Celebrate Brooklyn! Friday July 17th with GTO and Alloy Orchestra
3rd June 2015
Ghost Train Orchestra will be performing on Friday July 17th at the Prospect Park bandshell as part of the annual Celebrate Brooklyn! The show is free, gates open at 6:30pm and GTO starts at 7:30pm. Alloy Orchestra will follow with a live score to The Son of the Sheik.
"Hot Town" CD Release May 22
6th March 2015
Hot Town is here in May and we've lined up an incredible CD release show on Friday May 22nd at our favorite Brooklyn haunt, the gorgeous Jalopy Theater. Opening the show is our clarinetist Dennis Lichtman's wonderful western swing band The Brain Cloud. Don't miss this incredible show with special guests. Tickets available here.
Hot Town is Ghost Train Orchestra's third album, following on the wildly successful Hothouse Stomp (2011) and the critically-acclaimed Book of Rhapsodies (2013). Produced by Grammy award winner Danny Blume, Hot Town continues with Hothouse Stomp left off, with sophisticated new arrangements of music by four seminal bands from late 1920s Chicago and Harlem: Cecil Scott’s Bright Boys, Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Orchestra, Fess Williams’ Royal Flush Orchestra, and Tiny Parham and His Musicians. Award-winning artist Jonny Hannah provides the eye-popping artwork and hand-drawn lettering for the album and the incredible poster above.
The Brain Cloud is the brain-child of multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman and vocalist Tamar Korn. Regarding the diverse influences in their sound, which could loosely be described as western swing, says Lichtman, “Western swing is a quintessentially American music – a meeting point of all American musics that had come before it – jazz (from ragtime through swing), bluegrass, Appalachian old-time fiddling, Tin Pan Alley popular songs, early country, Mississippi Delta blues, western cowboy songs... By embracing elements of all those styles, the great western swing musicians of the late 1930’s and 1940’s formed something new and thrilling, and which happened to reach an absurd level of commercial success.”
27th February 2015
Over the past 12 months, tracks from Book of Rhapsodies
were featured over several episodes of the hugely popular NPR radio
show produced by WNYC. Radiolab is an innovative radio program dedicated
to unraveling the mysteries of science and philosophy, among other
While the weird and wonderful music from Book of Rhapsodies perfectly fit the quirky, inquisitive nature of the programs, the music wasn't credited. In fact, almost none of the music used in Radiolab was credited. Because much of the music played is so interesting, many fans of the show (including us) would write to ask what it was they were hearing but usually got no response. After hearing our recordings on several episodes, we contacted the programmers at WNYC directly to request crediting the music played on the show.
Thanks to many of our fans who reached out to Radiolab in support of musicians, Jad Abumrad called us to say he would not only credit Ghost Train Orchestra but make an effort to credit all of the music played on the show. In fact, Jad credits original music on the latest show from last week. Here's hoping they continue that trend.
Jalopy Theater Friday November 14th
5th November 2014
We'll be performing our only fall show on Friday November 14th at the lovely Jalopy Theater in Red Hook. The 11-piece orchestra will be running the rapids through some brand new and very tricky arrangements of beautiful and surreal chamber jazz from the late 1930s. Also on the bill is the wonderful Carte Blanche.
Here's a video of us performing Beethoven's 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement reimagined for jazz orchestra. Brian Carpenter (trumpet), Petr Cancura (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Dennis Lichtman (clarinet), Andy Laster (alto saxophone), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Mazz Swift (violin), Tanya Kalmanovitch (viola), Avi Bortnick (slide guitar), Michael Bates (upright bass), Rob Garcia (drums).