PAST EVENTS

Tea Lounge

04.15.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

NewYorkestra
featuring Rob Middleton and Steve Kenyon

NewYorkestra was formed in 1996 as a workshop for new creative big band. Its repertoire is unique and varied, made up of both original compositions and creative arrangements of modern jazz classics. NewYorkestra plays the music of the band’s prizewinning composers, bandleaders Rob Middleton and Steve Kenyon. The members of the group are veterans of the New York jazz scene, many of whom have played in internationally renowned bands, such as those of Maria Schneider, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lionel Hampton, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others. The band has featured jazz luminaries as guest soloists in performance, including David Liebman and Randy Brecker. The band draws particular inspiration from jazz of the 1960’s and 70’s, from Thad Jones’ work to the compositions and performances of Miles Davis’ great 1960’s bands. Their CD, Urban Soundscapes released in 2005, is played by radio stations around the country.

Tea Lounge

03.11.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brookyn, NY

Neal Kirkwood Big Band

Composer Neal Kirkwood has a diverse background in jazz, classical and theater. Other recent compositions include "5 Choruses from Mexico City Blues", set to Jack Kerouac's poems, written for jazz chorus and big band, and "Ruminations", settings of Rumi for chorus and jazz quartet.
His 17-piece big band will perform two brand new works "The Light of Birds", from a jazz piano concerto in progress, and "Jim Knew" an extrospective Duke Ellington-inspired opus composed in honor of New York playwright Jim Neu. Also included on the evening's program will be excerpts from Kirkwood's suite "The Future of Futurism" originally premiered in 2000.

Tea Lounge

03.04.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph

Described as “eloquent" by JazzTimes magazine, and “Inspired" by Downbeat magazine, Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph is a 12 piece original ensemble based in NYC. Featuring an uncommon instrumentation of string quartet, guitar, bass, drums and an assortment of wind instruments and audio samples, the band plays original music that sounds like a mix of film scores, toothless blues singers, 60’s jazz, midtown traffic at rush hour, the big bang, and you. Please visit www.mattdavisguitar.com for more info.

Tea Lounge

02.25.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Michael Webster’s Leading Lines

Featuring a unique blend of Latin Jazz rhythms, classical textures, funky odd meter settings and sheer groove, Leading Lines is a perfect springboard for Michael Webster's melodically accessible, harmonically rich & rhythmically infectious music. The 16-piece chamber-jazz orchestra is comprised of 6 horns, 6 strings and a 4-piece rhythm section.

Tea Lounge

02.18.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Chris Stover's Book of Sand

Chris Stover's Book of Sand is a mix of Stover's new and slightly less new music, covering a wide range of expressive ground: lush, lyrical textures; far-reaching dissonances, subtly shifting compositional processes, and powerful grooves. All original compositions along with creative reworkings of music by Elvis Costello, Bob Marley, and Johannes Brahms.

Tea Lounge

02.11.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Awakening Orchestra

Aggressive, explosive, and epic, the Awakening Orchestra runs the table from avant-rock to contemporary classical, with all points in between. Heavy-handed yet remarkably agile and adaptable, the 20-piece ensemble is conducted and led by impassioned and incendiary composer Kyle Saulnier, combining a dark harmonic sense of humor and aleatoric techniques with back-breaking grooves and moments of thunderous convergence. Since 2006 the Awakening Orchestra has played venues as varied as Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (at Lincoln Center), the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Nassau Coliseum as part of the Vans Warped Tour.

Tea Lounge

02.04.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra

Composer and bandleader Javier Arau is a former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he studied under Vanguard Orchestra musical director Jim McNeely, and he was a protege of acclaimed arranger and composer Bob Brookmeyer. Currently the program director of New York Jazz Academy, Arau's compositions are published by UNC Jazz Press and Dorn Publications, and he has received awards and honors from Down Beat Magazine, ASCAP, BMI, and MTNA. Also an accomplished saxophonist, he was the cover artist of the July 2009 issue of Saxophone Journal and is an artist endorser for Virtuoso saxophones. The Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra, based in NYC, is a dynamic 18-piece big band that features Javier's own compositions and arrangements

Tea Lounge

01.28.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

David White Jazz Orchestra

The David White Jazz Orchestra visits Tea Lounge following the release of Flashpoint, their debut CD. The David White Jazz Orchestra is the creation of trombonist, composer, arranger David White. This NYC-based Orchestra, which began performing in the fall of 2007, plays Mr. White's original music and arrangements exclusively. Trombonist, Composer, Arranger David White is a highly versatile musician who is building a strong reputation on the New York jazz scene. In addition to leading his own band, the David White Jazz Orchestra, he has had the honor of sharing the stage with Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, James Weidman, Frank Lowe, Todd Coolman, Valery Ponomarev, Charli Persip, Delfeayo Marsalis, Junior Mance and Kenny Burrell among others. In a review of one of his recent performances, Jazz Inside NY Magazine praised David’s work saying: “I Have a Bad Feeling About This", written by trombonist Dave White, was propelled by a snappy bass line and some first class solo work by the composer. White put his big sound, solid technique and solid intonation to good use on all of the material throughout the performance."

Tea Lounge

01.21.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble

A native of Northern California, Nathan Smith is an active performer and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, he formed the “Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble," a jazz orchestra regularly performing original music throughout New York. The group recently finished a tour of the West Coast and is currently working on an album to be released in 2011. Smith’s music fuses elements of jazz, rock, and classical music to create a dense soundscape of improvisation and composition.

Tea Lounge

01.14.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

JC Sanford Orchestra

Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. His collaboration with fellow composer David Schumacher and their jazz orchestra Sound Assembly yielded the CD Edge of the Mind, which received many accolades including CD Baby’s Top 10 Jazz Records of 2009. JC also conducts the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette. His large ensemble compositions push the limits of what is "expected" in a specific musical setting without totally abandoning the tradition of the genre, sounding adventurous while remaining “accessible." This iteration of his ever-evolving ensemble features his unique blend of modern jazz and chamber music, employing several colors rarely seen in the traditional “big band" instrumentation including orchestral strings, vibraphone, F horn, double-reeds, and accordion.

Tea Lounge

01.07.13 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Frank Carlberg’s Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares

Originally a native of Helsinki, Finland, Frank Carlberg’s groups include the Frank Carlberg Quintet (performing settings of a wide variety of texts including poems by poets) and the Tivoli Trio (a classic jazz piano trio playing an eclectic mix of Carlberg's compositions drawn from cinematic and circus inspirations). His own bands aside, the Brooklyn-based pianist has been involved in many crossover projects throughout the years. Some of his most notable collaborations have included performances and recordings with the likes of saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.

