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". 

                                                  The Quartet Plus Ensemble Live at the San Jose Jazz Summer Festival - August 9th, 2015

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Mason Razavi, guitar and compositions

Bennett Roth-Newell, piano and keyboard

Dan Robbins, acoustic and electric bass

Cody Rhodes, Drums

Justin Smith, trumpet and flugelhorn

Ben Torres, alto sax, clarinet, flute

Oscar Pangilinan, tenor sax, clarinet, alto flute

Kevin Bryson, trombone and french horn

Cory Wright, bari sax, clarinet, bass clarinet

Starting part way through with an awesome solo by Ben Torres on alto. Live at the Blackbird Tavern, San Jose, CA 9/2014. Quartet Plus CD Release concert. Buy Quartet Plus at www.cdbaby.com/masonrazavi2

Conducting "Prayer for Newtown" at the Quartet Plus CD Release Concert - 9/13/14 - Blackbird Tavern - San Jose, CA This piece is from my album "Quartet Plus". I wrote the piece on the day of the tragic events in Newtown, CT and arranged it for this ensemble on the week of the Quartet Plus recording session (July 2014).