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Fully Altered’s Forthcoming 2015 Summer and Fall Release Schedule

Friday, July 24th, 2015

We are excited to share our schedule for the Summer/Fall of 2015. You may click the album covers to visit the artist websites or find more information. You can also visit our website for photos, links, album covers and the like.

Stream tracks from the following records on our Soundcloud!

Late Summer Releases
August 2015

jpegLouie Belogenis’ Blue Buddha – Blue Buddha (Tzadik) – Tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis plays with a luminous open heart, and a tone reminiscent of Albert Ayler. Cutting his teeth with masters such as Rashied Ali, Sunny Murray and Borah Bergman he has recorded several CDs under his own name, and now presents his most unique and adventurous group to date. Featuring an all-star ensemble of three of the most exciting musicians working today–Dave Douglas,Bill Laswell and Tyshawn Sorey –this brilliant group performs as if part of a sacred ceremony, seamlessly weaving together diverse traditions. Uncompromising improvisational music that speaks to the spiritual. Out August 21. 

jpeg-1Painting – Gravity EP (Self-Released) – A production duo of keyboardist Emanuel Ruffler who has worked with Brazilian Girls, Meshell N’degeocello and others on the groove/Nublu scene and jazz drummer cum hip-hop emcee Kassa Overall made a very cool record that sounds like a live DJ mix but is completely made acoustically. Out August 28. 

jpeg-2Waiting For The Angel – Music with Words By David Hajdu (Miranda Music) – After years of writing about songs in acclaimed books and essays, David Hajdu has taken up writing them. Over the past five years, Hajdu has been working with several esteemed composers of jazz, pop and theater music: the pianists Fred Hersch & Renee Rosnes, the alternative-folk singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, and the veteran Broadway composer Michael (Mickey) Leonard. The result is Waiting for the Angel, a collection of quirkily artful songs that defy easy categorization. Out August 28th. 

Fall Releases:
September 2015

jpeg-4Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things – A New Kind of Dance (482 Music) – The formidable Chicago drummer and composer Mike Reed has been a catalyst and architect for new music in Chicago since the early 2000s. Still freshly anointed as chairperson for the Chicago Jazz Festival and founder of the performing arts venue Constellation, Reed takes time to offer the sixth release by his long running quartet, People Places & Things. By combining Reed’s penchant for playful melodies and a love of deep swing, People Places & Things steps forward, while firmly rooted in Chicago’s jazz lineage.  Additionally, guest pianist Matthew Shipp and guest trumpeter Marquis Hill offer plenty of space to keep the quartet (Greg Ward, alto sax; Tim Haldeman, tenor sax; Jason Roebke, bass) on their toes. Out September 25th.

October 2015

jpeg-5Miho Hazama & m_unit (Sunnyside) – Oct 2 – Originally from Japan, New York-based jazz composer Miho Hazama is a brilliant, award-winning bandleader, who just five years ago arrived in New York City and has since begun to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with. With her second Sunnyside Records release, she further makes her case as an important emerging voice in the large ensemble arena. Her jazz chamber orchestra “m_unit” draws on myriad musical sources, arriving at a highly distinctive and original sound. Out October 2nd.

jpeg-6Dave Douglas Quintet Brazen Heart (Greenleaf) – Dave’s longstanding quintet, one of the best bands working in jazz today, featuring Jon Irabagon (saxophones), Matt Mitchell (piano), Linda Oh (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums). Brazen Heart is a heart-felt remembrance of Douglas’ brother, featuring a batch of great new original compositions, as well as two spirituals, “Deep River” and “There Is A Balm In Gilead”. This new material grew out of the band’s extensive travels around the United State and Europe in Douglas’ 50th birthday year. Out October 2nd.

jpeg-7Erik Friedlander Oscalypso(Skipstone) – Erik Friedlander has long been recognized as a pioneer of the cello in jazz, improvised and chamber musics. For his latest project, Oscalypso, Friedlander pays tribute to the work of his idol and jazz-cello pioneer Oscar Pettiford, with his all-star band of saxophonist Michael Blake, bassist Trevor Dunn, and drummer Michael SarinOut October 9th.






Paul HemmingsBlues and the Abstract Uke (Leading Tone Records)
A former guitarist, Paul Hemmings has mastered the uncommon and highly compelling art of jazz ukulele. On The Blues and the Abstract Uke, Hemmings reveals a richness of harmony, a bell-like tone and a deep, unforced sense of swing that many will not expect from the small four-stringed instrument. In Hemmings’ hands, and with the unfaltering musical support of bassist Gaku Takanashi and drummer Rudy Royston, and guests Greg Tardy and Curtis Fowlkes the ukulele bursts forth in the mix, full of warmth, expression and technical depth. Out October 9th.

jpeg-8Mike Sopko Sopko, Laswell, Pridgen(Self-Released) – Guitarist Mike Sopko, a fixture in the Bay Area who’s just returned to his native Cleveland presents a ferocious studio document which captures his rapport with drummer Thomas Pridgen (formerly of The Mars Volta) and bassist Bill Laswell, a musical hero to many including Sopko himself. Balancing free improvisation, collective composition and inventive post-production, the trio encounter proves to be as uninhibited and rhythmically charged as it is focused and refined. Out October 16th.

