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The Either/Orchestra Rides Again
@Accurate Records
Friday, September 20

Doors open at 7:30
Sets at 8:30 and 10:15

After 30 or so years of nearly continuous activity, the Either/Orchestra has taken the last two years off. Since the then, two more "band babies" have been born to Messers Rosenthal and Zaleski (another one on the way) and collectively, the members have played thousands of other gigs...just to keep sharp.

Now it's time to crank up the big machine once again, and what better place to do it than in our home base, Accurate Records.

We'll be playing selections from our vast catalog of recorded and unrecorded works, along with a new thing or two.

As usual for performances at Accurate Records, food and beverages will be served, and you are encouraged to also BYO to liven the party. Bandleader and chief kitchen wench Russ G is leaning toward a reprise of the Ethiopian doro wot (chicken stew), gomen wot (collard greens) lentils and injera (Ethiopian pancake bread) that he served at the recent Ethiopian music show at Accurate.

Accurate is a small space, and this event is likely to sell out, so please buy your tickets in advance. There will be seating for all, unlike the Lookie Lookie dance parties that many of you may have attended.

For the first time, we are reserving the three seats on the leather couch and chair. VIP, baby - get em quick! And there are a limited number of tickets available at the lowest price point, so don't dawdle.

Doors open at 7:30
Sets at 8:30 and 10:15

Tom Halter - trumpet
Dan Rosenthal - trumpet
Joel Yennior - trombone
Mark Zaleski - alto sax, clarinet
Russ Gershon - saxes, flute
Charlie Kohlhase - baritone, alto saxes
Jeff D'Antona - piano
Rick McLaughlin - bass
Brooke Sofferman - drums
Vicente Lebron - congas

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Founded in 1985 by saxophonist & composer Russ Gershon, the ten-piece Either/Orchestra, based in Somerville MA, is one of the jazz world's most long-lived and distinguished groups.  Alumni include jazz stars such as John Medeski, Matt Wilson, Miguel Zenon, Jaleel Shaw & Josh Roseman.

The E/O, featuring a six piece horn section, piano, bass, drums and congas, has put its stamp on just about every style of jazz, from big band, swing and bop to Latin jazz, electric and avant-garde.  The last decade or more has found the band absorbing an Afro-Caribbean influence through a succession of Latino members. 

More unusually, the E/O has become deeply involved with Ethiopian music, touring there and collaborating with many Ethiopian greats of the outstanding 1960's generation.  Mulatu Astatke, Mahmoud Ahmed and Teshome Mitiku are among the band's favorites.  The Ethiopian connection includes the double CD Ethiopíques 20: Live in Addis and the DVD Ethiogroove: Mahmoud Ahmed and Either/Orchestra.

Over the years, the E/O has been recognized with five Boston Music Awards, perennial placement in the Big Band category of the Down Beat International Critics Poll, and leader Gershon was nominated for an arranging Grammy for his composition "Bennie Moten's Weird Nightmare," included in The Calculus of Pleasure.

At either-orchestra.org you can link to music samples and internet stores, find a complete discography and further information.
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Tom Halter: trumpet
Dan Rosenthal: trumpet
Joel Yennior: trombone
Mark Zaleski: reeds
Russ Gershon: reeds
Charlie Kohlhase: bari sax
Gilson Schachnik: piano
Rick McLaughlin: bass
Oscar Suchanek: drums
Vicente Lebron: congas
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