December 2021 at Lowlands

As of October 2021, there is music weekly at Lowlands Bar (543 3rd Ave.) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Sets are at 7:30 & 9 PM each Tuesday (except 12/7/2021, see below), and my friend Dierk Peters is curating Wednesdays at 8 PM (Our Borough Series). All shows are suggested donation only ($10 if you can), and we hope you'll join us or spread the word so that this series can continue as a part of the Brooklyn jazz scene ca. fall 2021 and beyond.

Many thanks to KEYED UP!, a program of Jazz Generation, whose financial support allows us to compensate performers fairly for their work and for us to sustain weekly programming at Lowlands Bar.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021: Happy Trio XVII*

Kevin Sun - saxophone

Joe Martin - bass

Johnathan Blake - drums

*one set only at 8:30 PM

The seventeenth iteration of Happy Trio brings together two of the most in-demand players on the NYC modern jazz scene: bassist Joe Martin and drummer Johnathan Blake, both of whom I've heard performing live at NYC's premiere jazz venues countless times over the years. It will be a real treat to get to make music with these two heavyweights. (***my trio with Walter Stinson and Matt Honor will play a short set from 6-7 PM.)


Tuesday, December 14, 2021: Kevin Sun Quintet

Kevin Sun - saxophone

Adam O'Farrill - trumpet

Dana Saul - keyboard

Walter Stinson - bass

Matt Honor - drums

We go into the studio the following day to record a suite of music I'd composed in 2018-2019 with additional revisions throughout the pandemic, loosely titled "Before Depths, "Depths in Slow Motion" in 7 parts, and "After Depths."


Tuesday, December 21, 2021: Earprint *postponed

Kevin Sun - saxophone

Tree Palmedo - trumpet

Simón Willson - bass

Dor Herskovits - drums

The last Earprint gig took place almost two years ago to the day (December 19, 2021 at Williamsburg Music Center), which was a CD release party for Easy Listening, the band's second album. Writing for and rehearsing with band was one of my formative compositional experiences, and I'm planning on bringing in some new micro-tonal-ish music for the occasion.


Tuesday, December 28, 2021: Juanma Trujillo Quintet

Juanma Trujillo - guitar

Adam O'Farrill - trumpet

Kevin Sun - saxophone

Andrew Schiller - bass

Matt Honor - drums

Juanma's quartet with myself, Andrew Schiller, and Matt Honor used to play somewhat frequently (most often at the Shrine and Silvana uptown) in my first few years in the city. Andrew has been in Boston for the past few years and, like Dor for Earprint, is driving down especially for this show. This will be a reunion of sorts (last show was almost three years ago, in January 2019) plus the welcome addition of Adam O'Farrill on trumpet.


Wednesdays "Our Boroughs" Series (curated by Dierk Peters)