Announcing an April Tour!

Hi everyone, I hope you are doing well, considering these extreme circumstances. As the live music industry is beginning a dreadfully slow and difficult build-back, my quartet is really excited and honored to be doing a short (but really meaningful!) tour in the northeastern US. We have decided to livestream all of the shows in case any of our friends want to tune in and see what new music we have in store. We’ll be debuting new music, bringing back some old favorites and shuffling everything up from night to night, so feel free to follow us throughout the week! We know we are fortunate to have this tour happen in these times and appreciate all the support from colleagues, family, fans and new friends as well. There are limited number of seats for each show, so if you are in the area, please call ahead to make sure of availability.

We’ll be heading into the studio immediately after the tour for an upcoming album, so stay tuned for that as well!

This tour is made possible with the support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support form the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

JON IRABAGON QUARTET APRIL 2021 TOUR

Tuesday, April 13th– An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD– Livestream here

Wednesday, April 14th– The Front Porch, Charlottesville, VA– Livestream here

Thursday, April 15th– City of Asylum, Pittsburgh, PA– Livestream here

Friday, April 16th– The Bop Shop, Rochester, NY– Livestream here

Saturday, April 17th– Roxbury Arts Center, Roxbury, NY– Livestream here

Sunday, April 18th– Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA– Livestream here

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December happenings

Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy year to say the least, and obviously the entire music industry (and especially live music!) completely imploded. Here’s to 2021 and hopefully a quick and merciful rebound! Please stay safe out there; I’ve missed performing and meeting people a lot this year, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Though things have been hampered heavily this year, I’ve been fortunate enough to stay relatively busy musically and I wanted to share some of those things with you.

As far as new albums coming out, there are several! I am proud to be on the newest Uptown Jazz Tentet album “What’s Next?” led by my Juilliard School friends James Burton III, Willie Applewhite and Brandon Lee. These are the classiest cats, compositions and arrangements around, and Irabbagast Records is proud to have released it last month. Please go here for more information. Also, back in September, I co-led an album entitled “The Cat of Sadness” featuring myself, Dan Blake and Ingrid Laubrock, all on soprano saxophones! It’s really a unique album and it was magical working with those two. Please find the album here.

I also co-led an album release with great percussionist and engineer Andrew Barker, and our album, Anemone, was released a few weeks ago by Radical Documents out in California. It was really a blast playing with Andrew and I hope to get to travel with this duo some when the pandemic subsides.

Finally, I am super proud to have co-led another album with great French saxophonist and personality Sylvain Rifflet. Our last album, a Moondog tribute CD and DVD, was so much fun to make that we had to do a follow up. This time, we took several urgent speeches from past and present and composed music around them. Words by Paul Robeson, Emma Gonzales, Greta Thunberg and more are featured here, and the playing of Sebastian Boisseau and Jim Black make this one of my favorite albums I have been a part of. Rebellion(s) is released by BMC Records in Budapest.

Also during these months off I was blessed with receiving two separate grants to help create new music and keep my spirits up during this live performance downturn. I am happy to have received a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works composition grant, and the results — entitled Recharge the Blade– will feature myself along with Ray Anderson, Matt Mitchell, Chris Lightcap and Dan Weiss. We are debuting the piece at Smalls Jazz Club on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 over two sets at 7 and 830pm. Tickets will be extremely limited; please go to https://www.smallslive.com/ for more information. We are also performing at 4pm on Friday, December 4th, 2020 at Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY for an extremely limited audience as well as live-to-tape recording that will be broadcast on the radio in the weeks following (please check back here for updated information). “Recharge the Blade” by Jon Irabagon and Outright! has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2020 New Jazz Works program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

I was also extremely pleased to learn that my upcoming new quartet tour (featuring Matt Mitchell, Chris Lightcap and Dan Weiss) will be funded in part by a Jazz Road touring grant (a program of South Arts and funded by the National Endowment of the Arts). This tour will feature new music for quartet over at least 8 different performances in and around the eastern US. Fingers crossed for an April 2021 date, with a recording and further touring planned afterwards.

As far as recordings that will be coming out in the not-so-distant future, I recorded a solo tenor saxophone album at a canyon in South Dakota that I frequented this summer. It features all songs related to Charlie Parker in some way and is a totally different album than I’ve ever attempted to make. I also have duo projects with both Paul Lytton and Axel Dorner that I would love to put out sometime in the next year or two that I am very excited about, and there is an insanely large and insanely fun album led by Matt Mitchell and Kate Gentile that I am on that should be coming out later next year as well.

