The Jeff Fairbanks Jazz Orchestra’s second Brooklyn appearance this past Monday was a hit. I estimated around 60 people in the crowd at the Tea Lounge. About a fourth of them joined our email list (thanks to Mike Edelman for collecting them), which is excellent for fan recruiting standards. I hope that included among these new fans are some folks who may not have even been Jazz listeners before they came to our show. I’m trying to reach out to new audiences.
Congrats to Tomoko Sotoyama, whose name was drawn from the list of new sign-ees, to win a free CD pre-order.
A novelty of this show was the debut my new 22″ Chinese wind gong for the first time in public — the same gong to be heard on much of the coming album. It was great for me to be allowed to play it loud, unlike back in my apartment. …The trick, though, was trying to conduct the band at the same time!
A big thanks also to my friend Robin Abecasis for taking the below photo of the band:
JFJO @ Tea Lounge 5/17/10
I just learned I was selected for a 2010 Composer Assistance Program grant from the AMC. This award is in support of the premiere of my original piece “Hoping for Hope“, which took place in December, 2009. I also received this award in 2008 for the premiere of my piece “Bi Bim Bop“. Thanks again, American Music Center!
Monday, May 17, 2010
9:00pm – 11:30pm
837 Union Street
The Jeff Fairbanks Jazz Orchestra plays Jeff’s original mix of modern Jazz and traditional Asian folk music. Fresh from the studio, the band just recorded its debut album, with its release anticipated late this year. It features a cast of 22 players, including Asian percussion, Korean kayageum (zither), and guest bari sax soloist Fred Ho. Composer Jeff Fairbanks was recently awarded the Queens Arts Council’s 2010 Individual Artist Initiative. He also has won the BMI Charlie Parker Award, the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, and grants from American Music Center and the Queens Arts Council.
Performers on 5/17 include: Erica VonKleist; Rob Mosher; Mike Webster; Remy LeBeouf; Paul Nedzela; Tim Wendt; Dan Urness; Colin Brigstocke; Jason Wiseman; Matt McDonald; John Yao; Mark Miller; Jen Wharton; Ryan Pate; Francesca Han; Linda Oh; Bryson Kern