(Moppa Elliott, Peter Evans, Jon Irabagon, Kevin Shea) "Abbreviated "MOPDTK" and billed as a "bebop terrorist band," they rip up history and make it anew while reusing proven hooks." Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a quartet founded on the idea that not only is Jazz still alive and vibrant, but it can and should be fun, engaging and thoroughly contemporary. Under the playful pseudonym, "Leonardo Featherweight," Moppa Elliott writes, "Rather than settling into one style or historical period, MOPDTK fuses the entire spectrum of Jazz and the various forms of improvised music it has spawned into a single, seamless melange of Uber-Jass."
Mostly Other People Do the Killing's note-for-note recreation of one of the greatest jazz albums of all time.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
Release Date: 2014
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord
(Jon Lundbom, Jon Irabagon, Bryan Murray, Moppa Elliot, Danny Fischer) Guitarist and composer Jon Lundbom currently resides in New York City. He leads his band, Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord, with which he has released two albums; he also co-leads The Jon Lundbom/Bryan Murray Quartet with tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray. As a sideman, Jon performs regularly with Jason Liebman & the Uprising, Wolfe & the Wayside, and Aaron Irwin’s Viscous World Project, as well as with Stuart d’Arrietta’s ‘Belly of a Drunken Piano – The Music of Tom Waits.’ He has also collaborated extensively with performance artist Julia May Jonas (Nellie Tinder).
Make The Magic Happen
winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, has performed extensively as both a sideman and as a leader in an ever- expanding range of projects, from the most straight ahead to the most searching. Foxy, released in September 2010, features unbridled and energetic long-form soloing with a celebratory air and jubilant abandon; it also features one of Jon's favorite musicians-- the venerable Barry Altschul.
is an American baritone saxophonist based in New York, who specializes in chromatic improvisation/composition and traditional jazz. Evans has been a member of the New York City creative music community since 2002, when he moved to the city after graduation from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He then went on to earn a Master's in Jazz Performance from Queens College, as well as NYS teacher certification. He has studied with David Liebman, Julian Sparacino, Jim Buckley, the late Bill Zaccagni, Chris Farr, Ron Kerber, John Swana, Tony Miceli, George Garzone, Hamiet Bluiett, and Antonio Hart.
"Write a Song Together!" With this simple advertisement posted nationwide on craigslist, songwriter Sam Kulik solicited poems from America's great latent poets and began setting them to music. The result is Escape from Society, a cycle of new song-poems on topics ranging from lost love to baseball nicknames to Native American dwarfs to the creative process. Kulik's lazy deep-voiced drawl becomes the voice of a bizarre nation and his trombone its authentic conscience. Also escaping society with Kulik are Matt Nelson (tenor sax; tUnE-YarDs), Kyle Forester (bass and piano; Crystal Stilts, the Ladybug Transistor), and Ian Antonio (drums; ZS, Yarn/Wire).
Brian & The Haggards
West Virginia native Bryan Murray, now lives in Brooklyn and leads Bryan and the Haggards - New York’s Most Decorated Avant-Country Instrumental Merle Haggard Cover Band. The band features the same line up as Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord but here they put their own spin on the Merle Haggard and Strangers song book. They have two albums on the Hot Cup label.
Ron Stabinsky received his first musical lessons at the age of five from Michael Hoysock, his grandfather. Since 2000, Ron has been studying the Taubman Approach to piano playing with Edna Golandsky in New York City. He has also benefited greatly from additional study of classical repertoire with concert pianist Ilya Itin. His mentors in the art of free improvisation have included Bill Dixon and Joel Futterman. His study of jazz has been through the correspondence course work of Charlie Banacos.