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND DANCE. For the last 25 years this festival succeeded in naturally fermenting its own unique musical culture. The festival draws thousands of attendees every year; the alumni list is literally a “who’s who” of world roots music and Americana, and the success of the Finger Lakes festival has spawned a similar sister festival held annually in North Carolina.
 
AARON LIPP is from Naples, NY and has been a professional musician since age 16. From performing on stage, recording in the studio and teaching lessons, he has found his place in music . Throughout a multitude of different genre adventures and instrumentation, he has found home in traditional Appalachian old time music, classic bluegrass sounds, and the blues – all fused into a new sound of the next generation, while paying tribute to the traditions of our ancestors. Aaron grew up in a musical family and began playing piano at age four. Throughout childhood, he picked up other instruments such as drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, organ, harmonica, and more. Coming from a musical family he was surrounded by all types of music from a very young age. From folk and bluegrass to rock and blues, these early years were the foundation of a long musical journey. Later in May 2006, Aaron joined Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, a local Rochester Original Roots Reggae and Dub band. He played a multitude of instruments for the group. Since early winter 2013, Aaron has taken an extended hiatus from touring to pursue several musical projects as well as diverse original songwriting. He has been the front man and principal songwriter of the local group The Cabin Killers who have performed at many regional venues and festivals. He can be found playing regionally with bands such as The Cabin Killers, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Campbell Brothers, Axis Armada, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, South Hill Cider String Band, The Prickers and The Henrie Brothers, just to name a few.

Lunchtime Music Series

  • informal and eclectic.
  • Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.
  • Music starts a 1pm
  • no cover – no reservations.
  •  Lunch is served concurrently from 11am – 3pm.

Travis Knapp January 12th

Afternoon Lunch Music

After studying piano accompanying at the Conservatory of Music at Ithaca College, Travis Knapp was awarded the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship in 2008 (for his song “Before You Go”).  Following an enthusiastic plunge into organic agriculture for a few years, he began performing as a songwriter in 2013 with the release of his first album “Bright New Way.” For 4 years, he served as vegetable gardener and musician-in-residence at the Body Mind Retreats (also home to the Ithaca Zen Center and Sufi Whirling Dervish Center). Travis practices permaculture, wild crafting, and regenerative agriculture, while he continues to explore music as an important form of sound healing and education. He can be found ring-mastering and playing music for Ithaca’s circus events at Circus Culture, or playing piano as the music director of shows at the Kitchen Theater of Ithaca.  As a founding member of the community education band “Rot’n’Roll,” he writes and performs composting and ecology songs which include “Raw Veggies and Greens” from the Grammy-nominated album “Food for Thought.” He also performs and facilitates workshops with the Honey Child Soul Quintet, which is led by Elisa Sciscioli. Live performances of electronic dance remixes of his songs by Astro Hawk (conscious electronic dance music producer) have been getting people moving from NY to NC. The folk quartet The Honeybees emerged out of bi-weekly gatherings at the Kava Lounge in Ithaca. Travis sings locally and across the country at festivals, farms, markets, gardens, schools, houses, cafes, tea lounges, bars, churches, circuses, sidewalks, TV and radio stations, yoga schools, hiking trails, weddings, funerals, showers, wineries, book talks, ecovillages, and art centers – spreading his positive music and ideas wherever they find fertile ground – in hopes of inspiring folks to live honestly and joyfully!

Lunchtime Music Series

  • informal and eclectic.
  • Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.
  • Music starts a 1pm
  • no cover – no reservations.
  •  Lunch is served concurrently from 11am – 3pm.

Bert Salmirs – Sunday January 5th

Bert Salmirs – Afternoon Piano Jazz

1-2:30pm, Full Lunch, no cover

Please join us at lunchtime on Sunday for this special treat! Bert Salmirs started his musical career at Julliard School of Music, and has been playing piano in the Finger Lakes for over four decades. With a repertoire from the American Song Book that includes jazz, ragtime, Broadway show tunes and more, Bert never fails to show his virtuosity.

Some of you may remember him tickling the ivories with the “Bert Sal Trio” across the southern tier since the 70’s in venues such as the College Club, Brennens, Fountainbleau and the Jefferson Hotel.

Bob Keefe 12/29

Afternoon Lunch Music

For the past twenty-one years, Bob Keefe has maintained an active
guitar studio of about 38 students a week. He currently teaches
at McNeil Music in Ithaca, New York and is a guitar instructor at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and Tompkins Cortland Community College (Dryden, NY).

Bob holds a PhD in composition from the University of North Texas (formerly NTSU) and has over fifty works to his credit, including three works for orchestra,two rock musicals and a string quartet. Bob has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

A former student of jazz guitar teacher Jack Petersen, Bob has been
active in performing in jazz and rock bands for over four decades.

He performs regularly with the Backtalk Band and with his new band Bob Keefe and the Surf Renegades.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Fresno, California, Bob began
performing professionally at age fifteen. He has performed with
Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Glenn Stuart, Lou Marini, Eugene Friesen,
Jack Petersen, Johnny Smith, Mike Harvey, and Steve Morse.

Lunchtime Music Series

  • informal and eclectic.
  • Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.
  • Music starts a 1pm
  • no cover – no reservations.
  •  Lunch is served concurrently from 11am – 3pm.

Lynn Wiles – 12/22

Afternoon Lunch Music

Lynn Wiles has been a guitarist for over three decades. He has developed a style influenced by Leo Kottke, Jorma Kaukonen, Wes Montgomery, Howard Alden, Jimmy Ponder, and many other finger-style and jazz greats. His style of playing reflects these influences. Lynn has a busy performance schedule, and you can catch him performing as a solo or with other guitarists, at many listening rooms throughout the US. When time permits he enjoys building guitars.

Lunchtime Music Series

  • informal and eclectic.
  • Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.
  • Music starts a 1pm
  • no cover – no reservations.
  •  Lunch is served concurrently from 11am – 3pm.

Jaimie Lee 12/15

Afternoon Lunch Music

Jaimie Lee grew up in North Carolina, where her love for music began. She always enjoyed singing and had an urge to write songs. Learning to play the guitar was the perfect avenue for this creative venture. Through high school and college, she played solo gigs at coffee shops, special events, and bars/restaurants. Her musical influences early on were Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Jim Croce, and Ingrid Michaelson among others. Now in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, she is a solo musician playing a variety of covers as well as originals. Frequently deemed as having the “voice of an angel” (though if you ask her, that’s a bit of a stretch), Jaimie Lee has developed an Americana/folk/pop music style. She has a knack for putting her unique twist on cover songs and singing with a passion that will convince you those songs were her own. Her original songs are clever, thought provoking, and sometimes humorous with a hint of sass.

Jaimie can be heard at a variety of venues including wineries, breweries, restaurants, weddings and other special events. See the events page of Jaimie’s website for upcoming shows, most of which are in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.

Lunchtime Music Series

  • informal and eclectic.
  • Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.
  • Music starts a 1pm
  • no cover – no reservations.
  •  Lunch is served concurrently from 11am – 3pm.