Mason Razavi Nonet and The Bad Five at Art Boutiki

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7:30pm doors; 8pm concert; Tickets at the door $15

Two of the Bay Area's most exciting jazz groups under one roof! Join saxophonist Oscar Pangilinan and The Bad Ones on a split bill with the Mason Razavi nonet for an evening of energetic modern jazz. Having both groups on one bill is a special event. 

Mason Razavi Nonet

Fronted by guitarist/composer Mason Razavi, The Mason Razavi Nonet is a modern jazz ensemble that draws on influences ranging from Ellington to Maria Schneider to The Pat Metheny Group, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and beyond. The nonet recorded half of the selections on Razavi's "Quartet Plus" album in 2014. The album spent 5 weeks on the American Top 40 Jazz chart CMJ (peaking at #17) and 7 weeks on the RMR Top 50 Jazz Chart (peaking at #5). The ensemble has performed at the 2015 San Jose Jazz Summer Festival as well as other Bay Area venues. Razavi's music for the ensemble has been described as "halfway between Gil Evans and Either/Orchestra" (Mark Tucker, FAME), while also being praised for "Evocative storytelling" (Tyran Grillo, All About Jazz). H. Allen Williams of Jazz Times calls Razavi "a thoughtful player and composer that offers the listener an introspective experience of deeper meaning", adding that his music is a "mature rendering of masterful playing and ideas". 

Mason Razavi, guitar/compositions; 
Justin J. Smith, trumpet/flugelhorn
Ben Torres, alto sax/flute/clarinet
Oscar Pangilinan, tenor sax/clarinet
Kevin Bryson, trombone
Cory Wright, bari sax/clarinet/bass clarinet
Bennett Roth-Newell, piano/keyboard
Dan Robbins, acoustic and electric bass
Cody Rhodes, drums

The Bad Ones

The Bad Ones are a collective of progressive musicians rooted in jazz and beyond. At their core, they are a modern jazz ensemble inspired by the entirety of jazz from its birth in New Orleans to its upbringing in New York and all the way to its present day form. This group also pays homage to the jazz artists of generations past as we actively infuse new and exciting sounds from other genres to create our own unique and modern interpretation of jazz.