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IN THE TIME OF…, a new song

5/13/20

I’ve found it punishingly hard to write music during these last nine weeks (nine weeks!), but I did manage to do this, a tribute to the great Bucky Pizzarelli and all the extraordinary jazz musicians lost to the coronavirus. Many thanks to the folks at Local 802 for asking me to create something, and to Pete Donovan for putting the video together (and beautifully laying down the bass), as well as all the musicians who contributed: Jamie Eblen (drums), Monica Davis (violin and viola), Janet Axelrod (flute), Lynne Cohen (English horn), Elise Frawley (viola), Kyle Hoyt (French horn), Morris KainumaRead More »

RESIDENCY CONCERT #58: GRANDE, BEAN & SOCIAL DISTANCE

5/1/20

First we canceled the March show. We had planned a really beautiful show with Ashley Perez Flanagan, Zonya Love Johnson and Marcus Paul James for March 16, but then the social distancing order came down and all the performing spaces had to close. And we knew that, for the foreseeable future, that was the end of that. There wasn’t much time to dwell on it, really – Georgia and I were too busy getting the girls’ distance-learning set up and making sure we had the groceries and supplies we needed, figuring out what we had in the bank and whetherRead More »

UNINVITED COLLABORATIONS, Vol. 1: SHAWN COLVIN

4/30/20

I’m a huge fan of Shawn Colvin, she’s an amazing singer, distinctive and exquisitely musical down to every inhale, and she’s a monster guitar player with the best right hand on the circuit, not to mention that she’s a fantastic writer. I’ve never met her, but I’ve always hoped that if I mentioned her in enough interviews, I’d one day get a phone call from a number in Austin TX and a voice would say, “Hey man, want to collaborate on an album?” SINCE THAT HASN’T HAPPENED, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands. Ms. Colvin has beenRead More »

MONDAY 4/27: JRB ONLINE CONCERT featuring ARIANA GRANDE and SHOSHANA BEAN!

4/24/20

Monday night, April 27, at 8 PM EST, I’m proud to host the first online show of the JRB SubCulture Residency, featuring maybe the two greatest singers on the planet Earth: my muse and inspiration, Ms. SHOSHANA BEAN, and my tiny Grammy-winning genius, Ms. ARIANA GRANDE. We’ve put together a really special show for you, including not just those two amazing singers but also my incredible band, who have been recording tracks in their basements, closets and bathrooms, and my beautiful family, who have been roped in to sing a number as well as being cajoled to do various cinematographicRead More »

SOCIAL ISOLATION SWINGIN’: JRB & Mike Titlebaum Ruin The Beatles

4/13/20

Quarantine does strange things to people. In this case, it compelled my old college buddy Mike Titlebaum (now the Director of Jazz Studies at Ithaca College) to reach out to me and ask if I wanted to do a social-isolation collaboration. Almost immediately, I thought of this song, and then improvised this totally arbitrary and cruel arrangement for Mike to figure out, which he did, with all his usual brilliance and sangfroid. Then Mike took it one step further and made this insane video, which includes, among other inexplicable things, terrifying footage of our band in college, the Eastman ChamberRead More »

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