Interview: Mark Lewandowski

Bassist Mark Lewandowski originally hails from Nottingham, England, but moved to New York City in August of 2017. In 2021, he released his second album as a leader Under One Sky with Addison Frei (piano) and Kush Abadey (drums). Writer Akira Saito had the opportunity to interview Mr. Lewandowski about his work and perspectives on

Tangible, Abstract: Patrick Breiner’s Double Double at Korzo / Sep 30, 2014

Abstract (adj.): Existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence. Tangible (adj.): Perceptible by touch Tenor saxophonist Patrick Breiner‘s music is not abstract, yet tangible, it is very strongly both of those things simultaneously. Last night, as with every time I listen to any of Breiner’s groundbreaking groups,

Jonathan Moritz Trio – Secret Tempo Album release & live performance

Jonathan Moritz led his trio on Monday night as part of one of this summer’s most exciting concert series at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg. Kudos to Yoni Kretzmer for curating this fantastic  series giving greater exposure to a number of talented players. The band also includes Shayna Dulberger (bass) and Mike Pride (percussion). Their new album, Secret Tempo,

Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys at Greenwich House Music School

The late trumpeter Bill Dixon was famous for his use of space and silence in his music as his “second instrument.” Percussionist Mike Pride‘s compositions and performance last night at Greenwich House with his band From Bacteria to Boys displayed a very different approach to the use of silence to great effect. Pride’s music is both intricate and

Josh Sinton’s Ideal Bread Boldly Reinterprets Lacy at La Sala in Williamsburg

Reedist Josh Sinton led a profound performance of his band Ideal Bread at La Sala last Thursday night with band mates Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Adam Hopkins (bass). The band was originally formed to play and reinterpret songs by the late soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (with whom Sinton studied), and Sinton continues to dig for

Matt Pavolka’s The Horns Band at Barbes

Barbes’ Wednesday night jazz gigs continue to draw a dedicated following. Tonight we were the beneficiaries of a compelling performance by Matt Pavolka’s Horns Band featuring cornetist Kirk Knuffke, trombonist Jacob Garchik, alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, and drummer Ben Perowsky. At the center of the performance, Pavolka provided non-stop energy, driving his seven masterfully composed originals