Press Release for NYC Pre-tour Shows and Tour Announcement

November 24, 2014 – New York, NY


State Department Readies Queens Band to Tour Venezuela, Represent US Culture

The US Embassy in Venezuela has chosen Queens-based Street Beat Brass Band to represent American culture on a tour of that country in January. Sponsored by the US State Department, the tour transpires Jan 14-21 sending the band as musical ambassadors through Caracas and San Cristobal. Activities include both performances such as at the San Sebastian Cultural Festival, and masterclasses conducted by band members for students of El Sistema (the iconic low-income music education program that groomed LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel). Led by Sunnyside composer-trombonist Jeff Fairbanks, the 5-piece ensemble draws on world brass traditions from such places as New Orleans, Sinaloa (Mexico), the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and more. Most of the band hails from Western Queens, while others live in Washington Heights and Park Slope.

Local fans have three chances to send off Street Beat Brass at pre-tour shows in NYC:

Show details:

Street Beat Brass is a mobile 5-piece brass-and-drums band drawing on world brass traditions from NOLA, Gospel, Mexican, Caribbean, Klezmer, Polka, to Pop. Since 2012 it has played through greater NYC including events at iHeart Radio theater, Round Hill Music, and three appearances at the All Nite Soul festival.

Jazz needs more of this kind of music.”  Bob Bernotas, Just Jazz WNTI 91.9FM
Fairbanks’ fluid lines and lyrical sensibilities on trombone”.  Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times“Magnificent!” Matthew Forss, Inside World Music

Jeff Fairbanks 1-917-349-5966
Leader, Street Beat Brass Band

This Wednesday! Don’t miss Project Hansori live at SOA Festival

Multicultural Sonic Evolution (MuSE) presents
The 4th Annual MuSE Sounds of Arts Festival 2014

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Wed. November 19, 2014 @8pm
Land Bridge: New Music Spanning East and West
Composer Jeff Fairbanks leads his innovative Jazz orchestra, Project Hansori (Korean for “one sound”)
The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Tickets: General Admission $15 advance / $20 at the door, Seniors & Students with ID $12
Purchase tickets at
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For more info about Project Hansori, please visit:

This program is a part of MuSE Sounds of Arts Festival 2014.  For more info about the festival, please visit

Venezuela Tour, Grammy Voting & More: Nov ’14 newsletter

DSC_9247November 2014

Dear friends of Street Beat, Project Hansori and my other musical surfacings:

Below are two announcements of things where although local attendance isn’t possible, something major is happening. But first, I’ll start with something that folks around NYC certainly can attend.

A long-awaited Project Hansori performance happens this month at the Sounds of Arts Festival presented by Multicultural Sonic Evolution (MuSE). Project Hansori’s program “Land Bridge” –connecting East Asia and North America in a Jazz setting– kicks off the festival which encompasses eight performances over six days in Queens. This festival usually sells out so it’s wise to buy tickets now (link below).

Wednesday Nov 19 @8pm
The Secret Theatre (in the Big Theatre)
4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Tickets: General Admission $15 advance / $20 at the door, Seniors & Students with ID $12
Purchase tickets at
For more info about the festival visit

My arrangement of John “Dizzy” Gillespie’s Manteca for Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones’ latest record Caravan has made an initial step in the Grammy awards process. NARAS members have until this Wednesday 11/5 to vote to include it on the ballot for potential Grammy nominations. Here’s the official listing:

Field: Composing/Arranging
Category: Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Jeff Fairbanks, arranger (Dave Chamberlain’s Band Of Bones)

Parts of the album are also being considered in two other categories –  my friend Chris Rinaman’s arrangement of How Deep is the Ocean? (Best Arrangement Instruments and Vocals), and the album Caravan itself (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album).