Tea Lounge

12.17.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Steve Newcomb Orchestra

Tea Lounge

12.10.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brookyn, NY

Cecilia Coleman Big Band

Tea Lounge

12.03.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

Tea Lounge

11.26.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Delphian Jazz Orchestra

The Delphian Jazz Orchestra performs music that stretches outside of the typical parameters of a traditional big band. The music drastically morphs styles that fall anywhere from the influences of Ellington and Monk to Stravinsky and Frank Zappa. Hoping to free itself from the confines of formal structure, The Delphian Jazz Orchestra expresses a full range of emotion and thought through unique musical artistry.

Tea Lounge

11.12.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra

Led by trombonist, vocalist, and GRAMMY-nominated arranger Pete McGuinness,
The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra is one of NYC's most exciting and highly
swinging New York big bands, full of some of the city's most talented and
experienced big band players. The band's debut CD "First Flight" (Summit
Records) has received much acclaim ("4 stars" -Downbeat magazine) and
nation-wide radio airplay. Some of the featured soloists in the band include
Dave Pietro (alto sax), Jason Rigby (tenor sax), and Bill Mobley (trumpet),
and Mike Holober (piano).

Tea Lounge

11.05.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra

Noriko Ueda is originally from Hyogo, Japan. She currently performs and tours with various groups including the legendary singer Grady Tate Quintet, Ted Rosenthal Trio, Satoshi Inoue quartet, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, DIVA Jazz Trio and Five Play. She is the winner of the third annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz composition Prize for her original big band piece "Castle in the North" (2002). Fresh off a successful appearance at the Blue Note, the Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra returns to Noriko’s longtime neighborhood of Park Slope.

Tea Lounge

10.29.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra

Composer and bandleader Javier Arau is a former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he studied under Vanguard Orchestra musical director Jim McNeely, and he was a protege of acclaimed arranger and composer Bob Brookmeyer. Currently the program director of New York Jazz Academy, Arau's compositions are published by UNC Jazz Press and Dorn Publications, and he has received awards and honors from Down Beat Magazine, ASCAP, BMI, and MTNA. Also an accomplished saxophonist, he was the cover artist of the July 2009 issue of Saxophone Journal and is an artist endorser for Virtuoso saxophones. The Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra, based in NYC, is a dynamic 18-piece big band that features Javier's own compositions and arrangements

Tea Lounge

10.22.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra

After years of writing for Dave Liebman's Big Band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Bill Mobley's Smoke Big Band, the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra and the Cecil's Big Band, trombonist/composer Scott Reeves launched his jazz orchestra, featuring some of the best players in New York City. Reeves has forged an original compositional style which All About Jazz describes as "varied and substantial, ranging from hard bop and Latin oriented themes...to French impressionist influences. His arrangements are restless, full of color, and provide ample solo space...amidst variable underpinnings."

Tea Lounge

10.15.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

ConceptualMotion Orchestra

Conductor, arranger, composer, alto saxophonist, Jorge Sylvester and vocal artist, composer, poet, Nora McCarthy, co-lead this creative orchestra of 20 stellar musicians from New York City and around the world. This eclectic group masterfully interprets the original compositions and arrangements of Sylvester and McCarthy. Conducted by Jorge Sylvester, the music challenges traditional formulas that are often subscribed to by other large ensembles. The music and arrangements take an open and harmonically unpredictable approach to composition, layering various textures across a network of rhythmic lines. The innovative and daring concepts that drive the music utilize a full spectrum of colors (sounds), textures (instruments) and movement (rhythms) to create a tangible image. They perform a mixture of obtuse compositional structures, open form blues and Afro-Caribbean-charged rhythmic pieces within a free collective expression that includes poetry.

Tea Lounge

10.08.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Joshua Shneider Easy-Bake Orchestra

The Joshua Shneider Easy-Bake Orchestra is a 17 piece ensemble comprised of some of NYC's most illustrious and adventurous improvisors, interpreting the music and arrangements of Joshua Shneider. He has written for and performed with a wide variety of artists, including Art Blakey alumni pianists Donald Brown and James Williams, composer Bob Telson (The Gospel at Colonus, Calling You), vocalist Bobby Caldwell and Playwright Eve Ensler among others. Melodic, grooving, searching and harmonically inventive, the music draws inspiration from Jazz, R&B, Latin and American Pop elements. This gig will feature the triumphant return of Soul/Pop singing sensation Saundra Williams to the EasyBake bandstand. Saundra is currently on tour with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.

Tea Lounge

10.01.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Deborah Weisz Jazz Orchestra

From playing in the Sahara Desert with Roswell Rudd, to touring the world with Frank Sinatra, trombonist and award-winning composer Deborah Weisz’s life in music has been filled with diversity. Originally from Chicago, IL, Deborah’s musical journey has included stops in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and NYC, where she has lived since 1993; performing a variety of music work while exploring the post-bop and beyond realms with her own groups. As a former member of The BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop, (citing Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely & Manny Albam as her main compositional influences) Deborah has been exploring writing for larger ensembles for many years.

Tea Lounge

08.24.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Michael Webster’s Leading Lines

Featuring a unique blend of Latin Jazz rhythms, classical textures, funky odd meter settings and sheer groove, Leading Lines is a perfect springboard for Michael Webster's melodically accessible, harmonically rich & rhythmically infectious music. The 16-piece chamber-jazz orchestra is comprised of 6 horns, 6 strings and a 4-piece rhythm section.

Tea Lounge

08.17.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

Japanese-born New York City-based jazz composer/conductor Asuka Kakitani is fast becoming a notable presence on the modern jazz big band scene. Her recent awards include the BMI Foundation’s 2006 Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, the prestigious Manny Albam Commission in 2007, and Composer Assistance Grants from the American Music Center in 2009 and 2010. Her compositions focus on orchestrational color and melodic development via extended through-composed forms. AKJO’s first recording will be released in early 2013.

Tea Lounge

08.10.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble

A native of Northern California, Nathan Smith is an active performer and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, he formed the “Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble," a jazz orchestra regularly performing original music throughout New York. The group recently finished a tour of the West Coast and is currently working on an album to be released in 2011. Smith’s music fuses elements of jazz, rock, and classical music to create a dense soundscape of improvisation and composition.

Tea Lounge

08.03.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Chris Stover's Book of Sand

Chris Stover's Book of Sand is a mix of Stover's new and slightly less new music, covering a wide range of expressive ground: lush, lyrical textures; far-reaching dissonances, subtly shifting compositional processes, and powerful grooves. All original compositions along with creative reworkings of music by Elvis Costello, Bob Marley, and Johannes Brahms. The stellar cast includes Jon Gordon, Ben Flocks, John Ellis, Andy Laster on reeds; Jonathan Powell, Dave Smith, Nathan Eklund on trumpet; Ryan Keberle, Chris Washburne on trombone; and Martha Kato, Alexis Cuadrado, Jon Wikan in the rhythm section. This will be Book of Sand’s first New York performance.

