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Brian Newman & The New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra

Sep 08 | Sun | Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 5:30 pm | $30

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Brian Newman teams up with the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra for an evening of big band sounds with some of best musicians New York City offers. Performing originals, jazz standards and classics from the Great American Songbook, this 18-piece band will take you for a ride through an eclectic mix of composers and sounds from the past and present and future of jazz music Jazz isn't what it used to be, but for trumpeter and vocalist Brian Newman, that's entirely the point. American trumpet legends like Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Lee Morgan are already a part of music history. They're revered and loved in the way they should be. As Newman explains, learning from them is paramount, but replicating them is pointless. "I don't want to do what's already been done," he says. "I love Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington –guys like that are bringing jazz to another level but still referencing the tradition. Jazz shouldn't be placed in a glass jar." Newman is here to bust the art form out of its constraints, and it's a destiny he knew he had since his childhood. Growing up in Cleveland, the 12-year-old Newman envisioned his future as a New York City jazz musician when Louie Bellson (drummer for the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie) visited his master-class. "He went around the class and asked us what we wanted to do," remembers Newman. "I put my hand up and said, 'I want to do what you do –I want to be a jazz musician in New York City.'"

Venue: Birdland Jazz Club

315 W 44th St Map