Rehearsing with Gene Pritsker’s  CompCord Big Band ‘NY NY’ for our concert this Friday, March 3rd @ 7:30pm, Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, NYC

 

This video is from our rehearsal with Gene Pritsker’s CompCord Big Band ‘NY NY’ for our concert on March 3rd @ 7:30pm, At the Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, NYC

Composers:
David Taylor, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Joseph Martin Waters, Marie Incontrera, Alon Nechushtan, Anthony Branker, Kinan Azmeh, Franz Hackl, Melanie Mitrano/Gerson Galante, John Clark.

Performers:
CompCord Big Band, Vesselin Gellev – violin, Melanie Mitrano – voice, Gerson Galante – clarinet, Sebastian Pritsker – voice, Charles Coleman – conductor

Obout the concert:

Composers Concordance’s 6th annual festival, entitled ‘New York // New Music’, will be held from March 3-12, 2017, and will feature new music about NYC by more than 55 composers. The six-concert festival will launch at The Cutting Room, with the CompCord Big Band premiering 12 compositions. Composers will include Kinan Azmeh (“intensely soulful” – The New York Times. “spellbinding” – The New Yorker), as well as Dan Cooper, Dave Taylor, Franz Hackl,, John Clark, Anthony Branker, Joseph Martin Waters, Marie Incontrera and Alon Nechushtan. Composer-vocalist Melanie Mitrano will bring her “swinging, clean, cool and refined” vocals. Violinist Vesselin Gellev, Sub-Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, will premiere Gene Pritsker’s violin concerto with big band. This new composition is about three paintings by New York artist Mark Kostabi, whose canvases are permanently featured at The Cutting Room. A new Arrangement of ‘New York, New York’ will be the finale and feature the voice of 12 year old Sebastian Pritsker. Gerson Galante will be the clarinet soloist and Charles Coleman conducts.

 

 

Another incredible experience subbing at “Sunset Blvd.”

Another wonderful experience subbing at “Sunset Blvd.” last night.  The full symphony orchestra on Stage sounded wonderful.

Glenn Close is amazing in this drama.

Performing as a substitute with the orchestras of “Kinky Boots,” and “Sunset Blvd.” (starring Glenn Close) on Broadway for the first time this week. 


This week I joined the orchestras of two hit Broadway shows back to back; “Sunset Blvd.” and “Kinky Boots.”  For those of you who don’t know what it means to sub on a Broadway show for the first time, It may be interesting for you to get my perspective. 

Playing a Broadway show for the first time is like walking a tight rope 50 feet in the air with no net.  There is no rehearsal with the band. You get the music and you prepare as best you can without actually playing with the orchestra. 

The notes (although absolutely important to NAIL) are the least of your worries.  It is the unknown variables that you don’t find out about until you actually get on stage and perform.  Theater is live, you never really know what is going to happen.  In the case of “Subset Blvd,” some of those variables included the following.  

One of the big challenges for all the orchestra members is a lack of space to play your instrument.  This is a problem in almost every pit I have played in.  While playing the 1st trombon chair at “Sunset Blvd.,” if you move a few inches from side to side, your instrument will hit parts of the set. 

Anothe unknowable variable was the music stand being inches from my face.  This makes it difficult to see the notes at the top, bottom and sides of the page while trying to follow the conductor.  Oh yes… and  you can only see the conductor on a small video monitor above the stand which is difficult to see and hard to follow while reading the music that’s too close to your face.  

In addition,  the trombone section mate (the bass trombonist) was suiting in front of me with a felt curtain between us. 

The level of musicianship on Broadway is exceptional.  Tonight, my section mate (the bass trombonist) had only played the show once before.  In other experiences, this could definitely make my job harder.   Luckily “my man” did his homework and played beautifully.

From the conductors perspective, all of these variables are the subs problem.  The maestro wants to hear the same thing that the regular musician plays. 