Tea Lounge

07.30.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

JC Sanford Orchestra
Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. His collaboration with fellow composer David Schumacher and their jazz orchestra Sound Assembly yielded the CD Edge of the Mind, which received many accolades including CD Baby’s Top 10 Jazz Records of 2009. JC also conducts the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette. His large ensemble compositions push the limits of what is "expected" in a specific musical setting without totally abandoning the tradition of the genre, sounding adventurous while remaining “accessible." This iteration of his ever-evolving ensemble features his unique blend of modern jazz and chamber music, employing several colors rarely seen in the traditional “big band" instrumentation including orchestral strings, vibraphone, F horn, double-reeds, and accordion.

Tea Lounge

07.23.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

NewYorkestra
featuring Rob Middleton and Steve Kenyon

NewYorkestra was formed in 1996 as a workshop for new creative big band. Its repertoire is unique and varied, made up of both original compositions and creative arrangements of modern jazz classics. NewYorkestra plays the music of the band’s prizewinning composers, bandleaders Rob Middleton and Steve Kenyon. The members of the group are veterans of the New York jazz scene, many of whom have played in internationally renowned bands, such as those of Maria Schneider, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lionel Hampton, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others. The band has featured jazz luminaries as guest soloists in performance, including David Liebman and Randy Brecker. The band draws particular inspiration from jazz of the 1960’s and 70’s, from Thad Jones’ work to the compositions and performances of Miles Davis’ great 1960’s bands. Their CD, Urban Soundscapes released in 2005, is played by radio stations around the country.

Tea Lounge

07.16.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Frank Rousseau Large Band
Originally from Montreal, Franky Rousseau has been working as a composer, arranger, and guitarist since 2004. His current project as a bandleader is the “Franky Rousseau Large Band" which is a collective of young NY/Montreal musicians with influences drawing upon jazz, electronica, folk, and contemporary classical music. The band recently released their first recording, "Hope", which features the young LA based pianist Austin Peralta.

Tea Lounge

07.09.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra
The Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra is an 18-20 piece jazz orchestra that performs original, unique, and sometimes quirky musical landscapes in the New York City area. In addition to the traditional big band instrumentation, their orchestra employs many woodwind colors, euphonium, voice, and sometimes vibraphone. Their music crosses genres from jazz, to classical, to rock, to world. The leaders are current members of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and composition awards include 1st Place in the Zurich Jazz Orchestra Composition Competition and a 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award.



Tea Lounge

07.02.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Cecilia Coleman Big Band

Long known as an inventive pianist and a skilled composer, Cecilia Coleman also became a significant big band leader. The 18-piece Cecilia Coleman Big Band, which includes six saxophonists including a soprano player, has a regular gig at the Garage in Greenwich Village. They have also played at the Zinc Bar, Fat Cat, the St. Peters Jazz at Midday concert series, and the Baha'i Center. “Oh Boy," the orchestra's debut recording, was recently released on the Interplay label.

Tea Lounge

06.25.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

Tea Lounge

06.18.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Josh Shneider's EasyBake Orchestra

Tea Lounge

06.11.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

City Band
The Carlberg/Urie City Band is dedicated to playing the music of Frank Carlberg and Nicholas Urie. The band recently released "My Garden"-Nicholas Urie (Red Piano Records) to critical acclaim. The recording features Urie's settings of texts by Charles Bukowski. Richard Kamins says: “My Garden" is overflowing with ideas, strong playing and singing, plus the feeling that Nicholas Urie is going to be a major voice in creative music for decades to come."
Originally a native of Helsinki, Finland, Frank Carlberg’s groups include the Frank Carlberg Quintet (performing settings of a wide variety of texts including poems by poets) and the Tivoli Trio (a classic jazz piano trio playing an eclectic mix of Carlberg's compositions drawn from cinematic and circus inspirations). His own bands aside, the Brooklyn-based pianist has been involved in many crossover projects throughout the years. Some of his most notable collaborations have included performances and recordings with the likes of saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.
Nicholas Urie's music has been heard internationally at festivals and concerts in Peru, Syria, Spain, England, Germany, Holland, Denmark and the United States. Nicholas' music has been performed by: Bob Brookmeyer, Vince Mendoza, the Metropole Orchestra, Kurt Elling, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Clazz Ensemble, the NDR, the Klüvers Big Band, A Far Cry chamber orchestra, Ximo Tebar/Granada Jazz Festival Big Band and the Berklee Chamber Orchestra, among others. Nicholas also composes for his own large Jazz Ensemble whose first record Excerpts From an Online Dating Service garnered critical acclaim from the international press.

Tea Lounge

06.04.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

ConCepTualMotion Orchestra
Conductor, arranger, composer, alto saxophonist, Jorge Sylvester and vocal artist, composer, poet, Nora McCarthy, co-lead this creative orchestra of 20 stellar musicians from New York City and around the world. This eclectic group masterfully interprets the original compositions and arrangements of Sylvester and McCarthy. Conducted by Jorge Sylvester, the music challenges traditional formulas that are often subscribed to by other large ensembles. The music and arrangements take an open and harmonically unpredictable approach to composition, layering various textures across a network of rhythmic lines. The innovative and daring concepts that drive the music utilize a full spectrum of colors (sounds), textures (instruments) and movement (rhythms) to create a tangible image. They perform a mixture of obtuse compositional structures, open form blues and Afro-Caribbean-charged rhythmic pieces within a free collective expression that includes poetry.

Tea Lounge

05.21.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra

Noriko Ueda is originally from Hyogo, Japan. She currently performs and tours with various groups including the legendary singer Grady Tate Quintet, Ted Rosenthal Trio, Satoshi Inoue quartet, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, DIVA Jazz Trio and Five Play. She is the winner of the third annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz composition Prize for her original big band piece "Castle in the North" (2002). Fresh off a successful appearance at the Blue Note, the Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra returns to Noriko’s longtime neighborhood of Park Slope.

Tea Lounge

05.14.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Delphian Jazz Orchestra

The Delphian Jazz Orchestra performs music that stretches outside of the typical parameters of a traditional big band. The music drastically morphs styles that fall anywhere from the influences of Ellington and Monk to Stravinsky and Frank Zappa. Hoping to free itself from the confines of formal structure, The Delphian Jazz Orchestra expresses a full range of emotion and thought through unique musical artistry.

