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Jessica Lurie Ensemble
Arcata Playhouse
Arcata, CA
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Jessica Lurie Ensemble
Jessica Lurie and her Ensemble will be on the west coast this November touring her newest release, MEGAPHONE HEART.   She is joined by a stellar band out of NYC that she has worked with for years, featuring Lurie on saxophone and voice, Brandon Seabrook on guitar and banjo (Seabrook Power Plant, Ben Allison Quartet, Joey Aria), Rene Hart on bass (Honey Ear Trio, Don Braden, Branford Marsalis), and Allison Miller on drums (Ani DiFranco, Brandi Carlile,BOOM tic BOOM).

With MEGAPHONE HEART, composer and multi-instrumentalist Lurie and her Ensemble are poised between creative jazz, rock, folk and avant-garde music, generating a luscious and compelling sea of sound. An adventurous musical spirit shines through ten original compositions, with Lurie's unmistakable big sound on tenor and alto saxes, flute, and her distinctive voice. Inspired by life in Brooklyn, traveling the world, and her love of American and international melodies and rhythms, this is her strongest collection of songs yet.  

International artists with whom Jessica has performed and /or recorded include David Krakauer, Basya Schechter, Bill Frisell, Chuck D and The Fine Arts Militia, The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Karl Denson, Frank London, Vinicio Caposella, Otto Lechner, Nels Cline, Tony Hall, Kenny Wolleson, New Master Sounds, Bernie Worrell and Ivan Neville, and co-created numerous multi-media works inter-nationally with visual artist Danijel Zezelj , Great Small Works and Circus Amok. In addition to freelancing and working with her own Ensemble, Jessica performs and composes for the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet, Living Daylights trio, Ayn Sof Bigger Band, The Romeo Studs and La Buya.

The Jessica Lurie Ensemble has performed at festivals worldwide including: NYC Winter Jazz Fest Kickoff 2012, Jamcruise '12, Vienna Klezmore Festival 2010-11, SXSW, Pisa Instabile, Motovun Film Fest., Babel Arts, Earwing No Jazz, JVC Jazz Festival, CMJ, High Sierra Music Festival, Canadian Music Festival, Bumbershoot International Music Festival, Earshot Jazz, Jazzmiele , etc.

RECENT PRESS & Praise for Jessica Lurie Ensemble/MEGAPHONE HEART (Zipa!Music, 2012):

May 2012 Downbeat Magazine: 4  Stars!: "Multi-instrumentalist Jessica Lurie and her ensemble have put together one hell of a program.  - John Ephland
Avant Music News, 5 Stars: Jessica Lurie is a jazz dervish well on her way to spinning into a major New York City attraction   - Stephen Fruitman
Pop Matters: May 2012 : "With the Jessica Lurie Ensemble, Lurie continues to show her flexibility, melding American jazz traditions with various international sounds. It's the sound of a tightly focused ensemble pulling together everything they need." - Justin Cober-Lake, Pop Matters
All About Jazz Italy Fall 2011:  "Jessica Lurie is considered one of the most exciting interpreters of music today, pushing stylistic barriers ... to construct new musical landscapes, to daydream with an extreme sense of purpose."  Giuseppe Segala


Arcata Playhouse (View)
1251 9th Street
Arcata, CA 95521
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Indie
Music > Jazz
Music > Rock

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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