Thanks to those that came to see The NOWtet at the 10th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 11, where Richi was joined by a stellar lineup consisting of players Abraham Burton, Josh Evans, Zaccai Curtis, and Carlo DeRosa.
“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” —Nate Chinen, New York Times
from Arte Fuse on the 7th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival:
The day came to a close with Richi Debonis’ NOWtet, a quintet playing jazz arrangements of the music of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant as well as compositions by the band’s animated leader. Two Debonis originals, “J Train” and “Flatleaver” easily went toe-to-toe with the classic Page/Plant classics, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Going to California” and “Kashmir”. Debonis is a strong leader, apt composer, fierce and able drummer and sensational showman. His outstanding bandmates, David Bryant on keyboard, Carlo De Rosa on bass, Greg Gisbert on trumpet and Adam Kolker on saxophone are individually forceful and wildly talented. This is a band you will want to follow.
Virtuoso drummer, composer, arranger, vocalist and underground legend Richard James Debonis — a.k.a. Richi Van Zeppelin — brought his incomparable NOWtet to the Highline Ballroom on Friday, June 22 2012, to perform his remarkably varied, accomplished arrangements of classic Led Zeppelin songs for contemporary acoustic jazz ensemble. Captured on the extraordinary — and equally underground — recording, The NOWtet Plays Zep!, this performance provided lovers of both Led Zeppelin and uncompromising modern jazz a uniquely exciting performance by Debonis and his band of brilliant performers, as well as a rare glimpse into the creative of world of one of the most talented — and under-appreciated — drummers and bandleaders alive today.
Performing on the video are: Richard James Debonis, drums, Adam Kolker on saxophones, Andy Gravish on trumpet and flugelhorn. Jeremy Manasia on piano and keyboards. Carlo DeRosa on acoustic bass and special guest guitarist Ben Monder (who is also featured on The NOWtet Plays Zep!)
The Nowtet Plays Zep – Live at The Highline Ballroom – Since I’ve Been Loving You and Moby Dick
Richi James Debonis, drums, Adam Kolker on saxophones, Andy Gravish on trumpet and flugelhorn. Jeremy Manasia on piano and keyboards. Carlo DeRosa on acoustic bass and special guest guitarist Ben Monder (who is also featured on The NOWtet Plays Zep!)