Newvelle Live

Newvelle Live

New York City • September 3 - 8, 2019

Newvelle Records presents Newvelle Live, a week of music on the stage and in the studio to celebrate five years of Newvelle featuring two New York premieres, four world premieres, and five Live Recording Sessions. Alumni from each season of Newvelle's subscription-based box sets will perform at the legendary Jazz Standard, New York City Jazz Record’s 2017 “venue of the year.”


Rufus Reid Trio with Sirius Quartet
7:30PM & 9:30PM
New York Premiere.

The Rufus Reid Trio reunites with the Sirius Quartet to present the music from their Season Two Newvelle albumTerrestrial Dance. A celebrated composer as well as one of today’s premiere bassists, Rufus Reid never fails to bring some­thing fresh and distinctive to every appearance on our stage.

In 2014, for example, it was Quiet Pride, an extended work in five movements for large jazz ensemble inspired by the sculptures of the artist Elizabeth Catlett. Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project (Motéma Music) received two GRAMMY Award nominations, for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and Best Instrumental Composition (for the suite’s first movement, “Recognition”). Since 2010, Reid has led the Out Front Trio with pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca.

Tonight, this great group will reunite with the Sirius Quartet (“Versatility and flair with lively improvisations” — NY Times) to present music from Reid’s exquisite Season Two Newvelle album Terrestrial Dance. Of his affiliation with Newvelle, Rufus Reid told the New York Times: “I think there’s been a longing for people to listen more intently, and the vinyl kind of makes you do that.”

Rufus Reid – bass
Steve Allee – piano
Duduka Da Fonseca – drums
With Sirius Quartet
Fung Chern Hwei – violin
Gregor Huebner – violin
Ron Lawrence – violin
Jeremy Harman – cello


Rufus Reid's Out Front Trio featuring Steve Allee & Duduka Da Fonseca
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Rufus Reid

Iconic bassist Rufus Reid, brings his Out Front trio for a Newvelle Live Session. Having worked together for decades, this trio recorded with the Sirius Quartet Rufus's masterful record Terrestrial Dance for Newvelle’s Second Season. A chance to listen up close and personal to an incomparable working unit and a legendary pillar of jazz history.

Homage to Booker Little and Don Friedman, with Music Director Dave Douglas & Special Guest Charles Tolliver
Presented in association with The Festival of New Trumpet Music
7:30PM & 9:30PM
World Premiere.

The Festival of New Trumpet Music and Newvelle Records celebrate the works of critically acclaimed trumpeter Booker Little and pianist Don Friedman. Led by music director Dave Douglas featuring special guest trumpeter Charles Tolliver, the evening explores the captivating works and intersecting legacies of these two brilliant musicians.

Booker Little (1938–1961) was a gifted and forward–looking trumpeter who recorded two exceptional albums as a leader, Out Front and Booker Little and Friends, in 1961 – the year of his tragically early death from uremia (a blood disorder) at age 23. Pianist Don Friedman performed on both albums, and his Newvelle Records trio album Strength and Sanity investigates rarely performed gems like “Looking Ahead” and “Quiet Please.” With three outstanding trumpet soloists – rising star Riley Mulherkar and veterans Dave Douglas and Charles Tolliver – this all–star evening is a tribute to both Booker Little and Don Friedman, who died in 2016. “Don was my piano teacher when I first moved to NYC. I am blessed to have known him and studied with him, he was a brilliant, humble, spirited and compassionate person. We are enormously grateful that he recorded this project.” (Elan Mehler)


Noah Preminger, Kim Cass, & Elan Mehler
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Noah Preminger

Noah Preminger, last year’s winner of Downbeat Magazine’s “Rising Star, Best Tenor Saxophonist” is the only artist to have led two different sessions on Newvelle Records. Here he joins bassist Kim Cass who collaborated on “Preminger Plays Preminger” and with Newvelle label head Elan Mehler on piano.


Noah Preminger’s “Preminger Plays Preminger”
7:30PM & 9:30PM
World Premiere.

Noah Preminger’s second album for Newvelle Records is Preminger Plays Preminger– a set of music based on and adapted from the films of his distant relative, the great director Otto Preminger. The concept has been gestating since the saxophonist’s high school years, when his aunt, a film studies instructor, first screened Anatomy Of A Murder (with its great Ellington score) for him.For this Jazz Standard one–nighter, Noah Preminger will reunite with the album personnel – Jason Moran (piano), Kim Cass (bass), with Tyshawn Sorey filling in for Marcus Gilmore on drums – to explore compositions like “Stay With Me” (from The Cardinal), “Theme From Bonjour Tristesse,” and “Theme From The River Of No Return.”

