Monday, February 20, 2017, at 11:00 pm
This is an archived event, not part of the current festival.
196 Allen Street
New York, NY
The Jazz Thieves, through personal and evocative lyrics, passionate and soulful improvisation, and thoughtful, wide-ranging originals revitalize jazz by reconnecting it to its roots. Inspired by their heroes Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Bill Withers and Ray Charles, they "steal" the feel, fire and fervor of 70's soul, 50's RnB, church gospel, and Mississippi Delta blues, uniting it with jazz improvisation and imagination. Their music is a modern exploration of the many stories, voices and styles that comprise and influence jazz.
In 2016, they released their first full length album, "Brooklyn Elegy". Recorded and mixed at Room 17 Studios in Bushwick by engineers Joe Rogers and the Grammy Award-winner Ted Young, Brooklyn Elegy was met with critical acclaim from AllAboutJazz.com and Jazziz magazine, in addition to radio interviews and international radio airplay.
This concert will feature works by composer and lyricist John Gray and his co-writer, Matt Robbins. Many of these works are featured on Brooklyn Elegy, and have been played before at Rockwood Music Hall. One piece will have it's Rockwood Music Hall debut, entitled "What is Love About?". Gray and Robbins will also debut a new composition, the title of which will be revealed during the performance.