Nahum Zdybel Trio
The Nahum Zdybel Trio is a post-modern chamber jazz ensemble that forges a unitary aesthetic through earnest re-imaginations of material from the jazz, folk, Tin Pan Alley, and indie rock repertoires as well as original compositions and thoughtful unstructured improvisations. Championing hyper-sensitive playfulness the guitar/bass/drums trio renders their varied material as baffling combustions of spontaneity and subtle cleverness.
The World's Finest Apples
The World's Finest Apples is a California and New Orleans based hot jazz quartet striking a precarious balance between deft musicality and playful whimsy while trying to recapture the intrinsic experimentalism of 20s and 30s jazz. Though all the members are under 30, they each individually have over a decade of experience with early jazz and swing styles, and a deep affinity nurtured by its presence in their coming-of-ages. The Californians--Accordionist Keith Penney and guitarist Nahum Zdybel--serve as lead melodic voices, engaging in New Orleans-inspired interplay that can range from delicate subtlety to wild exuberance. The playful interaction of these longtime collaborators sits atop the fiercely-swinging New Orleans-based rhythm section of guitarist Molly Reeves and bassist Josh Gouzy, both of the New Orleans Jazz Vipers. Uninterested in recreating the past or merely cashing in on a vintage aesthetic, The Apples bring a stubborn irreverence and punk sensibility to the music of Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller, avoiding both the codified genre-fication of gypsy jazz and the caricature of Dixieland. Instead they loot the museum, taking whatever they find that demonstrates intense swing, clever humor, and profound beauty to be reappropriated in their vital approach to the old music.
Molly Reeves / Nahum Zdybel
Two zealous lovers intimately celebrating their mutually chosen instrument--the guitar--and its prominent though oft overlooked place in the early jazz and blues music of the 20s and 30s. The contrasting styles of these eccentric romantics combine to establish a unique voice in the tradition of guitar-centric jazz while acknowledging and paying tribute to the historic pairings of Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson, Freddie Green and Eddie Durham, and Carl Kress and Dick McDonough. The duo also lend their singing voices to creating inspired and distinctive versions of songs they find to be significant and compelling, while engaging in interaction that is unmistakably affectionate yet utterly mischievous.