Welcome

Welcome to the Art Lillard website, showcasing three current offerings by percussionist/bandleader Art Lillard. 

Use the site-wide streaming player at the bottom to surf the site while you listen to Art's recordings, currently set to shuffle music by his Blue Heaven Swing Sextet, On Time Band, and Heavenly Big Band. 

You'll find links to book Art on each of his band pages, and be sure to visit his videos page as well for live performance videos.

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Previous events

Apr5

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, LI

Andrea Wolper & Irina Zubareva vocals, Carol Sudhalter & Lou Caputo flutes, Michael Hashim soprano sax, Boris Kurganov alto sax, Kenny Pexton tenor sax, Pasha Karchevsky & TBA trumpets, Mike Fahn trombone, James Borowski bass trombone, Celia Coleman piano, Bruce Arnold guitar, Will Woodard bass, Art Lillard drums & bandleader

Apr4

Art Lillard's Blue Heaven Swing Sextet

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Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, LI

Mark McGowan trumpet, Mike Fahn trombone, Patrick Cornelius tenor sax, Gary Fisher piano, Ralph Hamperian bass, Art Lillard drums & bandleader. Blue Heaven plays a variety of swing standards and not-so-standard swing and blues numbers, written by such luminaries as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and Lester Young. The band's repertoire also includes original tunes by Lillard and some of his musical colleagues.

Jan17

Art Lillard's Blue Heaven Swing Sextet

Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY

This is a swing dance party, featuring Art Lillard drums, Cecilia Coleman keyboard, Gary Kelly bass, Keith Gurland tenor sax, Howard Levy trombone, and Pasha Karchevsky trumpet. Admission fee is $15. The party is preceded by swing dance lessons: Intermediate & advanced from 6:30 to 7:30 ($10 fee), and intro and beginner from 7:30 to 8:00 (no extra charge).

Oct31

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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Theater for the New City's Johnson Theater, 155 First Avenue at 10th Street, New York City

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band will perform at the Village Halloween Costume Ball from 9 till 10:30 PM in the Johnson Theater at Theater for the New City. With Andrea Wolper & Irina Zubareva vocals, Cecilia Coleman piano, Andy Friedberg guitar, Ralph Hamperian bass, Nano Valerio percussion, Carol Sudhalter & Lou Caputo flutes, Michael Hashim soprano sax, Gerald Matthew Thomas alto sax, Kenny Pexton tenor sax, Sebastián Gil & Ron Horton trumpets, Mike Fahn trombone, James Borowski bass trombone, Art Lillard drums & bandleader.

For more information about the event go to https://theaterforthenewcity.net/?vh_show=village-halloween-costume-ball-2018-2

Sep17

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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Baha'i Center, Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium, 53 East 11th Street , New York City

Two sets: 8:00-9:00 and 9:30-10:30 PM. Featuring Andrea Wolper vocals, Carol Sudhalter & Lou Caputo flutes, Michael Hashim soprano sax, Bill Todd alto sax, Kenny Pexton tenor sax, Jack Walrath & Sebastian Gil trumpets, Amadis Dunkel trombone, James Borowski bass trombone, Gary Fisher piano, Andy Friedberg guitar, Ralph Hamperian bass, Art Lillard drums.

Jun5

Art Lillard's Electric On Time Trio

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Sugarcane Restaurant, 238 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn

With Ron Jackson guitar, Ratzo Harris stick bass, Art Lillard drums.

Check out this trio of top-notch New York jazz veterans and some of the best food you'll find anywhere. There's no cover charge. Come on down!

Art Lillard's Blue Heaven Sextet at Local Produce Mini Festival of the Performing Arts

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Spoke the Hub Dancing, 748 Union Street between 5th & 6th Aves., Brooklyn

With Steve Gluzband trumpet, Lolly Bienenfeld trombone, Kenny Pexton tenor sax, Ralph Hamperian bass, Andy Friedberg guitar, & Art Lillard drums & bandleader.

Local Produce 2019 has been made possible by the generous support of 5th Avenue BID, Rose Water Restaurant, Sterling Bank, Union Hall, the Friends of Spoke the Hub Dancing, and through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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Theater for the New City's Johnson Theater, 155 First Avenue at 10th Street, New York City

This performance is part of the annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Admission is free. Featuring Irina Zubareva vocals, Carol Sudhalter & Lou Caputo flutes, Michael Hashim soprano sax, Gleb Vascenko alto sax, tenor sax TBA, Mark McGowan & Jack Walrath trumpets, Amadis Dunkel trombone, Greg Robinson bass trombone, Rebecca Levinson piano, Andy Friedberg guitar, Steve Marks bass, and Art Lillard drums and band leader.

May5

Art Lillard's Electric On Time Trio

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Sugarcane Restaurant, 238 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn

With Ron Jackson guitar, Ratzo Harris stick bass, Art Lillard drums.

Check out this top-notch trio of New York City jazz veterans and some of the best food you will find anywhere. No cover charge, come on down.

Apr11

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia) , New York City

Andrea Wolper & Irina Zubareva vocals, Lou Caputo & Dotti Anita Taylor flutes, Michael Hashim soprano sax, Frank Perowsky alto sax, Kenny Pexton tenor sax, Jack Walrath & Pasha Karchevsky trumpets, Amadis Dunkel trombone, James Borowski bass trombone, Cecilia Coleman piano, Ron Jackson guitar, Ralph Hamperian bass, percussionist TBA, and Art Lillard drums and band leader. Cover charge $10. This is a DCM event.

Jan23

Midday Jazz Midtown featuring Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York City

With Frank Perowsky & Gene Coleman flutes, Michael Hashim soprano sax, Gleb Vascenko alto sax, Gerald M. Thomas tenor sax, Jack Walrath & Sebastian Gil trumpets, Alex Asher trombone, James Borowski bass trombone, Andy Friedberg guitar, Cecilia Coleman piano, Mike Campenni drums, Jeff Andrews bass, David Picton percussion, Andrea Wolper vocals, Art Lillard leader & conductor. A $10 donation is suggested.