425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th and Astor Place)
New York, NY 10003
*Reservations essential to secure seating!

The Song Project is a group whose contemporary reinventions of popular songs, jazz standards and innovative originals are redefining jazz for a new generation. Their live shows continue to ignite audiences, extending jazz interpretations into music ranging from Radiohead, Paul McCartney, AC/DC to Cole Porter, Miles Davis and more. Using didgeridoo, guitar, trumpet and rhythm section enhanced with raw, emotional vocals, The Song Project explores the art of the song as written and improvised. Each artist embraces multiple genres of American musical culture and displays virtuosity and signature sounds on their instruments.

Masters of their instruments, Mark Rapp (trumpet) and Derek Lee Bronston (guitar), are also technology wizards. They created an iPad application dubbed “The Applum” as a means of releasing their first recording together, Art of the Song, vol. 1. Its repertoire was born out of instant messaging Garage Band tracks, which turned into a full blown interactive music application. Ever on the cutting edge of new technology, they are currently in the process of working on a set of application releases to be available for both iOS and HTML5 in early 2012. The impact their work is having on the music industry is clear. One year after the release of their Applum, pop icon, Bjork, used nearly the same technology model to release her new music.

“straddles the worlds of ECM-ish impressionism and straight-ahead blowing”

— Cadence

“…more than anyone else among today’s trumpeters, Rapp is breaking down the age old paradigms as to how the trumpet ought to be played in a jazz environment…”

— JazzPolice.com

“Bronston growls and moans like a male Lucinda Williams.”

— Performing Songwriter

“Rapp is quickly developing a reputation as a superb interpreter and great stylist, willing to tackle the history of this music with his eyes on the past and his mind on the present and future of this music.”

— AllAboutJazz.com

The Band:

Mark Rapp earned his Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis, continuing to live and play in New Orleans for 5 years. He has now lived in NYC for 9 years, performing and releasing 4 diverse records, including leading and recording the closing track of Disney’s CD “Everybody Wants to be a Cat.” The CD also features Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and more.

Derek Lee Bronston is an experienced, multi-genre New York based musician. He has 7 records as a leader and co-leader, and sideman appearances on many others. Hailing from Detroit, he’s played with Cecil Taylor, Tom Harrel, Billy Bang, Branford Marsalis, The Hush, Mostley, Jerry Gonzalez and Dave Binney, to name a few. He continues to record and tour internationally as a singer/songwriter/guitarist.

Rene Hart is a unique bassist who has toured the world extensively, performing at major Jazz and multi-genre music festivals, including the North Sea Jazz and Montreal Jazz Festivals. Rene’s TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brian. He has recorded and performed with artists from Julian Priester, Don Braden and Branford Marsalis to James Hunter, Anat Fort and Bilal.

Allison Miller is a NYC-based drummer has played with legendary songwriting vocalists Ani DiFranco, Brandi Carlile and Natalie Merchant, to touring with avant-garde saxophonist Marty Ehrlich, legendary organist Doctor Lonnie Smith, and her own band, BOOM TIC BOOM. Allison was chosen as Rising Star Drummer in Downbeats 53rd and 58th Annual Critics Poll and is currently on Modern Drummer’s 2011 Pro-Panel.