jpeg-9Bill MacKay’s Darts And ArrowsAltamira (ears&eyes records) – Chicago-based guitarist Bill MacKay helms the group Darts & Arrows, one of the most promising bands on Chicago’s experimental rock and new music scene. The quartet consists of Bill MacKay on guitar, Quin Kirchner on drums, Kyle Hernandez on bass, and Ben Boye on keys. Darts & Arrows’ album guests some of Chicago’s most in-demand musicians: alto-saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, AACM violist Renee Baker and drummer Frank Rosaly. Altamira is the quartet’s most fully realized effort, retaining the edgy vitality of their improvised work while painting beautifully textured sonic pictures on a series of through-composed pieces. Out October 16th.

jpeg-10Jacob GarchikYe Olde (Self-Released) – Trombonist Jacob Garchik embarks upon a bold conceptual adventure through a Brooklyn that never was, replete with imagined castles and gargoyles coming alive. He envisions his sidemen as a band of heroes, navigating this fictional universe he’s created. Ye Olde features guitarists Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, andJonathan Goldberger along with drummerVinnie Sperrazza and the leader on trombone. Out October 23rd.

jpeg-11Scott JeppesenWonders (Self-Released)- In musical explorations of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, saxophonist and composer Scott Jeppesenreleases Wonders, an adventurous set of original works conjuring imagery of grandeur. No less grand is the supporting cast featuring guitarist Larry Koonse, pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Dave Robaire, drummerDan Schnelle, and saxophonist/producerBob Sheppard. Out October 23rd.

jpeg-12Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed TrioArtifacts (482 Music) – After 15 years of music collaborations in a variety of ensemble contexts, the all-star trio of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reedhave come together to celebrate their long-term relationship and their common cultural and aesthetic threads. All are members of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and served on the organization’s executive board from 2009 to 2011 (holding the positions of Chairperson, Treasurer and Vice Chairperson, respectively). It’s more than appropriate that the trio would also celebrate some of the music composed by AACM members over the past 50 years: Its forthcoming record dips into the fathomless well of the AACM’s musical history, and furthers the organization’s motto of “Ancient to the Future.”Out October 30th.

November 2015

jpeg-3Robin Eubanks’ Mass Line Big Band(ArtistShare)- Trombonist Robin Eubanks, known for his longstanding place in the bands of Dave Holland and more recently the SF Jazz Collective, takes the leap into big band writing and arranging. In 2013, Eubanks received research status from the Oberlin College Conservatory, where he has taught for 17 years, allowing him to work toward adapting his past compositions for these groups plus new and old originals for a full big band. The band features the late legend Lew Soloff on trumpet, plus Duane Eubanks and Alex Sipiagin, altoist Antonio Hart(also an alumnus of Holland and SF Jazz), trombonists Jason Jackson and Douglas Purviance, drummer Nate Smith, bassist Boris Kozlov and newcomer Glenn Zaleski on piano. Out November 6th.

jpeg-4Adegoke Steve Colson – Tones For (Silver Sphinx Records)
Veteran AACM pianist Adegoke Steve Colson releases his first solo piano record (2 CDs) of his 40 year career, which began in Chicago at Northwestern University as a classical pianist and has continued for the last three decades in the New York area as an guest lecturer and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University. Over the last 30+ years, he has collaborated extensively with his wife, Iqua Colson, saxophonist David Murray, drummer Andrew Cyrille, the late poet Amiri Baraka and countless others. One of the second wave of AACM musicians, his original Colson Unity Troupe included bassist Reggie Willis, percussionist Dushun Mosley, multireedist Wallace McMillan and wife Iqua on vocals. Out November 19th.

Already Released Summer Albums

jpeg-5Chris Dingman – The Subliminal And The Sublime (Inner Arts Initiative)  w/ Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Loren Stillman (alto saxophone), Fabian Almazan (piano), Ryan Ferreira (guitar), Linda Oh, Justin Brown (drums) – Following up on his acclaimed debut Waking Dreams, imaginative vibraphonist Chris Dingman releases his new suite, The Subliminal And The Sublime, inspired by transcendental experiences that Dingman had in the American West. This will be the first release on his new imprint, Inner Arts Initiative.
Out June 16th.

jpeg-6Zubatto Syndicate 2Batto! (self-released) – Futuristic big band Zubatto Syndicate led by Seattle-based guitarist and composer Andrew Boscardin returns to the studio to record its second album, fusing together jazz, rock, hip-hop and more, with covers of Beyonce & Metallica. Out June 9 2015 

jpeg-7Dave Douglas & High Risk (Greenleaf Music) – featuring Dave Douglas (trumpet), Shigeto (electronics),Jonathan Maron (bass), Mark Guiliana(drums) – Extending his experimentation with electronics from the mid-aughts, trumpeter and conceptualist Dave Douglas releases High Risk,which pairs his precocious talents alongside those of an equally virtuosic talent, electronic musician Shigeto. The quartet is rounded out by two other expansive musical minds: drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Jonathan Maron. Out June 23, 2015 

