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Jessica Lurie

Jessica Lurie

Jazz / alternative / folk Brooklyn, NY  US


  • 2015

    Mar 14

    New York, NY, US | 7:00pm

    EP release party with the Elsa Nilsson Quintet at Rockwood Music Hall, stage 2!

  • 2014

    Oct 23

    Richland, WA, US | 9:00pm
  • 2014

    May 19

    Brooklyn, NY, US | 8:30pm

    Far Cry Flute quartet is having our first gig! Come hear some improvised flute music at two moon art house and cafe! I'm honored to get to play with some of my heroes. The group consists of myself, Jessica Lurie, Jamie Baum and Robert Dick. There will be all manner of flutes, C, alto, bass and even a contra bass flute!

  • 2014

    May 2

    New York, NY, US | 11:45pm

    Elsa Nilsson Quintet + Davy Mooney Quartet FEATURING: Elsa Nilsson, flutes Jessica Lurie, sax Jeff McLaughlin, guitar Alex Minier, bass Cody Rahn, drums + Davy Mooney, guitar Jon Cowherd, piano Matt Clohesy, bass, Mark Ferber, drums ELSA NILSSON Swedish-born flute player Elsa Nilsson's music is profoundly playful and widely influenced. She believes the beauty of music is how it transcends cultural boundaries, and she accentuates this in her compositions by mixing cultural elements to create a sound distinctly her own. Nilsson has built a solid career and reputation upon her belief that all folk music (including jazz) has a common thread, and that by weaving those threads together, a deeper, more layered understanding among varying cultures can be reached. As a small child in Sweden, Nilsson often accompanied her father during fishing trips, but occasionally opted to be left alone on an uninhabited island rather than be seasick on the boat. It was on the island that Nilsson recalls writing her first song, at just six-years-old. "My dad told me not to take off the life vest and that he'd be back in a few hours," she recants. "So I spent the time running around, singing at the top of my lungs, and collecting sheep skulls." This innately ambitious, independent sensibility has been nurtured in Nilsson for as long as she can remember. As a result, The Elsa Nilsson Quintet plays jazz like the Vikings who ventured out of the cold and fled to Brazil. Their shows are a tour de force featuring arrangements of Swedish folk music, complex funky originals with odd meters that feel good. In her playing Nilsson takes the flute to its fullest potential employing everything from folk styles to extended classical techniques creating a sound that is lyrical and warm. Nilsson was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she started her love-affair with music at the early age of 2. Her father placed her in front of a microphone with his all Swedish ex-navy sea-shantys band and said, "sing child, sing." By the time she was four, she was singing harmonies with her younger brother Albin. At age five, she began playing piano. And by the time she was accepted to Hvitfeldtska gymnasium (a classical conservatory style program in Gothenburg) at age 14, she had been playing flute for three years, teaching herself how to improvise by playing along to records. After her early years traveling between Gothenburg in Sweden and California in the States, Nilsson followed her heart and then-boyfriend to Seattle on a plane ticket that was intended to be roundtrip back to Sweden. But true to her self-reliant, free spirit, Nilsson instead auditioned for -- and was accepted immediately into -- Cornish College Of the Arts. In that moment, she decided to stay in Seattle and her return ticket went unused. "I had packed two suitcases and left home three days after graduation," she says. "Even though I got dumped by that boyfriend ten days later, I am so grateful for it... I wouldn't be where I am now without it." Upon completing school in 2008, Nilsson spent a few years teaching and playing in Seattle before moving to Brooklyn, New York in September of 2010. Making a home for herself, she has been consistently performing, learning, and teaching since her arrival. She has studied with Chris Potter, Peter Bernstein, Kenny Werner, Jean-Michele Pilc, Robert Dick, Jamie Baum, Brad Shepik and many more in the process of obtaining her Masters degree from NYU's Jazz Program. Nilsson has performed with Kenny Werner's and Brad Shepik's NYU ensembles, The Jim Knapp Orchestra, Jovino Santos Neto, Ben Thomas, Chuck Deardorf, Dawn Clement, Michael Owcharuk, Darrius Willrich and more. DAVY MOONEY Molding the modern musical sophistication of New York with the soul of New Orleans is the mission of Jazz Artist Davy Mooney. ‘Perrier St’, his latest CD release, takes its title from the New Orleans street where a teenaged Mooney studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. It combines the faded memories of that time with the journey that followed, expressed in melodic, harmonically complex music with literate, wistful lyrics. The journey—from New Orleans to Brooklyn, where Mooney now resides—was not without bumps in the road and detours foreseen and unforeseen. The largest of these was 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which sent Mooney fleeing mid-city New Orleans for Washington D.C., where he participated in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition (held barely two weeks after the evacuation of New Orleans!) and placed third overall. It was there that he met the great guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli, with whom he recorded the 2009 duo 7-string guitar release ‘Last Train Home’, on Challenge Records. After the competition Mooney made the choice to relocate to New York and ever since he has bounced back and forth between the mean streets of Brooklyn and Queens and the swamps of New Orleans. He studied at the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, from 2007-2009, recorded a CD of his original compositions for the Japanese Label Spice Records entitled ‘Astoriano’ (a pun on the Queens neighborhood ‘Astoria’ and ‘N.O.’), and performed in Japan, Brazil, India, Panama, Poland, Mexico, Germany, and all over the continental US with a long list of jazz luminaries including Brian Blade, Jon Cowherd, Herbie Hancock, Chris Potter, John Ellis, Nicholas Payton, and many others. More recently Mooney has made the foray into the literary world, and will self-publish his first novel ‘Hometown Heroes’, which explores the same New Orleans/New York themes of his music, in early 2013. ‘Perrier St’, the new CD, features Blade, Cowherd, Ellis and others and is available on Sunnyside Records. - See more at: http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=11876#sthash.Pk92VwG0.dpuf

  • 2014

    Feb 3

    New York, NY, US | 11:00pm

    After a glorious CD release party we return to Rockwood for a second run! I am so excited to be back at one of my favorite venues, not just to play but to go see music, and to share some swedish music and original jazz with you! Now that the record is complete and released, expect new music. I may even sing. I will be joined by Jessica Lurie on all sorts of horns, Jeff McLaughlin on guitar, Alex Minier on bass and Cody Rahn on drums.


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  • Jessica Lurie
  • My Home Is Your Home, multi-media, Italy Nov 2010


Sounds Like: Rollins, Sonny, Fiona Apple, John Zorn, Lhasa, Maceo Parker

Bio: Brooklyn-based instrumentalist Jessica Lurie performs on saxophones, flute, accordion and voice, well known for her creative mixing of funk, jazz, and world music with an avant-garde approach. She co-leaders and composers for her Ensemble, the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet, and performed or recorded...See Full Bio

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“ “Jessica Lurie is considered one of the most exciting interpreters of music today, pushing stylistic barriers not simply to ramble from one genre to another, but to construct new musical landscapes, to daydream with an extreme sense of purpose.” ”

— Giuseppe Segala, All About Jazz Italy

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