Our next NYC hit is Tuesday, March 23 at Jazz Standard, as part of the New York-based celebrations surrounding the 40th anniversary of my alma mater's jazz program. It is great to be a part of this -- many of my most important musical/personal relationships began at NEC. In fact, that is where I first met and started working with Secret Society co-conspirators Josh Sinton and Sebastian Noelle. This will also be our first gig at Jazz Standard. It's a pretty sweet room for bigbands -- I have vivid memories of mind-blowing shows there by Maria Schneider's Orchestra and John Hollenbeck's Large Ensemble -- and we are definitely looking forward to our own debut on that stage.
Of course, before this whole NEC-in-NYC shebang rolls in, the band is heading up to Boston for a gig at the Regattabar on February 25. Tickets are currently on sale for the 7:30 PM set -- if, ahem, "demand warrants," the club will add a second show at 10 PM, so the Society encourages our Boston-area partisans to buy early and, ideally, often.
Both the Regattabar and Jazz Standard performances will feature the return of some of our favorite guest co-conspirators, saxophonists John Ellis and Marc Phaneuf. Also joining the lineup for our Home game on March 23 is the unstoppable Ben Kono.