Reeds: Jim Piela, Ethan Helm, Evan Francis, Ricky Alexander, Owen Broder
Trumpets: Jon Challoner, Paul Tafoya, Andy Warren, Michael Sarian
Trombones: Jesus Viramontes, Elad Cohen, David Banker, Alix Tucou
Rhythm Section: Michael Verselli (p), Trevor Brown (b), Josh Bailey (d)
Born in Canada and raised in Argentina, Michael Sarian is a trumpeter and composer whose work has been heard throughout the United States, South America and Europe. In Buenos Aires, he studied with some of the best musicians in Argentina, including Juan “Pollo” Raffo, Richard Nant and Juan Cruz de Urquiza. Michael relocated to New York City in 2012 to pursue a master’s degree in Jazz Studies at NYU, where he studied with great musicians such as Laurie Frink, Alan Ferber, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi and Mike Rodriguez.
In 2014, Michael released his debut album as a leader, Subtitles, and in 2015 followed with his second release,The Escape Suite. Michael dubbed the septet as “The Chabones” (Argentine slang for the dudes…or the schmucks) and in 2015 he established Michael Sarian & The Big Chabones, a 16 piece big band alternative, showcasing his own compositions and arrangements, as well as other originals written for the big band. Since its inception, The Big Chabones have performed at great venues in New York City such as DROM, ShapeShifter Lab, The Consulate General of Argentina in New York, The Garage, and are proud to add Club Bonafide to that list.
“Perhaps Sarian’s disposition to innovate – an inherent pivot away from the stringent politics of aesthetic identity in New York jazz — reflects a deeper pivoting in identity, one unique to a composer who, like many endowed with the tensions of a transnational or diasporic identity, cannot fundamentally belong.” – Raffi Wartanian, Jazz Times
“Sarian’s trumpet literally speaks” – Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
“Michael Sarian’s music combines vibrant rhythms from his native Argentina with the complex language of modern jazz infused from his current New York City environment. The resulting mix compels you to listen closely while restraining (or not) the urge to dance your ass off.” – Alan Ferber, Grammy nominated trombonist, composer and band leader.