Billy Martin, a.k.a Illy B, drummer for the modern day jazz, Jedi counsel, Medeski Martin and Wood, and one of the hardest working people in show business (no joke), is throwing a party. Actually, it's more like another experiment for him and a party for you. The Turntable Sessions, an ongoing, ever-changing musical mixture of instrumentalists, vocalist and DJ's, is setting up camp at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York's newest venue for adventurous music and poetry, tomorrow night, July 24th. These Sessions will take place every Wednesday through August 14th.

You are encouraged to come out and support this truly innovative approach to making music. Tomorrow's session will include old school violinist master, Leroy Jenkins, and virtuoso pipa (traditional Chinese string instrument) soloist, Min Xiao-Fen. These two instrumentalists will each perform duets with DJ Mutamasic over the course of the evening, as will Illy B himself, laying down his signature style, percussive madness. These pairings will give the audience the opportunity to have an intimate encounter with both the DJ and instrumentalist/vocalist as they improvise to create a colorful soundscape for your listening pleasure.

Anyone that knows anything about Billy Martin will agree that he is not your average, everyday drummer. Somehow, perhaps through an undeniable urge to create something from nothing, Billy Martin has positioned himself as one of the leading innovators in music today -- a feat not often achieved by a percussionist. Over his career of the past 20 years or so, Illy B has contributed to nearly 60 albums and shows no sign up stopping. In fact, it seems like he is picking up steam. Last year's Illy B Eats project underscores this obsession with documenting the creative process and collaborating with as many musicians as humanly possible. The offspring of this no bullshit project has brought us Drop the Needle, a collection of musician's, DJ's and rapper's remixes and interpretations of Illy B's rather naked, foundational beats. This project, like the Turntable Sessions, is a natural progression in Martin's desire to improvise with a wide range of musicians from various styles and backgrounds.

Please make your way down to the Bowery Poetry Club tomorrow night and influence the exchange with your positive energies.

Directions to the Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Foot of First Street between Houston & Bleecker
across the street from CBGBs
F train to Second Ave
6 train to Bleecker

Craig Judkins
JamBase Correspondent
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[Published on: 7/23/02]

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