Mike Kaplan Nonet

Mike Kaplan Nonet


A versatile jazz ensemble featuring 6 horns and an intuitive 3 man rhythm section. The band plays original arrangements in a variety of styles and genres all filtered through the 21st century Jazz sensibilities of the leader and bandmembers.


The Mike Kaplan Nonet has been performing in various venues around the NYC area since 1987. The unit combines the cohesion and strength of a big band with the sponteneity and looseness of a small group. The Nonet features a tight six-man horn section(3 brass and 3 reeds) and a flexible, intuitive rhythm section that has played together in various units since the early ‘80s. A partial list of people and bands that members of the band have performed and/or recorded with includes the Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Buddy Rich, Dr. John, Chris Potter, Liza Minnelli, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Ray Barretto, Joe Williams, Art Farmer, Tony Trischka, the Mercer Ellington Orchestra, Pat Martino, Peter Frampton, Chico Mendoza’s Latin Jazz Dream Band and Blood, Sweat and Tears.
The repertoire of the band consists of original arrangements by the leader and other members of the band of their own compositions and also rearrangements of tunes by Monk, Mingus, Ellington, Cedar Walton and others. The styles that the band plays in a typical set span the gamut from Swing to Latin to New Orleans 2nd line R ‘n B to Free.


How's That? Semi-Sweet Records SM-12 (released 2-15-03)

Set List

Firm Roots Cedar Walton (uptempo postbop)
How's That? Mike Kaplan (N.O.L.A. 2nd line updated)
3rd Time Around Mike Kaplan (latin/jazz)
Stompy Jones Duke Ellington (swing)
For CM Mike Kaplan
Sudden Stranger Mike Kaplan (ballad)
Evidence Thelonious Monk
Orange Circle Funk Mike Kaplan