JUST ANNOUNCED: The Ultimate Late Night NYE Superjam Featuring James Casey & More!
From the publicist —
Saxman James Casey (of Lettuce and the Trey Anastasio Band) will host a late night groove-fest on New Year’s Eve at the Blue Note in Manhattan ($20). But this is bigger than a Phish aftershow, better than your average super-jam. Tuesday will showcase several of the most talented musicians New York City has to offer that night, hands down. [Buy Tickets / FB event]
Coined the “Revive NYE Bash”, the all-analog ensemble features Casey alongside guitarist Randy Runyon, Jack White’s drummer Daru Jones, and Casey’s bandmate in Animus Rexx (formerly known as “James Casey’s Eclectic Collective”) Yuki Hirano, aka “Big Yuki“, who is also Talib Kweli’s keyboardist.
The fellas have all been friends for many years, as most of them met while attending Berklee College of Music a few years back, but the foursome has never before performed together with this specific lineup.
“It’s like an amalgamation from my and Yuki’s groups,” Casey said. “We’ll play some originals from both of our bands, and each singer will throw a few of their own into the mix. But after that, we go off into oblivion.”
In addition to keys, Yuki will also play lead on synth bass, infusing the room with a heavy electronic element while holding true to the jazz/soul foundation of the immensely talented group. “It’s a collective thing, everybody brings a different element — jazz, hip hop, soul, dub step and electronic,” Yuki said. “It’s gonna be a representation of what’s happening in the current, what’s important right now.”
R&B vocalist Chris Turner — of “Liquid Love” fame — will undoubtedly heat up the late night sex appeal as a guest singer, along with other special guests Jennah Bell on vocals and saxophonist Greg Osby. “Towards the end I’m sure it’s gonna get kinda loose,” said Yuki. “It’s a party, no doubt about it.”
The Blue Note bash will kick off around 1:30-2am and groove late into the night until at least 4am. Not just a show for the music lovers, this will also be a 2014 celebration for fellow musicians in New York looking to get a little wild after the apple has dropped.
“A lot of musicians will be out of their gigs by then, so you never know who’s going to show up,” Yuki beamed.