Derek Lee Bronston & Mark Rapp: The Song Project

Blue Note Jazz Festival

Mark Rapp & Derek Lee Bronston’s “The Song Project” is set to play on Sunday, June 5th as part of the Blue Note Jazz festival in New York. Blue Note is expanding its doors throughout New York during the month of June 2011 for the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival. The Festival will feature numerous high-profile acts such as Dave Brubeck, Chris Botti, Nancy Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Roberta Flack, Brian Wilson, Medeski Martin & Wood, El Gran Combo, McCoy Tyner, Youssou N’Dour, Bill Frisell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Madeleine Peyroux, Chaka Khan, and many more.

The Song Project performs Sunday, June 5 at 12:30pm & 2:30pm.

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.

“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

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For more on The Song Project and their industry first applum, please visit:

The Song project’s version of “Pakt Like Sardines in a Crushed Tin Box” by Radiohead