Hi everyone, I hope you've been having a great summer. I'm excited to announce that my record label, Irabbagast Records, is teaming up with Germany's Jazzwerkstatt and we are co-releasing my new trio CD in late October, featuring Barry Altschul and Mark Helias!!
Mark and Barry have been playing together for over thirty years, and it's been a dream of mine to get them together and play my music. We recorded 8 of my new originals at the Peitz Jazz Festival in Germany back in June, and I cannot be happier with the way they turned out. Stay tuned for more on that!
It's been a very busy year so far, with CD releases from the Dave Douglas Quintet, Mostly Other People do the Killing, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys, the Barry Altschul 3Dom Factor and the Mary Halvorson Septet. All the records have been receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike, so pick up a copy! There's also a new Mostly Other People do the Killing record coming out in late October, featuring the quartet along with Brandon Seabrook, Ron Stabinsky and Dave Taylor.
I just updated the tour schedule, so take a look, and hopefully I'll see you out there! I'm traveling around a lot to end the year and doing shows with Dave Douglas, Mostly Other People, Barry Altschul and Mary Halvorson.
Thomas Conrad did a great write-up of my music at JazzTimes recently. Thanks, Thomas! Check out the link here: http://jazztimes.com/articles/93416-jon-irabagon-eclectic-warrior
And finally, I was honored to be named Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist in this year's Downbeat Critics Poll. Thanks to everyone that voted for me; I truly appreciate it. I also finished runner up in the poll's Rising Star Jazz Artist category. You can see the entire magazine here: http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2013/DB201308/_art/DB201308.pdf
Thanks for reading, and hope to see you out and about!