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.
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