Tea Lounge

05.07.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra

Composer and bandleader Javier Arau is a former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he studied under Vanguard Orchestra musical director Jim McNeely, and he was a protege of acclaimed arranger and composer Bob Brookmeyer. Currently the program director of New York Jazz Academy, Arau's compositions are published by UNC Jazz Press and Dorn Publications, and he has received awards and honors from Down Beat Magazine, ASCAP, BMI, and MTNA. Also an accomplished saxophonist, he was the cover artist of the July 2009 issue of Saxophone Journal and is an artist endorser for Virtuoso saxophones. The Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra, based in NYC, is a dynamic 18-piece big band that features Javier's own compositions and arrangements.

Tea Lounge

04.30.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

JC Sanford Orchestra

Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. His collaboration with fellow composer David Schumacher and their jazz orchestra Sound Assembly yielded the CD Edge of the Mind, which received many accolades including CD Baby’s Top 10 Jazz Records of 2009. JC also conducts the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette. His large ensemble compositions push the limits of what is "expected" in a specific musical setting without totally abandoning the tradition of the genre, sounding adventurous while remaining “accessible." This iteration of his ever-evolving ensemble features his unique blend of modern jazz and chamber music, employing several colors rarely seen in the traditional “big band" instrumentation including orchestral strings, vibraphone, F horn, double-reeds, and accordion.

Tea Lounge

04.23.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Fat Cat Big Band

Jade Synstelien's Fat Cat Big Band has been electrifying crowds in the West Village's landmark jazz clubs since the early 2000's by way of bandleader/guitarist Jade Synstelien's all-original book. The visceral energy of his tunes embodies an elusive spirit of jazz, where creativity reigns and quality is not measured by dogmatic adherence to an archetypal style but by the emotional power of the music itself, and this music has power. The Fat Cat Big Band represents a rainbow of blazing musical talent--from Juilliard-trained virtuosi to self-taught mavericks--a musical myriad necessary to capture the scope of Synstelien's influences, which range from Mingus to Hendrix to Native American pow wow music. Jade Synstelien, himself a self-taught guitarist, composer, and arranger writes music that rises from the very essence of the human experience--love, pain, spirituality, and the search for joy in a troubled world. Integrating the traditional roots of American jazz with a new sound that is fully his own, Synstelien and the Fat Cat Big Band build a dynamic tower of music that not only wows an audience, but offers an inimitable spiritual experience.

Tea Lounge

04.16.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble

Toronto-born, New York-based saxophonist and composer Andrew Rathbun is at the forefront of a new generation of jazz innovators. As a saxophonist he has recorded or performed with Luciana Souza, Eddie Gomez, John Abercrombie, Reggie Workman, Ingrid Jensen, Kenny Wheeler, and many more. His lyrical, harmonically complex, and formally ambitious compositions have been performed by the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Fresh Sound New Talent Jazz Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra, and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Using some of the more creative young musicians in New York, his band performs Andrew original works including extended suites utilizing texts by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

Tea Lounge

04.09.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Yaozeki Big Band

The Yaozeki Big Band is co-lead by trombonist John Yao and pianist Yoichi Uzeki, two musicians with very diverse backgrounds and a singular musical vision. Together they have formed the Yaozeki Big Band, a 17-piece ensemble featuring some of the most innovative, swinging jazz musicians in New York City. Capturing the heart of big band with its big sound, the YBB’s original compositions and arrangements are inspired by Yao’s experience playing with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Uzeki’s time playing with the Oliver Lake Big Band. The YBB is the culmination of jazz’s hottest and up-and-coming, as well as tried-and-truest musicians on the scene today.

Tea Lounge

04.02.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Steve Newcomb Orchestra

Australian pianist/composer/arranger Steve Newcomb debued SNO at Manhattan School of Music in December 2011, where he is completing studies with Jim McNeely and Phil Markowitz. As an arranger, Newcomb has written for The Metropole Orchestra, Jazz Groove Mothership Orchestra (Sydney), and contributed to the recent ARIA award winning album ‘First Seed Ripening’ by Katie Noonan and Elixir with his string writing. SNO is his project of original compositions and this will be their first outing in Brooklyn and at the Tea Lounge. SNO blends a harp with piano trio (with an electronic bent), along with string quartet, vocals, and a wind section including french horn and flutes. “... Billy Strayhorn's extraordinary songwriting craftsmanship thriving on Stephen Newcomb's lavish arrangement" (Sydney Morning Herald)

Tea Lounge

03.26.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

After she moved to the United States in 2002, New York City-based jazz composer/arranger/conductor Asuka Kakitani was able to discover her own unique persona as a Japanese woman from a foreign culture whose deep passion was the American music of jazz. Asuka embraces that individuality and expresses it in her music through her distinct harmonic and melodic concept and filtered through the prism of her ensemble.
The Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra will perform her original compositions and re-compositions of Japanese children songs featuring some of most creative musicians in New York including drummer Mark Ferber, saxophonists Jason Rigby and John O’Gallagher, trumpeter John Bailey, and vocalist Sara Serpa.

Tea Lounge

03.19.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Deborah Weisz Jazz Orchestra

From playing in the Sahara Desert with Roswell Rudd, to touring the world with Frank Sinatra, trombonist and award-winning composer Deborah Weisz’s life in music has been filled with diversity. Originally from Chicago, IL, Deborah’s musical journey has included stops in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and NYC, where she has lived since 1993; performing a variety of music work while exploring the post-bop and beyond realms with her own groups. As a former member of The BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop, (citing Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely & Manny Albam as her main compositional influences) Deborah has been exploring writing for larger ensembles for many years, and will present some of these older works, along with a brand new piece, at the premiere concert performance of her own large ensemble: The Deborah Weisz Jazz Orchestra.

Tea Lounge

03.12.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra

Mike Fahie is a Brooklyn-based, Canadian trombone player, and is in-demand as a player, composer and educator. He is an integral part of Darcy James Argue’s “Secret Society", the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, the Paul Carlon Octet, and has performed and recorded with artists such as John McNeil, Maria Schneider, Billy Hart, Ben Monder, and many others. " Fahie’s debut album, Anima, was recently released on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records to critical acclaim. The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra was created in 2003, serving as a vehicle to experiment with large ensemble composition, as well as a forum to work with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the city. Fahie’s development as a composer and arranger has been highlighted by many commissioned works over the past several years, for both small groups and larger ensembles, including the United States Military Academy’s Jazz Knights.

Tea Lounge

03.05.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra

After years of writing for Dave Liebman's Big Band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Bill Mobley's Smoke Big Band, the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra and the Cecil's Big Band, trombonist/composer Scott Reeves launched his jazz orchestra, featuring some of the best players in New York City. Reeves has forged an original compositional style which All About Jazz describes as "varied and substantial, ranging from hard bop and Latin oriented themes...to French impressionist influences. His arrangements are restless, full of color, and provide ample solo space...amidst variable underpinnings."