It might sound a little stifling to the reader if they have never experienced this level of chaos when they go to work. For the Broadway sub, this is well within our wheel-house. We deal with all of these variables because this is how we make our living.

Tonight the conductor was thoroughly pleased with my performance. To me that means I could be called back. That is the paramount goals. 

It’s not all about getting a gig though. The orchestra at “Sunset Blvd.” is one of the best orchestras I have played with. It is also one of the largest.  There is a full string section, brass, winds, percussion/drums, and even a harp. Most Broadway shows have less that half of the musicians that are in the “Sunset Blvd.” orchestra. It was truly a joy to play with this fine ensemble. 

It was also cool to see Michael Douglas hanging near the musician are.  When he saw me and a group of musicians (wearing our tuxes) he said to us “The orchestra sounded beautiful!”

“Kinky Boots” had a whole other set of variables. 

Preparing the music was essential, but it is only part of the skill set needed to thrive as a Broadway sub.

Happy to be playing my steady gig with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra tonight at the Village Vanguard in NYC

I’m standing next to the lead player with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Nick Marchione. One of the best lead trumpet players around.

A Bronx Tale and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

a Bronx tale
A Bronx Tale
doubles this week
Doubles this week

Today is a busy day.  Up early to fix breakfast for the family and clean the kitchen and get ready for two completely different gigs today.

First, I am excited to be back at “A Bronx Tale” on Broadway for the matinee today in NYC. The book requires a trombone and tuba double so I’ve been practicing the instruments together for the past few days.

Then, tonight I continue playing the week at the Village Vanguard which continues tonight with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra for our 51st Anniversary. I am blessed for these opportunities.

VJO CELEBRATES 51 YEARS AT THE VANGUARD!

2017 FEB … VJO CELEBRATES 51 YEARS AT THE VANGUARD! (8DAYS FEB6 – FEB13) 

We are very happy to announce that 2017 is the 51st anniversary. We, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – established by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, will perform the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from our library of over 300 tunes!

Come and join the celebration!

Feb 6, 2017 (mon) to Feb 13, 2017 (mon) …8 days
Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm

at Village Vanguard
178 7th Avenue South, New York, NY, USA
http://villagevanguard.com/

For reservations:
call : (212) 255-4037
online : http://villagevanguard.com/html/tix.html

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Tonight

Come hear the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra tonight at the Village Vanguard in NYC. Sets at 8:30 and 10:30.

Live jazz, food and sake

Live jazz, food and sake …
“We Get Together” hosted by Inspiration Bridge
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A gala evening with amidst soulful Jazz music led by Grammy nominated producer, composer and pianist Migiwa Miyajima, premium sake by Sake Master, Kinoshita Kazuhiro and sumptuous food by much celebrated city chef Daniel Chavez Bello!!
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-Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2017
-Time: 6:30pm Door Open / 7:00pm Start
-Venue: Church of Holy Apostles (296 Ninth Avenue)

TICKETS http://bit.ly/2hEarrD

Early Bird (till 26 Dec) $63.99- with a complimentary sake cup by Rokkaku Ceramic Studio
General Admission $74.49-
Student $53.49-

JAZZ – Big Band Jazz led by Japanese composer, Migiwa Miyajima, and a multinational group of musicians
FOOD – Appetizers paired with Sake, created by Chef Daniel Chavez Bello, Chef de Cuisine from Bouley Restaurant
SAKE – Four types of premium Japanese Sake selected by Sake Master, Kazuhiro Kinoshita, from the Japan Sake Fest.

