Steven Bernstein's MTO West
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Steven Bernstein's MTO West

Sep 15 - Sep 16
Joe Henderson Lab

“When the time comes, Bernstein clicks an invisible switch and the band pops into semi-flawless unison. At that point, you might imagine yourself in Harlem in 1929,” says the Village Voice about trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s expansive Millennial Territory Orchestra, an ensemble inspired by the pre-swing era territory bands that crisscrossed the country in the 1920s and 1930s. Loose, rambunctious, and fun with an irreverent take-no-prisoners approach, the MTO grapples with tunes ranging from Basie and Mingus to Prince and the Grateful Dead to an entire album devoted to the funk of Sly and the Family Stone on 2011’s MTO Plays Sly. Presenting the West Coast debut of his MTO material, the New York-based Berkeley High alum pays homage to his early years by christening a new version of this unpredictable assemblage featuring a host of Bay Area jazz luminaries including clarinetist Ben Goldberg, saxophonist Howard Wiley, violinist Jenny Scheinman, and trombonist Jeff Cressman.

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.

A vibrant big band piloted by slide-trumpet virtuoso Steven Bernstein, [who] marries hot-jazz horns with fat backbeats to yield a riotously anachronistic party soundtrack.

Time Out New York

A vibrant big band piloted by slide-trumpet virtuoso Steven Bernstein, [who] marries hot-jazz horns with fat backbeats to yield a riotously anachronistic party soundtrack.

Time Out New York

Personnel

Steven Bernstein slide trumpet
Jenny Scheinman violin
Ben Goldberg clarinet
Howard Wiley tenor & soprano saxophone
Briggan Krauss baritone & soprano saxophone
Jeff Cressman trombone
TBA guitar
Tony Scherr bass
Kenny Wollesen drums

MTO slides between the old and the new, taking musical cues from talented but little-known jazz bands from the 1920s and '30s that worked the juke joints and ballrooms of the Cotton Belt and the Midwest.

NPR

Personnel

Steven Bernstein slide trumpet
Jenny Scheinman violin
Ben Goldberg clarinet
Howard Wiley tenor & soprano saxophone
Briggan Krauss baritone & soprano saxophone
Jeff Cressman trombone
TBA guitar
Tony Scherr bass
Kenny Wollesen drums

MTO slides between the old and the new, taking musical cues from talented but little-known jazz bands from the 1920s and '30s that worked the juke joints and ballrooms of the Cotton Belt and the Midwest.

NPR

Watch & Listen

Steven Bernstein's MTO Orchestra

East Bay Stomp

Steven Bernstein's MTO Orchestra

Oakland Strut

Steven Bernstein's MTO Orchestra

East Bay Stomp

Steven Bernstein's MTO Orchestra

Oakland Strut