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Sexmob
Steven Bernstein Fest

Sexmob

Plays Ellington

Sep 14
Joe Henderson Lab

Trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s second night with his long-running band Sex Mob focuses on the work of jazz’s greatest composer, Duke Ellington. Recently celebrating its twentieth year, the quartet has honed a singular sound marked by high-energy, protean group improvisation and rollicking grooves unlike any other band on the planet. Originally formed for a weekly residency at New York’s Knitting Factory, they’ve earned a devoted fan base with boisterous deconstructions of tunes by a shaggy menagerie of pop acts, from Abba and James Brown to Prince and Elvis Presley, and released nine superlative albums for the Ropeadope, Columbia, Rex, Thirsty Ear, and Royal Potato labels. The music of Ellington has been a consistent part of the Sex Mob songbook, with pieces including “Black and Tan Fantasy,” “The Mooche,” and “Come Sunday” all appearing on various albums, and 2000’s self-released Theatre & Dance featuring new arrangements of Ellington’s work commissioned for dance by choreographer Donald Byrd. The band revisits this material on this special night.

ABOUT STEVEN BERNSTEIN
A master of the previously obscure slide trumpet, Berkeley-born Steven Bernstein is a fearless improviser, composer and arranger whose résumé includes collaboration with Bill Frisell, Levon Helm, Lou Reed, Linda Ronstadt, Henry Butler, and Allen Toussaint. He leads the cinematically inspired band Sex Mob, the Millennial Territory Orchestra – an ensemble rooted in the territory bands of the 1920s and 30s, and the Butler-Bernstein Hot 9 devoted to the early jazz of Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton.

ABOUT STEVEN BERNSTEIN

A master of the previously obscure slide trumpet, Steven Bernstein is a fearless improviser, composer and arranger. For this four-night residency presents two of his most explosive ensembles.

Steven Bernstein's Sexmob have given themselves one task: to make modern jazz fun.

PopMatters

Steven Bernstein's Sexmob have given themselves one task: to make modern jazz fun.

PopMatters

Personnel

Steven Bernstein slide trumpet
Briggan Krauss baritone & soprano saxophone
Tony Scherr bass
Kenny Wollesen drums

The band Sexmob specializes in a distinct strain of deconstructionist improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls.

NPR Music

Personnel

Steven Bernstein slide trumpet
Briggan Krauss baritone & soprano saxophone
Tony Scherr bass
Kenny Wollesen drums

The band Sexmob specializes in a distinct strain of deconstructionist improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls.

NPR Music

Watch & Listen

Sexmob

The Mooche

Sexmob

Black and Tan Fantasy

Sexmob

The Mooche

Sexmob

Black and Tan Fantasy