6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
2 sets: 7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
$15 pp music charge $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
The Mike Kaplan Nonet’s music is an irresistible mix of big band bravado and small ensemble adventurousness. At their burly, boisterous best, the Mike Kaplan Nonet has the excitement and drive of the bands that Charles Mingus recorded with.–George Kanzler/Newark Star-Ledger
The Mike Kaplan Nonet combines the strength, cohesion and varied tonal colors of a big band with the spontaneity and flexibility of a small group. The Nonet features 6 horns out front, an intuitive rhythm and plays original arrangements in a variety of styles and genres all filtered through the 21st century Jazz sensibilities of the leader and band members. In addition to featuring its own original compositions, the band also re-examines and re-works deserving compositions of others including Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Cedar Walton, Herbie Nichols, Wayne Shorter, George Adams and many more. The Nonet’s book comprises over 150 arrangements and a set from the Nonet can run the gamut from Postbop burning to Latin Jazz to Ellingtonian swing to gutbucket Funk. The Nonet’s cd, “How’s That?” has received airplay on over 150 radio stations worldwide.