This is the freshly created website for Sound It Out, an annual series of progressive jazz concerts resident since 2012 at the historic Greenwich House Music School in New York City’s West Village. This site also serves as a portal for related work by longtime music journalist and series founder-producer Bradley Bambarger, so there will be articles about music and interviews with artists both associated with Sound It Out and beyond. In addition to written content, the site will feature more and more archival photo galleries and video uploaded from Sound It Out concerts as the months go on, so be sure to check back regularly. As always, there is information about Sound It Out concerts and the Greenwich House Music School venue available at www.greenwichhouse.org. Also, don’t forget www.facebook.com/sounditoutnyc and www.twitter.com/sounditoutnyc.
The Sound It Out season for 2016-17 will conclude in late June with four big fundraising concerts to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the series that month and to say thanks to Greenwich House Music School for its wonderful hospitality over the years. Proceeds from these concerts will go to the school to help further all the lovely work it does on behalf of young people and the arts. The fifth-anniversary concerts start on June 22 with “Motian in Motion,” an event devoted to music by the late, great drummer-composer Paul Motian that will feature a revolving band led by saxophonist Michaël Attias and including pianist Frank Kimbrough and many more top musicians, with a battery of linchpin drummers. On June 23, it’s a two-set night by singer Fay Victor’s Herbie Nichols Sung band, returning to rock Greenwich House once again with custom arrangements of the bebop legend’s earthy, grooving music (including “Lady Sings the Blues,” which Nichols wrote for Billie Holiday). On June 29, pianist Matt Mitchell will perform his kaleidoscopic solo arrangements of music by Tim Berne, with the iconic composer-saxophonist joining Mitchell for a second set of duets. Finally, on June 30, it’s another revolving all-star band for “Monk on Guitars,” a one-of-a-kind evening of music by Thelonious Monk led by guitarist Rez Abbasi and featuring Wilco’s Nels Cline, Julian Lage and a host of other ace six-stringers. See the concert listings on the site for more details – and please join us for these four nights of amazing music-making in June benefiting Greenwich House!
Many, many thanks to Sara Cheshire. Her industry, expertise and generosity have been indispensable to the creation of this website!
Oh, and another big thank you to visual artist Steve Byram, who so generously created the beautiful Sound It Out logo to help launch the series in 2012.
“You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?” ― Thelonious Monk