Steven Bernstein Millennial Territory Orchestra

Performing Arts

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Steven Bernstein Millennial Territory Orchestra

Sun, Dec 2, 2007 7 PM

"A time-traveling repertory outfit at home in whatever era it touches down in." —Village Voice

Don’t miss the infectious party spirit when MTO takes the stage and breathes new life into timeless jazz tunes. Trumpeter/composer/arranger/raconteur Steven Bernstein has assembled a hip "Who’s Who of Downtown" lineup for this sensational nine-piece band. He came up with the idea while doing research for film legend Robert Altman’s Kansas City, tracking down info about regional jazz orchestras of the 1920s and 1930s—like Walter Page’s Blue Devils, featuring, Count Basie, from Oklahoma City—to help Altman capture the essence of that period’s rowdy dance halls and gin mills. Bernstein built up an extensive songbook from that era for MTO to update, but he also cheekily reaches beyond historical giants such as Bennie Moten with fantastic cover versions of Prince, Stevie Wonder, and King Curtis. It all works like a charm you have to hear to believe.