Category: Gigs

Gary Smulyan & Frank Basile Quintet shows available for stream!

A few weeks ago at Smalls club in the West Village of New York City, I had the extreme pleasure or watching two sets that featured some of the best baritone playing around. Gary Smulyan & Frank Basile are two incredible baritone saxophonists that are directly connected to the Pepper Adams lineage.

Everyone can now watch both evenings (4 sets total) on the online streaming archive from Smalls – called SmallLive. You’ll need to sign up for a membership, but $10 a month is a small price for the incredible amount of live jazz you’ll have access to. This concert alone had a $20 cover per set to see. Also, in these strange times Musicians and Clubs need all the support they can get – Smalls shares revenue from online streaming with the musicians.

Head over to the Smalls Live archive and watch these incredible sets:

Opportunity to see Kenny Berger live

Baritonist, Kenny Berger has let us know about an upcoming gig he has in New York City.

Kenny Berger and New Tricks will be playing Thursday September 5th from 6-8pm at Silvana (300 w. 116th St NY, NY 10026)

Rounding out the band is alto saxophonist David Bixler, Chip Jackson on bass and Chuck Zeuren on drums. If you’re in or around NYC this is a great choice for a nice evening of live jazz.

Vapors of Morphine to go on tour


Fans of the somewhat underground low-note based band Morphine that included baritone saxophonist Dana Colley have something new to be excited for. The band is going on tour, including a few dates in the US and a number of dates in Europe. Including Saturday October 15th in Brooklyn NY!

This band is the most authentic Morphine cover band possible since it includes 2 of the 3 original members. Check out their tour page for a complete list of shows.

Performance of Pepper Adams’ music in the UK

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enthusiasts in London have a new event to look forward to.

Colin Mils and his big band are presenting the music of Pepper Adams (arranged by Tony Faulkner) on Marth 30th, 2014.

Check down below, or click on the image at the right for the specifics of the gig.

UPDATE (more information):

On March 30th, Uk baritone saxophonist Colin Mills will be putting on a concert of big band music in London, dedicated solely to the compositions of Pepper Adams. Joining him on the gig of music arranged by Uk arranger Tony Faulkner, are top London players such as Mike Fletcher, George Crowley, Callum Au, Tom White, Louis Dowdeswell, Russell Bennett, Neil Bullock and Rob Barron.

Colin was selected by the BBC as the Uk representative in the 2012 European Jazz Orchestra and has been playing in big bands for nearly 20 years. Colin is a specialized baritone player with a fluent range over 4 octaves, heavily influenced by the greats of the baritone world, such as Mulligan, Adams, Gullen, Brignola, Bluiett and Carny. Colin now regularly plays with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the Jay Craig Big Band and smaller bands such as Bad Ass Brass, and his own small band projects.

The gig is March 30th at the Gunnersbury pub in Chiswick, London. The gig starts at 1230 and it’s £10 in on the door.

Saxes: Michael Fletcher, Gemma Moore, Andy Isherwood, George Crowley, Colin Mills,
Trombones: Callum Au, Tom Dunnett, Tom White, Ross Brennan,
Trumpets: Louis Dowdeswell, Richard Freeman, Russell Bennett, Gavin Broom,
Guitar: Ian Lawes
Drums Neil Bullock
Bass: Tom Mark
Piano: Rob Barron

“The Music of Pepper Adams and Tony Faulkner”


Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band
“The Music of Pepper Adams and Tony Faulkner”
Wednesday Nov 13
Sets at 8PM & 10PM
$15 cover
Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042

On Wednesday, November 13 at 8pm Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band will perform music by guest composer/arranger Tony Faulkner and his new arrangements of the music of Pepper Adams, at Trumpets in Montclair NJ. This performance is part of a tour of Pepper Adams‘ music, organized by Gary Carner;  Jazz historian, record producer,and author of the acclaimed biography, “Pepper Adams-Joy Road”. Prior to New Jersey, they will have visited New York, Cincinnati, Champaign IL, Macomb IL, Detroit, Toronto, and Montreal, with performances, book signings, lectures and workshops.

The program for this concert features Adams’ compositions: “Dobbin”, “Freddie Froo”  “Philson” , along with Faulkner’s compositions: “Morris Dances”, “Song for Stewart” and a NY/NJ premiere “”Park Frederick III.”

This is Tony Faulkner’s first tour of the U.S and Canada. Faulkner, who hails from Leeds, England, is also a drummer, and has been on the Jazz scene in England since 1965. He has worked with many Jazz legends; Kenny Wheeler, Benny Goodman, Paul Gonsalves, Art Farmer,Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Nat Adderly, Al Cohn and many more.

Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III, was an American Jazz baritone saxophonist and composer, who worked with many legends of Jazz such as:Chet Baker, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Lee Morgan and most notably the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now known as The Vanguard Orchestra.

For more information on this concert, Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, the Pepper Adams Joy Road Tour, Gary Carner and Tony Faulkner please visit