Whew! Thanks for reading. Hopefully this dark period is nearing its end and we can return to life with live music, personal communication and comradery. Please stay safe and I hope to see you all very soon. Thank you for your continuing support, and feel free to drop me a line to say hello.

Thanks!

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March and April shows

March and April Shows

Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s residency at the Stone; we had an amazing time and some beautiful new music came out of it. Looking forward to the next one! Here are some upcoming shows; hope to see you at some!

MARCH

1– Fat Cat Big Band, New York, NY

2– Jeff Davis/Jon Irabagon/Jonathan Goldberger/Eivind Opsvik, Bushwick Public House, Brooklyn

3– Jon Irabagon/Peter Brender/Jimmy McBride, Bar Next Door, New York, NY

7– Rob Garcia Quartet, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY

8– Jazz Vespers with Ike Sturm/Ralph Alessi/et al, St Peters Church, New York, NY

BARRY ALTSCHUL’s 3DOM FACTOR EUROPEAN TOUR

25– Lugano, Switzerland

27– Neuburg, Germany

28-29– Geneva, Switzerland

31– Cork, Ireland

APRIL SHOWS

1– Saarbrucken, Germany

3– Vers, France

4– St. Ambroix, France

6– Nuremburg, Germany

16– Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

18-19– Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Columbus, OH

22-25– Michael Buble, Mexico City, Mexico

26-27– Michael Buble, Monterrey, Mexico

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January and February shows

Happy new year, everyone! We hope you had a great holiday season. I’m looking forward to these shows (including my Stone residency at the end of February) and hope to see you out and about!

JANUARY SHOWS

January 8-15: Alban Darche’s Le Gros Cube, Nantes, France

January 17: Jon Irabagon/Brian Marsella Duo, Scholes Studio, Brooklyn, NY

January 18: Patricia Brennan/Adam O’Farrill/Jon Irabagon/Matt Mitchell/Tomas Fujiwara, Happy Lucky No. 1, Brooklyn, NY

January 20-25: Rebellions with Sylvain Rifflet, Jim Black and Sebastien Boisseau, Budapest, Hungary

January 27: Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard, New York, NY

January 29-31: Recording session

FEBRUARY SHOWS

February 19- 23: Moondog Celebration with Sylvain Rifflet, Hamburg, Germany

STONE RESIDENCY!

February 25: Jon Irabagon/Barry Altschul/Joe Fonda/Uri Caine/Tim Hagans

February 26: I Don’t Hear Nothin’ but the Blues CD Release show featuring Mick Barr, Ava Mendoza and Mike Pride

February 27: Jon Irabagon/Brian Marsella duo

February 28: Jon Irabagon/Matt Mitchell/Chris Lightcap/Dan Weiss

February 29: New piece for woodwind quintet featuring Michel Gentile/Katie Scheele/Mike McGinnis/Nathan Koci/Sara Schoenbeck

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November and December shows

Hi everyone, it’s been a great couple of months! We’re getting some great response to Invisible Horizon, and there’s more great music on the way. If you happen to be in any of the following places, please stop by and say hello.

NOVEMBER PERFORMANCES

November 3- Fat Cat Big Band, Fat Cat, New York, NY

November 6- Joel Harrison Ensemble, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

November 12- Jon Irabagon/Peter Brendler/Allan Mednard, Bar Next Door, New York, NY

AXIS TRIO and QUINTET TOUR

November 14- Cafe Haerverk, Oslo, Norway

November 15- Recording session

November 16- Ila Brainnstasjon, Trondheim, Norway

November 17- Bergen Klott, Bergen, Norway

November 18- Consulatet, Stavanger, Norway

November 20- Masterclass at the New School, New York, NY

November 25- Thomas Helton/Jon Irabagon/Colin Hinton, Brooklyn, NY

November 26- Snark Horse, The Sultan Room, Brooklyn, NY

DECEMBER PERFORMANCES

December 1- Snark Horse recording session

December 2- Snark Horse recording session

TEUN VERBRUGGEN’S BUREAU OF ATOMIC TOURISM TOUR

December 4- De Koer, Gent, Belgium

December 5- KC Nona, Mechelen, Belgium

December 7- Walter, Brussels, Belgium

December 10- Loft, Cologne, Germany

December 11- Jin, Maastricht, Belgium

December 12-15- Bojan Vuletic Ensemble, Dusseldorf, Germany

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September and October happenings!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great summer. We’re gearing into high gear here, and the fall promises to be an exciting time. My new double album, Invisible Horizon, comes out on October 15th on Irabbagast Records, and features Matt Mitchell on piano, the Mivos Quartet on strings and myself on the sopranino and mezzo soprano saxophones.

