NYC: Pharoahe Monch x Revive Big Band Live At Blue Note Tonite [8/27!]

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Tonight all roads lead to the West Village (NYC) where Okayplayer Pharoahe Monch and “The city’s most electrifying young lions of jazz” (-Village Voice) AKA the Revive Big Band will invade the Blue Note Jazz club like a conquering army! Revivalist (of course) has the story:

If The Revive Big Band is a 19-piece jazz army then what is their fight? Formed in 2010, the Big Band began as a “wouldn’t it be cool if…” kind of idea, where composer, arranger and trumpeterIgmar Thomas wanted to unite generations of like-minded musicians in presenting a new age of big bands. The project has grown to become one of the most exciting and imaginative bands – big or otherwise – in New York.

The musical styles, experience, and tastes of Revive’s members vary widely, but their collective mission is the same. “We’re carrying on, within the tradition of big bands, what would be relevant today,” Thomas says. “[We're] modifying the message and making it translatable, accessible to the people, so that they have something relevant to grasp on to. It represents that little bridge.”Revive’s repertoire is an authentic gumbo, featuring original compositions by Thomas, as well as epic orchestrations of selected productions from different producers and notable hip-hop songs combined with the original sampled jazz record, all re-imagined and arranged into original works for a big band.”Our voice is one that has a foot deeply placed in the jazz roots and the tradition of that, à la Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie – but also, another foot deeply invested in 2012, and so on. That’s the direction: Dizzy, Dilla, and us,” declares Thomas.

Revive Big Band’s past performances include a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest featuring Jarobi (ATCQ), Buckshot, Dres, DJ Logic, and many more; a celebration of the life of legendary emcee Guru, featuring DJ Premier, Roy Hargrove, and guests; and the group’s first big band performance in 2010, which featured Nicholas Payton and Talib Kweli. Tonight, the band takes the Blue Note stage with special guest emcee Pharoahe Monch.

Get full line up and event details after the jump and then get to the Blue Note--right now!

Big Band Line Up

Igmar Thomas, Trumpet, Musical Director, Arranger

Pharoahe Monch, vocals

Raydar Ellis, DJ, vocals

Lawrence Fields, piano/keys

Ben Williams, bass

Marcus Gilmore, drums

Jeff Lee Johnson, Guitar

Butter, percussion

Jason Palmer, Trumpet

Josh Evans, Trumpet

Cameron Johnson, Trumpet

Sharel Cassity, Alto Sax

Godwin Louis, Alto Sax

Anthony Nelson, Baritone Sax

Marcus Strickland, Tenor Sax

Frank Lacy, Trombone

Corey King, Trombone

Max Seigel,Trombone

Produced by Revive Music

Date: Monday, August 27th

Time: (2) Sets, 8pm + 10:30pm

Tickets: $10 Bar | $20 Table | MAKE RESERVATIONS HERE

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