site redesign and symphony cats

I think I have finished the recent site redesign. You’ll see the Upcoming Events listed in the sidebar, instead of on their own page. I think this will be a little more efficient for you and me.

I will be playing bass trombone with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for the rest of this season (through May). I am not listing these performances on this website’s events calendar. Go to the LPO’s site ( for all of the info about that schedule.

It is a real honor to be able to play with such a great orchestra. A very wise man told me he thinks this to be a golden age for the LPO, and my ears are agreeing with him.

Lucky 7s – Farragut

Lucky 7sFarragut

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1) Stitch (Jeb Bishop, BMI) mp3 sample
2) Swirling (Jeff Albert, BMI)
3) It’s Something To Try. For Today, At Least. (M. Golombisky, Tomorrow Music, BMI)
4) Belgrade (Jeb Bishop, BMI) mp3 sample
5) 504 No More…? (Jeff Albert, BMI) mp3 sample
6) Farragut (Jeb Bishop, BMI)
7) Bucktown Special (Jeff Albert, BMI) mp3 sample

Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Jeff Albert – trombone and tuba
Josh Berman – cornet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Matthew Golombisky – bass and effects
Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone and bass clarinet
Quin Kirchner – drums

Produced by Jeff Albert, John Worthington, and Jeb Bishop
Recorded live at The Hungry Brain in Chicago on March 5, 2006, except
“504 No More…?” recorded March 4, 2006 at Enemy in Chicago.
Recorded by James Wagner (Strobe Recording, Chicago)
Mixed and mastered by John Worthington

Legal mp3 downloads available from CD Baby.

Jeff Albert – One

Jeff Albert “One” Lakefront Digital LFD-2-005

with: Ray Moore on saxes, Edwin Livingston on bass, and Dave Cappello on drums

All Compositions by Jeff Albert (BMI)
Sorbet remixed by John Worthington from an improvisation by Jeff Albert and Ray Moore

Produced by John Worthington

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Neon Monkey

Sizzling Sausage Skin

Erica’s Black Sandals

Solar Regulation

Lunch is the Question

Jaco Bottle









(full song)

Recorded by Richard Bird at Audiophile Studio in New Orleans, LA.
on November 29, 2004
Mixed and mastered by John Worthington for Lakefront Digital.

Album Notes (pdf)

Legal mp3 downloads available from CD Baby.
Also available from eMusic.

Albert-Ankrum Project

Albert-Ankrum Project(Lakefront Digital LFD-2-001) 2001

“…an adventurous yet grooving program…” Jonathan Tabak – Offbeat Magazine

“…promising, free-thinking debut.” Keith Spera – Times-Picayune

“A fine effort by a promising jazz ensemble.” Michael Dominici – Where Y’at Magazine

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Salvador(Larry Ankrum/ Jeff Albert, BMI) mp3

It Cannot Be Exhausted By Use (Larry Ankrum, BMI)

Darling (Louis Romanos, Threnogin Music, BMI)

Ôtoon?s Tune (Larry Ankrum, BMI) mp3

Thaddeus (Jeff Albert, BMI) mp3

Norwegian Wood (Lennon/McCartney, arr. J. Albert)

Night Baby (Jeff Albert, BMI)

Psycho Kitty (Jeff Albert, BMI)


Jeff Albert (trombone), Larry Ankrum (saxophones), Casandra Ankrum (electric bass), Jesse Lewis or Steve Masakowski (guitar), and Louis Romanos or Ricky Sebastian (drums).

The Albert-Ankrum Project is also available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and other legal digital download services.

mp3s available at Cd Baby.

Some older pics

Jeff Albert sitting in with Rob Wagner, Hamid Drake, and Nobu Ozaki

Jeff with Rob Wagner’s Trio featuring Hamid Drake and Nobu Ozaki.

Jonathan Freilich, Sam Rivers, Jeff Albert

Jeff with Sam Rivers and Jonathan Freilich after Sam performed with The Naked Orchestra.

Lucky 7s at the Hungry Brain

The Luckys 7s at The Hungry Brain for the live recording of Farragut.

Jason Roebke, Dave Rempis, Jeff, Frank Rosaly, Jeb Bishop

At The Charleston in Chicago with Jason Roebke, Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly, and Jeb Bishop.