The album will be available starting October 15th over at CD Baby, iTunes, Bandcamp and other places you typically would buy recordings. I could go into specifics about the albums, but let’s have Chris Robinson from over at Point of Departure tell you about it: Invisible Horizon. I’m doing a solo mezzo-soprano saxophone show at The Treehouse in Manhattan on October 24th at 9:30pm to celebrate its release.

I’ll also be performing with Ralph Alessi’s This Against That for two separate US tours, playing at Birdland for the annual John Coltrane Birthday Week, and joining the great Brian Marsella at the Stone for back to back nights. Hope to see some of you out and about!

SEPTEMBER SHOWS

September 11- Uptown Jazz Tentet, The Django, New York, NY

September 12- Jon Irabagon/Peter Brendler/Mark Ferber, Bar Next Door, New York, NY

September 15- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Bop Stop, Cleveland, OH

September 17- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Kerrytown Concert Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

September 18- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Constellation, Chicago, IL

September 19- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

September 20- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, UW-Parkside, Kenosha, WI

September 21- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Cafe Coda, Madison, WI

September 22- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Jazz Central Studios, Minneapolis, MN

September 23- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Moorhead State, Moorhead, MN

September 24-28- Coltrane Revisited with Jeremy Pelt, Jimmy Greene, James Wiedman, Lonnie Plaxico and Billy Drummond, Birdland, New York, NY

OCTOBER SHOWS

October 1- Brian Marsella/Jon Irabagon Duo, The Stone at the New School, New York, NY

October 2- Gatos do Soul, The Stone at the New School, New York, NY

October 4- Uri Caine Quartet, Smalls, New York, NY

October 5- Uri Caine Quartet, Smalls, New York, NY

October 6- Masterclass, Washington DC

October 7- Burnett Thompson/Jon Irabagon Duo, Arts Club, Washington DC

October 14- Joel Harrison Quartet, Zinc Bar, New York, NY

October 23- John Yao’s Triceratops, Terraza 7, Queens, NY

October 24- Invisible Horizon CD release show, The Treehouse, New York, NY

October 27- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, SF Jazz, San Francisco, CA

October 28- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, University of Reno-Nevada, Reno, NV

October 29- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Fresno State, Fresno, CA

October 30- Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA

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July and August happenings

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great summer so far! We’ve got a lot going on here, including officially announcing my latest release, Invisible Horizon, for October 15th. It’s a double record: the first album features a six-movement suite written for Matt Mitchell on piano and the Mivos Quartet, and I join Mivos on the intro and outro pieces on sopranino saxophone. The second is a solo mezzo-soprano saxophone album recorded at the Vigelund Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway, which has a natural 19 second reverb! I’m really excited to get these out into the world, and there are reviews and features on the music coming out in Downbeat and JazzTimes, so stay tuned!

Irabbagast Records is putting out new albums from the Uptown Jazz Tentet and a solo baritone saxophone album by Anders Svanoe in the coming months as well. I’m also gearing up for a week at John Zorn’s NYC club the Stone next February 25-29, and we’re busy mixing the upcoming I Don’t Hear Nothin’ but the Blues album, which will be coming out at that time. I also had the pleasure of recording duo with the one and only Paul Lytton, so that should be coming out at some point next year as well.

Thanks for your ongoing support, and I hope to see you out and about.

JULY PERFORMANCES

July 2- Adam Smale Quartet, New York, NY

July 9- Jon Irabagon/Peter Brendler/Mark Ferber, Bar Next Door, New York, NY

July 20- Private event

July 22- Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard, New York, NY

July 24- Michael Buble, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

July 26- Scotia Bank Arena, Toronto, CA

July 27- Scotia Bank Arena, Toronto, CA

July 29- Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario, Canada

July 30- Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

AUGUST PERFORMANCES

August 1- Bell Center, Montreal, Canada

August 2- Bell Center, Montreal, Canada

August 3- Centre Videotron, Quebec, Canada

August 4- Fat Cat Big Band, New York, NY

August 9- Manuel Valera Cuban Express Big Band, Jazz Gallery, New York, NY

August 10- Manuel Valera Cuban Express Big Band, Jazz Gallery, New York, NY

August 14- Andrew Hartman Quartet, Smalls, New York, NY

August 15- Tim Hagans Quintet, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, New York, NY

August 16- Billy Wolfe Nonet, An die Musik, Baltimore, MD

August 28- Fat Cat Big Band, Smalls, New York, NY

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May and June shows

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve been doing well and hearing lots of great music! We’ve got some exciting shows and news these next couple of months, including my upcoming releases on Irabbagast and some really cool shows.

