What: Long Sidewalks featuring Jeb Bishop with Jeff Albert, Rex Gregory, Ray Moore, Helen Gillet, Chris Alford, Jesse Morrow, and Marcello Benetti
When: Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 10 pm
Where: The Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA
New Orleans International Sound Exchange in conjunction with the Open Ears Music Series is proud to present Long Sidewalks in concert at The Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen St, New Orleans) on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 10 PM. Long Sidewalks is a musical group assembled by trombonists Jeb Bishop and Jeff Albert. In 2006, Bishop and Albert formed the critically acclaimed band Lucky 7s, as a way to bring together members of the New Orleans and Chicago musical communities (visit www.lucky7s.org for more info on that band). Long Sidewalks is the New Orleans based next step in their collaboration, and will feature Bishop on trombone, Albert on trombone and laptop, Rex Gregory and Ray Moore on woodwinds, Helen Gillet on cello, Chris Alford on guitar, Jesse Morrow on bass, and Marcello Benetti on drums.
Jeb Bishop began playing improvised music in Chicago in 1993, after a journey that had taken him from his native North Carolina to Arizona to Chicago to Belgium and back to Chicago over the span of about three years. Over the next twenty years, he became a mainstay of Chicago’s new jazz and improvised music scene, and developed an international reputation through numerous recordings and by touring extensively in North America and Europe with many ensembles. In 2012, he moved back to North Carolina, completing a kind of circle, but continues to travel often and widely to perform. The name Long Sidewalks is an acknowledgement of the path that always lies ahead of the working improvising musician in the 21st century, a path that is unending as long as the musician decides to keep walking it.
This will be the band’s premier performance, and they will go into the studio the following day to record this music for a forthcoming LP. This group features three musicians recognized in the most recent DownBeat Critics Poll (Bishop, Albert, and Gillet), and it marks the reunion of Bishop and Albert, with a new cast of accomplices, who are among the cream of the crop of New Orleans based improvisers.