Joelle Lurie Quartet
Acclaimed New York City-based vocalist and songwriter, Joelle Lurie, brings her distinctive “jazzed-up pop & popped-up jazz” modern style to Take Me There (2014), her debut album of standards, originals, and reimagined pop covers. Featured on NPR’s "Song Travels with Michael Feinstein”, Joelle's record features tight arrangements by her longtime bassist, Ben Gallina, and her Quartet. Recent engagements include New York’s Lincoln Center, Birdland Jazz Club, New York Stock Exchange, Top of the Rock and Regattabar.
In 2016-17, the Joelle Lurie Quartet was the Resident Artist for Lincoln Center Kids, performing throughout the season, teaching children about music, and developing their new kids’ music brand, JoJo & The Pinecones. Their newest album, Night & Day (2017), is geared toward kids but enjoyed by all ages, and has received great reviews since charting on SiriusXM Kids Place Live. JoJo & The Pinecones performed for the first time at the famed Lollapalooza Festival in Summer 2017 and are excited to make their BAM debut this fall.
Nick Consol - Piano
Nick Consol is a pianist, composer and arranger based out of New York City. Hailing originally from Rochester, NY where he studied with Andy Calabrese, Nick attended SUNY Purchase where he graduated with a BA in Jazz Performance. While at Purchase he studied extensively with New York piano master Pete Malinverni and also benefitted from the guidance of Hal Galper, Charles Blenzig, Todd Coolman, Jon Faddis, Doug Munro and Ralph Lalama.
Since then Nick has lived in Washington Heights and has performed with numerous ensembles in the Tri-State area including long tenures with the David White Jazz Orchestra and the Paul Francis Trio. With David White he has been featured on the albums Flashpoint (2011) and The Chase (2014). He also performed and contributed arrangements to vocalist David Coss's 2008 release I Love New York.
Since 2010, he has performed with versatile vocalist Joelle Lurie in her backing band, The Pinehurst Trio. This ensemble has played at some of New York's most renowned venues such as Birdland, Lincoln Center, The Rainbow Room and many others. He is featured on Joelle's debut album, Take Me There (2014) and appeared with Joelle on Michael Feinstein's radio program Song Travels on NPR. He has also performed with the family music offshoot of this same group, Jojo And The Pinecones, who released their album, Night & Day and performed at Lollapalooza in 2017.
Benjamin Gallina - Bass
Benjamin Gallina is a bassist and composer based in NYC. He performs in a broad spectrum of musical settings, including jazz, popular music, orchestral, theater, improvisation and world musics. A native of Rochester, New York, Gallina stayed close to home to attend the Eastman School of Music, where in 2004, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance.
Shortly thereafter, Gallina relocated to the Big Apple and has enjoyed a number of rich experiences, including performances on CBS 'This Morning,' features on NPR programs such as 'Tiny Desk,' 'Song Travels,' and 'Song of the Day,' and live radio performances with WNYC ‘Soundcheck,’ WKCR 'Out to Lunch,' and WFUV 'FUV Live.'
Other performance experiences include a national tours with HoneyHoney, and Anthony D'Amato, theater productions with the Abingdon Theater and the Mettawee River Theatre Company, orchestral performances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Astoria Symphony, and New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and innumerable gigs and dozens of recordings with some of NYC’s most talented jazz musicians and singer-songwriters.
In 2008, Gallina formed the band Salo, an ensemble that derives its unique sound from the players' impromptu interpretations of Ben's expansive compositions that are "cinematic in scope." (The New York City Jazz Record) They released their debut album “Sundial Lotus” on Innova Recordings which has been described as "full of unpredictable energy, cadenced affinity and cross-genre influences, it wriggles out of one confine after another, creating small snippets of friction and long passages of intrigue." (All About Jazz)
His close partnership with Joelle Lurie since 2010 has yielded the formation of a songwriting team that has co-produced two great albums, developed a teaching program and kid's band with Lincoln Center Education, and an in-demand event ensemble that has seen concert halls, historic houses, and high-profile event spaces all over the United States.
Conor Meehan - Drums
Conor Meehan is a versatile drummer based in New York City. Conor has appeared on over 50 recordings and has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil including appearances at Bonnaroo, North Sea Jazz Festival, Blue Note (Tokyo, NYC), SXSW, Lollapalooza, and Late Night with David Letterman. Since 2005, he has held the teaching position "Artist Associate of Jazz Drums" at Williams College and has also served as a clinician at Jazz in July at UMass and Interplay Jazz Workshop. Conor primarily tours with Honeyhoney and plays regularly in NYC with Joelle Lurie and Andy Suzuki & The Method. He has worked with countless others Dr. John, Charles Neville, John Medeski & Chris Wood, Reggie Workman, Albert Cummings, The Midtown Men, Heiruspecs, Sonya Kitchell among many others. More info at www.conormeehan.com