Friday, June 9th, 2017
Ghost Train Orchestra - 10 Year Anniversary Show!
with special guests Eva Salina & Peter Stan
"This is an amazing ensemble, playing music like no others these days. There hasn’t been big band music as exciting as this since forever...GTO is creating its own electrifying musical gold." - New York City Jazz Record
Ghost Train Orchestra was founded in 2007 by trumpeter/arranger Brian Carpenter when he was hired as the musical director for the 90th anniversary of the historic Regent Theater in Boston. He rediscovered music from a transitional time and place in America: the late 1920s Chicago and Harlem, and transcribed and arranged the music for a 10-piece band. The reaction to the band's debut was tremendous, and since then the band has performed regularly in NY, home of all its members except the leader, a Boston resident. In 2009, the band recorded at Avatar Studios with engineer/producer Danny Blume.
Their debut record Hothouse Stomp achieved widespread critical acclaim and reached the top 10 of the Billboard Jazz charts in the weeks following Carpenter's spot on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The band has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, NY Winter JazzFest, Mass MoCA, Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
The Ghost Train Orchestra released their second Book of Rhapsodies in 2013, featuring wild new arrangements of "chamber jazz" from the mid-to-late 1930s. Their third record Hot Town featured saxophonist Colin Stetson made several top ten lists in 2015. They are currently working toward their fourth record, a follow-up to Book of Rhapsodies with a six-person choir and a 12-piece orchestra.