jpeg-8John Hollenbeck & Frankfurt Radio Bigband Songs We Like A Lot(Sunnyside Records) – featuring Theo Bleckmann & Kate McGarry (vocals); Uri Caine (piano/keyboards), John Hollenbeck (mallet percussion). Following up on his record Songs I Like A Lot, Hollenbeck releases his second record with The Frankfurt Radio Bigband, Songs We Like A Lot: a series of covers of Cyndi Lauper, Daft Punk, Burt Bacharach & More. June 23rd, 2015 

jpeg-9The Xanadu Master Edition Series (Elemental Music)- Elemental Music is set to re-issue 25 classic records all produced by the legendary producer Don Schlliten. The first six of these albums, which will be released on June 30th, are by Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Al Cohn, Sam Most, Xanadu All-Stars, and Albert Heath. June 30th, 2015 (The series continues October 30 with new reissues by Joe Farrell, Kenny Barron, Dolo Coker, Teddy Edwards, Ronnie Cuber, Dexter Gordon & Al Cohn, Kenny Drew, Charles McPherson & More).

Our First Jazz Fiction Project!

Doubleday is proud to present THE JAZZ PALACE from critically acclaimed novelist Mary Morris. Written over two decades, Morris has crafted a true tour-de-force, the most important novel of her career.

jpeg-10It’s a tale of family, race, gangsters, disaster, love, betrayal, and, of course, jazz. In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans, who run a small hat factory, lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas, who run a saloon, lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915. Each family holds out hope that one of their remaining children will rise to carry on the family business. But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. His true passion is piano – especially jazz.

At night he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play. One of them, the trumpeter, a black man named Napoleon, becomes Benny’s close friend and musical collaborator, and their adventures together take Benny far from the life he knew as a delivery boy. Pearl Chimbrova recognizes their talent and invites them to start playing at her family’s saloon – dubbed The Jazz Palace. But Napoleon’s main gig is at a mob establishment, which doesn’t take too kindly to freelancing. And as the roaring ’20s come to a close and the bubble of prosperity collapses, Benny, Napoleon, and Pearl must all make hard choices between financial survival and the music they love.

August and September Gig Calendar

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

July Shows Chronologically: (Band – Venue – Location)

July 30

Julian Lage – Music Hall of Williamsburg // Opening for Blake Mills – Brooklyn, NY – 9 PM show; Julian Lage – solo guitar


August Shows Chronologically: (Band – Venue – Location)

Aug. 3

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola – New York, NY – 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Camila Meza – vocals; Jorge Roeder – bass; Eric Doob – drums

Aug. 4

Franklin Kiermyer Quartet – Korzo – Brooklyn, NY – 9:00 PM; Franklin Kiermyer – drums; Lawrence Clark – tenor sax, Davis Whitfield – piano, Nimrod Speaks – bass

Aug. 7-9

Ches Smith We All Break Residency – IBeam – Brooklyn, NY – 8:30 PM; Ches Smith – drums, percussion; Matt Mitchell – piano; Daniel Brevil & Markus Schwartz, Traditional Haitian percussion

Aug. 10

Musette Explosion The Chautauqua Institute – Chautauqua, NY; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Aug. 11

Musette Explosion – The Bop Shop – Rochester, NY; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Ches Smith We All Break Residency – Korzo – Brooklyn, NY – 10:30 PM; Ches Smith – drums, percussion; Matt Mitchell – piano; Daniel Brevil & Markus Schwartz, Traditional Haitian percussion

Aug. 13

Painting Shapeshifter Lab – New York, NY – Set at 8:15 PM – Gravity EP pre-release Show; Emanuel Ruffler – piano; Kassa Overall – drums/electronics

Aug. 14-15

Paul Hemmings – Gold Pan Ukulele Festival – Auburn, CA

Aug. 23

Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret – Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Tompkins Square Park – Sometime between 3:00–7:00 PM – New York, NY w/ Ron Miles – trumpet; Liberty Ellman – guitar; Stomu Takeishi – acoustic bass guitar; Tyshawn Sorey – drums

Aug. 27

Musette Explosion – The Towers –  Narragansett, RI; Will Holshouser – accordion; Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo; Marcus Rojas – tuba


Aug. 28

Chris Dingman Subliminal Trio –  Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY; Chris Dingman – vibraphone; Fabian Almazan – piano/electronics; Ryan Ferreira – guitar

Aug. 30

Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band – Birdland – New York, NY – feat. Antonio Hart, Alex Cummings, Marcus Strickland, Bobby LaVell, Lauren Sevian – saxophones; Alex Sipiagin, Duane Eubanks, Aaron Janik – trumpets; Jason Jackson, James Burton, Jennifer Wharton, Douglas Purviance, Robin Eubanks – trombones; Glenn Zaleski – piano; Mike King – organ; Boris Kozlov, double bass/electric bass; Nate Smith, drums; David Silliman, percussion


September Shows Chronologically:

Sept. 2

David Hajdu – Rockwood Stage 2 – New York, NY;  Jo Lawry, Karen Oberlin, Michael Winther – rotating vocals; Fred Hersch, Renee Rosnes, Tedd Firth, David Hajdu – rotating pianists;  Sean Smith, drums; Carl Allen – drums; Steve Wilson, saxophones

