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Chess Night - Every Wednesday night at the Cafe

Chess aficionados converge Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Players should bring their own boards & pieces.

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Events for the Rest of January 2017    Recent artists
January's Featured Visual Artist is Larry Arvidson, Exhibiting "The Octopus's Garden"

A collection of underwater photographs, featuring some of the colorful invertebrates that populate the north end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. [more]

Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing

Appearing Tomorrow
Thu Jan 19
$10.00 with lesson, $5.00 for just dancing

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Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancingThe Rosendale Cafe continues their series of Latin dance events on Thursday nights, each starting with an all-levels lesson from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, and dancing until 10:30pm. Instructors Maia Martinez and David Salvatierra will lead dance forms that may include Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha, Bachata, and now the fun style of Rueda de Casino.

Rueda de Casino is a style where several couples dance choreographically around a circle, with dance moves spoken by a "caller". This style was developed in Cuba in the 1950s, and is the greatest way to learn salsa as community. Everyone can join this class!
Jeff "Siege" Siegel Sextet CD Release Celebration

Sat Jan 21

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Jeff 'Siege' Siegel Sextet CD Release CelebrationArtist Recording Collective (ARC) is proud to announce the release of the album King of Xhosa, by renowned drummer and composer Jeff "Siege" Siegel, with this CD release concert/party at the Cafe. On the Jeff Siegel Quartet's third studio recording, the stalwart drummer merges his high energy, straight ahead post-bop; with the deeply spiritual stylings of trumpet master Feya Faku; to produce a vibrant sonic tapestry of South African infused jazz. King of Xhosa brings together Siegel's longstanding quartet, comprised of saxophonist Erica Lindsay, pianist Francesca Tanksley, and bassist Rich Syracuse... with percussionist Fred Berryhill and trumpeter extraordinaire Feya Faku.

Jeff will be joined by this band at this Cafe performance, with the substitution of trumpeter Dylan Canterbury.

All in all, King of Xhosa is a celebration of the intersection of cultures. Says Siegel, "I hope this music in some way reflects the deep respect I have for the great cultures of both Africa and the United States.  While we are profoundly aware of the great pain that resulted in the birth of Jazz music, born from the tragedy of slavery, we are forever blessed with the positive outcome of the joining of these cultures in music.  I pray that this recording shall add some positivity, inspiration and strength to a troubled world in whatever small way it can."

"Jeff's musicality is incredible. He is so tasty as a percussionist and he has become a fine composer/arranger." --NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Jan 24

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin host John P. Hughes as he presents another in the Cafe's ongoing series of music showcases. Enjoy both veteran and up-and-coming performers playing 15 minute sets from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Accord Sextet, Jimi Scheffel (of Payne's Grey Sky), Justin Tracy, Wally Nichols, Fran Palmieri and Terri M, and Peter Cotsis / Pcad.
Hobo Jungle

Sat Jan 28

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Hobo JungleJimmy Eppard has been a legend in the Hudson Valley for many years now, and is finally stepping out to perform his own music, with an all star band. With Jimmy Atlee on keyboards, Tom Buffee on drums, and Charlie Kniceley on bass, the Hobo Jungle is dedicated to performing original music composed by Jimmy, as well as a select number of his friends.

This will be a concert to announce the group, and Jimmy's music to the Hudson Valley community. Please come out and share a new musical experience with us.

Events for February 2017
Too Blue

Sat Feb 4

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Too BlueTraveling freely between bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, a Too Blue show is a dynamic dose of serious fun. Smooth harmonies and adventurous musicianship bring stellar arrangements to life, and leave the listener anything but "blue". Original songs as well as fresh covers from Patsy Cline, to Bill Monroe, to Ray Charles; keep the show moving and toes tapping.

Seamlessly blending their vocals are flatpick guitarist Betsy Rome and melodic banjoist Joan Harrison. Mandolin powerhouse Michael Sassano astounds and amazes, while bassist Jamie Doris' jazz chops bring a creative perspective. On fiddle and vocals, the multi-talented Sofia Chiarandini is the 2014 recipient of the Grey Fox/Berklee Mark O'Connor Scholarship award.

