TSP Returns to the Velvet Note

Mark Rapp, co-leader and trumpeter for the band TSP (Derek Lee Bronston on guitar), are coming to the prestigious jazz club, The Velvet Note, in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, September 28.

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TSP is redefining jazz for a new generation by expanding jazz improvisations to songs ranging from Radiohead, Paul McCartney, AC/DC to Cole Porter, Miles Davis and more. Each artist embraces multiple genres displaying virtuosity on their instruments and creating a signature sound by weaving the rhythmic and textural elements of didgeridoo, guitar, trumpet and rhythm section, enhanced with raw, emotional vocals.

Mark Rapp (trumpet) and Derek Lee Bronston (guitar), masters of their instruments are also tech gurus. Their original Applum app launched their first recording together Art of the Song, vol. 1. Its repertoire, created by messaging Garage Band tracks, became a full blown interactive music application. Ever on the cutting edge, they’re now developing a new set of app releases for both iOS and HTML5 in early 2012. Their tech innovations are clearly having an impact on the music industry. Just a year after the release of their Applum, other pop icons followed suit using nearly the same technology model to release their own music.

straddles the worlds of ECM-ish impressionism and straight-ahead blowing – Cadence

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. – AllAboutJazz.com

Bronston growls and moans like a male Lucinda Williams. – Performing Songwriter

…more than anyone else among today’s trumpeters, Rapp is breaking down the age old paradigms as to how the trumpet ought to be played in a jazz environment… – JazzPolice.com

Mark Rapp earned his Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans continuing to live and play there for 5 years studying with piano Master, Ellis Marsalis. Now based in NYC for 9 years, he’s performed on and released 4 diverse recordings, which include leading and playing the closing track of Disney’s Everybody Wants to be a Cat CD. Also featured on that CD are: Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and more. Rapp’s celebrated 2009 debut release, Token Tales, earned him a spot as a Top Emerging Trumpeter in Downbeat Magazine. Rapp has quickly established himself as one of the most promising, cross over, contemporary artists in modern jazz.

Derek Lee Bronston an experienced, multi-genre New York based musician, has 7 records as a leader and co-leader with sideman appearances on many more. This Detroit native has played with Cecil Taylor, Tom Harrel, Billy Bang, Branford Marsalis, The Hush, Mostley, Jerry Gonzalez and Dave Binney, to name a few. He tours and records internationally as a singer/songwriter/guitarist.