Lucia & Hank Roberts – Living Room Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NYC; Lucia Roberts – guitar/vocals, Hank Roberts – cello

Sept. 4

John Hollenbeck Chicago Jazz Fest, Arrangement for Billy Strayhorn Centennial – Chicago, IL

Sept. 5

John Hollenbeck – Chicago Jazz Fest, Claudia Quintet +1 with Theo Bleckmann and Very Special Guest – Chicago, IL

Sept. 8

David Ullmann Sextet – Cornelia Street Cafe – New York, NY – 9:00 PM; w/ David Ullmann – guitar; Karel Ruzicka – saxophones; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Gary Wang, double bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums

Sept. 12

Musette Explosion Int’l Accordion Festival – San Antonio, TX; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 13

Erik Friedlander & Mike Nicholas – The Stone / John Zorn’s Bagatelles – 3:00 PM; Erik Friedlander, Mike Nicholas – cellos

Sept. 18

Vijay Iyer – North Shore Center for The Performing Arts – Skokie, IL; Vijay Iyer – piano; Stephan Crump – double bass, Marcus Gilmore – drums

Musette Explosion Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, CA; Will Holshouser – accordion; Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo; Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 19

Musette Explosion – Red Poppy Art House – San Francisco, CA; Will Holshouser – accordion; Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo; Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 20

Musette Explosion – Arcata Playhouse – Arcata, CA; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 23

Musette Explosion – Siskiyou Music Project – Ashland, OR; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 24

Musette Explosion Djangofest Northwest – Whidbey Island Bay, WA; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Festival of New Trumpet Music Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 – NYC; Stephanie Richards and CJ Camereri – curators

Sept. 25

Musette Explosion – The Old Church – Portland, OR; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Festival of New Trumpet MusicThe Dimenna Center for Classical Music – New York, NY; Dave Douglas- Curator, Thomas Bergeron Ensemble plays Messiaen featuring Becca Stevens

Sept. 26

Musette Explosion – Kay Meek Center – Vancouver, BC; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Festival of New Trumpet Music The Jazz Gallery – New York, NY – 8:30 PM – Marquis Hill – Curator; Phillip Dizack, Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Josh Evans, Ingrid Jensen – Trumpet; Theo Hill – piano, Eric Wheeler – bass, Obed Calvaire – drums, Kendall Moore – Commissioned Composer

Sept. 27

Festival of New Trumpet Music Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Brooklyn, NY – 12:00 PM – Blast of Brass – children from all over NYC

Festival of New Trumpet MusicDowntown Music Gallery – New York, NY Aaron Shragge – Curator; Solo Trumpet Sets: Chad McCullough (7:00 PM), John Blevins (8:00 PM), Leo Hardman-Hill (9:00 PM)

Festival of New Trumpet Music – The Blue Note / Brunch – New York, NY;  The Jonathan Powell Latin Jazz Sextet
2 sets @ 11:30AM and 1:30 PM;
 Benje Daneman – Curator; Jonathan Powell – trumpet & flugelhorn; Louis Fouché – alto sax; Manuel Valera – piano and keys; Ricky Rodriguez – bass; Henry Cole – drums; TBA – percussion

Sept. 28

Festival of New Trumpet Music The New School: Jazz Performance Space, 4th Floor – New York, NYMaster Class at New School with Eddie Henderson

Festival of New Trumpet Music – Downtown Music Gallery  – New York, NYNate Wooley – Curator, Solo Trumpet Sets: Jaimie Branch (7:00 PM), Joe Moffett (8:00 PM), Brandon Lewis (9:00 PM), trumpets

Sept. 29

Festival of New Trumpet Music The New School: Hirshorn Suite, 2nd Floor – New York, NYEddie Henderson Panel

Festival of New Trumpet Music The New School: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 2nd Floor – New York, NYEddie Henderson Concert

Musette Explosion Goes on Tour Exploring French Musette Music As Cultural Melting Pot

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Will Holshouser, Matt Munisteri, and Marcus Rojas Explore the Parisian Dance Hall Musette as a Cultural Melting Pot, A Modern and Musical Look at Migration and Urban Expansion on Musette Explosion
“Musette … has a dynamic vehicle in this ensemble.” – Nate Chinen, New York Times

Will Holshouser (accordion), Matt Munisteri (guitar & banjo), Marcus Rojas (tuba) are three of New York’s most in-demand virtuoso musicians, each with a distinctive voice on his instrument, explore and expand on Parisian musette. They bring this multicultural dancehall music to new places through the highest improvisational communication, emotionally honest performances, and original compositions.

Marcus, Matt and Will keep busy backing up some of the world’s foremost artists (Regina Carter, David Byrne, Paul Simon, Henry Threadgill, Mark O’Connor, David Krakauer, Catherine Russell and others). Over the last fifteen years, they’ve indulged in a labor of love: exploring the beautiful and challenging French musette repertoire.