Miggy+ Jazz Orchestra
Migiwa Miyajima (Composer, Piano)
Saxophones: Ben Kono, Alejandro Aviles, Sam Dillon, Quinsin Nachoff, Carl Maraghi
Trombones: Jason Jackson, Alan Ferber, James Burton, Jennifer Wharton
Trumpets: Dan Urness, David Smith, Matt Holman, Nadje Noordhuis
Rhythm section: Jared Schonig (drums), Noriko Ueda (bass), Pete McCann (Guitar)

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Join us our first fundraising event and make new friends! !
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Inspiration Bridge’s mission is to promote cultural diversity and support international patients or patients who travel far from another states to get treatments in NYC. Through our event, “We Get Together”, we will provide an opportunity for people to experience something new and different. There will be the chance to meet people from different regions, experience different cultures, and broaden horizons. At our event in the center of New York, the city of diversity, you can enjoy the entertainment from different cultures and regions.

Dress code: Casual

Our generous sponsors:
-Cuculi  http://cuculi.com/
-Beethoven PIanos http://www.beethovenpianos.com/
-Rokkaku Cermic Studio  http://ritsukomoore.com/Ritsuko_Moore/Ristuko_Moore<_Home.html

Inquiry about the event :
Event Director, Naomi Oshiro (noshiro@inspirationbridgecharity.org)

Inspiration Bridge, Inc. is a public charity and an IRS recognized 501c(3) non-profit organization. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to organize supporting group for those patients as well as to support our continued cultural activities.

A Teaser Video for our show “The Sounds Of Sarah Vaughan”

Broadway vocalist Rosena M. Hill (Come Fly Away, The Color Purple) and her husband, Grammy-winning trombonist Jason Jackson (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band), pay tribute to the legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan.
With jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, saxophonist Don Braden, bassist David Wong, drummer Neal Smith, and trumpeter Greg Gisbert the couple together known as “JACK&HILL MUSIC” present a unique musical experience of Jazz, Blues, Broadway, Cabaret, Standards, American Songbook, Spirituals, Latin, and original arrangements into their performances, telling the story of Sarah Vaughan through the music she recorded.
Certified jazz royalty, the late, legendary Vaughan (b. 1924 in Newark, NJ) was nicknamed “The Divine One.” Jazz critic Leonard Feather called her “the most important singer to emerge from the bop era.” Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s “greatest singing talent.”
The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan keeps her musical legacy alive and introduces new generations to Vaughan’s take on clasiic tunes.

Monday Night with The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Join The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s weekly gig on Monday at the Village Vanguard. Music of Thad Jones, Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Hat City Kitchen Jazz Jam Session

I had a great time sitting in with Mike Lee, Alvester Garnett, Chris Berger, Oscar Peréz, and Lance Bryant at the Hat City Kitchen.

Chris Berger, Jason Jackson at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ
Chris Berger, Jason Jackson at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ
Alvester Garnett, Jason Jackson, Lance Bryant at Hat City Kitchen
Alvester Garnett, Jason Jackson, Lance Bryant at Hat City Kitchen
Hat City Kitchen Orange, NJ
Hat City Kitchen Orange, NJ

#jazz, #livemusic, #jazzjam, #jamsession, #hatcitykitchen, #orangenj, #trombone, #jasonjacksontrombone

Monday Night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Join The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s weekly gig on Monday at the Village Vanguard. Music of Thad Jones, Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others.

VJO
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Preforming at my regular Monday show with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in NYC. 

Director / John Mosca

Orchestra Manager / Douglas Purviance

Artistic Director / Dick Oatts

Composer in Residence/ Jim McNeely

Project Director / Thomas Bellino

Associate Producer / Migiwa Miyajima

Continue TRUMPETS/FLUGELHORNS

Nick Marchione (lead)

Tanya Darby

Terell Stafford

Scott Wendholt

buy Lyrica mexico TROMBONES

John Mosca (lead)

Luis Bonilla

Jason Jackson

Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)

WOODWINDS

Dick Oatts (lead alto and soprano saxophones, flute)

Billy Drewes (alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet)

Rich Perry (tenor saxophone, flute)

Ralph LaLama (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet)

Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet)

RHYTHM SECTION

Jim McNeely (piano)

John Riley (drums)

David Wong (bass)