Terraza Big Band at Zinc Bar

  • Zinc Bar

The Terraza Big Band makes it's first appearance in Manhattan! 

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Mike Thomas - alto 1 / soprano / flute
Roman Filiu - alto 2
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown - tenor 1 / soprano
Jeremy Powell - tenor 2
Tyler Burchfield - bari / bass clarinet

Sam Hoyt - trumpet 1
Jonathan Powell - trumpet 2
Dave Neves - trumpet 3
Dave Smith - trumpet 4

Nick Finzer - trombone 1
Matt McDonald - trombone 2
Matt Musselman - trombone 3
Jen Wharton - trombone 4

Jeff Miles - guitar
Miki Yamanaka - piano
Edward Perez - bass
Jeremy Noller - drums
Kan Yanabe - percussion

Directing: Michael Thomas and Edward Perez

Born in a cozy neighborhood bar in the cultural crossroads of Jackson Heights, Queens, the Terraza Big Band brings together modern jazz and a variety of sounds from Latin-America and the New York cityscape. The group features musicians of the highest caliber and is co-directed by saxophonist Michael Thomas and bassist Edward Perez.

Edward Perez’s compositions have been performed by such varied and distinct groups as Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Ignacio Berroa Trio, and two-time latin Grammy nominated singer Jorge Pardo, and acclaimed Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato. His unique voice owes much to his extensive experience in diverse musical styles of Latin America, and he has shared the stage with such greats as Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Eva Ayllón, and Lucia Pulido. His numerous recording credits include an appearance on the Grammy-nominated “Second Chance” by Hector Martignon. 

Award-winning saxophonist and composer Michael Thomas has been an active member of the New York jazz scene since arriving in 2011. Over the last several years, he has performed or recorded with Miguel Zenon, Nicholas Payton, Jason Palmer, Wayne Shorter, and Gunther Schuller, among many others. In addition to being an in-demand saxophonist and woodwind player, Michael is also very active as a writer. His 2011 quintet album "The Long Way" features all an entirely original program of music, and Michael's arrangements have been commissioned and recorded to international acclaim.