Mike reed, Jim Baker, jeff Albert, Jeb Bishop

Mike Reed, Jim Baker, Jeff Albert, and Jeb Bishop at Sylvie’s in Chicago.

Big Sam Williams, Jeff Albert, Steve Turre, Kirk Joseph

Jeff with Big Sammie Williams, Steve Turre, and Kirk Joseph backstage at the International Trombone Festival Jazz Night in 2005.

Tom Scott, Barney Floyd, Jeff Albert

Tom Scott, Barney Floyd, and Jeff rehearsing with the Funk Brothers.

Funk Brothers backstage

Backstage with The Funk Brothers.

Jeff Albert with Stevie Wonder

With Stevie Wonder at the New Orleans Arena

Tim Green, Jeff Albert, Jonathan Freilich and James Singleton

With Naked on the Floor at dba.

Jeff Albert, Jimbo Walsh

With Jimbo Walsh

diesel conduction orchestra

With the Diesel Conduction Orchestra

Jeff Albert, Sonny Russo

Jeff with Sonny Russo in 1997.

“One” Press Quotes – and other old quotes

“Jeff’s recording is fun, and funny, and as directly connected to the progressive stream of jazz as any music you’ve heard recently. Jeff gets it. The music is fresh, personal, and despite his best intentions, accessible. You’ll not only play this recording more than once, you’ll end up sampling it, which he encourages, by the way. And it sounds good too.”

John Snyder (Producer for Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, and many others)

“unreal, gorgeous, crazy, rudely alive”

David BiednyAuthor

“…an aggressive ensemble delving into the intricacies of group improvisation…”

“Albert blows with gusto, sparking the quartet with his occasional gruffness, but he
maintains an ever flowing sense of continuity and enthusiasm…”

Cadence MagazineSeptember ‘05

“Sounds terrific”

Steve SwellMusician

“Congrats on the new recording, Jeff! Nice band, you must be very happy. It’s cool to hear you digging in with some real roots- trombone over the more modern settings- it makes for an interesting blend. Keep it up!”

Josh RosemanMusician

“Trombone virtuoso Jeff Albert…is known for his ability to jump from traditional to modern music without a hitch.”

David Kunian, Gambit Weekly, May 24, 2005

“His compositions allow for an abundance of free improvisation while also embracing melodic cores and a range of rhythms.”

Geraldine Wyckoff, offbeat Magazine, July 2005

“Jeff has impressive mainstream jazz credentials and chops, but he now draws his inspiration more from the space ways than from the fake book. You should go give him a listen.”

Benjamin LyonsProducer/Writer/Music Lover

Lucky 7s – Farragut – Press

“The album benefits from the contrasting personalities of its two
main writers. Bishop’s pieces…[are] long and multi-segmented;
one moment their attractive melodies coast on vigorously swinging
rhythms, the next they tumble in a free improv freefall.
Albert’s tunes …”Swirling” and “504 No More…?” are tinged
with tragedy, but “Bucktown Special” shakes off melancholy with a
funky groove and joyous horn solos that unfurl over Jason
Adasiewicz’s vibes like flags behind a parade float.”

Bill Meyer in Downbeat March 2007

“The ensemble plays a raucous, yet controlled form of Jazz that
has some of the joy of old New Orleans style yet is thoroughly
Post-Bop in its inflections.”

“The opening piece, “Stitch,” is a microcosm of all that is
strong in this band. Swinging ensemble, an interesting head, a
dynamic rhythm section that builds intensity in response to the
heat of some great solos.”

“This is modern ensemble Jazz of the highest caliber.”

Grego Applegate Edwards in Cadence February 2007

“Neatly balancing abstraction with fat, chewy grooves, the band
gleefully stomps through compositions by co-leaders Jeb Bishop
and Jeff Albert, pulling back occasionally for stark atmospherics
or somber ensemble sections.”

