Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Frank London’s Shekhina Big Band @ The Stone 2/18/13

It was quite a band.  A lot of the people listed weren't there, but there were others in their place.  The were 20 in all including Frank, who played trumpet and cornet on some of the pieces.  Frank wrote all of the pieces and different band members arranged them.  They start it off with a short rehearsal session where they try out a new one.  Then they took a quick "working break" and started the performance at around 8:15.  They played until close to 10 and it was awesome.  Yeah, it was "Latin Klezmer Big Band".  Very good!

Frank London’s Shekhina Big Band Greg Wall, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Zach Mayer, Paul Shapiro, Doug Wieselman, Jessica Lurie (saxes) Justin Mullens, Steven Gluzband, Ronald Horton, Pam Fleming, Rob Henke (trumpets) Curtis Hasselbring, Jacob Garchik, Matt Haviland, Brian Drye (trombones) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano) Uri Sharlin (accordion) Brian Glassman (bass) Roberto Rodriguez (drums) Renato Thoms (percussion)
MONDAYS IN FEBRUARY and MARCH Monday nights starting in February, The Stone will premiere Frank London’s latest, largest and most exciting project to date: the 21-piece Shekhina Big Band, featuring New York’s finest Klezmer, Jazz, and Latin musicians. ONE SET AT 8PM—ADMISSION TEN DOLLARS London co-founded the Klezmatics, the Hasidic New Wave, and other groups, and was called “the person most responsible for pushing the Klezmer revival in the direction of Rock and World Music.” Expanding from his work on the Tzadik release “Scientist at Work” (and his years with Jaki Byard’s Apollo Stompers), London’s Shekhina Big Band is the first group of its kind, radically fusing Jewish music and big band Jazz.

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