Posts Tagged ‘ live

New Jazz: Mara Rosenbloom’s “School of Fish”

It’s fairly infrequent that my attention is captured by good jazz as of late, but fellow NYU alum Mara Rosenbloom’s new record School of Fish has been spinning steadily in my stereo this week.  Mara is an incredibly talented composer and pianist whose use of space has sometimes amazed me, sometimes confounded me.  On School of Fish, her modular tunes give her similarly talented band plenty of room to function as an elastic unit, stretching and contorting her melodies into shifting shapes and forms.

It inspired me to dig out an old video of my Subdiversity Band performing one of her tunes, “Departure”, with Mara at the keys from 2007:
After checking out that video make sure you give her record a listen– available at— and check her out live.  Another worthwhile listen is her bassist Isaac Jaffe’s new record, Of Pandas and People

There are a couple other videos from the aforementioned Subdiversity Band concert on my youtube page; next post, I’ll share 2 covers from that show (by Joshua Redman and Meshell Ndegeocello) as well as corresponding transcriptions.

“The Daughters” Premiere This Weekend

My good friend Shaina Taub’s musical The Daughters premieres with 3 performances this weekend. I arranged the music that Shaina wrote and will be playing bass and directing the band. I’m thrilled to be part of this exciting original project, featuring gorgeous goddesses wailing out beautiful original music. It also stars (among others) Funky Butter’s own Kate Ferber.

Details are available here on facebook
Tickets are FREE and LIMITED and available by calling 212.998.1849.

I recently returned from a tour of Florida and Alabama with Nicole Hart, who just released her album award-winning album Treasure. The tour culminated with 2 sets at Springing the Blues in Jacksonville, a huge festival that saw 200,000 in attendance over 3 days.

Check us out in Boca Raton, FL, playing a Steve Winwood classic:

Our CD release party is this Saturday, May 9 at Turning Point in Piermont, NY.

Also, this Friday, May 8, I’m playing with Cuban-American rock group Del Exilio at Crash Mansion in NYC.

(More details available at

I’ve been diggin out some old-school videos of Funky Butter live– here are 2 from our final show in Philadelphia:

“J & The Reminder”, a tune Dallin Applebaum and I co-wrote immediately after the band decided to split. What other band premieres a new song at their last show? Look out for a studio version on her next record.

And “Penitentiary Philosophy”, a tune off Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun. This tune was a catalyst and inspiration for much of Funky Butter’s music… it closed our first show and we encored it at our last gig.

From the Road: Unreleased Funky Butter videos

(Photo: Winker)

We pulled into “Paradise” in Pensacola Beach, Florida after driving back in time over an invisible line. The air is brisk and fresh, and people are saying that some time around noon tomorrow we’re going to be hit with monsoon-style rain. I plan on trying to hit the beach before then!

The last several days, Nicole Hart and the 4 of us herbs in her band zig-zagged across Florida, playing at some great clubs in Talahassee, Boca Raton and Sebastian. Pulling across the Georgia border, we heard Rodney Adkins’ “Cleaning This Gun“, a perfect (tongue-in-cheek) welcome to the deep south. Wednesday we’ll be crossin the border into Alabama.

Winker took the great shot posted above of me singing Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman” at the Back Room in Boca Raton.

I also dug up a some classic unreleased videos of Funky Butter playing at the Trocadero in Philadelphia recorded by Dylan Steinberg— our only gig with a horn section. Here’s part of “Hungry”:

And the full performance of “She Walks The Line” (part of this video was previously available on youtube).

I’ve got some exciting projects coming up in April in May, about which I’ll post some time next week. In the meantime I’ve been enjoying Costas Gavras’ classic film “Z”during the drive, thanks to the recommendation of Francesca Magnani.

“Una Passeggiata” — Live Album Release

Check it:

I’m pleased to announce the release of Una Passeggiata, recorded live on May 13, 2008. Video of the entire performance is on YouTube, and tracks are available for download on myspace via snowcap: 12/27/10: Working on getting these tracks available for download once again!

Big thanks to Chris Zembower who did an excellent job recording and mixing the 6 tunes:

1. Pilgrimage (Shepik)
2. Green Dolphin St.
3. Óneira
4. Pikrós eínai o pónos mou (Tsitsanis)
5. The Flood (Shepik)
6. Pane e Dolci (“Una Passeggiata”) 

featuring: Brad Shepik (gtr), John Beaty (sax), James Clark (piano), Jordan Perlson (drums)

I am incredibly blessed and thankful to play with these musicians, as well as to everyone who came out to the performance. Also to Ari Feldman for transferring and editing the video and to Harold Goldner for filming.

Now I’m sinking myself deep into getting the Funky Butter album mixed and released for your listening/tasting pleasure.



Audio recorded and mixed in stereo by Chris Zembower (czembower[at]gmail[dot]com)
Edited by Ari Feldman (arifeldman3[at]gmail[dot]com)
Video recorded by Harold Goldner (hgoldner[at]krautharris[dot]com)