CD's

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Deep River

A singular jazz suite that reimagines and reclaims early 20th century American roots music, treating it at times abstractly, as a springboard for the ensemble's inventive improvisers, and finally in surprising though recognizable vocal settings.

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Pursuit

Pursuit Five-movement large ensemble composition, plus two quintet tracks.

"Guitarist Richard Nelson has written a suite of music that would seem at home on a jazz stage or in a contemporary concert- music venue. . . The writing is complex but emotionally engaging, dense yet clean and resonant. . . .The colors of the orchestra are spellbinding, evocative and powerful." 

--Donald Elfman, New York City Jazz Record

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Origin Story

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Warm-toned, engaging, bold progressive jazz featuring guitarist Nelson's innovative compositions. Mingus meets Cage meets Hendrix.  Quintet features trumpet legend Don Stratton, alto saxophonist Tim O'Dell, and drummer Steve Grover.  Bassists are Sam Sherry and Greg Loughman.

 

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Figurations

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Jazz trio album of standards and originals, with drummer Steve Grover and bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest.    Articulate, lyrical modern trio featuring guitarist Nelson. Warm and inventive with distinctive originals and standards ranging from Wayne Shorter to Cole Porter to Ornette Coleman.

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Upcoming Shows

Feb23

“Our Big Band” - Music of Steve Grover, arr. by Nelson and several others

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The Press Room, 77 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Join OURBIGBAND, pianist Frank Carlberg, and a who’s who of the seacoast / Maine jazz scene in celebrating the life and music of Maine drummer / composer / educator Steve Grover. Grover, a Maine native and no stranger to The Press Room, was a versatile and in demand drummer, a winner of the 1994 Thelonious Monk Institute’s Composer Competition, and was widely known and respected for his talents, from New England to NYC and throughout the USA. A born teacher, a friend to many in the area, and colleague and mentor to many OBB members – Grover’s personality, his musicianship, and his compositions have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. Steve Grover passed suddenly in 2016 after a brief battle with cancer. Frank Carlberg, Richard Nelson, OURBIGBAND, and a host of guest composers will pay tribute to their friend and mentor by adapting Grover’s small group compositions for the large jazz orchestra.

$7-$12 Advanced | $10-$15 Day of Show

Mar1

“Our Big Band” - Music of Steve Grover, arr. by Nelson and several others.

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SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101

Join OURBIGBAND, pianist Frank Carlberg, and a who’s who of the seacoast / Maine jazz scene in celebrating the life and music of Maine drummer / composer / educator Steve Grover. Grover, a Maine native and no stranger to The Press Room, was a versatile and in demand drummer, a winner of the 1994 Thelonious Monk Institute’s Composer Competition, and was widely known and respected for his talents, from New England to NYC and throughout the USA. A born teacher, a friend to many in the area, and colleague and mentor to many OBB members – Grover’s personality, his musicianship, and his compositions have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. Steve Grover passed suddenly in 2016 after a brief battle with cancer. Frank Carlberg, Richard Nelson, OURBIGBAND, and a host of guest composers will pay tribute to their friend and mentor by adapting Grover’s small group compositions for the large jazz orchestra.

$15 advance | $20 day of show | $10 for SPACE members & students