I’ll be releasing a double record in the fall entitled Invisible Horizon that features Matt Mitchell and the Mivos Quartet. The first album contains my first piano quintet as well as a piece for Mivos and sopranino saxophone, and the second is a solo mezzo soprano saxophone record; keep on the lookout for more details!

We’ve also just recorded the next installment of I Don’t Hear Nothin’ but the Blues which adds guitar extraordinaire Ava Mendoza to the tandem of Mike Pride, Mick Barr and I. We can’t wait for you to hear that as well!

As always, thanks for your continuing support, and I hope to see you out and about!

MAY SHOWS

May 2– Kyoko Oyobe Quartet, Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison, WI

May 14– Jon Irabagon/Peter Brendler/Mark Ferber, Bar Next Door, New York, NY

Michael Buble UK Tour

May 20– Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK

May 21– Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK

May 23– The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK

May 24– The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK

May 26– Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK

May 27– Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK

May 30– O2 Arena, London, UK

May 31– O2 Arena, London, UK

JUNE SHOWS

June 1– O2 Arena, London, UK

June 3– First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK

June 4– First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK

June 6– 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland

June 7– 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland

June 9– SSE Arena, Belfast, Ireland

June 10– SSE Arena, Belfast, Ireland

June 16– Luca Rosenfeld Trio +1, Joe Solomon’s Studio, New York, NY

June 20– Mezzo Soprano Solo, Old School Baptist Church, Denver, NY

June 22– Adam Lane Quartet, Mirror Tea House, Brooklyn, NY

June 24– Nicky Barbato Project, Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY

June 26– Jon Lundbom’s Big Five Chord, Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY

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Happenings!

Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve been staying warm out there… I happened to be in Chicago for the -50 degree day and that was… insane.

Anyways, we’re up to some new and exciting things here; I’m finishing up my next release, which will combine a record of the piano quintet I wrote for Matt Mitchell and Mivos Quartet with a solo mezzo soprano album. This double record will be called Invisible Horizon and should be out by the end of the year! Stay tuned. Irabbagast Records is also excited to be releasing new albums by the Uptown Jazz Tentet and Anders Svanoe, among others, in the upcoming months. And I look forward to reuniting with great French saxophonist and composer Sylvain Rifflet for an upcoming tour featuring Jim Black and some new music written by Sylvain and myself, as well as a residency at the Zagreb Music Biennale in April, where I’ll perform solo as well as debut a piece I’ve written for myself with the renowned Zagreb Saxophone Quartet. Onwards and upwards!

MARCH PERFORMANCES

March 1– The Stone Brooklyn Benefit Show, The Stone Brooklyn, NY

March 3– Fat Cat Big Band, Fat Cat, New York, NY

March 8– Maria Schneider Orchestra, Troy Music Hall, Troy, NY

March 12– Guest Artist with the Oswego High School Jazz Ensembles, Oswego, IL

March 17– Brandon Lee Sextet, Fat Cat, New York, NY

March 18– Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard, New York, NY

March 20– Uptown Jazz Tentet, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, New York, NY

March 21– Jon Irabagon/Peter Brendler/Mark Ferber, Bar Next Door, New York, NY

March 23– Nicky Barbato Project CD Release Show, Rockwood, New York, NY

March 25– Jon Irabagon/Adam Lane/Vijay Anderson, Bushwick Improv Series, Brooklyn, NY

March 30– Matteo Liberatore/Jon Irabagon, Spectrum, Brooklyn, NY

APRIL PERFORMANCES

Rebellions European Tour featuring Sylvain Rifflet, Sebastian Boisseau and Jim Black

April 3– Banlieues Bleues Festival, Paris, France

April 4– Crescent, Macon, France

April 5– Charlie Free, Vitrolles, France

April 6– Opus Jazz Club, Budapest, Hungary

April 7– Solo performance for Zagreb Music Biennale Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

April 10– Jon Irabagon with Zagreb Saxophone Quartet performing Orbit (world premier), Zagreb, Croatia

April 26– Jon Irabagon/Robbie Lee/Scott Robinson, The Stone Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

April 27– Jon Irabagon solo, The Stone Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

April 28– Joe Hertenstein Trio, El Barrio Artspace, New York, NY

April 29– Brian Marsella’s Los Gatos do Sul recording session

April 30– Brian Marsella’s Los Gatos do Sul recording session

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Enthusiastically welcoming 2019!

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 SHOWS

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 SHOWS

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 25– Alexi David Group, Fat Cat, New York, NY

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