June 2022 at Lowlands

As of October 2021, there is music weekly at Lowlands Bar (543 3rd Ave.) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Sets are at 8 & 9:30 PM each Tuesday, and my friend Dierk Peters is curating Wednesdays at 8 PM (Our Borough Series). All shows are suggested donation ($10 strongly encouraged, 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. 

June 7, 2022: Kevin Sun Trio

Kevin Sun - saxophone
Walter Stinson - bass
Matt Honor - drums

The trio rides again in a continuation of the book of music we performed back in April.

Set 1:

Set 2:

June 14, 2022: Aaron Seeber FIRST MOVE

Aaron Seeber - drums
Charlie Sigler - guitar
Sullivan Fortner - keyboard
Ugonna Okegwo - bass
KS- tenor saxophone

Aaron Seeber just released his first album FIRST MOVE on Cellar Live in May. I was happy to co-produce the album and write the notes, and I'm pleased to be a part of the string of release shows that Aaron booked in the greater NY area. We'll be playing tunes from the album in a quintet configuration; Ugonna and Sullivan reprise their roles from the album, while Charlie and I join as special guests.

June 21, 2022: Kevin Sun Trio LIVE RECORDING

Kevin Sun - saxophone
Walter Stinson - bass
Matt Honor - drums

The trio started playing as a unit in the spring of 2016 six years ago, and I've always wanted to document how we sound live, in front of an audience, and on our home turf. Lowlands has been a sort of unexpected incubator for the people and musicians we've become in those six years, so I couldn't imagine a more appropriate place to document how we sound as of the summer solstice, 2022. It will be the longest day of the year, probably very hot, and a perfect occasion to contribute your applause, cheers, boos, whistles, and other noise to the record. Come be a part of it!

June 28, 2022: Yellowface

Christian Li - synthesizers
Kevin Sun - reeds

Christian has been an inspiration since I met him probably sometime around 2015 or 2016, an omnivorous musician and person in various dimensions. After reading Yellowface, I started digging into the sordid racial history of American popular music and found some extraordinary (and terrible) musical depictions of Chinese and other Asian Americans largely from the early 20th century, and I thought I should do something in response. Christian was onboard immediately and has come up with a great deal of material using electronic and production-related means that I never would have thought of, and we're going to present what we've assembled at the end of June.


Our Boroughs: June 2022

curated by Dierk Peters