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Richard Tabnik Trio
Richard Tabnik, alto saxophone
Roger Mancuso, drums
Ken Filiano, bass
March 29, 2013
The Kettle at iBeam
8:30*Richard Tabnik Trio
Richard Tabnik, alto sax
Roger Mancuso, drums
Ken Filiano, bass
9:30 Fractal Attraction
Gene Ess, guitar
Thana Alexa, voice
David Berkman, piano
Thomson Kneeland, bass
Gene Jackson, drums
iBeam Brooklyn
168 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Take the F or R trains to 4th Ave & 9th Street. *
Walk down 4th ave to 7th street. *
Make a left on 7th and walk past 3rd ave. *
We are located on the ground floor, the grey doors
to the right of the stairs of #168.

Connie Crothers - Piano, Richard Tabnik - Alto Sax, Ken Filiano - Bass, Roger Mancuso - Drums
Wed, March 23, 2011
8:00 pm

University of the Streets Inc
130 East 7th Street
2nd floor
[enter thru door just west of avenue A]
New York, NY 10009-6164
(212) 254-9300

THE PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM Saturday, June 12, 8:00 p.m. CONNIE CROTHERS QUARTET Connie Crothers, piano Richard Tabnik, alto saxophone Roger Mancuso, drums Ken Filiano, bass . . . performing original works and spontaneous improvisations. The Puffin Cultural Forum 20 Puffin Way Teaneck, NJ 07666 201 836-3499 Suggested donation: $10

Connie Crothers Quartet Siberian TOUR!!

Connie Crothers, piano
Richard Tabnik, alto saxophone
Ken Filiano, bass
Klaus Kugel, drums

May 6th
Municipal Centre of Culture URAL, Ekaterinburg,
Studencheskaya str, build.3, 8 pm

May 7th
Greizer Jazzwerk im Hotel Friedensbrcke, Greiz, Carolinenstr. 1
at 8 pm (first set)

Connie Crothers Quartet, with Tabnik, Filiano and Roger Mancuso on drums
May 10th: Berlin at A-Trane (Bleibtreustr. 1) at 10 pm


photography by Scott Friedlander, 2009


The Connie Crothers Quartet, featuring Connie on piano, Richard Tabnik on alto saxophone, Roger Mancuso on drums and Ken Filiano on bass will be performing at Galapagos this Sunday, March 28, beginning at 8:00 (one set). Located in DUMBO, Galapagos is a beautiful space with comfortable banquettes and wonderful acoustics.

Also performing that night will be singer Cheryl Richards, with Connie Crothers at 9:00 (one set) and the Jessica Jones Quartet, featuring Jessica on tenor saxophone, Tony Jones on tenor saxophone, Ken Filiano on bass and Kenny Wolleson on drums, at 9:45 (one set).

The cover for all three sets is $15.00

The address is 16 Main Street, corner of Water Street, in DUMBO, Brooklyn

Directions by subway: F train to York Street, A train to High Street. For more directions: (,

9/18/2009 Friday
8 pm
Harvey Diamond
Harvey Diamond (piano)

10 pm
Richard Tabnik Trio
Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone) Roger Mancuso (drums) Adam Lane (bass)
Tonight's set will feature the world premier performance of Symphony for Jazz Trio: A Prayer for Peace

9/26/2009 Saturday
8 pm
Connie Crothers Quartet
Connie Crothers (piano) Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone) Roger Mancuso (drums) Ken Filiano (bass)
How do you open up music this far, all the while leaving its nature to be itself? Connie's band is like seashells who all spiral in the same direction, the core mystery is how the spiral is really the improvisation. -- M. Weber

10 pm
Connie Crothers Quartet with Mark Weber
Connie Crothers (piano) Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone) Roger Mancuso (drums) Ken Filiano (bass) Mark Weber (poet)
You have to be careful what you say, words rule the world, maybe tonite we'll find the words to make it real. -- M. Weber

THE STONE is located at the corner of avenue C and 2nd street
ADMISSION $10 per set unless otherwise noted
students 13 to 19 admitted half price children 12 and under free
there are no advance ticket sales
all admissions are at the door prior to each performance
see for complete calendar...

