Will the Alan Ferber Big Band become a Gallery Thanksgiving tradition? We hope so.
Last year at The Jazz Gallery, over the weekend after Thanksgiving , trombonist and composer Ferber played music from his 2013 big band release, March Sublime. Ferber is a frequent presence in DownBeat polls who has played with a varied roster of musicians including Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Hunter, John Hollenbeck, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Sufjan Stevens, The National, and Dr. Dre, and who has led his own Nonet for over a decade. A short while after he played the Gallery, he picked up a Grammy nomination for March Sublime, his first large ensemble recording. You can hear him talk about the Grammies and learn what his favorite coffee place in New York is on the Wing Walker podcast.
Check out our interview from last year with Ferber in which he talks about March Sublime, as well as these videos of his big band from a few years back. This is a band with a lineup that’s sure to knock the stuffing out of you.
The Alan Ferber Big Band performs this Friday and Saturday, November 28th and 29th, 2014, at The Jazz Gallery. The band features Taylor Haskins, Scott Wendholt, Alex Norris, and Clay Jenkins on trumpets; Alan Ferber, Tim Albright, Josh Roseman, and Jennifer Wharton on trombones; John O’Gallagher, Rob Wilkerson, and Jason Rigby on saxophones; Anthony Wilson on guitar, David Cook on piano, Matt Pavolka on bass, and, last, but not least, Mark Ferber on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., $22 general admission ($12 for Members). Purchase tickets here.