October Music Happennings!

Hello Fall!
I can’t believe it’s October! Just got back from a beautiful (and sunny) weekend in Paris performing with Danijel Zezelj and Brandon Seabrook at the STRIPOVI comics festival where Danijel and other artists from Croatia had their comics and graphic novels work featured. We also got to see some things of Paris, dodging traffic and tourists at Notre Dame and the Louvre on rickety rented bikes with our friend Marie, visiting museums, including some amazing sound sculptures by Jean Tinguely at Centre Pompidou, as well as drink good wine and eat ridiculous amounts of bread! Splendide!

Many exciting shows this month around NYC, including JLE at NuBlu on the Lower East Side, Circus Amok at BAM’s new Fischer Theater, the Monk Marathon at Spectrum, and a big band residency at the Stone. Next month I am excited to be on the west coast with JLE playing from Seattle to the Bay Area. See my calendar for more information and hope to see you there! Peace and thanks, Jessica

May Megaohones & Music Music Music

Hello all and Happy May! Great reviews are coming in for my new CD Megaphone Heart – exciting! Late Summer & Fall tours on the east and west coast are in the works – Stay tuned!

Saturday May 26 & Monday May 28, 2012
ZAGREB, Croatia performances of CUORE http://vimeo.com/38276098
I am very excited that we will be performing this piece since we developed it last December in Italy. CUORE: Danijel Zezelj live painting; Marco Mollineli live video, toy theater Jessica Lurie compositions and arrangements, saxophone, accordion, vce; Robert Kainar drums, electronics, arrangements. Story and text created and written by Danijel Zezelj, in collaboration with Marco Mollineli and Jessica Lurie. We are booking this show now – worldwide! Please email me if you would like more information.

Sat May 26, 8:00 PM Noir Fest, KinoTuškanac, Zagreb, Croatia
(Full performance)
&
Monday May 28 9:00 PM Greta, Ilica 92, Zagreb, Croatia
(The CUORE crew special 30 minutes show multi media live music painting and video with special guest bassist Alen Sinkauz)

MEGAPHONE HEART:
Reviews:
4.5 Stars in May 2012 Downbeat! : ” Jessica Lurie and her ensemble have put together one hell of a program.” —John Ephland
5 Stars in Avant Music News: “Jessica Lurie is a jazz dervish well on her way to spinning into a major New York City attraction.” – Stephen Fruitman

Other NEWS:
Tiptons Saxophone Quartet SCORES! All you saxophoners and quartetters – we now have many of our scores available to purchase. Listen to our music; check out the score list at our Tiptons Saxophone Quartet website! We’ll be touring on the west coast in August, the Rockies in October and Europe next Spring! We are currently working on releasing recent live recordings – stay tuned!

Megaphone Heart – going into production soon!

My new CD Megaphone Heart is nearly mastered! Danijel Zezelj wwwdzezelj.com will making the artwork and the JLE will be touring in Europe and the US this Fall with some advance copies but the official release is Feb 2012 in NYC at 92 Y Tribeca – but of course there will be many CD release shows all over I hope! The new recording hosts the same great band as on Shop of Wild Dreams: a line up of some of the most in-demand players in the jazz, experimental, folk and pop scenes in New York and the West Coast. Produced by Todd Sickafoose, MEGAPHONE HEART features Todd also on bass (longtime bass player for Ani DiFranco), Allison Miller on drums (currently touring extensively with Brandi Carlyle) , Erik Deutsch on keyboard (of Charlie Hunter’s band), and Brandon Seabrook (Frank London’s Brotherhood of Brass, Jazz Passengers) on banjo and guitar.