Mostly Other People Do the Killing

Performing Arts
Mostly Other People Do the Killing

Mostly Other People Do the Killing

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bug Jar

Mostly Other People Do the Killing

Sat, Mar 2, 2013 8 PM

“Mostly Other People Do the Killing should rightly be famous, or possibly infamous, for their live shows.… But just go with the flow and you’re guaranteed a payoff in genre-busting exhilaration.”—Jazz Mann

Yes, you read that right, Mostly Other People Do the Killing is actually the name of a jazz band…and a killer jazz band at that. One of the highlights of the most recent Winter Jazz Fest in New York City, the freewheeling high-energy Downtown quartet slayed the crowd with an immediately infectious sense of fun (a spirit too often missing in the jazz scene). Spearheaded by bassist/composer Moppa Elliott, the band features A-list talents including Jon Irabagon on sax (he recently played here with the Mary Halvorson Quintet) interlocking with Peter Evans on trumpet, backed by thoroughly unbridled drummer Kevin Shea. All find a special thrill in upending expectations with a grin, mixing in rapid-fire, affectionate swipes at classic jazz styles while keeping the forward-thinking momentum in overdrive.

Stop at our bar on the way in, sit back, relax, and prepare to let yourself go for the bloody-minded exuberance of Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

Here’s what ejazznews.com had to say:

“Thoroughly entertaining and in-your-face.… They shift the pulse and overall scope either on a nanosecond’s notice or seamlessly bridge the gap between trad jazz with cartoonish like candor. Top-notch soloing abounds throughout.… At times, brash, loud and irrefutably witty, the musicians forge a bond…by morphing the old with the new. But don’t expect to hear anything that hints at easy listening. These folks go for the proverbial jugular.”

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