A Bronx Tale

Nice time substituting at A Bronx Tale last night. The regular let’s the subs use his Miraphone tuba, but I brought a Walter Sear tuba last night to see if it would be more comfortable. Both seemed fine, if anything, the Miraphone played with less resistance. I was able to produce more sound with less effort on the Miraphone as compared to the Walter Sear tuba.

Thanks to the fine musicians in the band: Perry Cavari, Kenny Beschia, Jamie Dauber, Smitty at the stick and playing piano, and everyone else. Hope to be back soon.

At the Blue note this week with the Grammy winning Artist Paquito D’Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie alumni all-star big band

Join us this week, July 18-23 at the Blue Note jazz club in New York City.  Paquito D’Rivera leads an all-star big band of Dizzy Gillespie alumni and world-class jazz artists. We will be for performing some of Dizzy Gillespie’s most famous works as well as samba Jazz and Cuban jazz for your enjoyment.

Joining us for the set will be the Grammy nominated artist Roberta Gambarini singing some beautiful selections from the Dizzy Gillespie repertoire.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra tonight at the Village Vanguard in NYC

Our weekly show at the Vanguard tonight. Sets at 8:30 and 10:30. More info at www.vanguardjazzorchestra.com

Great night at the Vanguard last night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Tonight I’m at Beautiful, The Carole King Musical. 

Jason and Tatum at beautiful the Carole King musical
Jason Jackson, and Tatum Greenblatt (new trumpeter at “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical”

Great night at the Vanguard last night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Tonight I’m playing the great Broadway show Beautiful about Carole King.  the new trumpet player Tatum Greenblatt sounds great!!

Great night last night at the Village Vanguard with the vanguard Kazz Orhestra 

We welcome our newest member John Chudoba (pictured below on the left) as second trumpet.

Vjo bone section
Left to right: David Wong, Douglas Purviance, Rock Ciccerone  John Mosca and Jason Jackson
Left to right: John Chudoba, Jeff Wilfore

Teaching at the Dalton School in NYC, and City College, then an evening subbing at the Broadway Musical, Sunset Blvd. starring Glenn Close

Wednesday was my first day of teaching at The Dalton School in NYC where I am now the trombone teacher.

The Dalton School
The Dalton School

My next student was up town at the City College New York where I have taught for 6 years now.

CCNY
City College New York (CCNY)

And finally I ended the night at Sunset Blvd. starring Glenn Close.

Nat King Cole tribute with Micheal Feinstein last night at Lincoln Center

Jason Jackson performing with Michael Feinstein for a Nat King Cole Tribute

I performed last night with Michael Feinstein and the American Song Book Big Band conducted by Tedd Firth for a tribute to Nat King Cole at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Appel Room.  Great concert!!i

Tonight I’m at the South Orange Performing Arts Center with the Seaton Hall Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Concert starts at 7:30pm. 

Tonight I’m at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange NJ with the Seaton Hall Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Concert starts at 7:30pm.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
Seaton Hall Jazz Faculty: Steve and Carol Hamersma
Seaton Hall Jazz Faculty: Steve and Carol Hamersma

Another successful subbing experience at “Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway in NYC

There are strict rules governing when a substitute musician is allowed to play on with a Broadway orchestra.  One of the rules is that in a given section, if there is a 1st time sub, all the other musicians in that section must be  a regular member OR a substitute that has been designated “as good as the regular player.”

Usually a person is not designated until they have played the show quite a number of times. In my case, I’ve played the show three times and tonight I was playing in the section with a first time lead trumpet player.

Although playing with a 1st time lead trumpeter can be nerve wrecking, I took it as a compliment to my playing.  All went very well.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performing “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performing “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones

 

Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Join our weekly gig at the Village Vanguard.
We will perform the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from our library of over 300 tunes!
Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm. Door open 7:30

Age limit: All ages

Excited about my performance tonight with the CompCord Big Band at The Cutting Room in NYC. Great new works by renown Composers to be premiered by an all star ensemble. 

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Composers Concordance

Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper – Directors
Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Melissa Grey, Svjetlana Bukvich – Associate Directors

– CompCord Big Band –

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street, NYC

Featuring: Vesselin Gellev – violin, Melanie Mitrano – voice, Gerson Galante – clarinet, Sebastian Pritsker – voice, & Charles Coleman – conductor.

CompCord Big Band: Livio Almeida, Gerson Galante – alto saxophones;
Andrew Gould, Jay Rodriguez – tenor saxophones; Mercedes Beckman – baritone saxophone; Franz Hackl, Wayne J Du Maine, Peter Oswald, Jonathan Finlayson – trumpets;
John Clark – horn; Jason Jackson, Mike Seltzer – tenor trombones; David Taylor – bass trombone; Gene Pritsker – guitar; Carlton Holmes – piano; Laurence Goldman – bass; & Joe Abbatantuono – drumset.

Program
1.) Groove From The Louvre – John Clark
2.) ADDIYO * – Alon Nechushtan
3.) Vav Hey Vav – Dan Cooper
4.) Three Paintings ‘Bout New York by Kostabi * – Gene Pritsker 5.) Waltz Heteroclite – David Taylor
6.) Forgotten Peoples – Anthony Branker
7.) Meu Adorado * – Melanie Mitrano / Gerson Galante

8.) Resist * – Joseph Martin Waters
9.) CLIMATE (a nasty woman’s guide to surviving the apocalypse) * – Marie Incontrera 10.) 139th Street – Kinan Azmeh
11.) New York, New York * – John Kander / Lyrics: Fred Ebb / Arrangement: Gene Pritsker

(* denotes a premiere)

Back at “Beautiful The Carole King Musical” tonight. Looking forward to some nice “phat” pedal Bb’s on the bass trombone and some popping horn section lines on the large-bore tenor trombone.!

 

Back at Beautiful tonight where the book calls for doubling on large-bore tenor trombone and bass trombone.  We are going to make some “Broadway Magic!”

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.

Last night I played with the Grammy Award Winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the 50th Elmhurst College Jazz Festival near Chicago.  The audience gave us a standing ovation. 

The picture shows me sitting next to Scott Wendholt (Trumpet,) and Chris Byars (Sax,) packed in a passenger van leaving the hotel on our way to the 50th Elmhurst College Jazz Festival with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The band was in rare form last night.  The students and teachers gave us a rousing ovation after our set.