For trumpeter and composer Igmar Thomas, much in contemporary music is clearly evolved from improvised American music of eras past — jazz, in short. That insight led him to create the Revive Big Band, a large ensemble with a view to connecting the through-lines between hip-hop and its predecessors. With the Big Band, he might reconstruct how a jazz tune lent the sample for a modern classic, or unveil original works, or orchestrate special collaborations with soloists like tap dancer Savion Glover, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, or rapper Talib Kweli.

It’s made possible by connections he forged starting at Berklee College of Music — people like the emcee Raydar Ellis, who often appears with the band, or the concert producer Meghan Stabile, whose Revive Music agency helps the band get on stage. In December 2014, the Revive Big Band went back to Berklee and Boston for a series of performances where it all started. Via Jazz Night In America. 

Revive Big Band Led by Igmar Thomas 

Date: Thursday, Nov. 19th

Time: 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Venue: Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Harlem (310 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY)

Tickets: 7:30pm set here & 9:30pm set here 


Stream our live concert/ interview via Jazz Night in America below


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