"To quote Bill Monroe, 'This is powerful music!' ...Swing-grass, 9 original tunes, hot pickin' & sweet singin'." --Barry Mitterhoff, mandolinist with Jorma Kaukonen

"Smooth harmonies, adventurous musicianship, and eclectic material... Ah, music for grown-ups." --Eric Gibson, "The Gibson Brothers"
Book release and signing for Dennis Doherty's "Black Irish"

Sun Feb 5

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Book release and signing for Dennis Doherty's 'Black Irish'A book release and signing event for Dennis Doherty's new poetry collection, Black Irish. The event goes from 2:00pm-4:00pm, and will include the author reading from his various works, including the latest.

Dennis Doherty is author of three other volumes of poetry: The Bad Man (Ye Olde Fontshoppe Press, 2004), Fugitive (Codhill Press, 2007), Crush Test (Codhill Press, 2010), and a meditation on Mark Twain's classic, Why Read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? (New Street Communications LLC, 2013).

Mr. Doherty's works appear throughout the literary press. He teaches creative writing and literature at SUNY New Paltz; and lives with his wife, Shari, in Rosendale, New York; hometown to their beautiful three daughters.

"Often in narrative mode and spilled in blank verse, these poems examine both personal history and shifting parameters in social codes of conduct, the tension between the public and private life. They yearn to love and celebrate human connection, but remain aware of the somewhat tenuous, even dangerous, vagaries of perception, understanding, and motive."
Celtic Cafe

Sun Feb 5

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Celtic CafeSarah Underhill and Ian Worpole bring their monthly mix of Celtic, Anglo, Americana, traditional and contemporary songs and tunes to their 11th season at The Cafe. Sarah's vocal range and deep involvement with Pete Seeger's Clearwater movement have enthralled audiences up and down the Hudson Valley. Ian's guitar, mandolin and vocal mix complements the duo. Requests and singing on the choruses encouraged.

Come on out from 4:30pm to 7:00pm for great music, company, veggie food, and a large selection of draft beers and wines.
Alash Ensemble

Fri Feb 10

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Alash EnsembleAlash are masters of traditional Tuvan instruments, as well as the ancient art of throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

The ensemble is named for the Alash River that runs through the northwestern region of Tuva, a waterway that has also inspired two Tuvan songs which carry its name.

All members of Alash were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers. In 1999, as students at Kyzyl Arts College, they formed a group called Changy-Xaya. They practiced in the damp college basement on Kochetovo Street, and soon became the resident traditional ensemble on campus. At the same time they learned about western music, practiced on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments, and listened to new trends coming out of America. In 2002 under the guidance of Kongar-ool Ondar (best known to western audiences for his role in the film Genghis Blues), they began to forge a new musical identity. They introduced the guitar and sometimes even the Russian bayan (accordion) into their arrangements, alongside their traditional Tuvan instruments. They experimented with new harmonies and song structures. The effect is an intriguing mixture of old and new.

"This is some of the most beautiful and haunting music I have heard. If you have not heard them, you have no idea how incredible they are." --Jeff Coffin of the Flecktones & Dave Matthews Band, from JamBands interview

"There are plenty of recordings of Tuvan throat singing out there, but they can't compare to witnessing such sonic magic in real time." --Washington Post
Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's

Sat Feb 11

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Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi'sBig Joe Fitz is a warm, engaging performer whose shows never fail to entertain and connect with the audience. He is a singer of uncommon sensitivity, with roots deep in the blues, but whose music combines elements of jazz, swing, funk, and soul as well.

"When people ask 'What do you play?' ...I tell them we call it Soulful Swinging Blues"

Big Joe is well remembered as the host of WDST's Blues Break, and has been a fixture on the Hudson Valley Music Scene for more than 30 years.

At the Cafe for this performance will be the man himself on vocals & harmonica, Robert Bard on bass, Mark Dziuba on guitar, and Eric Parker on drums.

Fitz' latest CD release, Shoulda Known Better, will be available for sale at the show.

"Backed by a tight swinging quartet known as The Lo-Fi's, Big Joe Fitz is one mellow fellow with a laid-back jazzy style that's reminiscent of Mose Allison and Charles Brown." --Tom Cullen Blues Revue

"Big Joe Fitz is one cool cat. On his first album the upstate New Yorker sings lyrics with poise and equanimity... Fitz is especially good at reconditioning songs from the songbooks of kindred spirits Charles Brown and Doc Pomus." --Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat * * * 1/2

"Simply overflowing with heart and soul... and his bandmates play like brothers." --David Malachowski, The Daily Freeman

"It was such a pleasure to play with you all, and the warmth and enjoyment you guys conveyed while playing really set the tone for the whole party. A lovely evening. Thanks so much" --Kelleigh McKenzie, Re>Think Local