Paris in the early 20th century was a cosmopolitan melting pot, like New Orleans or New York. A true “musette explosion,” musical and cultural, was taking place. Paris was “in the throes of explosive growth as poor migrants flocked in. Where people of all classes rubbed shoulders, places of amusement multiplied … Cafés, clubs, brothels, and dance halls were the crucibles in which were forged new musical forms.”1 The original bagpipes (“musettes”) of the French Auvergnats were replaced by the Italians’ accordions, but gave their name to the new style of music; Roma guitarists and violinists brought in Eastern European and Spanish influences; American GIs introduced jazz, the banjo, and drums. German and Polish waltzes, polkas, and mazurkas were also in the air.

This trio, with its unique instrumentation, continues the “explosion” through its new interpretations, sonic surprises, and original compositions.

WILL HOLSHOUSER began playing accordion in the late 1980s when a friend gave him a musty old squeezebox as a surprise. He now performs all over the world as an accordionist, improviser and composer. Will has played for many years with violinist Regina Carter and appears on her last two albums. He has toured and recorded with clarinetist David Krakauer, pop visionaries Antony and the Johnsons, and improvisers Han Bennink & Michael Moore. As a freelance accordionist, he has appeared on a wide range of recordings and live concerts. He has played with Kiran Ahluwalia, Martha Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, Uri Caine, NYC Ballet, NYC Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, among many others. The Will Holshouser Trio with trumpeter Ron Horton and bassist David Phillips has released three CDs of his music on the Portuguese label Clean Feed; he has also composed music for theater, films, and dance.

Tuba player MARCUS ROJAS has played in a wide variety of musical contexts, and is internationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and unique voices on his instrument. He has worked with artists ranging from David Byrne and Paul Simon to the Metropolitan Opera, downtown luminaries such as John Zorn and Marc Ribot, reggae stars Sly & Robbie, and jazz legends Lionel Hampton and Lester Bowie. Marcus was a central figure in composer Henry Threadgill’s ensembles throughout the 1990s and collaborated with trumpeter Steven Bernstein and guitarist David Tronzo in the trio Spanish Fly. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings from the labels Black Saint, Tzadik, Sony, Shanachie, Thirsty Ear, and many more.

Growing up, guitarist/banjoist MATT MUNISTERI was the only kid on his block in Brooklyn who played bluegrass banjo; a freewheeling and virtuosic guitarist, he currently gets to work with a wide variety of artists at the top of their game across the jazz and American roots music spectrum. When not working on his own projects his primary sideman gigs for the last few years have been playing with violinist Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing; Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra; and with the singer Catherine Russell, for whom he also currently serves as Music Director. Matt’s debut CD Love Story wound up on several critics’ “Best Of” lists, and garnered the number two slot on Amazon’s Top Ten Jazz CDs of The Year (2003). His latest CD, Still Runnin’ Round in the Wilderness: the Lost Music of Willard Robison, has also met with rave reviews. Matt has been featured on France’s ARTE television, profiled in Downbeat magazine, honored with Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award, and been the subject of several broadcasts on NPR. He has also recorded with Holly Cole, Madeline Peyroux, Liz Wright, “Little” Jimmy Scott, Geoff Muldaur, Sasha Dobson, and Kat Edmondson. He is credited on over 70 CDs, including new releases by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and guitarist Howard Alden.

The Seasons of Being

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

“The Seasons of Being” is a new project from pianist/composer Andy Milne. The 60-minute suite, composed for 10 musicians, is set around Milne’s genre-bending quintet, Dapp Theory, which occupies the cross roads between lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. This project is a significant new direction for the band, representing their first large-scale collaboration with multiple improvisers. Dapp Theory is augmented with five diverse, top-notch improvisers from the New York creative music scene. Joining the band as special guests are:

Ralph Alessi – trumpet (Fred Hersch, Uri Caine)

Ben Monder – guitar (Maria Schnider, Lee Konitz)

La Tanya Hall – vocals & narration (Steely Dan, Bobby McFerrin)

Michael Attias – baritone saxophone (Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian, Oliver Lake)

Christopher Hoffman – cello (Henry Threadgill, Marc Ribot)

Milne, who has collaborated with Ravi Coltrane, Joe Lovano, Sekou Sundiata, Avery Brooks, Bruce Cockburn, and Dianne Reeves, was at the center of the M-BASE collective during the 1990s. He was a core member of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s groups and collaborated extensively with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. In 2012, Milne was commissioned by The Japan Foundation and New Music USA to create Strings and Serpents, a multi-disciplinary project featuring artists from Japan, France, Canada and the US. He has composed and produced the scores for seven documentary films by acclaimed director William Shatner. In 2013, Milne composed an orchestral work for American Composer’s Orchestra JCOI New Music Readings. A seasoned educator, Milne is on the faculties at The New School, New York University, Columbia University and The Banff Centre, as well as being the assistant director for The School for Improvisational Music.

“The Seasons of Being” was inspired by Milne’s positive personal experiences with homeopathy. Since 2006, he has been exploring the principles of classical homeopathic healing. In 2011, he researched and developed a model for identifying human behavioral patterns (pathologies) through understanding how one’s subconscious preferences for music or sound are connected to their pathology. By uncovering the emotional and spiritual forces influencing our responses to sound and music, Milne’s aim was to compose music that could offer “healing” qualities for the featured improviser.

