THE INTERPLAY JAZZ ORCHESTRA
“[The Interplay Jazz Orchestra] serves as a fine example of the fact that impressive big band music is being created in all sorts of places. Interested parties just have to know where to look.” -All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
Co-directed by trumpeter Gary Henderson and trombonist Joey Devassy, Long Island, New York's Interplay Jazz Orchestra performs original compositions and arrangements written by several members of the band.
The band's new album, "On The Sunny Side”, features writing from Joey Devassy, Gary Henderson, Damien Pacheco, and Chris Scarnato. The album was recorded at The Bunker Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Interplay’s 2nd album, “Detour”, was recorded in the summer of 2015. Dan Bilawsky at All About Jazz penned "The Interplay Jazz Orchestra...completely outdoes itself with Detour" giving it FOUR stars. Detour peaked with a three week stint at #4 on the CMJ Jazz Radio Charts and climbed it's way to #35 on the JazzWeek Radio Charts. The album placed at #9 for the 2016 calendar year according to the CMJ Jazz Radio Charts.
The group has been performing a monthly residency at The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, NY as well as a bi-monthly performance at Treme in Islip, NY. Recently, the band performed in front of a SOLD OUT crowd at historic Birdland in New York City. The IJO also performed at The Garage in Greenwich Village as well as several local jazz festivals. Some of the band’s members can also be seen playing and subbing with some of the most famous big bands in the world including The Birdland Big Band, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.
The IJO’s debut album “My Love You’re Free” was released in 2013. All About Jazz wrote the band “delivers a debut album with plenty of flash, fanfare and, yes,swing.” It includes arrangements of previously undiscovered melodies by Billy Strayhorn (“It Is Written in the Stars”) and Duke Pearson (“My Love You’re Free”) by Chris Scarnato. He was commissioned to arrange these pieces for big band by curator Tommy Manuel of The Jazz Loft. These are the only known recordings of these melodies from the two jazz masters.
From ALL ABOUT JAZZ:
“Is there any sound as glorious as that of a big band in full swing? While that question is somewhat rhetorical, there's no question about the fact that the big band was once synonymous with all that was right, good and adventurous in jazz.
While it's true that these large ensembles haven't ruled the roost for quite some time, and the days of Basie, Ellington, Herman, Kenton and the like are long gone, the rumors of the big band's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Europe is full of state sponsored large ensembles, New York seems to birth a new big band every week, and bands built by cutting edge colorists like Maria Schneider continue to get their hard-earned and well-deserved share of the ink. That's where the story often ends when discussions of big bands begin, but that's not the whole story. To get the full picture one has to look beyond the big names and outside the borders of the bustling jazz centers. Plenty of wonderful music is being made in these outlying areas by ensembles like The Interplay Jazz Orchestra. This big band, coming out of Long Island, NY, isn't exactly new, but it's starting to receive more notice these days."