Emily Asher's Garden Party

Emily Asher's Garden Party

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Led by Asher's tenacious trombone and sweet vocals and clever songwriting, this band of all-stars from New York City's vibrant early jazz scene draws on a diverse inspiration from Louis Armstrong's enchanting Hot Fives and Duke Ellington's sophisticated melodies to the funky and soulful music of New Orleans brass bands.

Biography

The Wall Street Journal describes Emily Asher's Garden Party as "a deliberately prosaic name deviously calculated to describe a very exciting combo."

Traditional New Orleans three-horn front line of trumpet, trombone and reeds, a hard swinging rhythm section and solo and group vocals create a rich musical sound and vibrant show for all audiences. Packed with virtuosity and personality, Garden Party delights all ages from small children to WWII veterans and everything in between. Led by Emily Asher's tenacious trombone and sweet vocals, this band of all-stars from New York City's vibrant early jazz scene draws on a diverse repertoire from Louis Armstrong's enchanting Hot Fives and Duke Ellington's sophisticated melodies to the funky and soulful music of New Orleans brass bands.

Louis Armstrong biographer Ricky Riccardi writes "This is not repertory music filled with recreations of the past but ...illustrate that these musicians are comfortable building on what the master’s left them."

"As a trombonist, her tone is warm and smooth... but she’s not afraid to mix it up in the ensembles, showing a natural gift for the joys of polyphonic improvisation. As a singer, Asher’s voice is unfailingly sweet and earnest, one created for music such as this."

Before forming Garden Party, Emily Asher performed extensively in the US and Israel with Brooklyn based Baby Soda Jazz band, toured North America with the ground-breaking Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band and Europe with New Orleans’ Tuba Skinny. Emily has performed at small private events for Kofi Anan, Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw and distinguished foreign diplomats. Emily recorded and performed with Wycliffe Gordon on his “Hello Pops!” tribute to Louis Armstrong, and is a member of Nicholas Payton’s Television Studio Orchestra. Her bold, expressive style has led to sharing the stage with Branford Marsalis, Frank Wess, Anat Cohen and many others. Emily’s debut album, Dreams May Take You featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Philip Dizack, Bria Skonberg and seven other outstanding musicians, was officially released April 15, 2012.  June 6, 2013 marked the release of Garden Party’s six song EP: Carnival of Joy! a celebration of Hoagy Carmichael which the Wall Street Journal called a “superior album.” Emily Asher’s Garden Party performed overseas for the first time at the Super Jazz Ashdod International Jazz Festival in Israel in early October 2013.  Garden Party's new full length CD MEET ME IN THE MORNING will be released in the Spring of 2015.

Discography

Full length Album "Dreams May Take You" (2012)

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