there are no refreshments or merchandise at the stone; only music...
the stone is booked on a purely curatorial basis; we do not accept demos of any kind...
the stone is a project of hips road, a not-for-profit organization upport freedom of expression by supporting the stone

Connie Crothers Quartet

standards, originals, free improvisation

Connie Crothers, piano
Richard Tabnik, alto saxophone
Roger Mancuso, drums
Ken Filiano, bass

Saturday, November 1, 2008
9:00-11:00 pm

451 West Street, NYC (between Bank and Bethune Streets)
by subway:
A,C,E or L to 14th Street and Eighth Ave., walk down Eighth Ave. to Bank St., turn right, walk west to the River, turn right on West St.
1,2,or 3 to 14th Street and Seventh Ave., get off at south end of station, walk west on 12th St. to Eighth Ave., left to Bank St., turn right, walt west to the River, turn right on West St.

Made possible with public funds from the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Monday, October 6, 2008
7:00 (one set)
315 W. 44th St. (near Eighth Avenue)
212 581-3080
Connie Crothers Quartet
Connie Crothers, piano
Richard Tabnik, alto saxophone
Roger Mancuso, drums
Adam Lane, bass
$25 cover, $10 minimum

today friday december 21
10 pm
richard tabnik trio
richard tabnik, alto sax
roger mancuso, drums
adam lane, bass
williamsburg music center
367 Bedford Ave
just north of the Wmbg Bridge
near to L train stop
10 pm
"Symphony for Jazz Trio"

  New York, NY – :

A Memorial Concert for jazz bassist Sonny Dallas is scheduled for Monday September 17, 2007 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th Street, New York City.   

Organized by New York area saxophonists Richard Tabnik and Bob Keller, the concert will feature remembrances and performances by some of Sonny’s close friends from over the years.  Schedules for some performers remain to be finalized but several musicians associated with jazz  pianist Lennie Tristano will be present including saxophonist Jimmy Halperin and pianist Connie Crothers.  The ‘house rhythm section’ will consist of bassist Ed Schuller and drummer Roger Mancuso.  Admission is free.   

The following edited obituary has appeared in various jazz publications and websites:   

Jazz bassist and singer Sonny Dallas, 76, has passed away on July 22 on Long Island after a series of heart related illnesses.  Sonny began his jazz career in the late 1940’s in Pittsburgh and relocated to New York in 1955. He went on to perform and record with a long list of jazz greats  including pianists Lennie Tristano and George Wallington and saxophonists Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, and Phil Woods.  He also appears on a number of critically acclaimed jazz recordings - "Motion" with the Lee Konitz Trio, "Phil Talks with Quill" with the Phil Woods Quintet, and "Descent into the Maelstrom" and "Note to Note" with Lennie Tristano, among others.  After moving to Long Island in the late 1960’s he wenton to earn a Master of Arts degree in music education and began a long teaching career at both Suffolk County Community College and Dowling College. He was honored with a lifetime achievement in jazz award in 2005.   

For further information please contact John Klopotowski at  or  Richard Tabnik at   [or 212 496 6062] or Bobby Keller at    


The jazz community along with his many friends and his loving family are saddened by the passing of Frank “Sonny” Dallas, jazz bassist and educator, age 75, who died at Brookhaven Hospital, Long Island, NY, on July 22, 2007 of heart failure.  His career began in the 1940’s and he continued to perform until 2006.  Eugene Chadbourne of Verve recordings wrote “Dallas has a superb reputation . . . nobody articulates a quarter note like he does.”  He was “a bassist associated with the top end of complexity in modern jazz, providing an accurate harmonic framework for the improvisations of players such as saxophonists Lee Konitz and Phil Woods and pianist Lennie Tristano.  Dallas has a suburb reputation as a bassist.”  

Born Francis Dominic Joseph Dallas in Rankin, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh, he launched his music career as a singer in local bands.  This led to his interest in playing bass.  He studied bass with Herman Clements, principal bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, who also taught jazz bassists Ray Brown and Paul Chambers.  By the mid ‘50s, he began working with bandleaders Charlie Spivak, Ray Eberle, and Claude Thornhill. 

