The six-member, Seattle-based band Reptet (pictured) will make its St. Louis debut on Sunday, May 15 with a performance at 2720 Cherokee. The group is touring in support of its latest CD At The Cabin, playing 15 shows in the east, midwest and mountain states in 17 days.
Described by ChicagoJazz.com as Part mutant New Orleans brass band, part Sun Ra orchestra and part Skatellites," Reptet includes Samantha Boshnack (trumpets, vocals), Nelson Bell (trombone, tuba), Izaak Mills (tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute, vocals), Chris Credit (baritone sax, tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet), Tim Carey (double bass, bass guitar, banjo) and John Ewing (drums, percussion, vocals).
At The Cabin is their fifth release, and the fourth full-length CD of their original compositions, which incorporate jazz, reggae, rock, ska, punk, modern classical, avant-garde, and eastern European folk music." Showtime for the Reptet at 2720 Cherokee is scheduled for 8:00 p.m., and tickets will be $7 at the door.
To get an idea of what Reptet sounds like, you can see and hear them performing the title song from their 2008 CD Chicken or Beef? in the embedded video window below.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.