Bright Dog Red Receives Album of the Year Nomination, 2020 Thomas Edison Music Awards

January 22, 2020: The nominees for New York’s Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards have been announced. Bright Dog Red’s 2019 Ropeadope release, “How’s by You?,” has been nominated in the Album of the Year category.

Known locally as the Eddies, the awards nomination process involved 40 members of the Capital Region music community, which represents Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and the surrounding areas. Nominating committee members included local artists, members of the media and others working in the music industry. Roughly 100 local members of the music community have been invited to vote for winners among the nominees.

This year’s Eddies winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, on the Main Stage at Proctors.

Bright Dog Red Added to Winter Jazz Fest 2020

NEW YORK (OCTOBER 16, 2019): Organizers for Winter Jazz Fest, the #1 Jazz Festival in North America (JazzTimes Magazine), announced the 2020 Festival Lineup today to New York, US, and international press.

The festival, scheduled for January 9 – 18, 2020 at venues across New York City, will feature over 70 acts spanning every conceivable incarnation of contemporary jazz and improvised music. Artists slated to appear include Becca Stevens, Daedelus, Donny McCaslin Group, Heroes Are Gang Leaders Featuring James Brandon Lewis,. Kassa Overall. Kneebody, Makaya McCraven, Mark Guiliana, and Ron Carter.

Ropeadope recording artists Bright Dog Red (BDR) are among those acts named in the festival’s announcement. BDR, a collective of improvising musicians, fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music. The version of the group set to appear at this year’s festival includes drummer and band leader Joe Pignato, alto saxophonist Eric Person, tenor saxophonist Mike LaBombard, electronic musician Cody Davies, bassist Anthony Berman, guitarist and bassist Tyreek Jackson, and rapper and poet, Matt Coonan.

BDR’s appearance marks the group’s debut at the esteemed festival. Pignato commented on the opportunity the booking represents for his fledgling ensemble, “BDR played its first gig just four years ago. To be added to this particular festival with this heavy lineup represents a real milestone for us.”

Bright Dog Red will appear on the weekend of January 10 and 11, the specific date, venue, and time of their set will be available shortly.

Consult the Winter Jazz Festival website for ticket, venue, and date information

Bright Dog Red on All-Star Bill at ShapeShifter Lab

Tim Lefebvre, one of the world’s most innovative bassists, and Joe Pignato, drummer for Bright Dog Red, announced an evening of extemporized creative music at Brooklyn’s renowned ShapeShifter Lab.

The event, scheduled for September 26, 2019 at 9:15 PM, will feature two sets of improvised music. The first from an all-star trio featuring Jason Lindner (keyboards), Zach Danziger (drums), and Mr. Lefebvre (bass) and the second from the increasingly acclaimed psychedelic jazz hop troupe, Bright Dog Red, led by Mr. Pignato.

Lefebvre and Pignato, both of whom record for Ropeadope, expressed their excitement for the event. Lefebvre commented, “We’re looking forward to an evening of forward thinking music. In the true spirt of improvisation, Bright Dog Red hits all the targets.” Pignato seconded, “ShapeShifter’s played a nurturing role in BDR’s development, to share the night with these three innovative musicians, in that space, seems really perfect.”

ABOUT LINDNER / DANZIGER / LEFEBVRE: Three leading edge improvisors steeped in jazz, electronica, drum and bass, and other contemporary styles, assemble for a rare engagement at ShapeShifter Lab. The trio’s individual members carry associations reflecting a wide range of modern music, including David Bowie, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jon Batiste, Avishai Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Randy Brecker, Wayne Krantz, Uri Caine, and Chaka Khan, among many others.

ABOUT BRIGHT DOG RED: “Starting as a jazz-meets-hip-hop jam band with a loosely-defined membership, Bright Dog Red has become a fixture on the NYC jazz and improvisation scene” (Jazz Journal). The band’s “spirited and inspired” (Blue In Green Radio) performances have distinguished BDR as “as group on the rise” (The Bolg), generating comparisons to “Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (Paul Schulman), “electronic Ahmad Jamal,” (Don Lucoff), and to other psychedelic, jazz fusion, and hip hop luminaries.

Tickets for each set $15.00 and are available by contacting ShapeShifter Lab or at the door on the night of the event.

ABOUT SHAPESHIFTER LAB: ShapeShifter Lab located at 18 Whitwell Place in the Park Slope/ Gowanus area in Brooklyn, is a 4,200 square foot performance space. ShapeShifter Lab regularly hosts the world’s most innovative artists who are looking for a flexible platform to present their work. Bass player Matthew Garrison, son of Jimmy Garrison (bass player for John Coltrane), is the co-owner and creative director with his business partner, Fortuna Sung. With many years as a successful touring musician under his belt, Matt and his team have designed the space with versatility in sound, lighting and layout, each of which can be tailored to each artist. With state-of-the-art equipment and raw space, Matt and his team are creating something truly unique and desperately needed in today’s venue scene in New York City.

