Trombonist Alan Ferber is one of the most well-traveled jazz musicians in New York, both literally and figuratively—his recording credits and international touring gigs run the gamut from jazz to contemporary classical to rock and back. Ferber is among the most in-demand big band trombonists, playing in groups led by John Hollenbeck, Darcy James Argue, Michael Formanek, Ted Nash, and Miguel Zenon to name just a few. He’s played and arranged for Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, and has worked with some of Indie rock’s most acclaimed groups, including Beirut, The National, and Sufjan Stevens.
Through these varied experiences, Ferber has found himself at the nexus of different musical communities. On his newest big band record, Jigsaw (Sunnyside)—his followup to the Grammy-nominated March Sublime—Ferber draws from his eclectic mix of musical relationships in both personnel and repertoire. The band features longtime collaborators like saxophonists John O’Gallagher and John Ellis, as well as mentors and former bandleaders like trombonist John Fedchock, trumpeter Tony Kadleck, and guitarist Anthony Wilson. The repertoire is especially-geared to the members of the band, featuring a mix of originals and Ferber’s own arrangements of favorite tunes. Below, check out the album’s title track, a blistering workout written especially for John O’Gallagher, and “Lost in The Hours,” a lyrical bossa nova by the multi-reedist Paul McCandless.
This weekend, Ferber and his full band will celebrate the release of Jigsaw with two nights of performances. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Ferber’s fresh and deeply felt music played by the people it was written for.
The Alan Ferber Big Band celebrates the release of Jigsaw at The Jazz Gallery on Friday, October 6th, and Saturday, October 7th, 2017. The group features John O’Gallagher, Rob Wilkerson, John Ellis, Jason Rigby, and Chris Cheek on saxophones; Alan Ferber, John Fedchock, Jacob Garchik, and Jennifer Wharton on trombone; Tony Kadleck, Scott Wendholt, Alex Norris, and Clay Jenkins on trumpets; Anthony Wilson on guitar; David Cook on piano; Matt Pavolka on bass; and Mark Ferber on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $25 general admission ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.