12/1/15: Mixing of the recording from the 2014 NYC show at The Cutting Room is almost complete.  The live CD recording will be released in 2016.
Plans are coming into place for live performances and touring in 2016.  We're all excited to have another Gil Evans band alumni come on board, Alex Sipiagin, on trumpet.  It'll be a challenge to fill Lew Soloff's shoes, but Alex is the guy to do it.  Stay tuned .... 

Meanwhile, there's a new promo video up on YouTube, a series of photos from the Cutting Room gig with final audio clips from the upcoming album.  It's on the "LISTEN" page.

11/21/14: All-star, internationally-known New York musicians - core alumni members of the freewheeling, Grammy-winning Gil Evans Orchestra of the mid and late '70s - reunite to celebrate the band's "Monday Night At Sweet Basil" era.

During the ‘70s, the iconic jazz arranger Gil Evans fronted a free-wheeling New York all-star band that toured the world and recorded several studio and live albums. When they were off the road, it was standing room only every Monday night at Sweet Basil, the legendary Greenwich Village jazz club. Universally respected by musicians, everybody wanted to play with the band. Gil chose his musicians, not simply to fill a chair, but because of what they might contribute.  This resulted in a band made up of dynamic soloists - many of them band-leaders and recording artists in their own right - who’s voices figured prominently in Gil’s recordings during the ‘70s. A who’s-who core group of New York players developed, With the 1975 album “MUSIC OF JIMI HENDRIX” Gil’s fondness for rock and blues was clear, as was his desire to see where the music could go. With that goal and a stage full of powerful soloists, the dynamic impact of the freewheeling band was memorable.

Pete Levin joined the band in 1972 as a French horn player, eventually bringing synthesizers to gigs, initiating the band’s transition into the acoustic/electric ensemble that won 2 Grammys. A regular in the band for over 15 years, Pete believed the ‘70s decade for the band was very special. Accordingly, in 2014 Pete reunited an all-star group of internationally-known New York musicians - core alumni members of the band of the mid and late ‘70s - to celebrate the band’s “Monday Night At Sweet Basil” Era. There had been several reincarnations of the band in the last 2 decades, but none that specifically reunites these original key players to capture the dynamic improvisational experience that Gil nurtured and inspired. The 11-piece band debuted in New York City in November, 2014 at The Cutting Room, a gig that was recorded live and documented with a multi-camera video shoot.

The Core Musicians:

Dave Bargeron (Clark Terry, George Gruntz, George Russell, Jaco Pastorius)trombone & tuba
John Clark
(Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Jaco Pastorius) - French horn
Mark Egan
(Pat Metheny, Sting, Joan Osborne, David Sanborn, John McLaughlin)bass
Alex Foster
(Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus)saxophones
Danny Gottlieb
Pat Metheny, John Mclaughlin, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter) drums
Chris Hunter
(Hiram Bullock, Manhattan Transfer, Sting, George Gruntz)sax & flute
Pete Levin
(Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Jaco Pastorius, Jimmy Giuffre)piano & electric piano
Tom Malone
(Frank Zappa, Blues Brothers, SNL Band)trombone & baritone sax
Alex Sipiagin
(Mingus Dynasty, George Gruntz, Dave Holland, David Sanborn) trumpet
Dave Stryker
(Jack McDuff, Stanley Turrentine, The Stryker/Slagle Band) guitar


June 2015: Last November's show at the Cutting Room in New York City, was recorded by Woodstock engineer Robert Frazza.  The recording is being edited and mixed by Scott Petito at NRS Studio in Catskill, NY.  The show was also recorded by multiple video cameras.  Look for CD and DVD releases toward the end of this year. 




The Monday Night Band will be touring in 2017

Contact Leonardo Pavkovik

noanoamusici@imoonjune.com     bookingi@imondaynightband.com