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Chris Massey’s Nue Jazz Project at Puppets Jazz Bar Aug. 7th 9-11:30pm + Iridium w/ special guest Wayne Escoffery Aug. 14th Midnight

August 2, 2010

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Chris Massey’s Nue Jazz Project

Upcoming Appearances and CD Release Events

Aug 7th 6:15-10:15pm The Garage NYC,NY (99 7th ave south at Christopher  St.)
Benjamin Drazen- Alto Sax
Jonah Jonathan- Bass
Chris Massey- Drums

Aug 14th 11:55pm-1:15am The Iridium NYC,NY w/ special guest Wayne Escoffery (1650 Broadway 51st. St.)
Wayne Escoffery- Tenor Sax
Donald Malloy- Trumpet
Evgeny Lebedev- Piano
David Ostrem- Bass
Chris Massey- Drums

Aug 21st 7:30-9:30pm Miles Cafe NYC,NY (212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. b/2nd & 3rd Ave.)

Aug 24th 8-9pm The Shrine NYC,NY (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard)

Sept. 2nd 9pm-11:30pm Puppets Jazz Bar Brooklyn,NY (481 5th Ave) (CD Street Release Party)

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"Massey demonstrates a take-no-prisoners attitude and a willingness to
explore different avenues of music with great attention to detail and a
good balance between explosive, raw energy and musical restraint."
– Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Chris Massey’s NJP will be playing selections from their latest album
Vibrainium available on iTunes,CD Baby and www.chrismasseyjazz.com

"For those who have an emphasis on the drums will love the way this guy
plays, sometimes playing busy like an Elvin Jones but always dedicated in
knowing how intense or delicate to play, like an Art Blakey or Brian Blade."
– John Book, This is Books Music

"Musically, Massey’s influences reside firmly in the advanced hardbop of
the Blue Note Sixties, another common ground with (Wayne) Shorter. The
cerebral connotation in the title and another commonality with Shorter
comes through in Massey’s clever compositions and arrangements."
– Derek Taylor, All About Jazz

Vibrainium is now on sale in the following locations:


Chris Massey’s Nue Jazz Projects latest album Vibrainium has recently hit
No. 34 on the Emusic.com charts out of nearly 20,000 jazz albums and has
been rated as an "Editors Pick" as one of the must buy albums of 2010.
Here is what the editors at Emusic.com had to say:

"There are gems to be found among the increasing trove of self-produced
independent records, and Vibrainium is a prime example of an album that
deserves wider exposure.  He claims allegiance to the swing savvy of Max
Roach and Roy Haynes and the compositional prowess of Brian Blade and Jeff
"Tain" Watts. " – Britt Robson, Emusic.com

You can get your digital copy of Vibrainium on Emusic.com by clicking the
link below.

Be sure to RSVP your ticket to Chris Massey’s Nue Jazz Project live at the
Iridium Jazz Club in NYC,NY on Aug 14th at 11:55pm with special guest
Wayne Escoffery.

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"After hearing Chris Massey, it’s apparent that he has been well-educated and is a very enthusiastic drummer. It is apparent that he listened to some of the great drummers like Max Roach, Roy Haynes and truly embodies their spirit while performing."- Delores Ashford, Delores Music Management

  “The Nue Jazz Project is like a modern revival of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Right away I could tell that this group has something special. I haven’t heard a group like this since Wynton came on the scene. This group is going places.”- Teddy Pentalas, Jazz Guitarist/Educator

About The New CD:

In Japanese folklore, a Nue is a creature with a monkey’s head, body of a raccoon, legs of a tiger and tail of a snake. This is the Nue Jazz Project; founded and lead by drummer Chris Massey. A mixture of culture, and backgrounds meld to create the wonderful music in their latest album Vibranium.

       Listening, it is clear that their sound comes from the roots of Art Blakey, with the opening number "Galactus" written by Chris Massey. You can hear the vocabulary of the “Nue” sound in their improvisation. It is fresh and full of heart. Chris gives a distinct nod here to Jeff "Tain" Watts, who has been a large influence on his playing and compositional style. . The band is hard hitting with intensity that you can feel and is a fantastic amalgamation of modern sounds with straight ahead jazz.

  About Chris Massey:

       Chris Massey is following his ambition of making a name for himself as a new breed of young talented player in the world of jazz. Growing up in small town Uniontown,Ohio where he picked up his first pair of drumsticks a the age of 9 he took his first steps into his musical career as a Jazz Performance major at Youngstown State University in 2000.

               Among performing with such modern legends such as Donald Harrison Jr., Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Chris is also an accomplished composer and arranger. Gaining inspiration from notable drummer-composers such as Brian Blade and Jeff "Tain" Watts; Chris has began composing his first works in early 2001. Chris also has been teaching lessons of all age varieties from the skill ranges of beginner to advanced college for over a decade.

         Chris above all else is a modern drummer taught in the old tradition of swing; his ethos is to "put his sound" underneath a player and let the fire start to spread. He is currently residing in the New York City area and performing with/leading his modern jazz group "The Nue Jazz Project". He has performed in many venues across the city such as Smoke, Cleopatra’s Needle, Smalls, Fat Cat, 55bar, The Garage, The Iridium and many others. He currently finished recording his debut album entitled "Vibrainium" due to be released in Fall 2010



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