He relocated to New York in 1955, and began performing and recording with a long list of jazz greats such as guitarist Sal Salvador, clarinetist Tony  Scott, trumpeters Chet Baker and Buck Clayton, guitarist Sal Salvador, saxophonists Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Phil woods, Gene Quill, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianists Mary Lou Williams, Bill Evans, George Wallington, and Lennie Tristano.  He performed and recorded with Tristano for nine years and appeared with the Lennie Tristano Quintet on the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars tour as well as appearing with the Quintet on the 1964 CBS Broadcast “Look Up and Live”.  Then  Sonny moved to Long Island where  he lived in an apartment in Lennie Tristano’s house in Hollis, NY.  Sonny and Lennie would play informal sessions at home in 1964 and 1965.  These sessions led to many gigs with Lennie’s Quintet as well as Lennie’s album “Note to Note”.  Sonny also had a close friendship and performed with singer, Jackie Paris.

A “Downbeat” article listed Sonny as one of the top ten greatest jazz bassists.  He  played on more than twenty critically acclaimed jazz recordings including “Motion”, “You and Lee”, with the Lee Konitz Trio, “Phil Talks With Quill” with the Phil Woods Qunitet as well as “Descent into the Maelstrom” and “Note to Note” with Lennie Tristano.  He is included  in “The Encyclopedia of Jazz”  by Leonard Feather (1960, page 173).

While living on Long Island, he earned a Master of Arts degree in music education at CW Post University and began a long teaching career at Suffolk County Community College and Dowling College.  He taught music classes, led jazz ensembles, and taught countless private students over the last thirty-five years while continuing to perform on an occasional basis, primarily with Lee Konitz.  He was featured in an interview with Rick Petrone broadcast on WYRS-FM in l981, and was honored with a lifetime achievement in jazz award in 2005.

A fitting tribute to Sonny was made by his friend John Klopotowski, guitarist, who said he was  “A big man with an even bigger heart.  Sonny will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed by all those fortunate to have been associated with him.”  Drummer, Eric Haft, an alumnus of Dallas’ jazz band says, “He was one of a kind, a bassist whose harmonic sense was unmatched.  He was one of the rare bassists who could play a solo that moved you.”  vA Memorial Concert for jazz bassist Sonny Dallas is scheduled for Monday September 17, 2007 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th Street, New York City.    Friends who want to send condolences, recollections, and memories of Sonny Dallas may email his brother, jazz trombonist, Joe Dallas at .   
Stay Tuned! Richard Tabnik

GIG ALERT: ***GigAlert******GigAlert***
The Connie Crothers Quartet
Connie Crothers, piano
Richard Tabnik, alto saxophone
Roger Mancuso, drums
Adam Lane, bass

Monday, October 30th, 2006

315 West 44th Street, NYC / 212 581-3080

7 pm- one set only
at the bar: $25 + 1 free drink
at the tables: $25 + $10 minimum

The Richard Tabnik Trio
Richard Tabnik, alto saxophone
Sean Smith, bass
Roger Mancuso, drums
will be playing at:
765 Washington St, [at West 12th Street]
[not at little west 12th st....]
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
9pm until midnite
no cover/no minimum
after 10,000 hours of jam sessions in the last decade, 
controversial jazz alto saxophonist richard tabnik
brings his latest trio to ICU!

be on the lookout for the upcoming cd with 
the Connie Crothers Quartet
for more info, contact:
212 496 6062

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Some Quotes...

"...the way you sound and the way you play, you are the most original alto saxophonist on the scene today...." [Italian Jazz Critic Vittorio LoConte in the UNEDITED version of the August 2002 interview in CADENCE Magazine.]

"...[a] great musician with a unique approach that's not a household name, but still deserves world class attention via concerts, gigs, and the national press." [Tim Price, SAXOPHONE JOURNAL, Nov/Dec 1993]

"...the poeticism of the melodic line...rewards the attention necessary to begin to appreciate the subtle turning's of Tabnik's melodies...striking...well worth the attention..." [David Dupont, CADENCE MAGAZINE, February 1993]

"The altoist's adventurous improvisations might hold the attentive listener's interest in a way that much of the contemporary rehashing of yesterday's licks cannot." [David Franklin, JAZZTIMES, March 1997]


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