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

Nov15

Art Lillard's Blue Heaven Sextet

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AirTrain Jamaica Station, Sutphin Blvd. & 94th Ave., Jamaica, New York

William Ash guitar, Ralph Hamperian bass, Mark McGowan trumpet, Kenny Pexton tenor sax, Scott Reeves trombone, Art Lillard drums. This FREE event is part of the AirTrain Jazz Festival, presented by the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District and A Better Jamaica, Inc., with the generous support of New York City Council Member Rory Lancman, New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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

At TNC's Village Halloween Costume Ball https://theaterforthenewcity.net/?vh_show=village-halloween-costume-ball-2018 Andrea Wolper, Irina Zubareva, & Miriam Waks vocals, Carol Sudhalter & Lou Caputo flutes, Michael Hashim soprano sax, Gleb Vascenko alto sax, Kenny Pexton tenor sax, Jack Walrath & Sebastian Gil trumpets, Amadis Dunkel trombone, James Borowski bass trombone, Hyuna Park piano, Andy Friedberg guitar, Ralph Hamperian bass, Art Lillard drums and bandleader.

Jul1

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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

This is a DCM event. Featuring Jack Walrath on trumpet and Ratzo Harris on electric bass. Also with: Andrea Wolper & Irina Zubareva vocals, Carol Sudhalter & Lou Caputo flutes, Charles Lee soprano sax, Gleb Vascenko alto sax, Boris Kurganov tenor sax, Pasha Karchevsky trumpet, Lolly Bienenfeld trombone, Amadis Dunkel bass trombone, Ron Jackson guitar, Marcus Persiani keyboard, Todd Isler percussion, and Art Lillard drums, composition, and bandleader.

$10 cover

Jun2

Art Lillard's Blue Heaven Sextet

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

This free performance is part of Spoke the Hub Dancing's Local Produce Festival. The performance will be preceded by a free swing dance lesson.

Kenny Pexton tenor sax, Jack Walrath trumpet, Lolly Bienenfeld trombone, Andy Friedberg guitar, Ruslan Khain bass, and Art Lillard drums & composition.

http://spokethehub.org/perform/local-produce/

May25

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, New York, NY

Free half-hour performance to kick off the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Featuring Andrea Wolper & Irina Zubareva vocals, Carol Sudhalter & Gene Coleman flutes, Michael Johnson soprano sax, Gleb Vascenko alto sax, Michael Hashim tenor sax, Tommy Russo & Pasha Karchevsky trumpets, Lolly Bienenfeld trombone, Greg Robinson bass trombone, Andy Friedberg guitar, Hyuna Park piano, Ralph Hamperian string bass, David Picton percussion, and Art Lillard composer, drums and leader.

http://theaterforthenewcity.net/?vh_show=the-lower-east-side-festival-of-the-arts

Apr18

Art Lillard"s Blue Heaven Swing Sextet

Erv's, 2122 Beekman Place, Brooklyn

Presented by Erv's in collaboration with PLG Arts. This event is part of the 19th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. http://centralbrooklynjazz.org 718.773.2252 x 103. PLG Arts is a festival partner.

Kenny Pexton tenor sax, Jon Mark McGowan trumpet, Lolly Bienenfeld trombone, Andy Friedberg guitar, Ralph Hamperian bass, Art Lillard drums & bandleader

Donation requested. Full bar available.

Apr3

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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Club Bonafide, 212 East 52nd Street, 3rd floor, New York City

Lou Caputo & Gene Coleman flutes, Michael Johnson soprano sax, Bill Todd alto sax, Boris Kurganov tenor sax, Jon Mark McGowan & Pasha Karchevsky trumpets, Lolly Bienenfeld trombone, Amadis Dunkel bass trombone, Andy Friedberg guitar, Marcus Persiani piano, Jeff Andrews bass, Art Lillard drums & bandleader. $15 admission, two-drink minimum.

Jan31

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band

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

Part of the Saint Peter's Church Midtown Jazz at Midday series. A nominal donation is requested at the door.

Featuring Andrea Wolper & Irina Zubareva vocals, Carol Sudhalter & Lou Caputo flutes, Bill Todd soprano sax, Gleb Vaschenko alto sax, Boris Kurganov tenor sax, Mark McGowan & Pasha Karchevsky trumpets, Lolly Bienenfeld trombone, James Borowski bass trombone, Andy Friedberg guitar, Gary Fisher piano, Todd Isler percussion, Will Woodard bass, Art Lillard drums & bandleader.