"...every note played by Robert Bard is true and clear, each one offered with dedication to the music and generosity for the folks who listen." --Cafe Guide

"Mark Dziuba brings a jazz sensibility to blues and roots music honoring the traditions while expanding the vocabulary. He is an endless font of lyricism and creativity." --Big Joe Fitz
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Feb 14

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin host John P. Hughes as he presents another in the Cafe's ongoing series of music showcases. Enjoy both veteran and up-and-coming performers playing 15 minute sets from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Lydia Adams Davis, Terry & Indigo Munoz-Weaver, John Derosalia, Uncle Jeff, "Wild" Bill Drucker, and Langolia.
Irka Mateo Trio

Sat Feb 18

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Irka Mateo TrioDominican singer-songwriter Irka Mateo is reinventing Dominican Music. Fusing melody and rhythms from the Dominican countryside - itself a fusion of Afro, indigenous, and European influences - Mateo's embrace reaches deep into the traditions of her country, the Caribbean, and wider Latin America; especially accordion driven dance melodies.

Irka traveled for ten years in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic, documenting over thirteen genres of folk traditions - previously unknown to the wider Dominican culture and beyond. The Grammy Foundation in turn supported her extensive field research. As a critical influencer, Irka seeks to inspire a new generation embracing the Dominican identity. Her previous CD, Anacaona, was played widely worldwide, reaching the top ten position in Canadian and Spanish charts. On January 2017 she will release her second solo album with her six piece band Irka Mateo y La Tirindanga.

At the Rosendale Cafe, Irka will sing her original songs and Dominican folk music, accompanied by Plinio de la Cruz on Guitar, Edwin Camilo on bass, and Joel Guzman on percussion. The charismatic artist will bring her music to Rosendale to deliver a memorable night of high-energy and joyous performance.

"Irka's music... rooted in the past... reveals our essence and lights the road to our future" --Avelino Stanley, former Vice Minister of Culture, Dominican Republic, El Caribe 2015
The Lucky Five

Sat Feb 25

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The Lucky FiveThe Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. The Lucky 5 performs both original compositions as well as putting a new spin on old jazz standards.

The band is comprised of highly seasoned touring musicians, having been part of The Hunger Mountain Boys, Lauren Ambrose & The Leisure Class, and traveled, performed and recorded with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Tony Bennett, Neko Case, Iris Dement, Bobby Previte, Del McCoury, and Jim Lauderdale... just to name a few.

The Lucky 5 brings verve, high energy, and an unpredictable impulse to the tradition of jazz from the 20s, 30s and 40s; grooving deeply, and keeping feet moving on the dance floor.

"I love these guys. Wonderful musicians, wonderful people. Very impressive!" --Alan Chartock, WAMC Radio

"Five heavy duty cats with impeccable creative chops. The Lucky 5 owns swing in the Berkshires!" --Evan 'Bibs' Palazzo, The Hot Sardines

"The Lucky 5 are foot tappin', feel-good music, wonderfully retro... a real crowd pleaser." --Mike Ballon, Castle Street Cafe

"An infectiously rambunctious hot jazz ruckus..." --Dwayne Brooke, The Woodshedders
Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays

Tue Feb 28

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Singer-Songwriter TuesdaysJoin host John P. Hughes as he presents another in the Cafe's ongoing series of music showcases. Enjoy both veteran and up-and-coming performers playing 15 minute sets from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

The scheduled musicians for this evening are Barton Elliott, Mingo Lodge, Rachel & Will Van Carpels, Jonathan Perl, The Gray Tones, and Nick.

Events for March 2017
The Levin Brothers

Sat Mar 4

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The Levin BrothersThe Levin Brothers project is a reflection of a lifelong sibling friendship, mutual interests and shared passion. Growing up in Boston during the '50s, Pete and Tony Levin were fascinated by "cool jazz". Both were classically trained musicians, but exposure to recordings by the iconic bassist Oscar Pettiford and legendary French horn player Julius Watkins remained influential, even as they went on to global musical renown. Pete, who started out playing French horn before switching to keyboards, has graced hundreds of jazz recordings and performances by the likes of Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Lenny White. Tony, for years the bass and Chapman Stick voice for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson, has contributed to thousands of rock and pop sessions for artists including Dire Straits, John Lennon and Pink Floyd.

