The Song Project

Mark Rapp & Derek Lee Bronston: The Song Project
Derek Lee Bronston: guitar/vocals
Mark Rapp: trumpet, didgeridoo
Greg Gonzalez: drums, percussion
Trumpeter Mark Rapp is featured alongside Esperanza Spalding, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Dave Brubeck, The Bad Plus and others on Disney’s 2011 release “Everybod Wants to be a Cat”. Voted a “Top Emerging Trumpeter” by Downbeat Magazine, Rapp has recorded with GRAMMY-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton, saxophone great Don Braden and has played sold-out shows the Blue Note (NY), Yoshi?s (San Fran) and such venues as the JVC Newport Jazz Festival, Dizzy?s at Jazz Lincoln Center, JazzTime Festival (Croatia), Jazzland (Vienna), Jazz Standard (New York) and more. The Song Project’s Art of the Song, vol.1, was released as an industry first “Applum”. Find out more: and
Derek Lee Bronston, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has been on the NY music scene since the 90?s playing and recording both as a band leader and sideman equally. He has received consistent praise from the Jazz, Rock and Americana/Country scenes. As well as getting extensive airplay and critical acclaim as a leader with his Jazz CD Longing (featuring Tom Harrell), with rock bands The Hush and Mostley and more recently with his Americana/Country recording ?Empty River?. Derek Lee has played as a sideman with Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang, The Great Shakes, Heather Greene, Cooley?s Hot Box and Branford Marsalis to name a few. Find out more: and
Greg Gonzalez is drummer and associate-conductor for the Tony award winning Braodway Show “Fela!” and has played and/ore recorded with Beyonce, Patti LaBelle, Ron Affif, Ben Alison, Gerald Clayton, Jazz Mandolin Project and more. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Good Morning America, Jimmy Fallon and more.
Rapp is quickly developing a reputation as a superb interpreter and great stylist, willing to tackle the history of this music with his eyes on the past and his mind on the present and future of this music.” –, Dan Bilawsky
Bronston’s writing uniquely straddles the worlds of ECM-ish impressionism and straight-ahead blowing, making simultaneously relaxing and muscular.” – Cadence
Rapp has his own way of defining jazz, which keeps its standard principles while delving into the experimental side.”
– JazzTimes
Bronston growls and moans like a male Lucinda Williams.” – Performing Songwriter