Source: 2019 Concerts – Sound It Out!
Saturday January 19, 7:30pm — Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger w/ Hank Roberts & Vinnie Sperrazza + The Choir Invisible w/ Vinnie Sperrazza, Charlotte Greve & Chris Tordini
Double-bill — Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger: Sean Moran, electric guitar; Hank Roberts, cello; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums + The Choir Invisible w/ Vinnie Sperrrazza, drums; Charlotte Greve, saxophone; Chris Tordini, double-bass
This 2019 kickoff show presents ever-vivacious drummer Vinnie Sperrazza’s return to Sound It Out as the linchpin of a double-bill. The second half showcases guitarist Sean Moran – whom All Music Guide lauded for blending “a rock sensibility with a free aesthetic” – making his series debut, leading his Sun Tiger trio with Vinnie and cellist Hank Roberts. Their set will celebrate the release of the band’s eponymous debut album on Skirl Records. The night’s opening half features Vinnie’s new trio The Choir Invisible, with the drummer alongside saxophonist Charlotte Greve and bassist Chris Tordini.
Thursday January 24, 8pm — Brandon Seabrook Trio
Brandon Seabrook, electric guitar; Cooper-Moore, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums
Guitarist extraordinaire Brandon Seabrook – aptly dubbed “wildly virtuosic” and “one of New York’s great musical individualists,” as well as the “Best Guitarist in New York City” by the Village Voice – returns to the Sound It Out series to lead a powerhouse new trio featuring the great combo of pianist Cooper-Moore and drummer Gerald Cleaver. This will be a thrilling show.
Saturday February 9, 7:30pm — Frank Kimbrough & Masa Kamaguchi + Megumi Yonezawa, Masa Kamaguchi & Ken Kobayashi
Double-bill — the duo of Frank Kimbrough, piano & Masa Kamaguchi, double-bass + the trio of Megumi Yonezawa, piano; Masa Kamaguchi, double-bass; Ken Kobayashi, drums
The ever-soulful Frank Kimbrough – one of Sound It Out’s very favorite artists, a pianist that the Paris Review has lauded for his “bewitching lyricism” – returns to the series to play in a duo with kindred-spirit bassist Masa Kamaguchi, visiting from Spain. Masa does double-duty on the night, also playing in the opening set in a trio with pianist Megumi Yonezawa and drummer Ken Kobayashi, whose set was the highlight of 2018’s 55th anniversary show for ESP-Disk, the label that last year released the trio’s deeply poetic debut album, Boundary.
Saturday February 16, 7:30pm — Caroline Davis’s Alula w/ Matt Mitchell & Dan Weiss + Michael Dessen Trio w/ Chris Tordini, Dan Weiss & special guest Fay Victor
Double-bill — Caroline Davis’s Alula: Caroline Davis, alto saxophone/voice; Matt Mitchell, piano and synth; Dan Weiss, drums + Michael Dessen Trio: Michael Dessen, trombone; Chris Tordini, double-bass; Dan Weiss, drums; and special guest Fay Victor, vocals
This double-bill presents two Sound It Out debuts. The second half of the evening will see saxophonist Caroline Davis making her series debut at the head of her trio Alula, featuring pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Dan Weiss. Caroline will be celebrating the release of a new Alula single via New Amsterdam Records. Dan will also be behind the kit for the opening set by a group led by trombonist Michael Dessen, making his Sound It Out debut in a visit from California. DownBeat has called Michael “a musician for this moment.” His trio also includes bassist Chris Tordini, plus vocalist Fay Victor– a longtime Sound It Out fixture – as a special guest.