That was great! There were about 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, 5 saxaphones, a piano, a guitar, drum kit, upright bass, and Binney. He said he was resisting big bands for a while because he's from L.A. I guess there's a lot of them out there.
This is the debut of this band. This is also how Roy Hargrove started his big band, by playing at Jazz Gallery. They'll be there at the end of this month and are truly amazing, with an all-star lineup and very lively.
It started with a solo with just Binney playing, which I thought was a nice way to start. Each piece seemed to be a different jazz style. There was a great piece, I can only think to call it "cool cat" jazz. I wish I could describe it better, but it was something I don't hear much at the shows, but feel like it was in the movies or something. Kind of reminds me of the Pink Panther. It was great. There was also a piece that Binney said he started with when he first started arranging for a big band. He said he took one of the songs he composed for his smaller band and expanded it. You could tell and it was awesome. That one had more of a modern jazz club feel with a lot of horns.
One of the saxes turned 19 yesterday. The piece he soloed in was amsazing and seemed more modern/avant-gardish than the other pieces. Most of the band members had stand up solos at some ponit.
Alan Ferber, a great trombone player is in it. I didn't recognize anyone else, but they were all great. The piano player stuck out as being particulary awesome.
Dave Binney Big Band
Friday & Saturday, November 9th & 10th: 9 & 10:30 p.m. ($15)
David Binney Big Band featuring Ben Van Gelder/Lars Dietrich/Samir Zarif/Jason Rigby/Dave Richards - reeds, Brad Mason/Jonathan Finlayson/David Weiss/Ambrose Akinmusire - trumpets , Alan Ferber/Corey King/Andy Hunter/Elliot Mason/Max Seigal - trombones, Nir Felder - guitar, John Escreet - piano, Zack Lober - bass, Jordan Perlson - drums
I love Jazz Gallery. It's an art gallery that's all about great music. Every single act they booked is excellent. It's not for profit and they have memberships. I've been a member for a couple of years now and only pay $10 cover whenever I go. It's good to make a reservation before going because they make the no reservation people wait outside for a quite a while before letting them in., and occasionally they don't get in at all.