A strong musical kinship and sense of adventure rather than proximity is the glue that binds TSP (The Song Project) together. Brooklyn based guitarist Derek Lee Bronston, Chris Burroughs on drums hailing from Atlanta and Trumpeter Mark Rapp who has moved between New Orleans, NYC, Geneva (Switzerland) and South Carolina in the past decade comprise this musical unit.
The band initially began as an all-digital collaboration between Mark Rapp & Derek Lee Bronston in 2010, but quickly moved to the brick and mortar world when at one of their first gigs in Geneva, Switzerland they were approached to do a record by a Swiss studio owner. They subsequently recorded a CD in a 6 hour session and released it in early 2011. The recording, titled The art of the song volume 1, was the fuel that would fire TSP to take this project to a larger audience.
They quickly started touring in the U.S playing venues including Carnegie Hall, sold-out shows at The Blue Note, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, as well as, making TV and radio appearances in San Francisco, Seattle and NYC. Travelling from town to town, TSP would often augment their band with local rhythm sections. As luck would have it, drummer Chris Burroughs was recommended by a local Atlanta Jazz Radio host to TSP. The 3 performed a show and an instant chemistry was born. They continued to work together when they would play The Velvet Note in Atlanta and in 2015, Chris officially joined forces with TSP as a band member.
TSP’s newly augmented trio officially released TSP: Art of the Song, vol.2 in March 2016. The trio plans to record and release 4 volumes of music each exploring a different thematic concept throughout 2016 and 2017.
Derek Lee Bronston
Derek Lee Bronston has performed with: Cecil Taylor, Dave Binney, Branford Marsalis, Walter Blanding Jr., Wycliffe Gordon, James Genus etc… Derek has been a vibrant part of the NYC music scene since the later 90’s and has 6 recordings as a leader and several in a range of genres as a sideman. Moving between the Rock and Jazz scenes Derek “…straddles the worlds of ECM-ish impressionism and straight-ahead blowing” – Cadence Magazine
Chris Burroughs has performed in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. He has been blessed to record, tour, and share the stage with artist like: Lizz Wright, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carmen Bradford, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jennifer Holiday, Russell Gunn, Chris Duarte, Tony Monaco, Dionne Farris, and Jacques Schwartz-Bart. Chris endorses Evans drum heads and Pro-Mark drum sticks
Mark Rapp has performed with: Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Darius Rucker, Walter Blanding Jr., Wycliffe Gordon, James Genus and others. Mark Rapp is a distinguished trumpeter, composer, arranger, didgeridoo player, recording and touring artist. Rapp has released 5 diverse recordings, and is featured on the closing track of Disney’s “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” CD. Artists such as Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and more are also featured on this CD. Rapp’s celebrated 2009 debut release “Token Tales” (Paved Earth Music), earned him a spot as one of the “Top 25 Emerging Trumpeters” in Downbeat Magazine. His release “Good Eats” (Dinemec Jazz) had critics saying, “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. Rapp is a featured artist in Mellen Press’ “How Jazz Trumpeters Understand Their Music” among a prestigious list including Terence Blanchard, Lew Soloff, Freddie Hubbard, Tim Hagans, Dave Douglas and more.