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Trio Calzador

by Shoehorn

This album is a true World-jazz improv tap-dance jam (Jazz/Flamenco/Asian/Latin/Swing/Funk) fusion with tap, etap, sax, bass, and guitar, as if Coltrane, Gregory Hines, and Paco de Lucia met in New Orleans for a descarga.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fuego Azul (silk road)
4:58 album only
2. Descarga Calzador
5:25 album only
3. Manha de Carnaval/Spanish Fantasy
5:50 album only
4. le Swing Shoehorn
3:31 album only
5. Three Metals
2:58 album only
6. Blue Bossa
6:06 album only
7. Yosaku
3:58 album only
8. Eastrum
6:53 album only
9. Malaguena
7:35 album only
10. Soweto Blue
4:08 album only
11. Liberty
3:07 album only


Album Notes

"I started my performing career on the streets of New Orleans during the Mardi Gras of 1979. I have always carried a little of New Orleans with me in my music." Shoehorn

Critical Impressions of
Michael "Shoehorn" Conley

"SHOEHORN": Tap dancer and saxophonist Michael "Shoehorn" Conley brings fresh meaning to the term New Age vaudeville. He's a magnetic orchestra of one, a charismatic tapper of tunes, a funky beat-rap poet, a soulful hornist and a dazzling dancer. Friday, November 04, 2005 The Oregonian

"Both an exceptional entertainer and a serious artist, Shoehorn's synthesized the juba-lent complexities of jazz and tap--mind-melding with both Honi Coles with John Coltrane--creating an utterly engaging blend of bebop toughness and fluid, feets-don't-fail-me-now panache." Tim Duroche, Willamette Week

"Miraculous...a dance company and orchestra in one." Boston Globe

"amazing marriage of dancing and saxophone playing." Chicago Tribune

" an amusing routine with a serious message..." Christian Science Monitor

"The man they call Shoehorn not only plays the alto sax amazingly well, he also does some expert tap-dancing as he plays. That's some serious multitasking." Stan Hall - The Oregonian 5/31/02

Also available: musical ensembles and Jugglemania with Shoehorn
more info at the website:

P.O.Box 11634, Portland, OR 97211

Shoehorn with Baby Gramps Trio on Friday,December 1st,
at Laurelthirst 9:30pm

Shoehorn-Trio Calzador (CD is also titled Trio Calzador)
World Jazz Improv by Trio Calzador
Trio Calzador is: Leader-Tap dancer and saxophonist/vocalist Shoehorn , featuring Skip Elliot Bowman - acoustic bass & Toshi Onizuka - guitarist
(The CD was recorded without overdubs, with Shoehorn tracking tap dance percussion, etap(TM),and alto sax simultaneously, just like their live show.)

Trio Calzador creates an intoxicating blend of sound and rhythm with a range of influences including flamenco, jazz, Hot-Club-style swing, Latin, Asian, African, Japanese enka, and bossa nova. Shoehorn has realized a dream of weaving various threads of his life and musical experience into a dynamic world-jazz-jam band. In addition to his shoes and horn, he uses the Tappercussion(TM) Mark VII etap (TM) MIDI instrument to add percussive sounds from drum kits and steel drums to sitar and marimba. While the Trio is primarily an instrumental group, Shoehorn also sings a few tunes, in several languages. Skip Elliott Bowman is a versatile virtuoso on electric or acoustic. Guitarist Toshi Onizuka of Japan spent 5 years in Spain playing Flamenco professionally.
The CD was recorded without overdubs, with Shoehorn tracking tap dance percussion, etap(TM),and alto sax simultaneously, just like the live show. Most of the tunes are original, but the disc includes a Brazilian tune, a jazz standard and a Japanese song, the only vocal on the CD.
Shoehorn and Trio Calzador appeared on OPB TV's Artbeat Thursday, October 23rd and the 26th,2003

The Name:
The band name reflects our music, which has a Spanish accent, especially due to Toshi's Flamenco-drenched guitar style. Calzador is Spanish for "Shoehorn".

Shoehorn on how group formed: "I convened the members for a gig and decided to record these guys for my new CD, titled Trio Calzador. I have known Skip for years, since we were both often featured at Berbati's when our mentor, the late great bassist Leroy Vinnegar, held forth there every Tuesday. Skip has played a number of shows with me since. Toshi I met last year and we became fast friends, having similair experiences as foriegners defying assumptions- he as a Japanese playing Flamenco and me being an Irish-American jazz tap dancer who plays the sax, sings in Japanese and is a Latin music freak! We also enjoy the trans-lingual puns between Spanish and Japanese that no one else gets!"

We regard anything we hear and like as "open-source code" and feel free to adapt it to our own ends.

We do mostly orginals on the CD. We also cover many artists from divergent disciplines: Miles Davis, A.C. Jobim, Benny Goodman, Tito Puente, Enka singer Saburo Kitajima, classic Latin songs, jazz standards, you might even hear us do a Santana tune. Whatever we play we always do it with conviction and inhabit the tune with our own soul and sound.

We get a broad demographic for our audience because we are fun, yet totally committed to what we do. Our approach makes it exotic yet accessible to anyone. Our sound is primarily acoustic, but we'll get funky for awhile and then play romantic, then maybe hit a Flamenco rhythm and go very high-energy with that. We can come out of that with a bright swing feel and then go to mysterious Asian territory.

Other Shoehorn CDs on the Kutsubera label:
World Beat Ragtime,1994- Kutsubera SPR-001
the Shoehorn Swing,1998- Kutsubera SPR-002



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Anna DiNolfo

A really great CD
Am enjoying listening to it over and over again. It makes me want to dance. Anna

Anna DiNolfo

A really great CD
Am enjoying listening to it over and over again. It makes me want to dance. Anna


Great Sax, Taps, and voice.
Music on the cd takes you on a nice ride with different twists and turns that makes you want to hear what happens next....Whens the next one coming?


Great for kids
This CD is great! It's exactly what I was looking for. I'm working on an elementary school program with ESOL students, and we needed some cool music with tap dancing sounds in the background. This is ideal, and I'll be choreographing the dance this weekend. Thanks!!


CD is awesome, a must for parties!
CD is lively and moving! Covers ground other artsits only wish to discover and record. Fun and enjoyable!

Elizabeth Martin

Unbelievable artistry. Lively, great entertainment!
You will not believe how fun this CD is. You cannot sit still and it is definitely the hit of the party. We will be seeing more of this group; at least I hope so. It is better then most entertainment on TV.

Ned Bodie

Great Stuff!!
Toe-tappin fun. It gets our whole family up and dancin around. Animals like it too.