Bright Dog Red Release New Single, “American Standards.”

August 9, 2019: Bright Dog Red, through their label, Ropeadope, announced the release of “American Standards,” the first single from the psychedelic jazz hop group’s forthcoming album, “How’s by You?,” due out on Ropeadope September 13, 2019

How’s by You? follows BDR’s Ropeadope debut, 2018’s Means to the Ends, celebrated for its “exploratory sounds” (The Bolg) and “spirited and inspired jazz that skillfully weaves in additional elements of electronica and hip-hop” (Blue in Green Radio, UK).

Early feedback on “How’s by You?” portends similar enthusiasm for this “group the rise,” (The Bolg). The UK’s NuJazz Sounds celebrated the band’s latest efforts, “We’re glad they’re back…Free forming jazz with a bit of electronica and hip hop thrown in for good measure!”

Follow the link below to listen, preorder, and sign up for alerts regarding Bright Dog Red’s activities.

Bright Dog Red to Release Second Album on Ropeadope Records

Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, will release a second full-length album on Ropeadope, the Philadelphia based record label. The album, titled How’s by You?, is due out September 13, 2019.

How’s by You? follows BDR’s Ropeadope debut, 2018’s Means to the Ends, celebrated for its “exploratory sounds” (The Bolg) and “spirited and inspired jazz that skillfully weaves in additional elements of electronica and hip-hop” (Blue in Green Radio, UK).

Ropeadope, long at the nexus of jazz, hip hop, and electronica, has proven an apt partner for BDR’s “innovative and psychedelic mesh” of those genres (The Alt Weekly). The label’s extensive catalog includes releases from DJ Logic, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride, Ghost Note, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Christian Scott, Ramsey Lewis, and Eddie Palmieri, among others.

Since partnering with Ropeadope, Bright Dog Red has enjoyed a widening audience, including increased recognition in North America, the UK, and Europe. Hailed as “Sonic Groundbreakers” (Nu Jazz Sounds, UK) and a “band on the rise” (The Bolg), BDR stands ready for increased notoriety and acclaim.


Bright Dog Red Makes Philly Debut

Although BDR’s mailing lists and followers include a significant Philly following, the group will make its first foray into the City of Brotherly Love on October 13, 2018 at Heritage, restaurateur Jason Evenchik’s Northern Liberties destination venue.

BDR’s appearance marks the first in a number of fall dates throughout the Northeast in support of the group’s new album, “Means to the Ends,” due out on Philadelphia based Ropeadope Records October 5, 2018.

The evening will feature multiple sets comprised of what the UK’s Emerging Indie Bands describes as “extemporised psychedelic jazz-hop.”

Heritage, a rustic restaurant with a seasonal locally-sourced menu, complimented by an extensive bar program, live music, and an urban garden, features over 30 rotating craft beers on draft, draft cocktails, and monthly events featuring breweries from all over the country.


Bright Dog Red adds Fall Dates in Support of Ropeadope Records Debut

Bright Dog Red (BDR) has announced Fall 2018 dates in support of the band’s forthcoming Ropeadope album release, “Means to the Ends.”

Playing “an innovative and psychedelic mesh of jazz, hip-hop and electronica” (The Alt), BDR has become a mainstay at some of New York’s most influential venues for improvised music.

Three such venues have played a pivotal role in the band’s development, Brooklyn’s Spectrum, nublu classic on New York’s Lower East Side, and Matt Garrison’s carefully curated ShapeShifter Lab.

The band will appear at Spectrum on October 20, make it’s Philadelphia debut at Heritage on October 13, and return to New York for dates at nublu classic, November 10 and ShapeShifter Lab on December 2.  Details for each date are available at Bright Dog Red, Facebook, or Bands in Town.

Joe Pignato, BDR’s founder and drummer, explained, “We wanted to play the spaces that have nurtured our sound. Each of these venues played a BDR’s development, in getting us to create the sound captured on ‘Means to the Ends.’”

Commenting on the album, Ropeadope’s CEO Louis Marks observed, “In an age of individually wrapped packets of ‘entertainment,’ ‘Means to the Ends’ is a refreshing deep dive into musical exploration without a hint of self indulgence. It’s hip, it’s a groove, and at the same time it’s out.”

Since debuting in 2015, BDR has generated comparisons to ” Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (Paul Schulman), “electronic Ahmad Jamal,” (Don Lucoff) and to other psychedelic, jazz fusion, and hip hop luminaries.

The band plans to announce additional dates in support of the October 5, 2018 release of “Means to the Ends.”

For additional information follow Bright Dog Red, Facebook, or Bands in Town.