Together as a unit since 1995, Sex Mob is a rare band that has created its own sound, a completely unique language combined with the telepathy that musicians cultivate over years of playing together.
Formed to play at the The Knitting Factory's late night hang, Sex Mob moved to Tonic for what became a "legendary" Friday night midnight destination. Nominated for a Grammy for their 2006 CD Sexotica, the quartet has lent their unique sound to artists including Rufus Wainwright, Jill Sobule, Roswell Rudd, Hal Willner's Leonard Cohen project "I'm Your Man" and Bill Frisell's Grammy winning CD Unspeakable. Having spent the last 16 years playing around the planet, the group's music has also been heard on SNL, NPR and MTV. As a band, they continue to grow and evolve, pioneering the idea that a repertoire can range from Nirvana to Prince, Bond to Basie and everything in between. Equally at home at a jazz festival, rock club or concert hall, their music is a combination of the grace of Ellington, the power of punk rock and New Orleans groove, all filtered through a "Downtown" sensibility. This special 92YTribeca performance will be the US premiere of the "Axis of Melody Suite," an ever-evolving suite based on melodies from Duke Ellington, Nino Rota and John Barry.
"One of the year's most impressive jazz debuts comes courtesy of Honey Ear Trio... wistful, groovy, choppy, hard-swinging and much more." (Time Out New York) Honey Ear Trio is the new incarnation of longtime musical cohorts Erik Lawrence, Rene Hart and Allison Miller. Together, these three passionate musicians approach the music with a sense of playfulness and elasticity. Honey Ear Trio creatively fuses the acoustic sound of a traditional saxophone trio with modern electronics derived from Hart's manipulation of his bass sound. They also explore mixing multiple genres (jazz, rock, soul, folk) while bending, stretching and decompressing the rhythmic and harmonic characteristics of the music.
$12 adv / $15 day of show. Fri, Jan 13, 8 pm doors, 9 pm show.