The Jazz Thieves have broken into the art museum that is Jazz, then "stolen" styles and aesthetics to construct a unique palette of evocative lyrics, soulful improvisation, and wide-ranging originals.
With a kaleidoscopic array of influences - from classic antiquities like Duke Ellington, to rich canvasses by old masters such as Bill Withers and Tom Waits, to genre-breaking modern art like Kamasi Washington and Thundercat, The Jazz Thieves paint their musical pictures in the gritty, hustling studio that is NYC's jazz and independent music scene. Their sole mission: to inspire themselves, and their audiences.
The Jazz Thieves are led by bassist / composer / lyricist John Gray. The band also features Matt Robbins on vocals and keyboard, Ayumi Ishito on saxophone, and Tim Ford on drums.
In late 2016, they released their first full length album, "Brooklyn Elegy". Recorded and mixed at Room 17 Studios in Bushwick by engineers Joe Rogers and the Grammy Award-winner Ted Young, Brooklyn Elegy was met with critical acclaim from AllAboutJazz.com and Jazziz magazine, in addition to radio interviews and international radio airplay.
Outside of playing together, the individual members of the Jazz Thieves have played and collaborated with jazz masters such as James Moody, Vincent Herring, David "Happy" Williams, John McNeil, and John Stetch to name a few.
Members of the band are also passionate music educators. They are available to teach masterclasses, private lessons, and educational outreach programs.
Photo Credit: ©John Rogers