An impactful presence on the New York scene over the past 30 years, trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Steven Bernstein has immersed himself in such a wide array of music with his bands Sexmob, Millennial Territory Orchestra, Diaspora Soul, Universal Melody Brass Band, Spanish Fly, Blue Campfire and the Butler-Bernstein Hot 9 that he defies easy categorization. A former member of the Lounge Lizards and Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band, Bernstein has also composed works for film, theater and dance in addition to doing arrangements for a diverse list of artists ranging from Lou Reed to Lee “Scratch” Perry, Allen Toussaint, Marianne Faithfull, Linda Ronstadt, Rufus Wainwright, Darlene Love, Mario Pavone, Bill Frisell, John Lurie and the Kansas City All-Stars.
He’ll be showcasing all of his main groups during a very special weeklong residency at John Zorn‘s Lower East Side hub of experimentation THE STONE, beginning on Tuesday March 28th and going through April 2. Every night will feature a distinct group.
3.28 – Diaspora Special Edition:
Arturo O’Farrill (piano) Peter Apfelbaum (sax) Tony Scherr (bass) Billy Martin (drums) Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Steven Bernstein takes traditional Jewish music and reworks it in a variety of contexts. From the Cuban and Soul to the blues-informed but never obvious, Bernstein demonstrates with this project that music is truly universal, and can be moulded and shaped an infinite number of ways to make music that is both timely and timeless.
3.29 – Sexmob:
Briggan Krauss (sax) Tony Scherr (bass)
Kenny Wollesen (drums) Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Now celebrating its 20th year, Sexmob is a venerable New York City music institution. The band’s four founding members—Steven Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen—defy genre, instead replacing it with their own inimitable musical language. The quartet fearlessly blows apart musical parameters whether steering their arrangements through gutbucket swing or igniting them with New Orleans brass band second-line fervor; dubbing them out into ether or blasting them with punk jazz abandon. New album, Cultural Capital out on April 14th, the first Sexmob album with exclusively original music.
3.30 – Millenial Territory Orchestra:
John Ellis (reeds) Peter Apfelbaum (reeds) Erik Lawrence (reeds) Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Charlie Burnham (violin) Matt Munisteri (guitar) Ben Allison (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums) Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
3.31 – Spanish Fly –
Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Marcus Rojas (tuba) Dave Tronzo (guitar)
4.1 – Blue Campfire:
Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Dave Tronzo (guitar)
Adam Rogers(guitar) Steve Cardenas (guitar)
4. 2 – Universal Melody Brass Band:
Frank London (trumpet) Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Art Baron (trombone)
Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Marty Ehrlich (sax) Oscar Noriega (sax) Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Billy Martin (drums)
Each of the musicians is a band leader and virtuoso improviser in their own right – expect that this combination of two trumpets, two trombones, two saxophones, tuba, and drums will be a sound like no other