Revolutionary Snake Ensemble's Mardi Gras Show
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Mardi Gras Show with special guests Godwin Louis and Jason Palmer. Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20, Students $15. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Cambridge.
It has become a Boston Mardi Gras tradition with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble returning to the Regattabar for their annual Fat Tuesday party! This time around to also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band's founding!
The regular ensemble of Tom Hall (tenor sax), Ken Field (alto sax), Jerry Sabatini (trumpet), David Harris (trombone & tuba), Blake Newman (bass) and Phil Neighbors (drums) is known to get a furious dance party going, but with the addition of Jason Palmer (trumpet) and Godwin Louis (alto sax), the dancers are bound to go airborne.
Jason Palmer, a winner in the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, has been hailed by Downbeat Magazine as one of the "Top 25 Trumpeters to Watch" and has consistently had his albums placed in Downbeat's 4 star category.
Godwin Louis, based in New York City, is a graduate of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz Performance and has been a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute Sax Competition. He joins RSE between international tours with drummer Al Foster and others.
Two-time New England Music Award nominees Revolutionary Snake Ensemble's most recent release "Live Snakes" received airplay on over 100 radio stations throughout the US and Canada, received an Editor's Pick in Downbeat, and was listed on the CMJ Jazz Top-40 chart for almost 3 months.
The CD appeared on a number of Best of Year lists, including from CMJ, Tom Hull on the Web, WWOZ (New Orleans), and WMSE (Milwaukee).
The New Orleans magazine "Offbeat" called Live Snakes "a stone cold killer diller!", adding that "most bands can't get the New Orleans stuff right, but the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is one of the few who does and then takes it in fascinating directions".
CriticalJazz.com called it "Spectacular", and compared it to "Mardi Gras on steroids ...Take everything you thought you were familiar with in terms of the music of New Orleans and wipe the slate clean. Boston based Revolutionary Snake Ensemble takes that Crescent City vibe to the next level with a live release that will set your hair on fire!"
The New York Times has also weighed in on the group's "sinuous, writhing counterpoint, " and Time Out New York called it "Sizzling!"
In the online blog "Step Tempest, " Richard Kamins hit the nail on the head when he wrote that "Revolutionary Snake Ensemble finds joy in the rhythms of the street, in the melodies of the everyday, and in the shouts one creates against the darkness."
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