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THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME:: a new orleans jazz fest


  • Ace Hotel New Orleans 600 Carondelet Street New Orleans, LA, 70130 United States (map)
 SOUND OBSERVATORY NEW ORLEANS PRESENTS:   THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME   April 30 – May 2  @Three Keys at Ace Hotel New Orleans:  600 Carondelet Street New Orleans  S ound Observatory New Orleans  presents a  FREE  three-day festival of new music from New Orleans most innovative ensembles and the masters that inspire them.  The festival –sized iteration of SONO’s monthly series is re-introduction to the ideas of jazz in 2018 New Orleans in homage to Ornette Coleman. The Shape of Jazz to Come shows us what can happen in a community when we let the art take the lead.   On Monday, April 30th  we introduce New Orleans to the genre bending music of  Harriet Tubman: the band.  Based in NYC and   deeply inspired by the ideals of freedom, Harriet Tubman’s music plumbs the souls depths for liberated musical expression. The music of Harriet Tubman is a continuation of contextual and musical innovation exhibited by artists like Ornette Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Derrick May, Art Ensemble of Chicago and Parliament-Funkadelic. It is the passion project of guitarist  Brandon Ross , bassist  Melvin Gibbs  and drummer  J.T. Lewis – now in it’s 20th year.   The New York Times named their latest release  Arminata  (Sunnyside) to its top ten albums of 2017. Simply put, Harriet Tubman is required listening for anyone enthusiastically attending or vehemently rejecting the 2018 New Orleans Jazz Fest.   9PM FREE.        Tuesday, April 1st   NEW ORLEANS NEW MUSIC DOUBLE BILL:     9PM Naked on the Floor  with special guest  Steven Bernstein    11PM::  redrawblak  featuring  Shannon Stewart       Naked on the Floor features the music of composer/arranger  Jonathan Freilich  (Naked Orchestra, New Orleans Klezmer All –Stars), longtime band member  James Singleton  (Astral Project, James Booker) on bass,  Doug Garrison  (Iguanas) on drums,  Dan Oestreicher  (Trombone Shorty) on baritone sax,  Brent Rose ( Joe Crown) on tenor sax and special guest  Steven Bernstein  (Sex Mob, Bernstein, Butler ) on trumpet. Freilich’s compositions make use of the surroundings by taking classic New Orleans instrumentations, and driving street beats and spin them into anthems and ballads all with a slight tinge of madness.  A true musicians’ musician, Freilich has an uncanny ability to put a band together and each concert is rare and special occasion.      11PM::  redrawblak  featuring  Shannon Stewart    The experiential,  redrawblak  is the electronically infused project of saxophonist  Brad Walker,  (Sturgill Simpson )  joined by multi-instrumentalist  Aurora Nealand , and drummer  Paul Thibodeaux.  Tonight the trio is joined by modern dancer and choreographer  Shannon Stewart , and brings the best of New Orleans improvisational underground scene into the festival fray.       Wednesday May 2       9PM James Blood Ulmer Solo     11PM Helen Gillet & Nikki Glaspie       James Blood Ulmer  at 78 is among the most distinctive and influential electric guitarists to arise in the past four decades. A direct descendant of Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer has made a career built on left turns and reinvention. And now in the 21st century, Ulmer continues to progress as his most recent history finds him being recognized as an elder statesman of the blues. At the core, however, remains the one and only James Blood Ulmer. Tonight in an exclusive , solo blues performance that is not to be missed.   "... the missing link between Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery on one hand, between P-Funk and Mississippi Fred McDowell on the other."– Greg Tate,  Village Voice    New Orleans cellist  Helen Gillet   is joined by drummer  Nikki Glaspie  (Beyonce, Nth Power) for a live- looping late set with a wide range of percussive sounds, melodies and vocal play from two powerhouse musicians of our time .                                        

SOUND OBSERVATORY NEW ORLEANS PRESENTS:

THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME

April 30 – May 2

@Three Keys at Ace Hotel New Orleans:

600 Carondelet Street New Orleans

Sound Observatory New Orleans presents a FREE three-day festival of new music from New Orleans most innovative ensembles and the masters that inspire them.

The festival –sized iteration of SONO’s monthly series is re-introduction to the ideas of jazz in 2018 New Orleans in homage to Ornette Coleman. The Shape of Jazz to Come shows us what can happen in a community when we let the art take the lead.

On Monday, April 30th we introduce New Orleans to the genre bending music of Harriet Tubman: the band. Based in NYC and deeply inspired by the ideals of freedom, Harriet Tubman’s music plumbs the souls depths for liberated musical expression. The music of Harriet Tubman is a continuation of contextual and musical innovation exhibited by artists like Ornette Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Derrick May, Art Ensemble of Chicago and Parliament-Funkadelic. It is the passion project of guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer J.T. Lewis – now in it’s 20th year.  The New York Times named their latest release Arminata (Sunnyside) to its top ten albums of 2017. Simply put, Harriet Tubman is required listening for anyone enthusiastically attending or vehemently rejecting the 2018 New Orleans Jazz Fest.  9PM FREE.

 Tuesday, April 1st   NEW ORLEANS NEW MUSIC DOUBLE BILL:

9PM Naked on the Floor with special guest Steven Bernstein

11PM::  redrawblak featuring Shannon Stewart

 Naked on the Floor features the music of composer/arranger Jonathan Freilich (Naked Orchestra, New Orleans Klezmer All –Stars), longtime band member James Singleton (Astral Project, James Booker) on bass, Doug Garrison (Iguanas) on drums, Dan Oestreicher (Trombone Shorty) on baritone sax, Brent Rose (Joe Crown) on tenor sax and special guest Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Bernstein, Butler ) on trumpet. Freilich’s compositions make use of the surroundings by taking classic New Orleans instrumentations, and driving street beats and spin them into anthems and ballads all with a slight tinge of madness.  A true musicians’ musician, Freilich has an uncanny ability to put a band together and each concert is rare and special occasion.

 11PM::  redrawblak featuring Shannon Stewart

The experiential, redrawblak is the electronically infused project of saxophonist Brad Walker, (Sturgill Simpson) joined by multi-instrumentalist Aurora Nealand, and drummer Paul Thibodeaux. Tonight the trio is joined by modern dancer and choreographer Shannon Stewart, and brings the best of New Orleans improvisational underground scene into the festival fray.

 Wednesday May 2

 9PM James Blood Ulmer Solo

11PM Helen Gillet & Nikki Glaspie

 James Blood Ulmer at 78 is among the most distinctive and influential electric guitarists to arise in the past four decades. A direct descendant of Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer has made a career built on left turns and reinvention. And now in the 21st century, Ulmer continues to progress as his most recent history finds him being recognized as an elder statesman of the blues. At the core, however, remains the one and only James Blood Ulmer. Tonight in an exclusive , solo blues performance that is not to be missed.

"... the missing link between Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery on one hand, between P-Funk and Mississippi Fred McDowell on the other."– Greg Tate, Village Voice

New Orleans cellist Helen Gillet  is joined by drummer Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Nth Power) for a live- looping late set with a wide range of percussive sounds, melodies and vocal play from two powerhouse musicians of our time .