Tea Lounge

02.27.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Michael Webster’s Leading Lines
featuring Ingrid Jensen

Erica von Kleist (flute, alto sax)
Rob Mosher (oboe, English horn, soprano sax)
Quinsin Nachoff (clarinet, tenor sax)
Carl Maraghi (bass clarinet, baritone sax)
Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Ryan Keberle (trombone)

Jesse Lewis (guitar)
Jesse Stacken (keyboards)
Dan Loomis (bass)
Jared Schonig (drums)

Sara Caswell, Antonia Nelson (violins)
Gillian Gallagher (viola)
Leigh Stuart (cello)

Michael Webster (composer, conductor, tenor sax)

Featuring a unique blend of Latin Jazz rhythms, classical textures, funky odd meter settings and sheer groove, Leading Lines is a perfect springboard for Michael Webster's melodically accessible, harmonically rich & rhythmically infectious music. The 16-piece chamber-jazz orchestra is comprised of 6 horns, 6 strings and a 4-piece rhythm section.

Tea Lounge

02.20.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra


Led by trombonist, vocalist, and GRAMMY-nominated arranger Pete McGuinness,
The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra is one of NYC's most exciting and highly
swinging New York big bands, full of some of the city's most talented and
experienced big band players. The band's debut CD "First Flight" (Summit
Records) has received much acclaim ("4 stars" -Downbeat magazine) and
nation-wide radio airplay. Some of the featured soloists in the band include
Dave Pietro (alto sax), Jason Rigby (tenor sax), and Bill Mobley (trumpet),
and Mike Holober (piano).

Tea Lounge

02.13.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Earl MacDonald’s New Directions Ensemble

Earl MacDonald’s “New Directions Ensemble" was recently voted “best jazz group in Hartford" by the readers of the Hartford Advocate. The band has been described as “set to swing in its own fresh way, generating contemporary band music that lives in the present --- independent, cliché-free and untethered to conventional big band nostalgia". MacDonald is the former musical director, pianist and arranger for Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau band. He currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the UConn. His latest CD, “Re:Visions – Works for Jazz Orchestra" received a 2011 Canadian Juno Award nomination. In a review for AllAboutJazz.com, Dan Bilawsky stated “Re:Visions goes beyond where most big bands go, and established Earl MacDonald as a major force in the world of jazz composition."

Kris Allen - alto sax
Wayne Escoffery - tenor sax
Lauren Sevian - bari sax
Jeff Holmes - lead trumpet
Josh Evans - trumpet soloist
John Clark - French horn
Sara Jacovino - trombone
Earl MacDonald - piano, Musical Director
Gregg August - string bass
Ben Billelo - drum set

and special guests:

Pete McCann - guitar
Rogerio Boccato - percussion

Tea Lounge

02.06.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble

A native of Northern California, Nathan Smith is an active performer and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, he formed the “Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble," a jazz orchestra regularly performing original music throughout New York. The group recently finished a tour of the West Coast and is currently working on an album to be released in 2011. Smith’s music fuses elements of jazz, rock, and classical music to create a dense soundscape of improvisation and composition.

Tea Lounge

01.30.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

David White Jazz Orchestra

The David White Jazz Orchestra visits Tea Lounge following the release of Flashpoint, their debut CD. The David White Jazz Orchestra is the creation of trombonist, composer, arranger David White. This NYC-based Orchestra, which began performing in the fall of 2007, plays Mr. White's original music and arrangements exclusively. Trombonist, Composer, Arranger David White is a highly versatile musician who is building a strong reputation on the New York jazz scene. In addition to leading his own band, the David White Jazz Orchestra, he has had the honor of sharing the stage with Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, James Weidman, Frank Lowe, Todd Coolman, Valery Ponomarev, Charli Persip, Delfeayo Marsalis, Junior Mance and Kenny Burrell among others. In a review of one of his recent performances, Jazz Inside NY Magazine praised David’s work saying: “I Have a Bad Feeling About This", written by trombonist Dave White, was propelled by a snappy bass line and some first class solo work by the composer. White put his big sound, solid technique and solid intonation to good use on all of the material throughout the performance."

Tea Lounge

01.23.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

JC Sanford Orchestra

Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. His collaboration with fellow composer David Schumacher and their jazz orchestra Sound Assembly yielded the CD Edge of the Mind, which received many accolades including CD Baby’s Top 10 Jazz Records of 2009. JC also conducts the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette. His large ensemble compositions push the limits of what is "expected" in a specific musical setting without totally abandoning the tradition of the genre, sounding adventurous while remaining “accessible." This iteration of his ever-evolving ensemble features his unique blend of modern jazz and chamber music, employing several colors rarely seen in the traditional “big band" instrumentation including orchestral strings, vibraphone, F horn, double-reeds, and accordion.

Tea Lounge

01.16.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

THE CARLBERG/URIE CITY BAND

Tea Lounge

01.09.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Awakening Orchestra

Aggressive, explosive, and epic, the Awakening Orchestra runs the table from avant-rock to contemporary classical, with all points in between. Heavy-handed yet remarkably agile and adaptable, the 20-piece ensemble is conducted and led by impassioned and incendiary composer Kyle Saulnier, combining a dark harmonic sense of humor and aleatoric techniques with back-breaking grooves and moments of thunderous convergence. Since 2006 the Awakening Orchestra has played venues as varied as Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (at Lincoln Center), the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Nassau Coliseum as part of the Vans Warped Tour.

Tea Lounge

01.02.12 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra

The Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra is an 18-20 piece jazz orchestra that performs original, unique, and sometimes quirky musical landscapes in the New York City area. In addition to the traditional big band instrumentation, their orchestra employs many woodwind colors, euphonium, voice, and sometimes vibraphone. Their music crosses genres from jazz, to classical, to rock, to world. The leaders are current members of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and composition awards include 1st Place in the Zurich Jazz Orchestra Composition Competition and a 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award.



Tea Lounge

12.19.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

NewYorkestra

Tea Lounge

12.12.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Idan Santhaus Jazz Orchestra

Tea Lounge

12.05.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

Tea Lounge

11.28.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Gary Morgan's PanAmericana!

