Monday, December 14, 2009

Next RSJO This Wednesday - Last time this year!

Greetings Music Lovers,

Yes, indeedy, the Russ Spiegel Jazz Orchestra is at it again this Wednesday, Dec. 16th at the Gershwin Hotel in Manhattan. Great music, great venue - the Gershwin is not only one of the up and coming music venues in New York, but is also a very cool room, with modern art and a plush interior. There is also now a cafe inside which supposedly now has wine & beer.

Sets are at 8 & 9:30pm. Entrance is $10. Come for the first set and stay for the second free. Take off your shoes & shake your thing!

Russ Spiegel: Composer, Arranger, Guitar
Reeds: Rob Wilkerson, Alejandro Aviles, Tim Armacost, Ole Mathisen, Paul Nedzela
Trumpets: Colin Brigstocke, John Trombetta, Andy Gravish, Miki Hirose
Trombones: Andy Hunter, John Knight, Kevin Cerovich, Brandon Moodie
Rhythm: Art Hirahara (p), Yoshi Waki (b), Eric Halvorson (dr)
Special Guest - Scott Reeves: valve trombone & compositions/arrangements

Scott Reeves is a trombonist, alto flugelhornist, composer, arranger, author, and college jazz educator. A Chicago native, he attended Indiana University where he received his B.M. in trombone and his M.M. in jazz studies. His teachers have included David Baker, Woody Shaw, Kenny Werner, Thomas Beversdorf, and Lewis Van Haney. He currently teaches at The City College of New York, CUNY, where he holds the rank of Associate Professor, and is also on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music. (

Recently voted as one of the Top 10 Jazz Albums of the Year by Michael Valentine, Music Director for WDNA 88.9 FM, "Transplants" comprises nine energetic and magnificently performed Big Band Jazz pieces, all arranged and produced by Russ Spiegel. In addition to six original compositions written by Russ, Transplants includes songs by legendary composers Duke Ellington, Ray Noble and Paul Weston.

“There is a little something for everyone to like on Transplants, and it is clear that
Spiegel is a composer we will be hearing more great things from in the future.”
Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.Net

The 17-man strong Russ Spiegel Jazz Orchestra consists of some of New York's most talented musicians, and between the scintillating arrangements, stellar compositions and amazing musicianship there is something for everyone.

"If you are truly wise, you will transplant this disc from your favorite online CD store, directly into your music collection."
Dan McIntosh,

The Gershwin Hotel is located at:
7 East 27th Street in New York City


I'll be at my usual Friday gig: "O solo mio" - solo jazz guitar, that is - Friday evenings 7-10pm at Il Porto Restaurant(known for its wood burning brick oven pizza!). Located directly across from the entrance to Steiner Studios.
37 Washington Avenue at Flushing Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 624-2965