The Lou Grassi PoBand , organized in 1995 is comprised of "some of the best freestyle improvisors on the scene at the end of the 20th century . . ." All Music Guide to Jazz.more info
The Nu Band
The Nu Band . . . was one of Campbell’s finest units and joined him with saxophonist Mark Whitecage, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Lou Grassi to explore spiraling freedom and bluesy modern-jazz incisiveness. German-born trumpeter Thomas Heberer stepped into Campbell’s shoes upon his death and brings a devilish, crisp technique and explosive dynamism, egging on Whitecage’s brusque cries and the hard-charging but defiantly swinging rhythm section. The late trumpeter loved bearing overhead witness, I’m sure, to this storming, witty incarnation of the group. Clifford Allen NYC Jazz Record Feb. 2017
The Nu Band in Sarvar, Hungary Jan. 31, 2016 (Part 1)
The Nu Band in Sarvar, Hungary Jan. 31, 2016 (Part 2)
Nu Band in Brussels March 16, 2014
"The three give us an album that is thoughtful and full of feeling, expressive and dynamic. It is one of those albums that has so much to offer musically that it takes a few listens to fully digest. Highly recommended. A piano trio in full flower, playing an unhindered and inspired set. Check it out."
The trio of Ken Wessel, Ken Filiano and Lou Grassi explores the boundaries between freedom and structure. With a keen sense of musical interplay and open ears, the group reinterprets the standard jazz repertoire (and original music) with a playful and exploring sense, discovering new musical territory with each journey. All leaders and composers in their own right, Ken, Lou and Ken bring that sensibility into their collaboration, each player having a strong voice, but being flexible enough to follow. With their combined experience encompassing straight ahead jazz, free jazz, Indian music, dixieland, tango and classical music, these three musicians negotiate musical intersections, finding exciting and surprising tangents along the way.
The trio Drunk Butterfly was born out of bassist Adam Lane's strong desire to play with saxophonist Mark Whitecage. The link between both musicians was drummer Lou Grassi, who works and records with both musicians in a number of groups. What began in the summer of 2006 as a "Let's get together and see what happens" meeting grew into a tight, empathetic unit able to play one another's compositions with inspired assurance. Portugal's Clean Feed label immediately picked up on the group's unique sound and produced DRUNK BUTTERFLY.
Günter Heinz & Lou Grassi
Trombone, Flute, Zurna (DE) Drums & Percussion (USA)
Günter Heinzand Lou Grassi have been creating music together since April of 2000 when they performed at The Pink Pony in New York City. They have since toured at least once per year and more often twice each year with performances in Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain.
LOU GRASSI's NEO NEO
LOU GRASSI and ANDREAS BÖTTCHER
Annual concert tours in Germany since 1992. The duo has recorded two albums:
"Noises from an Open Window"
"Free Improvisation", Bridge 1001 (cassette)
Since 1984 Lou has toured annually in Germany and Switzerland with Dresden-based cellist Ulrich Thiem
Lou Grassi's Avanti Galoppi , as the name implies, is a forward moving group comprised of some of the 21st century's leading exponents of Creative Improvised Music (Herb Robertson, Rob Brown, Ken Filiano, Lou Grassi). Avanti Galoppi has been featured at the Rochester Jazz Festival , Rochester, NY and the Jazz ao Centro Festival , Coimbra, Portugal.
BURTON GREENE TRIO
Burton Greene - piano; Wilber Morris - bass; Lou Grassi - drums, percussion
Recorded "Throptcis" (CIMP 182)
Performances at The Knitting Factory
Exciting and versatile ensembles of exceptional musicians directed by drummer and arranger Lou Grassi.
Lou organized the Dixie Peppers in 1984 and since then it has become one of New York's most popular Dixieland ensembles performing frequently in venues as varied as the Bronx Zoo, the Newark Jazz Festival, and Lincoln Center.
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