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!
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.
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.
Nate Radley, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Ricky Rodriguez, bass
Jon Wikan, drums
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.
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Emma Dayhuff, bass
Rudy Royston, drums