Happy new year everyone! 2018 was an incredible year, and here’s to continued music, positivity and music making in 2019! Highlights of last year include the release of Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast 010), my “super-charged spectacle of daredevil adventure” with “a contagious fun factor, manifested in the musicians’ playful interactions (Downbeat Magazine, 4 1/2 star review)”. The album just recently showed up in several year-end lists, including Francis Davis’ NPR Critics Poll and a great mention and review in Rolling Stone Magazine’s jazz list. Thank you to everyone who spent time listening to it! Further highlights of the year include performances with Dave Douglas, Mary Halvorson and Maria Schneider, as well as recording and touring with Barry Altschul and Uri Caine, and the debut of my 14 movement song cycle for mezzo soprano voice, mezzo soprano saxophone, piano, oboe and clarinet at National Sawdust as part of their Stone Commissioning Series.
2019 looks to be even better; I’ve got a new double recording coming out later in the year; it’ll pair up a solo mezzo soprano saxophone recording with a piano quintet and sopranino quintet that features the Mivos Quartet. The Dr. Quixotic group is also performing at the Winter Jazzfest in New York, and I’m looking forward to performances this year with Ralph Alessi, Maria Schneider, Louis Cole, Uri Caine, Dave Douglas and many more.
Thanks for your continuing support! I hope to see you out and about. We’ve got a new tagline at Irabbagast– MAKE STUFF UP! Here’s to a prosperous and continually creative and positive year.
January 5– Perpetual Motion: A celebration of the music of Moondog, Sylvain Rifflet and Jon Irabagon, Internationales Jazzfestival Munster, Munster, Germany
January 6– Fat Cat Big Band, Fat Cat, New York, NY
January 7– Joel Harrison’s Infinite Possibility, The Slope Lounge, Brooklyn, NY
January 8, 9– Recording session for Joel Harrison’s Infinite Possibility
January 11– Louis Cole Big Band, Winter JazzFest, New York, NY
January 12– Gregg August recording session
January 12– Jon Irabagon Quartet featuring Tim Hagans, Winter JazzFest, New York, NY
January 13– Marcos Varela Quartet, Fat Cat, New York, NY
January 26– Jon Irabagon solo/quartet, The North Door, Austin, TX
January 27– Matteo Liberatore/Jon Irabagon/Tom Rainey, Downtown Music Gallery, New York, NY
January 31– Jon Irabagon/Peter Brendler/Benn Cliness, Bar Next Door, New York, NY
February 3– Fat Cat Big Band, Fat Cat, New York, NY
February 4– William Hooker Moon Quartet, Bushwick Music Series, Brooklyn, NY
February 11-24– Axis Norwegian Tour, Details TBA
February 28– Dave Demotta Nonet, Silvana, New York, NY