Tea Lounge

11.21.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Joshua Shneider's EasyBake Orchestra

Tea Lounge

11.14.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Big Band

Tea Lounge

11.07.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble

Tea Lounge

10.31.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Cecilia Coleman Big Band

Tea Lounge

10.24.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Jon Gordon's Evolution Ensemble

Tea Lounge

10.17.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

JC Sanford Orchestra

Tea Lounge

10.10.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra

Tea Lounge

10.03.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Alan Ferber's Expanded Ensemble

Tea Lounge

09.26.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Justin Mullens' Delphian Jazz Orchestra

Tea Lounge

09.19.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra

Tea Lounge

09.12.11 |9 & 10:30pm

B, NY

Fat Cat Big Band

Tea Lounge

09.05.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

Tea Lounge

08.29.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY City Band

The Carlberg/Urie City Band is dedicated to playing the music of Frank Carlberg and Nicholas Urie. The band recently released "My Garden"-Nicholas Urie (Red Piano Records) to critical acclaim. The recording features Urie's settings of texts by Charles Bukowski. Richard Kamins says: “My Garden" is overflowing with ideas, strong playing and singing, plus the feeling that Nicholas Urie is going to be a major voice in creative music for decades to come."

Originally a native of Helsinki, Finland, Frank Carlberg’s groups include the Frank Carlberg Quintet (performing settings of a wide variety of texts including poems by poets) and the Tivoli Trio (a classic jazz piano trio playing an eclectic mix of Carlberg's compositions drawn from cinematic and circus inspirations). His own bands aside, the Brooklyn-based pianist has been involved in many crossover projects throughout the years. Some of his most notable collaborations have included performances and recordings with the likes of saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.

Nicholas Urie's music has been heard internationally at festivals and concerts in Peru, Syria, Spain, England, Germany, Holland, Denmark and the United States. Nicholas' music has been performed by: Bob Brookmeyer, Vince Mendoza, the Metropole Orchestra, Kurt Elling, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Clazz Ensemble, the NDR, the Klüvers Big Band, A Far Cry chamber orchestra, Ximo Tebar/Granada Jazz Festival Big Band and the Berklee Chamber Orchestra, among others. Nicholas also composes for his own large Jazz Ensemble whose first record Excerpts From an Online Dating Service garnered critical acclaim from the international press.

Tea Lounge

08.22.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra

Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra is a genre bending jazz orchestra that interprets the music of Bjork Gudmundsdottir, one of the most influential pop artists of the past 20 years. The Bjorkestra transcends the boundaries of popular music and modern jazz, and continues to thrill and mesmerize audiences with its engaging blend of improvisation, brilliant arrangements, and danceable grooves. In 2008, The Bjorkestra released their debut CD, “Enjoy" on Koch Records. Past show highlights include: a 2010 performance in Milan, Italy with special guest Dave Douglas, a performance for an audience of 30,000 people at The 2008 Montreal International Jazz Festival, The SF Jazz Festival, The Blue Note (NYC), and The Jazz Standard (NYC). The Bjorkestra has developed an extraordinary international following, and Sullivan has conducted his arrangements of Bjork’s music with The Sicilian Jazz Orchestra, The Reykjavik Big Band, The Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and Korean Express for the 2008 Jarasum Jazz Festival.

Tea Lounge

08.15.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra

Mike Fahie is a Brooklyn-based, Canadian trombone player, and is in-demand as a player, composer and educator. He is an integral part of Darcy James Argue’s “Secret Society", the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, the Paul Carlon Octet, and has performed and recorded with artists such as John McNeil, Maria Schneider, Billy Hart, Ben Monder, and many others. " Fahie’s debut album, Anima, was recently released on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records to critical acclaim. The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra was created in 2003, serving as a vehicle to experiment with large ensemble composition, as well as a forum to work with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the city. Fahie’s development as a composer and arranger has been highlighted by many commissioned works over the past several years, for both small groups and larger ensembles, including the United States Military Academy’s Jazz Knights.

Tea Lounge

08.08.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra

Led by trombonist, vocalist, and GRAMMY-nominated arranger Pete McGuinness,
The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra is one of NYC's most exciting and highly
swinging New York big bands, full of some of the city's most talented and
experienced big band players. The band's debut CD "First Flight" (Summit
Records) has received much acclaim ("4 stars" -Downbeat magazine) and
nation-wide radio airplay. Some of the featured soloists in the band include
Dave Pietro (alto sax), Jason Rigby (tenor sax), and Bill Mobley (trumpet),
and Mike Holober (piano).

Tea Lounge

08.01.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble

A native of Northern California, Nathan Smith is an active performer and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, he formed the “Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble," a jazz orchestra regularly performing original music throughout New York. The group recently finished a tour of the West Coast and is currently working on an album to be released in 2011. Smith’s music fuses elements of jazz, rock, and classical music to create a dense soundscape of improvisation and composition.

Tea Lounge

07.25.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra

After years of writing for Dave Liebman's Big Band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Bill Mobley's Smoke Big Band, the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra and the Cecil's Big Band, trombonist/composer Scott Reeves launched his jazz orchestra, featuring some of the best players in New York City. Reeves has forged an original compositional style which All About Jazz describes as "varied and substantial, ranging from hard bop and Latin oriented themes...to French impressionist influences. His arrangements are restless, full of color, and provide ample solo space...amidst variable underpinnings."

Tea Lounge

07.18.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY Yaozeki Big Band

The Yaozeki Big Band is co-lead by trombonist John Yao and pianist Yoichi Uzeki, two musicians with very diverse backgrounds and a singular musical vision. Together they have formed the Yaozeki Big Band, a 17-piece ensemble featuring some of the most innovative, swinging jazz musicians in New York City. Capturing the heart of big band with its big sound, the YBB’s original compositions and arrangements are inspired by Yao’s experience playing with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Uzeki’s time playing with the Oliver Lake Big Band. The YBB is the culmination of jazz’s hottest and up-and-coming, as well as tried-and-truest musicians on the scene today.

Tea Lounge

07.11.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY David White Jazz Orchestra

The David White Jazz Orchestra visits Tea Lounge following the release of Flashpoint, their debut CD. The David White Jazz Orchestra is the creation of trombonist, composer, arranger David White. This NYC-based Orchestra, which began performing in the fall of 2007, plays Mr. White's original music and arrangements exclusively. Trombonist, Composer, Arranger David White is a highly versatile musician who is building a strong reputation on the New York jazz scene. In addition to leading his own band, the David White Jazz Orchestra, he has had the honor of sharing the stage with Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, James Weidman, Frank Lowe, Todd Coolman, Valery Ponomarev, Charli Persip, Delfeayo Marsalis, Junior Mance and Kenny Burrell among others. In a review of one of his recent performances, Jazz Inside NY Magazine praised David’s work saying: “I Have a Bad Feeling About This", written by trombonist Dave White, was propelled by a snappy bass line and some first class solo work by the composer. White put his big sound, solid technique and solid intonation to good use on all of the material throughout the performance."