One aspect of homeopathic diagnosis is the identification of experiences that cause emotions to disrupt the healthy connection between the vital force and physical energy within a human organ. With homeopathy, it’s possible to identify the experiences that contribute to illnesses caused when a person is separated, in varying degrees, from their spirit. This damage manifests as various distinct pathologies. Milne saw the potential to draw meaningful connections between characteristics of a particular pathology (tempo, quality, texture) and fundamental elements of music (rhythm, harmony and melody.) The manner in which an individual responds to sound and music is, in fact, an excellent indicator of their pathology.

The composed material in this project serves as a musical complement, underscoring each improviser’s depiction of a specific behavioral pattern. Each movement features an improviser representing one of several human behavioral patterns. While Duke Ellington composed for individual musicians from an understanding of their musical lineage, Milne is exploring how to reflect an understanding of one’s emotional lineage. His goal is to explore the resonance with which people experience this powerful modality of healing, expressing it musically and creating music that is healing for both the listener and performer. Milne sees the potential to share his work with those working in music therapy, bringing together homeopathy and music, creating opportunities for improving general public health.

Watch more on the upcoming project!

FONT Music Presents Generations 2015: A New Trumpet Music Continuum – September 24-29, 2015

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

FONT Music Presents
Generations 2015 – A New Trumpet Music Continuum

Co-Curators Dave Douglas, Marquis Hill, Stephanie Richards, CJ Camerieri, Aaron Shragge, Nate Wooley, Jeremy Pelt Represent A Broad Spectrum of Styles And Sensibilities

2015 FONT Music Award of Recognition Goes To Jazz Trumpet Legend,
Eddie Henderson

Eddie Henderson, photo credit: Jimmy Katz

From September 24 through 29, 2015, New York’s award winning Festival of New Trumpet Music returns for a new season of genre-crunching, forward-looking brass music. Since 2002 FONT Music, directed by trumpeter and composerDave Douglas, has been presenting astounding programs of new trumpet music across genres. In 2014 the festival was honored with Chamber Music America’s Award for Adventurous Programming.

Along with trumpeters and longtime FONT Music collaborators Stephanie Richards and Aaron Shragge, Douglas and his core team have this year invited a community of brass players to “co-curate” the festival. Trumpeters Marquis Hill, CJ Camerieri, Nate Wooley, and Jeremy Pelt all contribute their unique and different visions to this year’s extraordinary program.

“Celebrating Eddie Henderson” will be the culminating event at The New School at 8pm on September 29. Mr. Henderson will also give a public master class on September 28th at 4pm, and participate in a panel discussion about his work and life at 7pm on September 29. He will be awarded with the festival’s Award Of Recognition, in honor of his pioneering work in the field. Previous recipients include Wadada Leo Smith, Kenny Wheeler, Raymond Mase, Bobby Bradford, and Laurie Frink.

“Signatures in Brass,” curated by Marquis Hill, will feature a grouping of some of today’s most compelling young jazz players, with Phillip Dizack, Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Josh Evans, and Ingrid Jensen in new and collaborative works. This lineup is particularly notable as Hill generously invited several of his Thelonious Monk Competition “competitors” as well as older players he admires for an evening of collaboration; a rare occasion to say the least. This concert will be presented onSaturday, September 26 with two shows at 8pm and 10pm, in collaboration with The Jazz Gallery.

The festival will continue offering a free event for children entitled “Blast Of Brass,” directed by Jesse Neuman, at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum onSunday, September 27 at 12 noon. This event represents a continuation of the spirit of community involvement for FONT Music, exemplified by past events including the 2010 Jane’s Carousel commission and performance, as well as talks involving diverse musicians such as Ted Daniel, Peter Evans, Raymond Mase, and Igmar Thomas. It also recalls the performance of Henry Brant’s piece for 52 trumpets at Roulette for FONT’s 10th Anniversary.

The opening event of the festival in 2015 will be “Without A Frame” a program hand-picked by trumpeter CJ Camerieri and including works by noted composers and performers from a range of styles Gabriel Kahane, Nico Muhly, Mick Rossi, Greg Saunier and performances by yMusic, Gareth Flowers, Brandon Ridenour, and Asphalt Orchestra. “Without A Frame” will take place at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 at 8:30pm on September 24.

On September 25 at 8pm FONT Music will initiate a new collaboration with The Dimenna Center for Classical Music. Trumpeter Thomas Bergeron will perform a very special new version of the music from his album Sacred Feast featuring new arrangements of the music of Olivier Messiaen, including vocalist Becca Stevens and many others. Festival Director Dave Douglas said, “This is a project that is masterfully executed, and I can’t think of another trumpeter who could pull it off. A thing of beauty!”

FONT Music will also present two nights of experimental trumpeters curated by Shragge and Wooley at Downtown Music Gallery. Each evening, September 27and September 28, from 7pm to 10pm, will feature sets by three visionary trumpeter / composers.

Longtime FONT Music board member and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt commented about this year’s Award Of Recognition recipient, Eddie Henderson: “Eddie has been a steady mentor in my career since it’s infancy. At nearly 75 years of age this year, his playing miraculously keeps getting more and more personalized. I think that it would be unjust NOT to celebrate his genius, perseverance and boundless creativity.”

