the new Macramé Brass EP!

https://geraldbailey.bandcamp.com/album/macram-brass

https://geraldbailey.bandcamp.com/album/macram-brass

Shortly before the pandemic Macramé Brass met up at Experimental Sound Studio to record one short set’s worth of music. The idea was to simply capture some of the sounds and ideas that we developed during our monthly residencies at Dorian’s Jazz Club and The California Clipper in Chicago.

Meditation (January 26, 2020) is group improvisation recorded shortly after hearing of the fatal helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.

Mezcal Caravan is an adaptation of a lofi beat instrumental by Charles Mantis that was arranged for the band.

Larb was written to fit the vibe at Dorian’s.

Macramé is a lofi beat instrumental that is sometimes used as an interlude during live performances.

credits

released September 15, 2021

Trumpet, Flugabone, Op-1: Gerald Bailey
Tenor Saxophone, Flute: Nate Lepine
Sousaphone, Bansuri Flute: Matthew Davis
Drums: Clif Wallace
Artwork by Jamie Breiwick
Engineered and Mixed by Ralph Loza at Experimental Sound Studio
Mastered by Nick Broste

Macrame Brass Live at California Clipper Friday July 5

Macrame Brass weaves jazz, soul and Latin music into a brass band design. A celebration of the music of Chicago with a New Orleans flavor. This project features hard working creatives in a street band setting. Acoustic music with a hint of dub, beats and synths.

Black Bear Combo at the White House

black bear white house 2013

left to right: Rob Pleshar, Gerald Bailey, Ehsan Ghoreshi, Dersu Burrows, Doug Abram.

This past week I had the pleasure of joining the Chicago based Balkan brass band entertaining military families for a Halloween party at the White House.  The band debuted a new orange and black costume designed by saxophonist Doug Abram.

Balkan Invasion of Wicker Park

For close to a year and a half DJ Roma Soul and Black Bear Combo have played to a packed house downstairs at Subterranean on the third Friday of the month in Chicago.  This has grown to be one of the more successful nights I’ve seen featuring an instrumental act since I moved to Chicago nearly 7 years ago.  The crowd demands high energy.  I look forward to it every month and I hope that you will join us this Friday February 17th 2012.  More about the night in the Chicago Tribune.

Photography by Antonio Bovino

Black Bear Combo at Star Lounge 4th of July Party

Black Bear Combo at Star Lounge

Black Bear Combo at Star Lounge, July 4th, 2010

Star Lounge coffee throws and annual 4th of July party that will be held this Sunday, July 3rd, 2011.  Black Bear Combo will be playing again this year. The image above is from last year’s event; photo credit: David J. Hanus.