Tea Lounge

06.27.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY The Schumacher Group

Exploring the vivid colors and textures of the modern jazz orchestra, composer David Schumacher conducts his collective of New York’s finest players through a journey of meditations, inspired improvisations, and in-your-face grooves. He strives for a natural, seamless evolution of material by intertwining improvised and composed elements into organic structures and extended forms. From the pointillistic starkness of his minimalist inspired textures to the saturated colors of his orchestration, Schumacher brings balance and intrigue to the listener.

Tea Lounge

06.20.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

JC Sanford Orchestra


Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. His collaboration with fellow composer David Schumacher and their jazz orchestra Sound Assembly yielded the CD Edge of the Mind, which received many accolades including CD Baby’s Top 10 Jazz Records of 2009. JC also conducts the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette. His large ensemble compositions push the limits of what is "expected" in a specific musical setting without totally abandoning the tradition of the genre, sounding adventurous while remaining “accessible." This iteration of his ever-evolving ensemble features his unique blend of modern jazz and chamber music, employing several colors rarely seen in the traditional “big band" instrumentation including orchestral strings, vibraphone, F horn, double-reeds, and accordion. JCO will be premiering JC’s reworking of his dance piece “Lunar Cycles" written in collaboration with TAKE Dance Company.

Tea Lounge

06.13.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

Tea Lounge

06.06.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

NewYorkestra
Rob Middleton/Steve Kenyon - co-leaders/saxphones
NewYorkestra was formed in 1996 as a workshop for new creative big band. Its repertoire is unique and varied, made up of both original compositions and creative arrangements of modern jazz classics. NewYorkestra plays the music of the band’s prizewinning composers, bandleaders Rob Middleton and Steve Kenyon. The members of the group are veterans of the New York jazz scene, many of whom have played in internationally renowned bands, such as those of Maria Schneider, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lionel Hampton, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others. The band has featured jazz luminaries as guest soloists in performance, including David Liebman and Randy Brecker. The band draws particular inspiration from jazz of the 1960’s and 70’s, from Thad Jones’ work to the compositions and performances of Miles Davis’ great 1960’s bands. Their CD, Urban Soundscapes released in 2005, is played by radio stations around the country.

Tea Lounge

05.30.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Volker Goetze Orchestra
The Volker Goetze Orchestra brings together a group of the finest musicians from New York City in order to enchant progressive big band jazz in the tradition of Charles Mingus. With its complex range of emotional and reduced compositions to virtuoso performance and complex structures, they carry the listener on a journey through cultures and emotions. Mr. Goetze, who studied in Cologne with Markus Stockhausen, already implemented a large number of joint projects for ten years with the gifted kora player Ablaye Cissoko - a fascinating combination of Western and African music, without ever drifting into ethno music. In 2007 the New York based composer, filmmaker and trumpeter Volker Goetze founded the Volker Goetze Orchestra. Young, inspired and award-winning musicians can be found in his ensemble as well as old hands like Lenny Pickett (Tower of Power) and Michael Mossman (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra).

Tea Lounge

05.23.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Joshua Shneider EasyBake Orchestra
The Joshua Shneider Easy-Bake Orchestra is a 17 piece ensemble comprised of some of NYC's most illustrious and adventurous improvisors, interpreting the music and arrangements of Joshua Shneider. He has written for and performed with a wide variety of artists, including Art Blakey alumni pianists Donald Brown and James Williams, composer Bob Telson (The Gospel at Colonus, Calling You), vocalist Bobby Caldwell and Playwright Eve Ensler among others. Melodic, grooving, searching and harmonically inventive, the music draws inspiration from Jazz, R&B, Latin and American Pop elements.

Tea Lounge

05.16.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Mike Webster's Leading Lines
Featuring a unique blend of Latin Jazz rhythms, classical textures, funky odd meter settings and sheer groove, Leading Lines is a perfect springboard for Michael Webster's melodically accessible, harmonically rich & rhythmically infectious music.  The 16-piece chamber-jazz orchestra is comprised of 6 horns, 6 strings and a 4-piece rhythm section.

Tea Lounge

05.09.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra gave its debut performance in August 2000 in New York City. Since then, this dynamic ensemble has given performances at area venues including Sweet Rhythm, Cachaca, Steinway Hall and John Birks Gillespie Auditorium, Trumpets of Montclair, Hudson House, “91" and Nyack Jazz Festivals, and was among the featured performing artists at the 2007 IAJE Annual Conference (NYC) and The 2005 New York Brass Conference.
ABJO has been compared to both The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Maria Schneider Orchestras and has been described in the press as a ‘blue-chip’ ensemble, calling upon ‘top drawer New York session’ players including a ‘platoon of persuasive soloists’ breathing life into Ms. Brown’s works with conviction and finesse. As an award-winning writer, Anita has been described as a talented, ‘original thinker’ who writes with passion and ‘fresh mind-expanding ideas.’ She has a ‘unique ear for dissonance’ and ‘writes music that penetrates your very soul’ with ‘remarkable craftsmanship’ which she conducts with skill, elegance and passion.

Tea Lounge

05.02.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Gary Morgan & PanAmericana!

Gary Morgan is a native of Santiago, Chile, but grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he studied composition and woodwinds, led jazz bands and played in the recording and television industry. A lifelong lover of latin music, Gary started PanAmericana! in 1997 to combine the propulsive rhythms of latin music with the orchestral sonorities and harmonic richness of the jazz orchestra, with the addition of french horns and latin percussion. PanAmericana! serves as a compositional vehicle for Gary, as well as a repertory orchestra for modern Cuban and Brazilian classics. Although Gary is steeped in the big band tradition and sound, PanAmericana! represents an attempt to expand, through orchestration, his rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ideas.

Tea Lounge

04.25.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY USA

Fat Cat Big Band

Jade Synstelien's Fat Cat Big Band has been electrifying crowds in the West Village's landmark jazz clubs since the early 2000's by way of bandleader/guitarist Jade Synstelien's all-original book. The visceral energy of his tunes embodies an elusive spirit of jazz, where creativity reigns and quality is not measured by dogmatic adherence to an archetypal style but by the emotional power of the music itself, and this music has power. The Fat Cat Big Band represents a rainbow of blazing musical talent--from Juilliard-trained virtuosi to self-taught mavericks--a musical myriad necessary to capture the scope of Synstelien's influences, which range from Mingus to Hendrix to Native American pow wow music. Jade Synstelien, himself a self-taught guitarist, composer, and arranger writes music that rises from the very essence of the human experience--love, pain, spirituality, and the search for joy in a troubled world. Integrating the traditional roots of American jazz with a new sound that is fully his own, Synstelien and the Fat Cat Big Band build a dynamic tower of music that not only wows an audience, but offers an inimitable spiritual experience.