Though Pete and Tony have crossed musical paths for over four decades - they both toured in Paul Simon in the late '70s - they've never co-led a band and album project until now. The Levin Brothers Band is a return to that cool jazz style they grew up with, featuring original compositions with the catchy melodies, short solos, and the deep grooves they remember from the Oscar Pettiford recordings. In performances and even during the recording sessions, they wear suits and ties, part of immersing themselves in the genre of the music. It's a labor of love. Joining Tony and Pete are saxophonist Erik Lawrence and drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel.

"Imagine Josh Gibson and Babe Ruth getting to play on the same team. Playing in separate leagues their whole careers, they finally get to swing together in cooperation. That is precisely what we have on the "Levin Brothers" album; a player from the Jazz league has teamed up with one from the Progressive league, and they both show just how they can swing. The musical and philosophical camaraderie of Pete and Tony Levin is clear and clean. The adventurous approach of Tony on the cello, is integrated seamlessly with Pete's sterling piano-organ musicianship. The compositions are brilliant, and the effect is exactly what the Levin Brothers hoped to create... that cool Jazz of the 1950s. So cool." --Travis Rogers, Jazz Times, October 2014
Rick Fire and The Ricktones

Sat Mar 11

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Rick Fire and The RicktonesRick Fire and The Ricktones are bringing acoustic music to a new level. Driven by banjo and electric bass, the blend of instruments and arrangements is fueled by musical conversations and high-level improvisation. Rooted in bluegrass, Celtic and funk music; elements of jazz, rock, classical, blues, and gospel are also present throughout; and woven together by an immovable and solid state stone groove.

"A musician defying what you might think you know about the banjo and has formed a band that will set you ablaze!" --Peter Hamelin, Signature Sounds

The group brings an undeniable upbeat energy to their performances, with the dynamic rise and fall of their individual jaw-dropping instrumental mastery. Enhancing the vibrancy and virtuosic picking further is their heart-felt, heart-churning delivery of song through harmony of voice, all collectively underpinned by the group's immaculate sense of rhythm. Pizzazz, humor and a sense for theatrics make each performance an unforgettable show.

At the center of the music is Ricky Mier, an award-winning banjo player, composer and Alumnus of Berklee College of Music; who also co-founded Twisted Pine, Cat And The Moon and was a member of Hot Day At The Zoo. Mier is winner of the gold medal at the 2014 Freshgrass Banjo Contest, and with his band Twisted Pine, has won band contests at Freshgrass, Thomas Point Beach, and tied for first place at Rocky Grass.

Mier has performed on the main stages of other major festivals such as Grey Fox, Celtic Connections (Scotland), The Green River Festival, and Joe Val. He has performed with Bela Fleck and Victor Wooten, and has shared the stage with acoustic heavy weights such as The Punch Brothers, Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Sam Bush Band, Del McCoury Band, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and more.

Driven at his core by the expression of excellence, Mier brings into The Ricktones a diverse cast of burgeoning virtuosos, each rooted in the pursuit of their own excellences, both as a band member and as an individual artist. Explorative solos, capturing the hearts of songs, and conversational trading with each other abound, providing a unique experience each show. The Ricktones don't just play music, they play with the music... and speak through it. Every player is strong enough to stand on their own, but by uniting they become a supergroup with Mier at the heart.

"The Ricktones deliver a high octane performance... Tight harmonies coupled with blazing instrumentals combine to provide a stunning show that's full of surprises." --Sal Sauco, President, Rhode Island Bluegrass Association

Rick Fire and The Ricktones are currently in the studio recording their debut EP and touring across the Northeast.
The John Abercrombie / Rob Scheps Quartet

Sat Mar 25

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The John Abercrombie / Rob Scheps QuartetThe John Abercrombie/ Rob Scheps Quartet is a collaborative band, with four of the NY area's finest jazz musicians and good friends.

John Abercrombie is a legend: 45 years of recordings for the ECM label, he has worked with Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette's Directions, Lester Bowie, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler, Richie Beirach, etc. He is a living icon.

Tenor/ soprano saxophonist Rob Scheps has performed with Gil Evans Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Scofield, George Russell, Bob Moses, Terumasa Hino, Al Grey, Clark Terry, Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphill, Duffy Jackson, Cecil Taylor, Joey Calderazzo Quartet... He leads his own bands; Magnets! with Kim Clarke; The Rob Scheps Big Band in Portland, Oregon; and the Rob Scheps Core-tet in NYC; which has a new CD entitled Live at Smalls on the way.

