Roy Nathanson ~ Saxophone. Curtis Fowlkes ~ Trombone. Bill Ware ~ Vibraphone. Sam Bardfeld ~ Violin. Bradley Jones ~ Bass. Ben perowsky ~ Drums.
Get ready for some old-school downtown New York City grit as The JAZZ PASSENGERS invade the LunÀtico bandstand!
The JAZZ PASSENGERS are a fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a “perverse mainstream … hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa.” (Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe, 1989). Their name, a take-off on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, reveals the musicians’ wild ride along the eccentric currents in modern American music. Roy Nathanson and Curtis Fowlkes founded the band in 1987 from their strong affinity in their Brooklyn roots in the band of the Big Apple Circus and John Lurie’s The Lounge Lizards. They first broke out on the New York City avant-garde scene centering around the Knitting Factory with a hybrid of Mingus-influenced dance rhythms and original tunes complete with lyrics and/or entertaining stories. Thirty years later, aged like a fine cognac, these musicians will give you a thrilling ride on their journey.