Sunday, September 9, 2012

MTO w/ Henry Butler @ Jazz Standard 8/26/12

I knew one set wasn't enough for me.  I was so glad to be back after the phenomenal time on Thurs night.  Sun night had Matt Munisteri on guitar and Ben Perowsky on drums - the more "regular" members of the band.  I don't think any of the songs were the same as the other night.  They should do jazzfest and a big 3 hour show at Blue Nile or 2 in NOLA next year.  The show was phenomenal, but I wouldn't expect any less.


Born in 1999 during midnight sessions at the now–shuttered Lower East Side music hub Tonic, the Millennial Territory Orchestra (MTO) got its name from regional dance bands of the Twenties and Thirties. Along with playing overlooked jazz gems of early jazz, the ensemble mixes in its own music – including tunes by founder and front man Steven Bernstein – with songs by the Beatles, Prince, and Sly & The Family Stone. The MTO played an extended Monday night residency at Jazz Standard in 2003– 2004; for this special JS:10 anniversary run, the band will play nothing but the blues – fast blues and slow blues, sad blues and happy blues – with their very special guest, the great New Orleans pianist Henry Butler.
Steven Bernstein – trumpet, slide trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes – trombone
Doug Weiselman – clarinet, tenor saxophone
Peter Apfelbaum – tenor and soprano saxophones
Erik Lawrence – baritone and soprano saxophones
Matt Munisteri – guitar
Charles Burnham – violin
Brad Jones – acoustic bass
Ben Perowsky – drums

With Special Guest
Henry Butler – piano

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