Eliot Zigmund has been world famous as the drummer in the Bill Evans Trio for 4 years. Other credits include Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, and many tours of Japan and Europe.

Bassist David Kingsnorth is a new voice on the scene. A strong, versatile player, he is busy freelancing in New York and New Jersey.

Events for April 2017
DÜM Turkish Rhythm Celebration

Sat Apr 1

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DÜM Turkish Rhythm CelebrationRaquy Danziger specializes in Turkish Split Hand darbuka drumming, a style that has emerged in Turkish in the last 20 years. This style, which splits the hands into two, as is played with the Indian Tabla, gives the Turkish drummers speed and dexterity like never before!

Come to this an electrifying CD release show for Raquy's new album, Neverland. The Raquy's Düm Rhythm Celebration ensemble performs intricate and dazzling compositions comprised of rhythms from Turkey, Egypt, Iran and India; as well as funk, samba and hip hop beats. A treat for the eyes as well as the ears, this show is carefully choreographed with many theatrical elements and some audience participation.

In addition to the drumming pieces, the show includes Raquy's dreamy melodic work. In these songs Raquy plays the mystical 12-stringed King Kemenche Tarhu, a futuristic version of the Persian spike fiddle.

The performers are Raquy Danziger on King Kemenche, Darbuka, and Bones; Joaquin Colon on Darbuka; Michael Burdi on Oud and Darbuka; and Tom Atlast on Darbuka. The show lasts approximately 1 hour.
Bucky Pizzarelli / Ed Laub / Martin Pizzarelli Trio

Sat Apr 8

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Bucky Pizzarelli / Ed Laub / Martin Pizzarelli TrioThe Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub Duo have been performing for the past 14 years, after a lifetime association as teacher/student. As a duo they perform for audiences all over the US and Canada in clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals. They combine instrumental and vocal arrangements with an emphasis on the Great American Songbook, as well as some of the classic 1930s guitar duos made popular by Carl Kress / Dick McDonough, Eddie Lang, and George Smith.

Their great friendship of over 47 years is evident in their sound, and the way they interact together on stage.

Bucky Pizzarelli - Born in Paterson, NJ in 1926, Bucky is a world-renowned jazz guitarist. His career spans over 70 years, from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. Hundreds of jazz concerts worldwide, including White House performances with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Claude "Fiddler" Williams, with Presidents Reagan and Clinton add to the list.

His numerous worldwide tours also included performances with practically every jazz legend, such as Stephane Grapelli, Slam Stewart, Tal Farlow, Rosemary Clooney, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Michael Feinstein and Charlie Byrd, to name a few. He has hundreds of jazz recordings with every major jazz great, including his own solo albums and work with his two sons, John and Martin Pizzarelli. He is on the soundtrack of Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown and has appeared on PBS with Les Paul and Tal Farlow, The New Jersey Jazz Guitars (Filmed at Rutgers University).

Last year, Bucky became one of the very first musicians in New Jersey to have two of his guitars, along with a recorded history of his lifetime in music, inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2011 Bucky was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, and in 2012 recorded with Paul McCartney on his latest Grammy Winning Album, Kisses On The Bottom.

Ed Laub is a locally renowned guitarist and vocalist, whose style has been compared to a blend of Kenny Rankin, Chet Baker, and James Taylor; with a guitar style similar to his mentor, Bucky Pizzarelli. Ed says, "that's not bad company to be associated with. They were amongst the artists to whom I listened and was most influenced by. I guess I would say I am honored with that comparison."

Because of Ed's talent as an accompanist, and the fact that he is one of the more accomplished 7 string guitarists, he is sought after by many of the top guitarists in the NYC metropolitan area... to back them up and add a pianistic style that makes any duo sound more like a trio. Focusing mostly on the American Songbook genre, Ed also loves to perform the great Brazilian classics using a nylon 7-string guitar.

Born in northern Bergen County, New Jersey in 1952, Ed grew up in a family of musicians; and his one uncle was an accomplished organist/arranger, who spent many years with Mitch Miller and the Fred Waring. There was always live music at family gatherings, and the desire to be part of that encouraged Ed to pursue learning an instrument. After abandoning the trumpet and the piano, the February 1964 performance of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan's show was the catalyst to taking up the guitar and singing.