Forrest Dylan Bryant in Jazz Times January/February 2007

“…this intensely rhythmic and instrumental restlessness that
pervades the entire session…”

“…beautiful, yet raucous energy…”

“It’s a simply excellent album…”

Jay Collins in Signal To Noise Spring 2007

Albert, Coogan, Golombisky, Kirchner, Sullivan

Albert, Coogan, Golombisky, Kirchner, Sullivan


Beware The Penguin (mp3 128k) (mp3 320k) (Apple Lossless)
Turnstile Jumping
(mp3 128k) (mp3 320k) (Apple Lossless)
Bear Food
(mp3 128k) (mp3 320k) (Apple Lossless)
Don’t Smoke Drugs!
(mp3 128k) (mp3 320k) (Apple Lossless)

Jeff Albert – trombone
Tim Sullivan – tenor and baritone saxophone
Brian Coogan – keyboard and melodica
Matthew Golombisky – electric bass
Quin Kirchner – drums

Recorded February 4, 2007 at Audiophile Studio in New Orleans by Richard Bird. Mixed and mastered for web delivery by Jeff Albert.

Each piece is available for download as a 128k mp3 (small file size), a 320k mp3 (better sound and plays on anything, just about) or in Apple Lossless format (best sound, but stuck using iTunes). Please download which ever version(s) best suit(s) your needs.

“Beware The Penguin” is a regular theme/solos/theme style tune. Much of the rhythmic feel is left open to the moment. The harmonic progression is defined by the composition, and we stay pretty close to it.

“Turnstile Jumping” is an improvised episode that happened at the end of a take of a tune called “14th Street Station.” The take of “14th Street” was pretty weak, but our reaction to it was fun. I have saved you the nuisance of having to hear the whole weak take of the tune just to get to the good stuff.

“Bear Food” and “Don’t Smoke Drugs!” are both improvisations.

Enjoy the music and tell your friends.

Jeff Albert & Ed Barrett – Duets Vol. 1

Jeff Albert – trombone
Ed Barrett – guitar

Recorded December 2, 2005 in Mandeville, LA by Jeff Albert

1)504 No More…? (mp3)
2)Improvisation 1 (mp3)
3)Free Melody 1 (mp3)
4)Improvisation 2 (mp3)
5)Noise 1 (mp3)
6)504 No More…? (Take 2) (mp3)
7)Free Melody 2 (mp3)
8)Improvisation 3 (mp3)

I first met Ed Barrett at the University of New Orleans, in 2000 or 2001. Ed was in graduate school, I was an adjunct instructor on the music faculty. Part of my duties included serving as the de facto house engineer in the recording studio. I did a trio session that was led by Ed. One of the compositions consisted of pictures of bicycle races that the band played to or with or against. It turned out to be very interesting music. That was my first clue that Ed was into some “other” kind of stuff.

A couple of years later, Ed and I ended up in a weekly rehearsal group with Jimbo Walsh (bass), and Dave Cappello (drums). The original concept of the group was that we would all write material for it, and we would meet weekly to play our tunes and possibly record. It eventually became known as “The Giggles.” We played a few gigs, and I think Jimbo has some recordings of those sessions floating around somewhere. We met mostly weekly for probably about 9 months, and it was a great growth experience for me.

Fast forward another year or so.

Hurricane Katrina completely flooded Ed’s St. Bernard Parish home. He and his wife rented a house in Mandeville, while they began to sort out their scene in St. Bernard. Ed teaches in Mandeville. On Friday December 2, we met for lunch, and to play some music. The lunch was very good. We ate at this great West Indian restaurant in Mandeville. Then we went to the school where Ed teaches to play for a while. I brought the laptop and some mics, just in case. What you hear on “Duets Vol. 1” is the result of that session.

This music is sort both directly and indirectly informed by Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath. Much of our conversation that day was about storm damage, and evacuation stories, and a cat that lived through the storm and the next few weeks alone in St. Bernard Parish. Much of the creative music scene in and around New Orleans has been stunted as a result of the storm, so this session was a great release for both of us.

I wrote the melody “504 No More…?” the day I turned off my New Orleans cell phone number. It hadn’t worked for almost 2 weeks, and I wasn’t sure if it ever would. At that point, about 2 weeks after the storm, I didn’t know if there would ever be any one in New Orleans to call a 504 number anyway. We played that melody twice at the session. Once right at the beginning, and once later. They each ended up being quite different, so they are both included.

“Free Melody 1” and “Free Melody 2” were things I wrote the night before the session, to serve as improvisational instigators. The other pieces were all spontaneously born at the session.