2015 is YEAR OF THE QUEER! Join the Eco-Music Big Band at Joe's Pub for a New Years' celebration of the LGBTQ experience.
The first of its kind in the tri-state area, YEAR OF THE QUEER! is a night that tributes the queer jazz experience. The Eco-Music Big Band presents works by Billy Strayhorn (featuring Philadelphia singer Rhenda Fearrington); the band's bassist, Amanda Ruzza; bandleader Marie Incontrera; a new arrangement of Fred Ho's work for the Brooklyn Womens' Anti-Rape Exchange YES MEANS YES, NO MEANS NO, WHATEVER SHE WEARS, WHEREVER SHE GOES!; and a reimagining of Frank Zappa, called MY BIG BAND WANTS TO KILL YOUR HETEROPATRIARCHY!
The Eco-Music Big Band is a 15-piece professional big band that spans many generations and includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians. Our roster includes bass trombonist David Taylor (Gil Evans, New York Philharmonic), saxophonist Jay Rodriguez (Ornette Coleman, Craig Harris), bass trombonist Earl McIntyre (Mel Lewis, Thad Jones), Zack O'Farrill and Adam O'Farrill (Arturo O'Farrill, Randy Weston). The Eco-Music Big Band is lead by Marie Incontrera, who was Fred Ho's final composition protégé.
Hailed as “talented... inspiring” (The Vermont Standard), The Eco-Music Big Band is committed to presenting the music of the legendary jazz composers of the 20th century that were overlooked (such as Cal Massey), to continuing the legacy its prodigious composer & founder (the late Fred Ho), and to providing a platform for the next generation of big band composers .