Top CDs of 2015; January and February Shows

Happy new year!  2015 was an exciting and monumental year, for sure!

My two releases, Behind the Sky (featuring Tom Harrell, Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston) and Inaction is an Action (solo sopranino saxophone) were both named to several year-end lists!  Behind the Sky placed in the NPR Poll, and Inaction is an Action was awarded here and here!

In addition, three CDs I was a proud sideman on (all released in October, coincidentally) were all named to various year-end lists, including all three on the aforementioned NPR poll.  Brazen Heart (by Dave Douglas), Mauch Chunk (by Mostly Other People do the Killing) and Tales of the Unforeseen (by Barry Altschul) are all distinctly different and fun in their own ways.

I did a lot of touring in 2015 with the above groups, including my first time in Australia and bringing my group to the Detroit Jazz Festival.  Hopefully 2016 will bring even more music!  Thanks for your support throughout the years.  Positivity rules!


January 5– Tenor Saxophone Solo, Cafe Luna, De Pere, WI

January 6– Perry Smith/Jon Irabagon/Jorge Roeder/Ziv Ravitz, Soda Bar, Brooklyn, NY

January 8– Michael Musillami Trio with Guests (Michael Musillami, Joe Fonda, George Schuller, Peter Madsen, Jon Irabagon, Jason Rigby, Jimmy Greene), Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

January 10– Paul Brady/Michael Valeanu/Jon Irabagon/Kells Nollenberger, Rebelle, New York, NY

January 12– Jon Irabagon/Chris Lightcap/Shawn Baltazor, Fifth Estate, Brooklyn, NY

January 13– Daniel Levin/Jon Irabagon/Juan Pablo Carletti, Evolving Music Series, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York, NY

January 15– Jon Irabagon Quartet, Ritz Theater, Jacksonville, FL

January 19– Jon Irabagon Quartet (with Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston), Cornelia St. Cafe, New York, NY

January 20– Jon Irabagon/Mary Halvorson/Nasheet Waits, Cornelia St. Cafe, New York, NY

January 22– Alon Nechushtan Group, Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ

January 22– Manuel Valera’s Groove Square, Fat Cat, New York, NY

January 23– ROVA Saxophone Quartet with Ellery Eskelin, Jon Irabagon, Vinny Golia and Marty Ehrlich, The Stone, New York, NY


January 26– Stavanger, Norway (masterclass)
January 27– Stavanger, Norway
January 28– Oystese, Norway
January 29– Voss, Norway
January 30– Bergen, Norway
January 31– Fjaler, Norway
February 3– Fosnavag, Norway
February 4– Alesund, Norway

February 6– Chris Potter Big Band, New Trier Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL

February 14– William Hooker Group, The Stone, New York, NY

February 15– Mostly Other People do the Killing, Ars Nova Series, Philadelphia, PA


February 17– The Shedd Institute, Eugene, OR
February 18– Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA
February 19– UC Davis, Davis, CA
February 20– UC Davis, Davis, CA
February 21– Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, CA
February 22– Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland, CA

February 29– Rudy Royston Trio Recording Session
February 29– Uptown Jazz Tentet, Smalls, New York, NY

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