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07 July 2014

Jazz Standard July 8 + European Incursion 2014


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8 July 2014 Jazz Standard New York, NY —  7:30 PM (unrecorded music new and old) & 9:30 PM (Brooklyn Babylon)

11 July 2014 Istanbul Jazz Festival: Sakip Sabanci Museum 9:15 PM

12 July 2014 Gent Jazz Festival: De Bijloke Main Stage 8:30 PM

13 July 2014 North Sea Jazz Festival: Ahoy Rotterdam, Hudson Stage 3:45 PM

15 July 2014 Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival: Mendizorrotza Sports Center 9:00 PM

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Erica von Kleist
Sharel Cassity
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Tom Goehring
Matt Holman
David Smith (July 8)
Nadje Noordhuis (July 11-15)
Jason Palmer

TROMBONES & TUBAS
Mike Fahie
Marshall Gilkes (July 8)
Ryan Keberle (July 11-15)
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHTYHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drum set


19 June 2014

Canadian Incursion 2014


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20 June 2014  Vancouver Jazz Festival: Performance Works, Vancouver, BC
double-bill with John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra featuring François Houle — world premiere of DJA’s “Tensile Curves” commissioned by the HRO

22 June 2014  Toronto Jazz Festival: Music Gallery, Toronto, ON

23 June 2014  Ottawa Jazz Festival: OLG After Dark Series, Ottawa, ON

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Erica von Kleist
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
David Smith
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Ingrid Jensen

TROMBONES & TUBAS
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHTYHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Bobby Avey, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drum set

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


24 April 2014

Secret Society Summer Tour 2014


I’m very excited to announce our spring/summer 2014 show schedule. We’ll be at ShapeShifter Lab on May 10, at Jazz Standard on July 8, and at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 1. These dates will be interspersed by a string of Canadian and European shows — see the full list below. Taking a bigband on the road is always an adventure, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring my co-conspirators to so many great music festivals this summer!

Additionally, I’ve been co-commissioned by the Vancouver-based Hard Rubber Orchestra and the Newport Jazz Festival to create a new 30-minute extended work, which will be premiered by the HRO during their June 20 double-bill with Secret Society at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Secret Society will present the work’s US premiere at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 1. I grew up listening to the Hard Rubber Orchestra at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, so it’s a special privilege to be writing something for John Korsrud’s awesome long-running (20 years!) large ensemble.

SECRET SOCIETY SUMMER 2014 TOUR DATES

10 May 2014  ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY

20 June 2014  Vancouver Jazz Festival: Performance Works, Vancouver, BC, Canada
(double-bill with Hard Rubber Orchestra)

22 June 2014  Toronto Jazz Festival: Music Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

23 June 2014  Ottawa Jazz Festival: OLG After Dark Series, Ottawa, ON, Canada

8 July 20114  Jazz Standard, New York, NY

11 July 2014  Istanbul Jazz Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

12 July 2014  Gent Jazz Festival, Gent, Belgium

13 July 2014  North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands

15 July 2014  Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival, Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain

1 August 2014  Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI

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22 March 2014

Vanishing Point


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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


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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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