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)
is 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 currently based in New York City. As an in demand sideman, Conor has appeared on over 40 recordings and has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil. Since 2005, he has held the position "Artist Associate of Jazz Drums" at Williams College and has also served as a clinician at numerous summer institutes including Jazz in July at UMass and Interplay Jazz Workshop.
He has performed/recorded with: Dr. John, Charles Neville (Neville Bros), Reggie Workman (jazz legend), John Medeski & Chris Wood (Medeski Martin & Wood), Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble), Eric Krasno (Soulive), The Midtown Men, Erik Lawrence (Levon Helm Band), Frank London (the Klezmatics), Don Braden (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Armen Donelion, Christian Scott, Todd Reynolds, Norma Miller - Swing Dance Pioneer, Sonya Kitchell, Albert Cummings, Revtor, Max Creek, HuDost, The Bengsons, Graham Issaacson, Samirah Evans, Andy Suzuki & the Method, Rachel Anne Weiss, Honeyhoney, Heiruspecs, Catfish Blue, Matt Kanelos, among many others.
Conor grew up in western Massachusetts to the sounds of his parents’ music, a steady mix of the Beatles, blues, classic rock and oldies on the radio. He was always drawn to music and inclined to bang on things. After wearing out his first “Diamond” brand drum set, and a small amount of cookware, Conor received an acoustic guitar as a gift from his grandmother. It was at guitar lessons in the band room after school each week where Conor started playing drums.
For the next few years, Conor stayed actively involved in school music programs as well as jamming with friends outside of school. This led to the formation of his first band GRIN in 7th grade, whose demo of original music was chosen as the winner of the Berkshire Eagle’s “best demo in the Berkshire’s” competition. The prize was a gig at a local bar and a recording session at a professional recording studio resulting in his first recording “The Blind Dog EP”
By high school, Conor had gained regional recognition as the drummer of his blues band, Catfish Blue, and became a mainstay in the local music scene, his ever-supportive parents often driving and accompanying him to gigs at local bars before he could drive himself. Through playing with older musicians, Conor’s musical interests expanded beyond Blues and Rock and he started listening to Jazz and other music, improvising and developing skills like reading and writing music. His eagerness to play and learn led to many valuable musical experiences while still in high school. He auditioned for and won the drum chair for the Massachusetts Western District and All-State Jazz Ensembles leading to a performance at Symphony Hall in Boston when he was 18. He was also invited by Artist in Residence Andy Jaffe to perform with the Williams College Jazz Ensemble. Conor amassed a lot of professional experience too, getting called for jazz gigs, theaters, orchestras, recording sessions and club dates.
In 2000, Conor headed south to study music at Purchase College. There, he was fortunate to study with John Riley, Richie Morales, and Kim Plainfield. He also studied jazz harmony, arranging, music history and began playing more challenging music as well as tapping into the New York City music scene. Conor earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from Purchase College in 2004.
It was during this time that Conor started touring regularly. Conor joined blues guitarist Albert Cummings’ trio in 2001 and began touring around the US including a recurring opening spot on the B.B. King Blues Festival tour, opening for Mr. King himself along with Buddy Guy, Sheryl Crowe and many other notable artists. In the summer of 2002, Conor hit the road with “Heiruspecs,” a live hip-hop band from the Twin Cities of Minnesota to support their sophomore release “Small Steps.”
In 2003, Conor began playing with Sonya Kitchell, a talented young jazz singer and budding songwriter. Over the next few years, the band played regularly and recorded the album, “My Words Came Back to Me,” which was released by Starbucks “Hear Music” label in early 2006 and distributed all over the U.S. For the next year and a half, the band toured all over North America, Europe, and Japan including performances at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival and an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman.”