Asked about the impact of Henderson, trumpeter Nate Wooley said, “Eddie Henderson, to me, is the essential bridge between the hard bop continuum of the 60s and contemporary jazz trumpet. He is a visionary that stretched the jazz language by moving its limits rather than bypassing them – the kind of musician that shifts the way we all think about what we do.”

Trumpeter Randy Brecker added, “The word that comes to mind when I think of Eddie is ‘musicality.’ His solos are all of course exercises in spontaneity, but sound like carefully thought-out sculpted gems of musical invention. And of course his is a completely personal sound on the harmon mute.”

Award-winning your trumpeter Marquis Hill on Eddie Henderson: “Dr. Eddie Henderson has led the type of life and career for which one might well and wisely strive. His diligence of craft and tasteful adaptation of rich precedents has quietly influenced many. Definition of a true master!”

Douglas refers to this year’s program as “a series of concerts about generations — the way music grows and changes with each successive era of players. To have Marquis, Eddie, CJ, and Stephanie presented under the same umbrella is an inspiring notion for all musicians – not just trumpeters.”

It is that growth within a continuum that inspires FONT Music and its broad and diverse community of music and musicians to continue striving to push the instrument forward into exciting new and unlikely settings.

Cellist Erik Friedlander Pays Tribute to Cello Legend Oscar Pettiford on OSCALYPSO out October 22, 2015

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

An Album Paying Tribute to
Bassist & Cellist Oscar Pettiford,
Honoring The Storied Cello Legacy of Pettiford,

Featuring Star-Studded Cast of Saxophonist Michael Blake, Bassist Trevor Dunn, and Drummer Mike Sarin,
OSCALYPSO To Be Released October 22, 2015 via Skipstone Records

“How long you been trying to do that jazz cello thing?”, a much younger Erik Friedlander was asked after a concert. It was a troubling question that neatly described Friedlander’s personal quest to develop a voice for himself and his instrument and the larger struggle of all cellists who improvise: Where does the cello fit into jazz and can it even belong in that storied tradition?

“When you are an improvising cellist there is not so much history to contemplate and learn from. It’s like we’re on a desert island.” Friedlander says. Saxophone players or guitar players have a crowd of players to measure themselves against, while cellists have Fred Katz, Abdul Wadud and more recent players like Hank Roberts and Ernst Reijseger — there are others, but it’s a short list.

Friedlander has been doing that jazz cello thing on New York’s Downtown music scene since the 1990s. He has worked to stake out new territory for himself and his instrument but has never recorded a project of cover tunes before. OSCALYPSO is a celebration of the music of bassist Oscar Pettiford who according to Friedlander was innovative on the cello too. “When I look to history for a role model, it’s Pettiford. ” says Friedlander, “Pettiford played the cello with such swing and melody. He was the first to lead a band from behind the cello. And he wrote original tunes, some of which are now classics. Pettiford had a special feel for the instrument — he even named his son Cello! He’s always been a hero of mine.”


Chicago Jazz Festival Announces Neighborhood Nights Concerts

Thursday, July 9th, 2015



Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights Brings Jazz Performances Free of Charge, To Neighborhoods Across the City


The Chicago Jazz Festival, one of the most acclaimed and richly curated jazz festivals in the U.S., will be presenting performances outside of the festival grounds with the Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights concert series. Neighborhood Nights was conceived with an aim towards expanding the footprint of the Chicago Jazz Festival beyond the festival’s stage and partnering with community institutions such as the Chicago Park District, as well as various Chicago Public Library branches and community centers throughout Chicago.

To begin the series, on  July 17th and 18th, the 9th Annual Chicago Latin Jazz Festival will happen in Humboldt Park (1400 N. Sacramento Ave). Now in its third year as a two-day music and cultural arts and crafts attraction, the family friendly and free event will offer a full range of musical performances, instrument and mask-making workshops and more. Initially an event showcasing local latin jazz talent, the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival now attracts some of the biggest names in latin jazz from around the world.

Local Chicago pianist Samuel Del Real will open the Latin Jazz Festival with his Orchestra focusing on Del Real’s arrangements of music from his native country Colombia.  Chicago-based saxophonist Roy McGrath–originally from San Juan, PR–will continue Friday’s bill with his band featuring local Latin jazz masters Juan Pastor (who will lead his own group during the Chicago Jazz Fest), Victor Junito Rivera, and Joaquin Garcia.  NYC’s Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours, often heralded as one of the biggest and most prolific Latin Jazz groups, will headline the festival and close out Friday’s concert–a true testament to the talent that the Chicago Latin Jazz Fest now attracts.


(Friday’s Headliners: Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours)

A large aspect of the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival is its emphasis on being a family-oriented, open, community concert and the Saturday afternoon concerts are part and parcel with that. The afternoon concerts will feature Garifuna Group (from Belize), Mariachi Youth Band, andChicago Cuatro Orchestra Project a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit community music program, founded to preserve the history and usage of Puerto Rico’s national instrument the Cuatro.