Noah Preminger – tenor saxophone
Jason Moran – piano
Kim Cass – bass
Tyshawn Sorey – drums


Frank Kimbrough, Chris Tordini, & Francisco Mela
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Francisco Mela

An all-star trio of Newvelle alumni: Frank, Chris and Francisco have each led their own celebrated records for Newvelle—Meantime, Midnight Sun, and Ancestros respectively. With three of the most respected and sought after musicians in New York City, this is bound to be a special day.


Introducing Billy Lester
Accompanied by the premiere of the short film “Listening In”
7:30PM & 9:30PM
World Premiere.

Billy Lester has captivated our attention. Although he isn't a household name in the jazz world yet, his story and his approach are entirely unique. Billy’s playing is full of the inherent beauty of a moment in time expressed completely. He will be joined by Rufus Reid and Matt Wilson, the expert rhythm heard on his 2019 Newvelle release From Scratch.

“Lots of people are surprised when I tell them where my tunes come from. I’ve either reharmonized or inverted the chords, reworked them so that they aren't, I hope, just the original tunes, but sound like expressions of Billy Lester.” – Billy Lester

The concert will be preceded by the premiere of the 18 minute short film “Listening In” directed by Ben Chace and produced by John Caulkins. “Listening In” explores the life and philosophy that guides Lester’s unique sound and approach to piano.

Billy Lester – piano
Rufus Reid – bass
Matt Wilson – drums


Andy Zimmerman, Thomas Morgan, & Elan Mehler
Word Premiere.
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Thomas Morgan

Andy Zimmerman led one of the most critically lauded releases on Newvelle, Half Light. Thomas Morgan is perhaps the most universally beloved and respected bassists working today. In 2018, he collaborated on Steve Cardenas’s Newvelle release Charlie & Paul. Elan and Andy worked together on Elan’s first record, 2007’s Scheme For Thought released on Brownswood Records, and have subsequently performed together around the world.

Frank Kimbrough and the Newvelle Anniversary Band, with Special Guest Becca Stevens
7:30PM & 9:30PM
World Premiere.

Frank Kimbrough, the first artist to ever record on Newvelle Records (Meantime), leads the Newvelle Anniversary Band in celebrating five years of music.

Featuring fellow Newvelle alumni including Andrew Zimmerman (Half Light, with Dave Douglas and Matt Penman), Chris Tordini (Midnight Sun), Francisco Mela (Ancestros), and guitarist Ben Monder, whose seventh and latest release is Day After Day (Sunnyside, 2019). With special guest, the enchanting vocalist Becca Stevens. “Becca Stevens’ music breathes the way a Mingus bass line breathes. It’s pliant like Ella Fitzgerald without having any of the trappings of jazz from 50 years ago,” (PopMatters).

Andy Zimmerman – saxophones
Riley Mulherkar – trumpet
Ben Monder – guitar
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Chris Tordini – bass
Francisco Mela – drums
Special Guest
Becca Stevens – voice


Becca Stevens & Elan Mehler

Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens is one of the biggest stars in the jazz world today. Headlining festivals all over the world, her last album Regina was released to rapturous reviews from major publications worldwide. Elan and Becca have a long working history together, collaborating on Elan’s 2009 release The After Suite and performing throughout Europe and NYC.

Gregory Tardy with Bill Frisell
7:30PM & 9:30PM
New York Premiere.

Two longtime friends and bandmates will make an unusual duo appearance, performing music from their celebrated Newvelle album More Than Enough.

Gregory Tardy was an essential member of groups led by Elvin Jones, Andrew Hill, and Bill Frisell; in 2006 he set aside the jazz life for four years to become an ordained minister and devote himself to the church, but later made a welcome return to professional music. “When I listened to jazz over 20 years ago, it put me on a journey to learn, explore and create in the style. And the beauty of the genre is that you can spend a lifetime learning, growing and exploring and it never gets boring,” (Gregory Tardy).

Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and compos­er has spanned more than 40 years and many celebrated recordings: Down Beat hailed his catalog as “the best recorded output of the decade,” including the 2016 release When You Wish Upon A Star (OKeh/Sony Music) which received a GRAMMY Award nomination. “One of the most distinctive and original impro­vising guitarists of our time!” (The New York Times).