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Tuesday December 31
Ed Palermo Big Band presents "THE EDDYS" - OPENER: Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Quartet
For a memorable NYE - The EPBB hosts their thoroughly suspicious annual awards program - THE EDDYS, A Night of a Thousand Jerk-Offs - with Guest Host, Napoleon Murphy Brock.
"Twenty-first century big-band music doesn’t get more exciting and impressive than this."
- Jeff Tamarkin, JazzTimes
"[Ed Palermo]...one of the greatest musicians and arrangers in the world."
– Christian McBride, American jazz bassist, composer, arranger, and six-time Grammy Award winner
"Palermo developed these charts during years of live shows with these musicians, and their mastery of the material shows in the performances, which turn on a dime yet feel fierce with spontaneous invention.... Palermo’s arrangements and these performances are precise, dedicated, raucous and incisive—just like Zappa himself." – JazzTimes
This eighteen-piece ensemble - five woodwind players, four trumpeters, three trombonists, two keyboardists, guitar, violin, bass, drums, and vocalists throughout - has been performing jazz arrangements of Zappa’s music regularly since 1994. But what started out as faithfully antic versions of the composer’s complex, fiendishly clever music has expanded to reflect Palermo’s passion for Todd Rundgren, British psychedelia and progressive rock.
This often entails head-spinning in-jokes, such as performing Traffic’s 1971 tune “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” over Zappa’s bass line for his composition “Chunga’s Revenge.”
The Ed Palermo Big Band performs monthly at the Iridium in Manhattan and regularly at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY, where Palermo often scripts elaborate thematic evenings. At one such event, vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock—a longtime Zappa vocalist who frequently works with Palermo—sang the line “I’m never getting married” (from Jimmy Webb’s “The Worst That Could Happen”) as Palermo stumbled onstage in prison stripes for an evening dedicated to his 34th wedding anniversary.
Most of Palermo’s humor, however, lies in the music’s richly textured citations and juxtapositions. The scores themselves are funny.
“I wouldn’t call my thing a comedy show,” he said, “but it’s got a lot of humor in it. I often think that jazz takes itself way too seriously. Maybe that makes my thing stand out a little more.
Napoleon Murphy Brock
Singer, saxophonist and flute player, Brock, is best known for his work with Frank Zappa in the 1970s, including the albums One Size Fits All, Roxy and Elsewhere, and Bongo Fury. His own most memorable vocal accomplishments are illustrated on the songs "Village of the Sun" and "Florentine Pogen."
Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Quartet
Ted Kooshian / Piano / Arrangement,
Dan Glaude / Saxophones / Flute
Dick Sarpola / Bass
Warren Odze, Drums
“Hip, hip, hooray for musical insanity done right.” — Chris Spector, Midwest Record
“The quality of musicianship is outstanding and the arrangements are fresh, inventive, and genius.” — Valerie Williams, Skope
Underdog meets Sonny Rollins meets Mannix – jazz versions of TV and cartoon themes!
Ted Kooshian’s STANDARD ORBIT QUARTET performs Ted’s unique arrangements of influential music from his past (the 1960’s to now!) – including TV themes, cartoon themes, and pop tunes. They have been performing since 2006 – their first CD, "Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet," (2008) was released to critical acclaim, followed by "Underdog and Other Stories..." (2009), listed among the "Top 10 Jazz CDs 2009".