“The city’s most electrifying young lions of jazz.”
The Village Voice

If The Revive Big Band is a “19-piece jazz army” (Complex Magazine), then what is their fight? Formed in 2010, the Big Band began as a “wouldn’t it be cool if…” kind of idea, where composer, arranger and trumpeter Igmar Thomas wanted to unite generations of like-minded musicians in presenting a new age of big bands. The project has grown to become one of the most exciting and imaginative bands – big or otherwise – in New York.

pharoahe monch, igmar thomas, raydar ellis, lawrence fields, marcus gilmore, marcus strickland, cameron johnson, josh evans, sharel cassity, godwin louis, frank lacy, ben williams, max seigel, corey king, anthony nelson, butter, blue note jazz club,


Big Band Line Up

Igmar Thomas, Trumpet, Musical Director, Arranger
Pharoahe Monch, vocals
Raydar Ellis, DJ, vocals
Lawrence Fields, piano/keys
Ben Williams, bass
Marcus Gilmore, drums
Jeff Lee Johnson, Guitar
Butter, percussion
Jason Palmer, Trumpet
Josh Evans, Trumpet
Cameron Johnson, Trumpet
Sharel Cassity, Alto Sax
Godwin Louis, Alto Sax
Anthony Nelson, Baritone Sax
Marcus Strickland, Tenor Sax
Frank Lacy, Trombone
Corey King, Trombone
Max Seigel,Trombone
Produced by Revive Music
Date: Monday, August 27th
Time: (2) Sets, 8pm + 10:30pm
Tickets: $10 Bar | $20 Table | MAKE RESERVATIONS HERE

More about The Revive Big Band

The musical styles, experience, and tastes of Revive’s members vary widely, but their collective mission is the same. “We’re carrying on, within the tradition of big bands, what would be relevant today,” Thomas says. “[We’re] modifying the message and making it translatable, accessible to the people, so that they have something relevant to grasp on to. It represents that little bridge.”Revive’s repertoire is an authentic gumbo, featuring original compositions by Thomas, as well as epic orchestrations of selected productions from different producers and notable hip-hop songs combined with the original sampled jazz record, all re-imagined and arranged into original works for a big band.”Our voice is one that has a foot deeply placed in the jazz roots and the tradition of that, à la Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie – but also, another foot deeply invested in 2012, and so on. That’s the direction: Dizzy, Dilla, and us,” declares Thomas.

Revive Big Band’s past performances include a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest featuring Jarobi (ATCQ), Buckshot, Dres, DJ Logic, and many more; a celebration of the life of legendary emcee Guru, featuring DJ Premier, Roy Hargrove, and guests; and the group’s first big band performance in 2010, which featured Nicholas Payton and Talib Kweli. Tonight, the band takes the Blue Note stage with special guest emcee Pharoahe Monch.


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