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Knuckleball, A Jazz Brass (5tet) with Rhythm:  A Jazz Who’s Who from N.Y. and New England

Date, location, and tickets

Saturday, March 7, 2020
at 8:00 PM

The Lilypad
Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139


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Event Information

(First concert of the series season)



Music: Creative Improvisational Jazz / New Music         

$20, $15 students, seniors;                      

A Live Recording

Stephen Haynes (cornet) is fusing together inventive ideas, original decisions, passionate melodies, sparkling culminations and extended playing techniques. His nervous, hysteric and expressive cornet is brought together…” Avant Scena

The roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz are mixed up with the main tendencies of European, American, Chicago, New York and other streams of contemporary experimental jazz. The influence of contemporary music and academic avant-garde also is heard – classical forms, traditional ways of instrumentation and authentic expressions, rhythms and chords are used here. The musicians are experimenting on various cases of musical language – they get on ambitious and wild free improvisations, sparkling riffs, dramatic and bright adventures or subtle lyrical contemplations. All that makes an effort to exclusive and modern sound. Avant Scena, review of Stephen Haynes, Ben Staap and Joe Morris  “Mind Creation Sound Dasein”

 (Stephen is known) “…not only for his superb playing but for his musical vision, which is all his own – despite the Bill Dixon tribute aspect – and his skill to have the other four musicians on the same wavelength to deliver this vision with such clarity and beauty”. Free Jazz Collective


Herb Robertson (cornet): “One of the most talented and inquisitive trumpeters of the day.”
Bob Blumenthal /The Boston Globe.

“Trumpeter Robertson looks at jazz the way a mad scientist looks at test tubes-very daffy with equal roots in Cage and Mingus. Louis Armstrong would be proud. “ Option Magazine

Known for his original brass concept incorporating extended mute technique.


Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet): “The music is designed to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, between individual and ensemble, between genres, timbres, and instrumentations; it celebrates the beauty and necessity of the unknown and the indefinable, the enigmatic and the subversive”. UMass/Dartmouth

Bynum says “I often describe composing for improvisers like building a playground, with slides and swings and climbing structures, where you offer opportunities for play without defining how a kid is going to play on it. 


Ben Staap (cornet): We are talking to one of the most instrumentalists of the young generation, the tubist Ben Stapp, about a joint album with Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes. – Jazzarium pl.

“Most certainly one to watch” – Glenn Astarita (All About Jazz).

“A record bursting with compositional ideas that are matches by equally sophisticated musicianship.  Stapp’s imagination is limitless”. – Cisco Bradley, Jazz Right Now


Eric Rosenthal (drums): “…has developed a prominent career playing jazz and improvised music, recording and performing internationally with the big band Either/Orchestra, Roswell Rudd, Anthony Braxton, blues artist David Maxwell, John Voigt, Bhob Rainey, Jack Wright and others”. – Shirim Klezmer Orch.

“We used to attract primarily people interested in Jewish music, but now people come to our gigs because they like sonic exploration, intense groove and improvisation,” claims drummer Eric Rosenthal of Naftule’s Dream, a long-running Boston-based sextet…” – Jazz Times.

Participants: Alex Lemski