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Steven Berntstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra

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Steven Bernstein’s millennial Territory Orchestra (21+)

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Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra ft Curtis Fowlkes, Zach Brock, Doug Wieselman, Michael Blake, Briggan Krauss, Ben Allison, Matt Munisteri, Ben Perowsky

An impactful presence on the New York scene over the past 30 years, trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Steven Bernstein has immersed himself in such a wide array of music with his bands Sexmob, Millennial Territory Orchestra, Diaspora Soul, Universal Melody Brass Band, Spanish Fly, Blue Campfire and the Butler-Bernstein Hot 9 that he defies easy categorization. A former member of the Lounge Lizards and Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band, Bernstein has also composed works for film, theater and dance in addition to doing arrangements for a diverse list of artists ranging from Lou Reed to Lee “Scratch” Perry, Allen Toussaint, Marianne Faithfull, Linda Ronstadt, Rufus Wainwright, Darlene Love, Mario Pavone, Bill Frisell, John Lurie and the Kansas City All-Stars. His lengthy list of sideman credits includes recent recordings by Laurie Anderson (Heart of a Dog), Roswell Rudd (Trombone for Lovers), Mostly Other People Do The Killing (Loafer’s Hollow), Antony and the Johnsons (Turning) and Nels Cline (Lovers). He also continues to perform with Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band, Omaha Din

Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra debuted with 2006’s MTO, Vol. 1, which featured large ensemble interpretations of tunes by Stevie Wonder (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”), Prince (‘Darling Nikki”) and the Grateful Dead (“Ripple”) as well as Benny Moten (“Toby”) and Charlie Johnson & His Paradise Band (“The Boy in the Boat”). They followed with 2008’s We Are MTO, which included renditions of Fats Waller’s “Viper Song,” Don Redman’s “Paducah,” Count Basie’s “Dickie’s Dream” and the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” Their 2011 recording, MTO Plays Sly, was a tribute to the music of Sly & The Family Stone and featured the late P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell along with vocalists Dean Bowman, Sandra St. Victor, Antony Hegarty and Martha Wainwright.

In 2012, Bernstein combined forces with New Orleans piano master Henry Butler in the retro-flavored Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9. Their critically acclaimed 2014 Impulse! debut, Viper’s Drag, featured spirited renditions of Fats Waller’s title track along with tunes by Jelly Roll Morton and originals by Butler. In keeping with Bernstein’s wildly eclectic nature, the group ranges from King Oliver to Professor Longhair to Billy Preston in concert.

The restlessly creative Bernstein continues to juggle working several bands. During his recent residency at The Stone in NYC, he trotted out Sexmob, Millennial Territory Orchestra, Spanish Fly, Blue Campfire and Universal Melody Brass Band. Says the trumpeter-composer-arranger of his modus operandi in all of his wide-ranging musical situations: “I’m trying to present this way of looking at music where you can do a Jelly Roll piece, then a Leonard Cohen piece, then an Ornette Coleman piece, then a Duke piece and then a piece by The Band. And it’s not even about it being eclectic, it’s just music. Let’s play it. Here’s a chart, let’s go!”.

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