The Jazz Passengers: ‘Still Life with Trouble’ Album Release Celebration
The Jazz Passengers celebrate the release of their new album, Still Life with Trouble.
Founded in 1987, The Jazz Passengers are a fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a “perverse mainstream… hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa” by The Boston Globe. Their name, a take-off on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, reveals the musicians’ wild ride along the eccentric currents in modern American music. Saxophonist Roy Nathanson and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes found strong affinity in their Brooklyn roots while playing together in the band of the Big Apple Circus and John Lurie’s seminal band, The Lounge Lizards. The band emerged in the New York City avant-garde scene centering around the Knitting Factory with a hybrid of Mingus-influenced dance rhythms and original tunes complete with lyrics and/or entertaining stories. In addition to Nathanson and Fowlkes, original band members included Bill Ware on vibraphone, E.J. Rodriguez on percussion, Brad Jones on bass, Jim Nolet on violin, and Marc Ribot on guitar. The group is currently a six-piece band without guitar and with Sam Bardfeld on violin.