In 1966 Ed had the good fortune to study with a marvelous guitarist and banjoist, Bobby Domenic (uncle to jazz legend, Bucky Pizzarelli), and ultimately a few years later in 1969, study the 7 String guitar with Bucky. Ed graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in music and business, and maintained a dual career in both his family business and as a musician in a variety of bands.

13 years ago Ed became the steady partner to his teacher, hero, and close friend; Bucky Pizzarelli. They now travel all over the metropolitan area and major cities in the US, playing in clubs, concert venues and jazz festivals. All About Jazz Magazine said, "Pizzarelli is the complete jazz musician, and Laub complements him perfectly!"

Besides being the consummate rhythm guitarist and accompanist, Ed is in demand as a vocalist, and performs with such great artists as Gene Bertoncini, John Pizzarelli, Paul Meyers, Martin Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jay Leonhart, Russ Kassoff, Russell Malone, Jack Wilkins, and special guest appearances with the late Kenny Rankin.

Martin Pizzarelli is a renowned double bassist known for his work with his father, legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli; and brother, guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli. He grew up in Saddle River, NJ, where at a young age he became accustomed to weekly visits from Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, and Ray Brown. Martin, along with his brother and pianist Ray Kennedy, famously opened for Frank Sinatra's world tour in 1993. Since then he has endured a remarkable tour schedule of roughly 200 dates per year throughout all corners of the globe. TV appearances include Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien; with venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note Jazz Club. He has worked with the Boston Pops, New York Pops, San Diego Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony orchestras. Martin has also often worked with jazz pianist Monty Alexander and Daniel Jobim, the grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim. In 2004, he released and recorded his own trio CD with Bucky Pizzarelli and Ray Kennedy, and has appeared as a sideman on over 30 albums.

"The grace, profundity, and wit that attend the playing of the eighty-nine-year-old guitarist Pizzarelli are an outgrowth of the literally thousands of gigs and recording sessions he's participated in. This acknowledged dean of mainstream jazz has developed a fine rapport with the guitarist Laub, a familiar duet partner. Between the two of them, they have fourteen strings for making exquisite music, as each plays an atypical seven-string guitar." --The New Yorker Magazine, April 2015

Recent Events at the Cafe

Oct-20-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-22-16: Frank Vignola and Olli Soikkeli
Oct-23-16: Celtic Cafe
Oct-25-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Oct-27-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Oct-29-16: Halloween Hoedown with Bovine Social Club
Nov-01-16: Nita Steketee and Paul Mindell
Nov-03-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-05-16: Tony Trischka's Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan
Nov-08-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Nov-10-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-11-16: Krewe de la Rue
Nov-13-16: Opening reception for Nita Steketee and Paul Mindell's gallery exhibition
Nov-17-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Nov-19-16: Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet
Nov-20-16: A Russian Salon in Rosendale
Nov-22-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Nov-26-16: Sax Life
Nov-27-16: Farewell party for the Rosendale School of Arts
Nov-27-16: Celtic Cafe
Dec-01-16: Staats Fasoldt
Dec-01-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-03-16: Third Ghost CD release performance
Dec-04-16: Opening reception for Staats Fasoldt's gallery exhibition
Dec-08-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-10-16: Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine
Dec-13-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Dec-15-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-17-16: CANCELLED - Tom Pacheco
Dec-18-16: Celtic Cafe
Dec-22-16: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-27-16: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Dec-29-16: CANCELLED - Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Dec-31-16: New Year's Eve with The Bedtime Kissers
Jan-05-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-07-17: Matt Flinner Trio with special guest Matt Munisteri
Jan-10-17: Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays
Jan-12-17: Salsa Thursday with lessons and Latin dancing
Jan-14-17: Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
Jan-15-17: CANCELLED - Celtic Cafe

Click here for all past events since the middle of 2004.

Concert Information

Due to the limited seating and intimate setting at the Cafe,
we have found the following policies to be neccessary:

  • No reservations will be accepted.
  • There are no advanced ticket sales.
  • Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
    We regret that we cannot hold seats for mem-
    bers of a party who have not yet arrived.
  • Dinner is served during the performances.
  • We require a $5 per person dinner minimum.
  • Avoid using portable electronic devices during a
    show, such as laptops, cell phones, and PDAs.
  • The cafe is a smoke-free environment. Please do not
    smoke within 20 feet of a door or opened window.

The Rosendale Cafe®
434 Main St. • PO Box 436 • Rosendale, NY 12472 • 845.658.9048
Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm, seven days a week (except major holidays)