Pleased as punch to announce that the great quartet who played on label debut Steve Wilson Sit Back, Relax & Unwind will play live at NYC’s Jazz Standard and Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley this fall. Washington Show is September 5 and NYC shows September 6-9. We’re sure there will be multiple sets each night and equally sure Mssrs. Wilson, Jones, Williams and Angry will entertain, enlighten and excite you. They’re just that good and the repertoire is fantastic. Call JMI world headquarters for special offers. Leave name and contact info on our old school answering machine.
NYC's Blue Note Club will become the JMI and brother label Brown Brothers playground on January 22-24 2018 with Warren Wolf, Jr. on vibraphone and JMI recording artist Ray Angry on keys producing 6 sets of the labels' music. All participants from BBR's Gold Sounds and The Co-Op albums and our own Steve Wilson "Sit Back, Relax & Unwind" and Ray Angry One lps are invited to play with Warren and Ray. Confirmed so far are saxophone players James Carter and Myron Walden, trumpet and flugelhorn player Jeremy Pelt, trombone player Wycliffe Gordon, bassist Ben Williams and drummers Ali Jackson and Willie Jones III. The entire program will be co-produced by J.M.I. Co-founder Steven Mandel.
This summer the JMI brain trust ventures to the heartland for the wedding of label friend Tony "Holiday" Louis and Melissa "Miss" Gumbs. While we're there we're going to see Branford Marsalis play the music of Catch Me If You Can with an orchestra. Oh and we're definitely gonna hit Dusty Grooves and the other great vinyl shops in the Windy City. Fun fact-J in JMI went to The University of Chicago.
Carla Bley is performing at a little jewel of a venue in a small northern Italian town and JMI has tickets for the show. Unfortunately we cant't be there. If you want the tix email us. If you don't know Carla's career please get to know it. Words of warning: it's not for the unadventurous listener. Carla's composition Musique Mecanique III will be featured on JMI-2, titled Ray Angry One. Carla's heard Ray's version and likes it. High praise from the high priestess.
Sax hero and JMI debut lp leader Steve Wilson plays live at the Yamaha Piano Salon in a series of 3 duets with top notch piano players. Coincidentally one of the three is JMI's second lp leader, the magnificent Ray Angry. Check it out on WBGO if you're not lucky enough to attend.
Our label debut was recorded at Reservoir Studio in the heart of Manhattan and featured alto and soprano sax man Steve Wilson leading a quartet comprised of Ben Williams on bass, Ray Angry on keyboards and Willie Jones III on drums. Look for it on long playing vinyl online or at a record store near you after Winter 2017-18