Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra

25 Sep 2016

Event times

8:00 PM

Cost of entry

$20/15 Online $25/20 Doors


New York
New York, United States


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Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra draw upon the talents of rapper A.R.B.R.A.F. and trombonist Art Baron to present a Duke Ellington-inspired performance.


Roulette presents the first major concert hall performance from Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra. Deeply influenced by Duke Ellington, Lavelle’s spiritual compositions bring out the best in the individual members of the band. Taking a cue from Charles Mingus and John Coltrane's musical protests, the 12 Houses Orchestra aims to confront today’s reality through music. Drawing upon the talents of rap artist A.R.B.R.A.F. (Akustyx Rhythm Beats Rhymes and Flows), the 12 Houses Orchestra uses voice as an instrument unto itself. The ensemble will be joined by special guest and Duke Ellington alumni trombone master Art Baron.


Based in New York City and lead by Matt Lavelle, The 12 Houses is a multicultural and multigenerational large music ensemble. Described by Lavelle as "Ornette Coleman meets William Parker at Duke Ellington's house," the female-centric ensemble originated from an assignment given to Lavelle by Ornette Coleman. Credited by new breakthroughs within the spheres of jazz, The 12 Houses released their debut record, Solidarity, on Unseen Rain Records.



Matt Lavelle - Trumpet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet

Leader, Composer, and Arranger


Art Baron - Trombone

Ar Braf-Brafmatic - Rap


Nicole Davis - Trumpet            Anders Nilsson - Guitar        Tom Cabrera - Drums (1st set)

Alex Hamburger - Baritone sax        Stephanie Griffin - Viola        Jeremy Carlstedt - Drums (2nd set)

Ras Moshe - Tenor sax, flute            Gil Selinger - Cello            Jack DeSalvo - Guitar, Banjo

Charles Waters - Alto sax, clarinet        Francois Grillot - Bass

Sweet Lee Odom - Soprano sax, clarinet        Chris Forbes - Piano

Mary Cherney - Flutes            Julie Lyon -  Voice

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