The NYC Project
Joel Frahm - Saxophone
Eric Niceberg - Piano
Johannes Weidenmueller - Bass
Ari Hoenig - Drums
Top musicians of the New York jazz scene take a ride back to the Tin Pan Alley era where the great American song book was born.
This extraordinary super group consists of the highest calibre musicians on the circuit. They include Joel Frahm (Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap, Matt Wilson, Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling) Eric Niceberg (Avishai Cohen, Oz Noy, Eric Alexander, Eliot Zigmund) Reuben Rogers (Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove) and Ari Hoenig (Jean Michel Pilc, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman, Mike Stern, Richard Bona)
Bravery, audacity and outside-the-box creativity paired with a genuine reverence and respect to the source, are the currency of this ensemble. They revisit some of our most beloved standards in a fresh and thrilling way.
A regular on the New York City club circuit, Joel Frahm has appeared alongside musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit and other top jazz artists. Fans know him for his big tenor sound -- fluid, inventive and filled with passion. Downbeat Magazine's critics' poll has named him a rising star.
Israeli born, Niceberg has already teamed up with some of the top names on the New York jazz scene. Some of his collaborators include Avishai Cohen (tp.), Oz Noy, Eric Alexander and Eliot Zigmund, just to name a few.
Strong elements of hard-bop, modern jazz and a touch of fusion are Niceberg's musical signature.
His passionate and incredibly sweeping music is full of soul and intensity. It coaxes and woos the listener to join his inspired musical journey.
“One of the most interesting and explosive bass players to come along in a long time” reads a quote from a review in the French newspaper Le Monde, referring to bassist Johannes Weidenmueller.
Bassist Johannes Weidenmueller has been a first call performer with a long list of jazz greats since settling in New York City 20 years ago He has been a member of the Hank Jones trio, Ray Barretto’s New World Spirit, the Carl Allen-Vincent Herring quintet, the John Abercrombie quartet, the Joe Lovano trio and the Kenny Werner trio. Other associations include Brad Mehldau, George Benson, John Scofield, Dewey Redman, Randy Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Toots Thielemans, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Gary Bartz, Jonny Coles, Clifford Jordan, Joe Chambers, and many others.
His warm full sound, his mastery of time and his flexibility and openness have made him one of most sought after bassist in a wide variety of musical settings. He has collaborated with the National Orchestra of Spain, the Balthasar Neumann Orchestra and choir, flamenco musician Chano Dominguez, the Indian music ensemble of Gaurav Madzumdar, tabla virtouso Ty Burhoe, New Orleans keyboard legend Dr.John, and singer Madeleine Peyroux.
In East Coast jazz circles, Philadelphia native Ari Hoenig has a reputation for being a flexible, broad-minded jazz drummer who is open to a variety of musical situations -- some very straight-ahead and accessible, some of them more cerebral and abstract.
Hoenig has appeared alongside musicians such as Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Richard Bona, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Tigran Hamasyan, Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner, Fred Hersch.