Special guest Savion Glover just added to show!
At Highline Ballroom – Show at 8PM (Doors at 6PM)
The Revive Big Band is a “jazz army” (Complex Magazine) of sorts. Packing a punch unlike any other band — big or otherwise — it unites generations of like-minded musicians in presenting a new era of music. Formed in 2010 by composer, arranger, and trumpeter Igmar Thomas, the group’s musical styles, experience, and tastes range widely among the musicians, but their mission universal. “We’re carrying on within the tradition of big bands, what would be relevant today,” Thomas explains. “Modifying the message, and making it translatable and accessible to the people, so that they have something relevant to grasp on to. It represents that bridge.”
The Revive Big Band repertoire features original compositions by Thomas and other band members as well as inventive orchestrations of selected beats from legendary producers, notable hip-hop tracks and the original jazz records they sampled, all re-imagined and arranged into original works for the big band.
“Our voice is one that has one foot deeply placed in the roots of jazz and the tradition of that — á la Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie — but also, another foot deeply invested in the present. That’s the direction. Dizzy, Dilla and us,” says Thomas.
Past Revive Big Band performances have included: Pharoahe Monch, A Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest featuring Jarobi of ATCQ, Buckshot, Sadat X, Dres, Dinco D, Charlie Brown, DJ Logic and more, Celebrating the Life of Legendary MC G.U.R.U. featuring DJ Premier, Roy Hargrove, Greg Nice, Masta Ace, Jeru the Damaja and more, and The Revive Big Band featuring Nicholas Payton and Talib Kweli.