What I hinted at last month is now official: Street Beat Brass will tour Venezuela this January, sponsored by the US State Department! Our tour runs Jan 14-21, and includes performances at the San Sebastian Cultural Festival and more, and teaching masterclasses for students including those of El Sistema (the iconic program that groomed LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel). I’m now working on setting up a NYC ‘send-off’ show (TBA) near the start of our tour. Links to our members:
Jason Wiseman
Mike Webster
James Rogers
Vin Scialla
Street Beat Brass Band

It’s worth briefly re-capping Street Beat’s October schedule, which was jam-packed with a dozen gigs, including our third-in-a-row appearance the annual All Nite Soul festival. We also had not-so-private birthday parades around Manhattan streets, stormed offices, and entertained crowds at various Oktoberfest events. A slightly disturbing Halloween event we were potentially asked to do luckily fell through. The photo above, from Shawna Ryan at Big Personality Media, is from our gig at LIC Landing which provided a great backdrop of the NYC skyline.

Thank you for your interest in my music. See you on 11/19, or at our TBA pre-tour send-off show!

Jeff Fairbanks
Composer, Performer, Bandleader

Venezuela Tour confirmed

The US State Department has confirmed it will bring Street Beat Brass Band to Venezuela in January to tour that country.  We’ll perform in several cities, including San Cristobal, where we’ll play at the San Sebastian Cultural Festival.  More details to follow.

Of course the band is excited, and I’d like to set up a local send-off show in NYC approaching our departure.

If you’ve been following our social media posts and occasional email newsletters, you already know about the recent high profile chances to see us live in town, including the All Nite Soul Festival last Monday among others.  Actually behind the scenes we’ve also been very busy with around 10 or so private gigs this month.  Oktober (hint) is a busy month for brass bands.

If you missed out on these shows please keep updated by liking/fanning our Facebook page and join our email list at


Oceans of Outstanding October Outings (Fall ’14 newsletter)

Street Beat riding the elevator to a recent Manhattan gig. October 2014

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Since my Summer newsletter I’ve had much brewing behind the scenes, but now have some very visible activities to share. Read on for upcoming shows from Project Hansori and Street Beat (two very different bands I lead), two new albums I’m on, and a potential international tour for Street Beat.  Pictured: the latter band catching an elevator up to a recent private gig at Round Hill Music.
First, Street Beat has three weekends of public appearances at some major NYC events, including the All Nite Soul Festival. Many of you have never seen this band live since to this point we’ve largely performed at various private events (—these running the gamut from flash mobs to funerals, parades to proposals).
This is not official yet, but an opportunity is now developing for Street Beat to perform on a US State Department-sponsored international tour this winter. I can’t make an announcement yet, but I’m excited about this prospect and want to share at least share this much.
See Street Beat’s brand new Facebook page and Like it to get updates on our activities as they are posted. This band’s full site is

STREET BEAT SHOWS: Sunday Oct 5 @ LIC Flea & Food Oktoberfest **TOMORROW**
Saturday Oct 11 @ LIC Landing
Sunday Oct 12 @ All Nite Soul
Saturday Oct 18 @ LIC Flea & Food Oktoberfest

PROJECT HANSORI SHOW Wednesday Nov 19 @ Sound of Arts Festival Project Hansori’s first concert in ten months, since our performance at the Asian American Arts Festival at Manhattan’s Children’s Museum of the Arts.

SHOWS AS SPECIAL GUEST Guest appearances with Vin Scialla/ Eric Schugren Project’s WakeUp! CD release: Sun Oct 12 @ City Reliquary Museum (info link TBA) Sun Oct 19 @ Rockwood Music Hall Here are some increasingly rare instances of mine as a sideman rather than a band leader.

My arrangement of John “Dizzy” Gillespie’s Manteca appears on a new record just released by the Band of Bones, called Caravan. This band has eight trombones plus rhythm section. Trombonist Steve Turre and harmonica player Hendrick Meurkens appear elsewhere on the record. This track has recieved quite a but of airplay on the NYC area’s main Jazz radio station, WBGO.

Guest Appearance on Wake Up!, a new album the by Vin Scialla/Eric Schugren Project, out soon on Liftoff Records. I play trombone on several of the tracks with this fun, organ-backed band. Here’s a sample (I’m not on this track):

Thanks for your interest in my music. I’d love to see NYC-area fans at one of these upcoming shows – ‘Liking’ the Project Hansori and Street Beat Facebook pages is the best way to receive updates on these.

Thank you,
Jeff Fairbanks Composer, Performer, Band leader