Jun072011

Ben just finished recording his most recent CD. Several of the songs are being released on ITunes and Amazon. Head on over there to check out the latest download, Bye Bye Black Bird. This CD focuses on Ben’s amazing bowing technique. Very few Jazz artists actually use the bow and Ben is especially talented in this arena. Check out the first download and watch out for more upcoming downloads to be available.

Aug012010

Come on down to Wild Horse Pass Casino on Saturday, August 7th. I will be playing with Doc and Nayo Jones. Kerry Campbell will be playing sax. The night will start at 8:00pm. Hope to see you there.

Jul182010

I recently shot a commercial for Doc’s Place. Doc\’s Place Commercial

Come on down next Friday to hear the Sound of New Orleans. See you then.

Jul092010

Ben is going to play the Taste of New Orleans at Doc’s place on July 23rd from 7 to 10 with Eddie “Chopchops”. Eddie is a trombonist and vocalist who hails from New Orleans. It is going to be a great show. Make sure to come on down. There is a $7 cover charge but if you are an airline employee you can pay $5 with your airline ID. See you there.

Flyer for Taste of New Orleans

Flyer for Taste of New Orleans

May262010

Greasepaint Theater in Scottsdale presents the Sound of Plaid.  Ben will be holding down the bass during the production on Saturday, May 29th at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  The theater is the former Stagebrush Theater located at 7020 E. 2nd Street in Scottsdale. For tickets call the Box Office at 602.254.215. Hope to see you there.

May132010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12

Nate Birkey Quartet Appearing at Doc’s Place, Phoenix, AZ  Friday, June 4, 2010, 8:00pm and 9:30pm

Nate Birkey arrives in Phoenix for a special evening of original and straight-ahead Jazz. The New York City based trumpeter, composer and vocalist will be making his first appearance in Phoenix and will perform at famed Jazz club, Doc’s Place on Friday, June 4 for one night only.
Joining him on stage will be some of Phoenix’s finest musicians, including bassist Ben Harris.

Nate currently lives in New York City and has been working with some of the city’s finest musicians, including saxophonists Dave Liebman and Phil Woods, Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa, and pianist Gerald Clayton. His East Coast quintet includes pianist Jim Ridl; saxophonist Sal Giorgianni; drummer Marko Marcinko; and bassist Tony Marino.

Hot off of a successful opening performance for the famed Jazz chanteuse and pianist Diana Krall in Santa Barbara CA – a testament to his rising star on the jazz scene, Nate will perform music from his latest CD Almost Home (2008), mixing in warm and imaginative jazz standards. A fluid improviser and vocalist of understated grace, he brings a quiet yet commanding presence to the stage, engaging his audience and ushering them into a more romantic time and place.

Nate has toured the US, Canada, and Europe, earning him national and international praise. He will be included in a new book due out this summer titled “The New Face of Jazz” by Cicily Janus (Random House), - “an intimate look at today’s living Jazz legends and the artists of tomorrow”.

Critics have compared Birkey’s subtle vocal and trumpet approach to that of Chet Baker and Miles Davis respectively – a sound poised and assured, powerfully stark and spare, creating an atmosphere at once solitary and electric. Birkey shows that his passion and dedication to making music is both endearing and enduring.

“Too many jazz recordings today reflect attempts to squeeze the last drop of virtuosity and clever turns of phrase from the proud legacy of the idiom, mixing it with various flavors of classical and world music. This album is instead straightforwardly a man’s expression of who he is, and that is the true essence of jazz. Eminently listenable, Almost Home is also a valid musical expression of the human heart.”  ~ Victor Schermer, All About Jazz

“Nate Birkey, he of mysterious charisma, subtle gossamer trumpet lines and understated voice, hunches over the microphone and leans into his phrases, shutting out the world.”
~Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times
For info, photos, mp3s or to request an interview, please contact Nate Birkey at:
Links:

Nate Birkey Quartet
Friday, June 4, 2010
8:00pm and 9:30pm
Doc’s Place
40 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 277-5999
$25 General Admission and Dinner

May122010

Ben will play with Nate Birkey on Friday, June 4th at Doc’s Place. Both Ben and Nate are Berklee College of Music alumni. Nate’s subtle vocal and trumpet approach has often been compared to that of Chet Baker and Miles Davis respectively. A sound poised and assured, powerfully stark and spare, it creates an atmosphere at once solitary and electric.

Nayo Jones will open the night with her smooth vocals. Nayo hails from PHX, AZ. Born in Chicago, IL. Her soulful voice has touched and inspired lives all over. Mentored by her father, Doc Jones, the team has created a phenominal fan base in the valley of the sun. Now known across the valley simply as “Doc & Nayo”, “the dynamic daddy daughter duo”, the two have enjoyed performing together for the past four years. Show starts at 8:00pm. See you there.

Jan292010

On February 13th, Ben will play with David Valdivia and Mary Petrich at Los Compadres. They will start playing at 6:30 to 9:30pm. Los Campadres is located at 2350 W Northern Ave in Phoenix. For furhter information, call 602-864-0258. Hope to see you there.

Dec202009

Ben will be playing at Cartwrights in Cave Creek on Feb 5th. Vismaya will be performing with Ben as the vocalist. Ben will be there from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Cartwrights is at 6710 E Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. The group will be focusing on new material which will be on Ben’s next CD.  Come on out and support live music!

Nov012009

Ben is still selling his last CD Breakthru for $10. Many of the clips on this site is from that CD. This CD features band members Ben Harris on Bass, Bobby Peterson on Piano and Saxes and Curly Martin on Drums. Cynthia Johnson (known for her vocals on the hit “Funky Town”) and Donald Thomas provide vocals on the CD. Please feel free to use the contact form in order to purchase one.

Also be on the lookout for Ben’s upcoming new CD. This CD will focus on Ben’s unique bowing talent in jazz music. Bowed bass is used regularly in classical music but Ben has started using the bow more in his jazz music to create a unique soundscape.

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