Friday, December 20, 2019

Best shows of 2019

I got to present lots of new music in 2019, including collaborations both new and old. I released Desertion Trio's Twilight Time LP and my Streets of Philadelphia songbook, both of which are available on my Bandcamp page, including a super-deal *nice price* if you buy them together.

Here's a look back at some of my favorite shows I performed this year:

Desertion Trio Twilight Time Record Release show w/special guests Ron Stabinsky, Jaimie Branch, and Nels Cline:

Streets of Philadelphia Songbook shows (playlist) w/Streets of Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble, Desertion Trio, Brian Marsella, Mike Baggetta, Ashley Tini/Jessica Pavone, and Streets of Philadelphia Trio:

Duo with Bill Orcutt:

Unspeakable Garbage on Spanish television at Heineken Jazzaldia:

Desertion Trio at Deseparate Annie's:

Rolling Stone's Best Jazz of 2019

Very honored to be on this great list with Desertion Trio's Twilight Time, especially in a paragraph among friends:

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Two weeks ago I spent the afternoon traveling around Philadelphia with Yoni Kroll, going to streets where I found  inspiration from for my Streets of Philadelphia project. This extensive piece - complete with photos! - has all the info you could hope for.

It's an honor to have such a comprehensive piece written about this project. Follow along as I quickly go between telling stories about my grandfather and dropping references to esoteric 70s Japanese free jazz records right here:

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Free Jazz Collective: Nick Millevoi - Streets of Philadelphia Limited Ed...

I spoke about my Streets of Philadelphia project with David Menestres for the Free Jazz Blog. Check it:

The Free Jazz Collective: Nick Millevoi - Streets of Philadelphia Limited Ed...: By David Menestres I first met Nick Millevoi a couple of years ago when we played on the same night at Neptune’s Parlour in Raleigh...

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

This fall, I’m publishing a book of 25 compositions called Streets of Philadelphia. These pieces, all inspired by and named after streets in Philadelphia, were written to be played by any instrumentation. They're all new compositions and none of them have been recorded, so think of this as my new album, it's just on paper. The book was designed and printed on Risograph by Erik Ruin, a Philadelphia-based visual artist and leader of the audiovisual band, Ominous Cloud. The Streets of Philadelphia book is limited to 100 copies.

Pre-order here

To celebrate this release, I will be presenting three concerts at Pageant: Soloveev in Philadelphia (with more to come elsewhere), featuring six unique groups playing music from this book including a high-energy electric set from Desertion Trio (featuring Johnny DeBlase, Kevin Shea, and Ron Stabinsky on organ), a set of minimalist inspired quintet pieces and solo/duo music from the Streets of Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble (featuring Veronica MJ, Dan Blacksberg, Tom Kraines, and Anthony DiBartolo), ambient electric guitar duo music from myself and Mike Baggetta (who released an amazing record with Mike Watt and Jim Keltner this year), solo piano music from Brian Marsella(John Zorn's go to pianist), the book’s namesake jazz trio Streets of Philadelphia Trio (featuring Matt Engle and Dan Monaghan), and a percussion/viola duet from Ashley Tini and Jessica Pavone (who is about to release a new record with Jessica Pavone String Ensemble). 

In New York and elsewhere, Streets of Philadelphia Trio will be performing on October 16 at Branded Saloon as part of the Off Brand Series and these compositions will be played at a number of the shows throughout the fall by Desertion Trio and in duo with Mike Baggetta

Streets of Philadelphia Concert Series

Sept 27 - Philadelphia - Pageant: Soloveev - Streets of Philadelphia: Desertion Trio (w Ron Stabinsky) and Streets of Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble (Veronica MJ, Dan Blacksberg, Tom Kraines, and Anthony DiBartolo) 

October 25 - Philadelphia - Pageant: Soloveev - Streets of Philadelphia: Brian Marsella and Nick Millevoi/Mike Baggetta 

November 9 - Philadelphia - Pageant: Soloveev - Streets of Philadelphia: Ashley Tini/Jessica Pavone and Streets of Philadelphia Trio (w/Matt Engle an Dan Monaghan)

Monday, June 10, 2019

JazzTimes Review

Great review from Brad Cohan on JazzTimes, calling Twilight Time a "neon-lit, shapeshifting adventure that gives an avant-garde edge to timeless classics."

Check it out here:

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rolling Stone's Songs You Need to Know

Desertion Trio is featured on Rolling Stone's Songs You Need to Know! Hank Shteamer calls our version of "Twilight Time" "a stakes-raising celebration of the song’s eerie emotional pull."

Couldn't agree more with this idea: "The cool thing about covering a 60-year-old song is that you probably couldn’t copy the original even if you wanted to, so you might as well take it somewhere weird."

That's basically our M.O.!

Check it out here: