Neil Carson

Saxophonist | Composer | Arranger | Producer

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New Nostalgia - Progtoberfest @ Reggie's Rock Club | Chicago
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

New Nostalgia - Progtoberfest @ Reggie's Rock Club | Chicago

The jazz and pop styles have long existed in separate worlds, with separate performers, separate audiences, and little crossover in between. New Nostalgia is out to change that: a 9-piece jazz/pop/rock band specializing in updating classic pop songs for our time and our audience, the band is led by saxophonist and composer/arranger Neil Carson, whose unique instrumental interpretations of classic pop tunes are brought to life by a full 5-horn section and a driving rhythm section.

New Nostalgia's sound and concept is born of a distinct void in creative music. Utilizing the verses, choruses and hooks of pop and rock, the advanced harmonic and rhythmic structures and improvisations of jazz, and a little something extra, New Nostalgia occupies a completely unique space in the modern musical landscape.

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J-Livi and the Party Brunch @ Hey Nonny | Arlington Heights, IL
Oct
27
10:30 AM10:30

J-Livi and the Party Brunch @ Hey Nonny | Arlington Heights, IL

Neil joins Chicago’s fusion brass band J-Livi and the Party for a special Sunday Second Line Brunch at Hey Nonny. Heavily influenced by artists who are native to Chicago, from Earth, Wind & Fire to Kanye West. J-Livi and the Party is a Pep Band on steroids, with a goal to make every performance a party atmosphere while maintaining the highest level of musicianship.

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Steely Dan Double-Album Tribute: Neil Carson's Day-Glo Freaks @ Jazz Record Art Collective | Chicago
Aug
21
8:30 PM20:30

Steely Dan Double-Album Tribute: Neil Carson's Day-Glo Freaks @ Jazz Record Art Collective | Chicago

"No band has taught me more emphatically the importance of humor and sarcasm in music..." So says Neil Carson, resident expert on all things Dan and leader of the Day-Glo Freaks, a 12-piece band dedicated to performing the most slamming renditions of classic Steely Dan albums.

Dripping in sarcasm packaged into the nastiest funk, saxophonist and vocalist Neil Carson's and his Day-Glo Freaks pay loving tribute to 2 seminal Steely Dan records: 1972’s Countdown to Ecstasy and 1976’s Aja. Part of Chris Anderson’s Jazz Record Art Collective series at Fulton Street Collective, Chicago.

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New Nostalgia @ Martyrs' (w/ Echoes, Bonzo Squad) | Chicago, IL
Jul
30
9:00 PM21:00

New Nostalgia @ Martyrs' (w/ Echoes, Bonzo Squad) | Chicago, IL

New Nostalgia returns to Martyrs’ to play songs from their new debut album, plus some brand new tunes. Sharing the stage with Bonzo Squad and Echoes, info below:

Comfort in Chaos. Bonzo Squad is a collaborative ensemble that crosses the the boundaries of genre with the virtuosic abilities of its members. The music is not only meant to feel good, but allow audiences to lose themselves. With Vogt's overwhelming positivity, Marks's back pocket, Lawrence's musical honesty, and Andrick's good vibe leadership, the Squad puts the smile on the face.

Echoes is a collectivist jazz ensemble that formed in January 2014 in Oberlin Conservatory’s jazz department. By augmenting its already unorthodox instrumentation with a variety of electronic instruments, the quartet has cultivated a unique and cohesive band sound. Over the course of almost four years of touring and performing, their talents have brought them to venues all across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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Tommy Carroll Hosts the Monday Night Tonic Room Jam | Chicago, IL
Jul
29
8:00 PM20:00

Tommy Carroll Hosts the Monday Night Tonic Room Jam | Chicago, IL

Tommy Carroll is a Chicago-born, Chicago-based drummer, composer and producer whose pleasing mix of experimental sounds and danceable grooves have forged a singular path through the Chicago independent music scene. Informed by his experience as a blind musician, his albums Not Amazing (2016), Calculated Discomfort (2018), and Listening (2019) offer a glimpse into his world, anchored by fearless, relentless music and vision.

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Dan Montgomery Quintet Residency @ The Black Cat | San Francisco, CA
Jul
17
to Jul 24

Dan Montgomery Quintet Residency @ The Black Cat | San Francisco, CA

Dan Montgomery’s Quintet returns for a five-night residency at The Black Cat jazz club in San Francisco.

Dan Montgomery is an upright/electric bassist, vocalist, composer and educator based in New York City. Dan placed 3rd in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition in June of 2017, received the "Best Player" award at the Zilina Jazz Contest in Zilina, Slovakia in September of 2017, and was admitted into the prestigious Betty Carter "Jazz Ahead" Program in April of 2018. 

