Could be the ultimate crossover...of all time." —Victor Lewis, drummer/composer (Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, etc.)
Richi is one of the baddest drummers on the planet, He throws down with pocket, swing and edge. listen to his NOWtet Plays Zep, a masterpiece. Richi got groove!" —Chris Calloway, singer/actress
Richi plays his @$$ off!" —Frank Morgan, late legendary alto saxophonist
It blew me away." —Randall Klein, jazz promoter, San Fransisco Jazz Festival
I didn't believe it could be done, but it's beautiful!" —Gene Paul, engineer (son of Les Paul)
Great compositions!" —Saxophonist Chris Potter
That drummer has three hands!" —Joe Bouchard, Bassist with Blue Oyster Cult
The NOWtet should be playing every major jazz club and festival in the world!" —Peter Warren, Bassist (Jack DeJohnette, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, etc.)
Virtuoso drummer, composer, arranger, vocalist and underground legend Richard James Debonis—a.k.a. Richi Van Zeppelin—brings his incomparable NOWtet to the Highline Ballroom on Friday, June 22 to perform his remarkably varied, accomplished arrangements of classic Led Zeppelin songs for contemporary acoustic jazz ensemble. Captured on the extraordinary—and equally underground—recording, The NOWtet Plays Zep!, this performance will provide lovers of both Led Zeppelin and uncompromising modern jazz a uniquely exciting performance by Debonis and his band of brilliant performers, as well as a rare glimpse into the creative of world of one of the most talented — and under-appreciated—drummers and bandleaders alive today.
Joining RVZ" in the NOWtet for this performance will be Adam Kolker on saxophones, Andy Gravish on trumpet and flugelhorn. Jeremy Manasia on piano and keyboards. Carlo DeRosa on acoustic bass and special guest guitarist Ben Monder (who is also featured on The NOWtet Plays Zep!) and other surprise special guests.
The question has been asked: who's RVZ? Find out June 22 at the Highline Ballroom. Now's the time...for the NOWtet Plays Zep!
About Richard James Debonis
Since his first professional gig at the age of 11, Richard James Debonis has become a world class drummer, composer, arranger and vocalist. Whether its Rock, Jazz, Funk, Metal, Or Electronica, Richi has a meticulous understanding and ability to capture the deepest essence of all these styles of music while still being an innovator.He studied at the Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, and The City College Of New York under the tutelage of Ron Carter, Victor Lewis, Walter Rosenberger and Norman Grossman. He has played with great musicians of all styles and eras: Jaco Pastorious, Barry Harris, Bill Watrous, Frank Morgan, Chris Calloway, Herbie Mann, Ace Frehley and Joe Bouchard to name a few. In His 25 year career his contemporaries and colleagues include Ben Monder, Joel Frahm, Philip Harper, Chris Potter, Greg Gisbert, Adam Small, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Al Street, Adam Kolker, Freddie Bryant amongst many others. in 2000, Richi moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he toured with the late great alto saxophonist Frank Morgan and the late singer Chris Calloway (Cab Calloway's daughter). In 2003 Richi moved back to NYC where he searched for a deeper, purer more innovative approach to making music. This soul searching led to channeling Led Zeppelin's music from rock to jazz. My two favorite things in music are Led Zeppelin and great Jazz, and i made them have a baby!" The NOWtet Plays Zep is a Milestone in bringing two very different styles together powerfully and organically. Richi is currently working on The NOWtet plays Zep part II.