Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Steve Bernstein, Jon Irabagon, Dave Taylor, Brandon Seabrook, Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliott & Kevin Shea
Friday, August 1, 2014 Fort Adams State Park
Band/Personnel: Steven Bernstein | Jon Irabagon| Dave Taylor | Brandon Seabrook | Ron Stabinsky | Moppa Elliott | Kevin Shea
Mostly Other People Do the Killing
In late September 2013, Downbeat poll-winning ensemble Mostly Other People Do the Killing, released “Red Hot”, their sixth studio album. For this recording, the original quartet of trumpet, saxophone, bass and drums was expanded to include trombone, banjo and piano. Before composing for the new group, bassist and composer Moppa Elliott immersed himself in the jazz and blues recordings of the 1920s and early 30s, incorporating many of the formalistic and harmonic devices that were common to music of that period in his own works for the ensemble.
In 2013, both drummer Kevin Shea and banjoist Brandon Seabrook were named in the “Best of NY” issue of the Village Voice as New York’s Best Drummer and Guitarist, respectively. Trumpeter Steve Bernstein has been a mainstay of the downtown scene in New York for decades and leads both the Millennial Territory Orchestra and the quartet Sex Mob. Saxophonist Jon Irabagon was the winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and recently released a trio recording with Barry Altschul and Mark Helias. Dave Taylor has been the top call bass trombonist in New York since before the rest of the band was born and has been on more recordings than anyone, including he himself, can remember. Pianist Ron Stabinsky and bassist/composer Moppa Elliott grew up in small towns in Pennsylvania, and while Elliott has relocated to New York City, Stabinsky continues to reside in the Keystone state, performing with everyone from community choirs to the Peter Evans Quintet. Moppa Elliott teaches music at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, NY.
Photo: © Ayano Hisa, Hiromi, 2012 Newport Festivals