On Saturday night, the prolific Chicago-based band, the Jose Valdes Orchestra, will begin the concert, followed by the Charangeo Orchestra. To close out the evening, young local rising star Victor Garcia will lead an ensemble featuring legendary Chicago bluesman, Billy Branchalongside a slew of local talent in the band.


   (Trumpeter Victor Garcia)

The following Neighborhood Nights event will be a performance by Chicago saxophonist Ari Brown, who will play August 8th at Senn High School. Brown, a truly seminal fixture on the Chicago music scene since the late 1960s, was a close friend of many AACM legends such as Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, and Jack DeJohnette. Brown’s performance on the 8th is tied in with the larger CJF celebration of the AACM’s 50th Anniversary. Brown’s band will feature Kirk Brown on piano, Yosef Ben Israel 0n bass, Dr. Cuz on percussion and Avreeayl Ra on drum set.


(Saxophonist Ari Brown)


On August 8th, local Chicago vocal legend Teddy Thomas will bring his sextet of local musicians Mike Allemana (guitar), Roger Harris (piano), Matt Ferguson (bass), Greg Artry (drums) and a saxophonist TBA.

(Saxophonist Teddy Thomas)


Widely regarded as one of Chicago’s most innovative composers and performers bassist Matt Ulery will bring his band Loom to Logan Square Roundabout on August 22nd. Ulery is . Loom features some of Chicago’s most in-demand musicians: Marquis Hill (trumpet), Rob Clearfield (piano), Geof Bradfield (saxophone), Jon Deitmeyer (drums).

(Bassist and Composer Matt Ulery)


  Full Neighborhood Nights Lineup:

Chicago Latin Jazz Festival – July 17th & 18th:
Humboldt Park

7/17 Friday:

7PMSamuel Del Real Orchestra,
Featuring Original Arrangements of Traditional Music
from His Native Colombia

8PM – Roy McGrath Quintet
Roy McGrath – sax, Juan Pastor – drums, Victor Junito Rivera – congas, Ian Stewart – bass, Joaquin Garcia – piano

9PMPapo Vasquez’ Mighty Pirate Troubadours (from NYC)

7/18 Saturday:
Afternoon Sets:
1:30 PM – Garifuna Group (from Belize)
2:30 PM – Mariachi Youth Band
3:30 PM – Chicago Cuatro Orchestra Project

Evening sets:
5:30 PM – Jose Valdes Orchestra
6:30 PM – Charangeo Orchestra
7:30 PMVictor Garcia Ensemble with Bluesman Billy Branch
Greg Ward – sax, Rich Moore – tenor sax, Luke Malewic, trombone, Dan Trudell, organ, Scott Hesse – guitar, Charles Heath – drums, Billy Branch – harp and vocals

August 8 – Ari Brown –  5PM – 7PM
Senn High School
5900 W. Glenwood

Ari Brown – saxophone
Kirk Brown – piano
Yosef Ben Israel, bass
Dr Cuz – percussion
Avreeayl Ra – drums

August 15 – Teddy Thomas Sextet- 6pm – 8 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park

Teddy Thomas – vocalist
Mike Allemana – guitar
Roger Harris – piano
Matt Ferguson – bass
Greg Artry – drums

August 22 – Matt Ulery’s Loom- 5pm – 7 PM
Logan Square Roundabout
3200 W. Logan Blvd.

Matt Ulery, bass
Rob Clearfield, piano
Jon Deitemyer, drums
Geof Bradfield, reeds
Marquis Hill, trumpet



The Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The festival is sponsored in part by ADA 25 Chicago, American Airlines, Aquafina, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-ChicagoLand’s Television, Communications Direct, Downbeat Magazine, LaGROU Distribution System, Metra, Pepsi, Stella Artois and WGN-TV.

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About Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs And Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

About Jazz Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1969, the not for profit Jazz Institute of Chicago has programmed the Chicago Jazz Festival in partnership with the City of Chicago since the festival began in 1979. The organization’s mission to promote and nurture jazz in Chicago is carried out by providing jazz education for youth and adults, supporting the creation of new work by Chicago jazz musicians; growing the audience for jazz by presenting programs that are free and available for all and fostering a thriving jazz community.


Author David Hajdu Releases Songwriter Debut August 28th on Miranda Music

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Author David Hajdu Makes Songwriter Debut With Waiting for the Angel,
Culminating A 5-Year Collaboration with Esteemed Multi-Genre Composers Jill Sobule, Fred Hersch, Renee Rosnes And Michael “Mickey” Leonard

Out August 28th on Miranda Music

Album Features Top-Call Vocalists
Jo Lawry, Karen Oberlin, Michael Winther,
And Musicians Steve Wilson, Steven Bernstein, Charles Pillow, Peter Bernstein, Dave Eggar,
Sean Smith & Carl Allen

After years of writing about songs in books and essays, David Hajdu has taken up writing them.  Over the past five years, Hajdu has been working with several esteemed composers of jazz, pop and theater music: the pianists Renee Rosnes and Fred Hersch, the alternative-folk singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, and the veteran Broadway composer Michael (Mickey) Leonard.  The result is Waiting for the Angel, a collection of quirkily artful songs that defy easy categorization.  The album will be released by Miranda Music as a CD and digital download, with a bonus track, on August 28.


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