Friday, November 2, 2012

Tuesday's the day!

In addition to being Election Day in the States (don't forget to vote!!), Tuesday sees the launch of my new record label, Irabbagast Records, and the release of my two latest albums:  Outright! Unhinged and I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze.  I'm extremely proud of both of these records and can't wait to share them with you!

Appalachian Haze features Mike Pride on drums and Mick Barr on guitar, and is one gigantic 47 minute interactive improvisation based on Mike and my long-standing duo built on motives, repetition, and kitchen-sink genre inclusion.  These guys absolutely slay it on this one, and we look forward to the CD release show on December 6 at the Cornelia St. Cafe in New York City.

Outright! Unhinged is the 2nd album in my Outright! series, and features Ralph Alessi, Jacob Sacks, John Hebert and Tom Rainey in the quintet, along with special guests Eivind Opsvik, Glenn Alexander, Mike Pride, Chris Cash and the Outright! Jazz Orchestra.  The reviews are already starting to come in, so make sure to check back here for some of the highlights.

These albums will be available through CDBaby and Amazon, and you can always get in touch with me here at if you wish to purchase these, or any of my other titles, through me directly.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, September 28, 2012

New Dave Douglas recording, live broadcast on The Checkout

Hi everyone,

I'm extremely honored and delighted to be a part of the new Dave Douglas Quintet recording, Be Still.  It has gotten some amazing reviews so far, and features Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston and great singer Aoife O'Donovan in addition to Dave and myself.  If you haven't had the chance to check out the music yet, here's the EPK for the record:


Also, the great people at Greenleaf have put together two music videos from the recording session:


AND, we performed at the 92nd St. Y in Tribeca in New York City last week, and here's the stream, from NPR:


In further news, there are new recordings from the Mary Halvorson Septet, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys, Mostly Other People do the Killing, and even the next Dave Douglas Quintet on the way early next year.  I also have a bunch of touring coming up in both America and Europe, so check out the "Live" page and come say hi!

Thanks for reading.


Monday, August 13, 2012

New haps!

Hi all,

I know it's been a minute, but we've been working on some really exciting things, including new (and more regular!) blog postings, new recordings from myself and fellow conspirators, and a new record label!!

I just started a Twitter account to help keep you up to date on what's going on in my musical world, so if you'd like to stay in touch, follow me @JonIrabagon.

I'm on several new recordings that will find their way to iTunes, CD Baby, etc. in the next couple of months, including records from the Dave Douglas Quintet, Mostly Other People do the Killing, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys, the Mary Halvorson Quintet and Septet, and the Hot Club of Detroit.  Keep coming back for updates and reviews.

Finally, I'm happy to announce my new record label, Irabbagast Records, which will help document the rumblings of my mind digitally.  On November 6th, the first to releases on the label will drop simultaneously, both extensions of previous albums.  "I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze" is the 2nd installment of my group featuring Mike Pride, and this time we've added guitar whiz Mick Barr to the mix.  Also, "Unhinged," the new record from my concept "Outright!" will drop, featuring Ralph Alessi, Jacob Sacks, John Hebert and Tom Rainey, as well as many, many special guests.

I'll be updating the site more to keep you posted on the new happenings, as well as to lend some insight into what's going on in these recordings!

Thanks for checking in, and see you soon!