The official web site of the Either/Orchestra
The very first performance by the Either/Orchestra happened on 17 December 1985 at the Cambridge MA Public Library. This year we are celebrating our thirtieth anniversary season with a series of concerts and the release of two new albums.

"The best little big band ever." – Downbeat.com
Next up:
The Real Either/Orchestra 30th Anniversary Show
Johnny D's, Somerville MA
December 18, 7:30-9:00 pm $25

Back in 1989, the E/O celebrated our fourth anniversary at this great 
Davis Square club, one among our many shows there over the years. 
Now, Johnny D's is in its last month of operation (closing in January 2016), 
so it seemed like the right time for one last show there.
Expect music from across the years, along with alumni and special guests.
Details here as we have them...

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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
tel/text: (617) 899-9685
343 Medford St. Suite 4A, Somerville MA 02145 USA
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