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18 March 2020

SFJAZZ April 18 performance postponed


So I’m sure this comes as no surprise, but SFJAZZ is extending its postponement of all shows and education events through May 11th. My co-conspirators and I had been so looking forward to making our SFJAZZ debut on April 18 but it seems we will all have to wait a while longer. 

We look forward to playing a very very celebratory concert for our Bay Area fans once bigband concerts are a thing we can do again!


13 March 2020

COVID-19 cancellations


Comrades,

Please be advised that the following upcoming performances have been cancelled out of COVID-19 concerns:

March 13: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse at the Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
March 15: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse at Disney Hall, Los Angeles
• March 21: Secret Society + NEC Alumni Big Band at Sheen Center, NYC
• April 13: Secret Society at Dizzy’s Club, NYC

I’m deeply sorry to all those who had been looking forward to these shows, and I hope they can be rescheduled once the it is safe to do so.

Obviously, we are monitoring the situation closely, so please watch this space for updates.

Finally, many of my co-conspirators have been hit incredibly hard by these and other cancellations. Over just the past few days, they have seen all of their work for the next two months completely disappear. The life of a freelance musician in a city as expensive as New York is difficult and volatile at the best of times, and few musicians are prepared to absorb a financial blow of this magnitude. 

If you had been planning to attend any of these performances, I’d like to ask that you contribute what you would have spent on tickets and drinks to Equal Sound’s Corona Relief Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians who have lost work due to COVID-19 cancellations:

And of course, you can also support musicians by purchasing their albums, either directly from their websites or from Bandcamp. Please help if you can — this is a dark time and we’re going to need some tunes to help us through it.


02 January 2020

Secret Society @ The Jazz Gallery, 9-10 January 2020


Photo: Lindsay Beyerstein

Happy New Year, comrades! Come celebrate the return of the Roaring Twenties with Secret Society, as my co-conspirators and I take up residence in The Jazz Gallery for two consecutive nights: Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10.

WINDS
Alexa Tarantino
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
Quinsin Nachoff
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Sam Hoyt
Jonathan Powell
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Ingrid Jensen

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Sara Jacovino (Jan. 9) / Ryan Keberle (Jan. 10)
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHYTHM
Sebastian Noelle
Adam Birnbaum
Matt Clohesy (Jan. 9) / Jorge Roeder (Jan. 10)
Jon Wikan


21 October 2019

Secret Society @ Jazz Standard, 24 October 2019


Photo: Lindsay Beyerstein

Secret Society returns to one of our favorite haunts, Jazz Standard, for one night only (Thursday, October 24), where we are thrilled to be presenting the New York premiere of “Ebonite,” commissioned by the Hard Rubber Orchestra.

WINDS
Dave Pietro
Alexa Tarantino
Sam Sadigursky
María Grand
Brian Landrus

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
David Smith
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Mike Rodriguez

TROMBONES
Ryan Keberle
Kalia Vandever
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHYTHM
Nate Radley, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Ricky Rodriguez, bass
Jon Wikan, drums


10 July 2019

Secret Society @ Newport Jazz Festival, 2 August 2019


Always a pleasure to be back at Newport!

We’ll be giving the U.S. premiere of “Ebonite,” commissioned by the Hard Rubber Orchestra, alongside other music we haven’t previously performed at the festival. We are also excited to welcome two first-time co-conspirators to the Secret Society rhythm section: bassist Emma Dayhuff and drummer Rudy Royston.

CO-CONSPIRATORS

WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
David Smith
Matt Holman
Riley Mulherkar
Jason Palmer

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHYTHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Emma Dayhuff, bass
Rudy Royston, drums

COMPOSER-CONDUCTOR
Darcy James Argue