Dan’s 2017 debut album "Storyteller" received a 4.5/5 star review from "All About Jazz," and was heralded as "a brash, audacious offering of classic modern jazz." His quintet has toured extensively in Miami, San Francisco (having held a five night residency at the Black Cat Jazz Club in October of 2017) and the Midwest—they return to San Francisco this July for another Black Cat residency and to record Dan’s second album, “Fly,” to be released soon.

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Bumpus @ Glen Arbor Arts Center | Glen Arbor, MI
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Bumpus @ Glen Arbor Arts Center | Glen Arbor, MI

Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energy of Sly & the Family Stone, the energy of James Brown and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together funky big beats, deep bass, lush JB Horns and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane musical funk frenzy.

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Bumpus @ Union St. Station | Traverse City, MI
Jul
12
9:00 PM21:00

Bumpus @ Union St. Station | Traverse City, MI

Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energy of Sly & the Family Stone, the energy of James Brown and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together funky big beats, deep bass, lush JB Horns and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane musical funk frenzy.

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Bumpus @ Founders Brewing | Grand Rapids, MI
Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

Bumpus @ Founders Brewing | Grand Rapids, MI

Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energy of Sly & the Family Stone, the energy of James Brown and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together funky big beats, deep bass, lush JB Horns and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane musical funk frenzy.

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Bump Trio / Neil Carson + Jake Sucher + Jake Shapiro  @ Cafe Mustache | Chicago
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Bump Trio / Neil Carson + Jake Sucher + Jake Shapiro @ Cafe Mustache | Chicago

BUMP is a musical collaboration between saxophonist Neil Carson, bassist Evan Levine and drummer Matt Smalligan, a trio that has played together since 2018 and performs original compositions by its members, as well as free improvised music.


Jake Sucher is a Los Angeles based guitarist, composer, and educator. As a performer, Jake tours and records regularly with Los Angeles-based groups Snow NerdsBird Concerns and A Horse A Spoon A Bucket. As a composer, Jake’s music for film has been featured two years in a row at the CalArts film showcase at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. In 2015 Jake was invited to participate in an art residency at No Lugar Arte Contemporaneo in Quito, Ecuador.

Jake Shapiro is an award-winning pianist from Chicago. He has had the privileged opportunities to work with legends like John Daversa, Danilo Perez, Brian Lynch, Jo Lawry, Ed Calle, Dave Holland, and Shelly Berg. Jake was a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Most recently, he was a Finalist in the upcoming 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Jake is a Teaching Assistant at the Frost School of Music pursuing his DMA in jazz piano performance.

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Heritage Jazz Orchestra performs Thad Jones "Consummation" @ JRAC
May
29
8:00 PM20:00

Heritage Jazz Orchestra performs Thad Jones "Consummation" @ JRAC

Neil is thrilled to join the Heritage Jazz Orchestra in performing the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra’s 1965 release “Consummation” in its entirety, as part of the Jazz Record Art Collective series, which features a new line-up of Chicago musicians performing a classic jazz album each month.

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GBS Chamber Singers perform Neil's "Knowledge" at Spring Concert 2019
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

GBS Chamber Singers perform Neil's "Knowledge" at Spring Concert 2019

Commissioned by Glenbrook South HS Chamber Singers for their NHS Induction Ceremony in Spring 2019, Neil composed a short, reverential piece based on Archibald Lampman’s poem “Knowledge,” celebrating learning of all kinds and those who live by that pursuit. GBS Chamber Singers will perform the piece in their Spring Concert at St. David’s Church in Glenview, Illinois.

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Neil Carson Presents at ISJAC Symposium (Greeley, CO)
May
16
to May 18

Neil Carson Presents at ISJAC Symposium (Greeley, CO)

In December 2019, Neil’s composition Listen (written for Neil’s New Nostalgia project) was selected for exhibition at the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers Symposium, as part of their New Music Masterclass Sessions. The ISJAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting and serving the international community of jazz arrangers and composers.

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New Nostalgia ALBUM RELEASE SHOW @ Martyrs' (Chicago, IL)
Apr
12
to Apr 13

New Nostalgia ALBUM RELEASE SHOW @ Martyrs' (Chicago, IL)

New Nostalgia celebrates the release of their self-titled debut album at Martyrs’ on April 12, 2019. Also featuring Chicago’s own Nasty Snacks and Low Spark, New Nostalgia is excited to join this spectacular Friday-night lineup! Purchase your tickets here.

Hits like you've never heard them before--literally. New Nostalgia reimagines classic pop songs with a modern jazz/rock twist. A 9-piece instrumental jazz/pop/rock band, New Nostalgia fills a distinct void in creative music. The band is led by saxophonist and composer/arranger Neil Carson, whose unique instrumental interpretations of classic pop tunes are brought to life by a full 5-horn section and a driving rhythm section. New Nostalgia’s self-titled debut album pays tribute to artists of the 1980’s, including Tears for Fears, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Phil Collins, Yazoo and more.

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