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Are you a sucker for piano trios? Does the Duke rock your Juke? Is Fats where it’s at? Then deport yourself to Cafe Tasso in Friedrichshain where Omni-bass supremo „Symphony Sid“ Werner will pluck his strings with his mates from the Far East Trio, Declan Forde and Aidan Lowe, on some tunes by Edward Kennedy Ellington and Thomas „Fats“ Waller, done their (very idiosyncratic) way.

The date’s Tuesday, July 5 at 8 o’clock sharp.

Cafe Tasso,
Frankfurter Allee 11

Far East Trio-1


THINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE (They’re Getting Better)


Johnny Frigo may sound like the name of a French pioneer of Electronic Cold Wave, but he was actually a highly appreciated American jazz violinist (and sometime bassist) who had played with musicians and singers as diverse as Tommy Dorsey, Helen Merrill, Martin Denny, Della Reese, Ken Nordine, Anita O’Day, Monty Alexander, John & Bucky Pizzarelli, The Chi-Lites, Kurt Elling, Mahalia Jackson and Curtis Mayfield. Fabiana Striffler will be paying tribute to him in the company of Zola Mennenöh and Greg Cohen (Does he need introducing? He’s supplied unforgettable basslines for John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson and countless others). Donau115 in Neukölln is the place to be on Saturday, June 18, at 20:30, so get there early if you don’t want to get stuck inside the refrigerator because there’s no other space left…

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Frigo 5


What a way to start the season! The Omni-Space Cadets wowed a well-charged audience big-time last Monday for their first Summer gig at J.K.’s. The lucky attendees were treated to the premiere of a new work in the band’s repertoire by Malian songstress Oumou Sangaré, „Dugu Kamalemba“. Meanwhile, in the perfect acoustics of Jonny’s Love Shack, Mood N’Dugu cracked more of his inimitable jokes: you could cut the atmosphere with a rusty bread knife.

Don’t think twice: J.K. is your next destination. Be seeing ya!


The President of the Omni-Fan Club was there, of course
(Artwork by Jan Zrzavý)

J. K.
Covering the waterfront at the dark end of Schleusenufer
Berlin Kreuzberg


Another show you shouldn’t miss if you want to cleanse your soul with the powerful detergent of Omni-Music. There will be a Tribute Concert for the late Kathrin Lemke taking place at Villa Neukölln on Tuesday, June 14th (starting at 20:00), featuring one of her best-known bands Heliocentric Counterblast (with Omniversalists Philipp Bernard and Johannes Schleiermacher in the line-up), plus Les Femmes Futürres (their spelling). Be there or B ■ !

Villa Neukölln

Hermannstrasse 233

12049 Berlin

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