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The Jim Piela Group, or the Chordless Quartet, is a modern jazz ensemble creating a one-of-a-kind album, incorporating music and art.
The Jim Piela Group, or the Chordless Quartet, is a modern jazz ensemble creating a one-of-a-kind album, incorporating music and art.
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The Jim Piela Group, or the Chordless Quartet, is a modern jazz ensemble that emphasizes melody, groove, and creative improvisation, without the use of chordal instrument. This presents a particular set of creative challenges to the improvisers – most prominently is finding creative ways to present harmony in the form of melody. The group takes its inspiration from similar works by Ornette Coleman, Charles Lloyd, Mark Turner, and Tom Harrell.

The resume of the musicians in the Jim Piela Group include: Dr. Bob Sabin, faculty member of Hunter College High School, Manhattan School of Music Precollege; Josh Bailey, New York University Jazz Studies faculty member and final editor of Dafnis Prieto’s new book, “A World of Rhythmic Possibilities” (2016); and Joey Lamb, Indiana University Alumni and NYC freelancer.

The Jim Piela Group has been performing across Manhattan and Brooklyn for a year, most recently at the ShapeShifter Lab and Rockwood Music Hall. The group emphasizes playing together (without the use of substitutes) as often as possible to cultivate an environment of freedom and trust between its members.

I'm proud to offer a unique combination of music and original artwork to this album. Please consider supporting my project and reach out with any questions. I hope to hear from you! 

To learn more about me, listen to previous albums, sign up for my newsletter and more, visit JimPiela.com

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    Come to Album Release Party - to be held in NYC late 2018/early 2019. Includes your ticket, invite to the after party, a signed copy of the cd, artwork, and tshirt or tote bag.

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    Name a tune

    You heard right, I've got six originals, and they need names. You will get to hear early versions of the tunes, and you'll get to pick out a name based on what you hear. This is not a free for all, though, and I will have final say (your dream of having a tune called "Boaty McBoatface 2: the Musical" dies right here). Includes artwork, tshirt or tote, a signed copy of the CD, and your name in the liner notes.

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    Recording session visit

    Come visit us for lunch and a hang on our recording day at Bacque studio on 4/29. Location is accessible by New Jersey Transit. Includes artwork, tshirt or tote, a signed copy of the CD, and your name in the liner notes.

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    Write/arrange a tune

    I had several requests for this one - participate at this level and I will either write you a brand new tune OR arrange one of your favorites. You'll get a recording and a signed copy of the sheet music. Also included: Signed CD, tshirt or tote, original artwork.

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    Private concert

    An intimate concert for you and your close friends at a location of your choice, complete with a Q and A with the band and five copies of the album. Additional fees apply for those outside of the NYC metro system. Message for details.

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    Custom album with secret track

    This special edition of the album will be the only one of its kind. It will include original album art (done by Jim) and a track only to be released on this single disc. Includes a standard copy of the CD, tshirt or tote, original artwork.

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