Tea Lounge

04.18.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Jeff Fairbanks' Hansori Project

Jeff Fairbanks' Project Hansori plays the original Asian folk-influenced music of award-winning composer Jeff Fairbanks. This 17-piece Jazz orchestra will play music from their eagerly awaited debut album "Mulberry Street", which won an American Music Center recording grant, and will be released in June by Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. Jeff has won a number of highly competitive awards for composing, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, BMI Charlie Parker Award, runner-up for the IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, and recognition from the NY Youth Symphony. He has also received a handful of grants from the Queens Council on the Arts and the American Music Center. His music has been performed at the Montreux, Vienne, Umbria, and North Sea Jazz festivals, Merkin Concert Hall, and at IAJE conferences, among other venues.

Tea Lounge

04.11.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Big Band

The Brooklyn Big Band performs new jazz music primarily written and arranged by band members. Their jazz sounds are marked by an electric mixture of exceptional rhythm section playing, spontaneous creation of compositional elements, and disciplined ensemble work. Saxophonists/composers/arrangers Craig Bailey and Tim Armacost have been co-leading the Brooklyn Big Band since 2000; Live at Sweet Rhythm is the group's first disc and it's a splendid debut from one of the best kept secrets in town. Though the band seldom departs from the mainstream, it never zigs when it can zag. Much of the fun comes from the space Armacost and Bailey leave in their writing (the sole standard - Ellington's "Take the Coltrane' - for example, is given only the barest framework and is largely improvised every show).

Tea Lounge

04.04.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble

Toronto-born, New York-based saxophonist and composer Andrew Rathbun is at the forefront of a new generation of jazz innovators. As a saxophonist he has recorded or performed with Luciana Souza, Eddie Gomez, John Abercrombie, Reggie Workman, Ingrid Jensen, Kenny Wheeler, and many more. His lyrical, harmonically complex, and formally ambitious compositions have been performed by the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Fresh Sound New Talent Jazz Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra, and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Using some of the more creative young musicians in New York, his band performs Andrew original works including extended suites utilizing texts by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

Tea Lounge

03.28.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

JC Sanford Orchestra
Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. His collaboration with fellow composer David Schumacher and their jazz orchestra Sound Assembly yielded the CD Edge of the Mind, which received many accolades including CD Baby’s Top 10 Jazz Records of 2009. JC also conducts the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette. His large ensemble compositions push the limits of what is "expected" in a specific musical setting without totally abandoning the tradition of the genre, sounding adventurous while remaining “accessible." This iteration of his ever-evolving ensemble features his unique blend of modern jazz and chamber music, employing several colors rarely seen in the traditional “big band" instrumentation including orchestral strings, vibraphone, F horn, double-reeds, and accordion.

Tea Lounge

03.21.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Numinous
Composer and conductor Joseph C. Phillips Jr. brings a 16-instrument version of his ensemble Numinous to perform all new compositions on the Tea Lounge Size Matters Large ensemble series on March 21st. A unique chamber ensemble, Numinous seeks to generate emotions in the listener that resonate with mystery, wonder, and beauty. Deftly transmuting inspiration from contemporary classical, jazz, world, and popular music, Phillips’s “sonic poetry" is a distinctive and individual voice that draws listeners into its own musical universe in order to challenge, enlighten, and refresh.

Tea Lounge

03.14.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra
Composer and bandleader Javier Arau is a former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he studied under Vanguard Orchestra musical director Jim McNeely, and he was a protege of acclaimed arranger and composer Bob Brookmeyer. Currently the program director of New York Jazz Academy, Arau's compositions are published by UNC Jazz Press and Dorn Publications, and he has received awards and honors from Down Beat Magazine, ASCAP, BMI, and MTNA. Also an accomplished saxophonist, he was the cover artist of the July 2009 issue of Saxophone Journal and is an artist endorser for Virtuoso saxophones. The Javier Arau Jazz Orchestra, based in NYC, is a dynamic 18-piece big band that features Javier's own compositions and arrangements

Tea Lounge

03.07.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Russ Flynn Large Ensemble
The Russ Flynn Large Ensemble, based in Brooklyn, New York, plays
high-energy, dramatic, and visceral music that can stir a connoisseur
of eclectic improvised music as much as it can a casual pop-music
listener. The material is inspired by Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich,
and Sonic Youth, and nods to great film composers such as Bernard
Herrmann, John Barry, and Jerry Goldsmith. With improvisatory passages
interspersed among intricate arrangements, the music is dissonant and
yet anthemic, chaotic and yet coherent. Stark and simple melodic
gestures give way to anarchic rumbles. Regardless of your taste in
music, the Russ Flynn Large Ensemble will grab you and stop you in
your tracks.

Tea Lounge

02.28.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra
Noriko Ueda is originally from Hyogo, Japan. She currently performs and tours with various groups including the legendary singer Grady Tate Quintet, Ted Rosenthal Trio, Satoshi Inoue quartet, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, DIVA Jazz Trio and Five Play. She is the winner of the third annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz composition Prize for her original big band piece "Castle in the North" (2002).

Tea Lounge

02.21.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra
Mike Fahie is a Brooklyn-based, Canadian trombone player, and is in-demand as a player, composer and educator. He is an integral part of Darcy James Argue’s “Secret Society", the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, the Paul Carlon Octet, and has performed and recorded with artists such as John McNeil, Maria Schneider, Billy Hart, Ben Monder, and many others. " Fahie’s debut album, Anima, was recently released on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records to critical acclaim. The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra was created in 2003, serving as a vehicle to experiment with large ensemble composition, as well as a forum to work with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the city. Fahie’s development as a composer and arranger has been highlighted by many commissioned works over the past several years, for both small groups and larger ensembles, including the United States Military Academy’s Jazz Knights.

Tea Lounge

02.14.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Delphian Jazz Orchestra
The Delphian Jazz Orchestra performs music that stretches outside of the typical parameters of a traditional big band. The music drastically morphs styles that fall anywhere from the influences of Ellington and Monk to Stravinsky and Frank Zappa. Hoping to free itself from the confines of formal structure, The Delphian Jazz Orchestra expresses a full range of emotion and thought through unique musical artistry.

Tea Lounge

02.07.11 |9 & 10:30pm

Brooklyn, NY

Yaozeki Big Band
The Yaozeki Big Band is co-lead by trombonist John Yao and pianist Yoichi Uzeki, two musicians with very diverse backgrounds and a singular musical vision. Together they have formed the Yaozeki Big Band, a 17-piece ensemble featuring some of the most innovative, swinging jazz musicians in New York City. Capturing the heart of big band with its big sound, the YBB’s original compositions and arrangements are inspired by Yao’s experience playing with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Uzeki’s time playing with the Oliver Lake Big Band. The YBB is the culmination of jazz’s hottest and up-and-coming, as well as tried-and-truest musicians on the scene today.