22 March 2014

Vanishing Point


I contributed a guest post to Do The Math, Misunderstanding in Blue — what Gunther Schuller gets wrong about Ellington’s “Diminuendo in Blue.”

10 March 2014

Secret Society @ The Jazz Gallery, 14-15 March 2014


Comrades, this weekend (March 14 & 15) the Society returns to one of our habitual haunts, The Jazz Gallery, for two nights (four sets) of euphonious spectacle. Our programme will be drawing heavily on as-yet unrecorded deep cuts like “Codebreaker” and “All In” —  but can they truly be “deep cuts” if they are not yet inscribed on disc? It is for you to ponder.

It is also possible we might include one or two of our Greatest Hits as well, should we be feeling particularly wistful. It is after all, the Ides of March, and what better way to mark the occasion?


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05 February 2014

Brooklyn Babylon a JUNO nominee for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year

2011 JUNO Awards Statuette

Nominees for the Canada’s music awards, the JUNOs, have been announced, and Brooklyn Babylon has been nominated for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. It’s our second JUNO nomination — Infernal Machines was nominated in the same category four years ago — and we’re incredibly excited to be nominated once again. Winners will be announced at the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 29th.
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24 January 2014

In With the Newport


Tickets for the 60th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival have just gone on sale. This year includes a third full day of shows, and my co-conspirators and I will be performing on Friday, August 1, along with:

• Jon Batiste & Stay Human
• John Zorn’s Masada Marathon
• Miguel Zenón Big Band
• Snarky Puppy
• Cécile McLorin Salvant
• Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Charlie Parker Project
• Amir ElSaffar Quintet with Ole Mathisen, John Escreet, Francois Moutin & Dan Weiss
• Mostly Other People Do The Killing

… and yet others. Full-day tickets for Friday are $40 adult, $20 students. If you’ve never been to Newport, this is the year.

02 January 2014

See it coming


As we all embark on a bright shiny new year, I’d like to take this opportunity to look back on 2013 and thank all of the Society’s loyal partisans. I know there are many different ways to listen to music in this brave new world, but records on the scale of Brooklyn Babylon would simply never get made without your support and advocacy. So on behalf of myself and all of my co-conspirators, please accept our very deepest gratitude.

Here is a sampling of some of the year-end accolades Brooklyn Babylon has received: