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    Brooke Sofferman Perspective With autumn upon us, I'd like to welcome you to a weekend of CD release concerts for my quintet, the Sofferman Perspective. I am releasing a new double live CD on Head Ease Sounds called "Symposium," and these concerts will feature music from the recordings, and new material. I've picked three contrasting locations for you to hear us, all of which are great rooms for live music, so I hope at least one of these concerts is conveniently located.

    Joining me will be the quintet from the new CD:

    • Rick DiMuzio- saxophones
    • Phil Grenadier- trumpet
    • Phil Sargent- guitar
    • Will Slater- bass
    • Brooke Sofferman- drums

    Friday, September 17th from 7-8:30pm at the Acton Jazz Cafe. AJC is a great venue with a great vibe, sound, food and spirits. We're playing the early show, so younger students and interested folks can attend! Reservations highly recommended!!

    Saturday, September 18th starting at 10pm at the Lilypad in Inman Square in Cambridge. The Lilypad is a great little space known for it's harboring of great improvised music, and we're planning on recording the show.

    Sunday, September 19th from 6-9pm at the Press Room in Portsmouth, NH. One of my favorite rooms to play in with a lot of history of great musicians. Great sound and vibe, with great food and spirits as well.

    Please join us in celebrating the release of Symposium at any or ALL of the weekend's concerts. It's a rarity to play with the same band three nights in a row anymore, so we're very excited. With this band of talented musicians, the music can go ANYWHERE, so please come join us. CD's will be available at a discounted release price of $10 for 2 full CD's........almost 140min of music!!!

    Reservations highly recommended at all shows, hope to see you there!

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    The Sofferman Perspective will be performing 2 shows in early December of all new material for an upcoming CD.

    First tune into 89.7FM or stream online at at 9pm, on Thursday, December 4th, for an interview with Eric Jackson promoting the gigs. I'll play some tunes off the last CD, maybe a track from the George Russell gig, and some other stuff.

    Please join us at the Acton Jazz Cafe ( ) on Friday evening, December 5th, at 9:30pm . This is an all ages show, and reservations are recommended. The Acton Jazz Cafe is a great club, with excellent food, drink and a cool relaxed atmosphere.

    Also, on Sunday, December 7th, from 6-9pm, we'll be at the Press Room, in Portsmouth, NH. ( www.pressroomnh.comM ) Another of my favorite rooms, and we'd love to pack the place again. The band for these shows will be:

    Jerry Bergonzi- saxophones
    Phil Grenadier- trumpet
    Phil Sargent- guitar
    Will Slater- bass
    Brooke Sofferman- drums

    Also, please tune in to 89.7FM on Thursday night at 9pm, for an interview with Brooke and Eric Jackson regarding these shows. You can stream this show worldwide by going to . Thanks so much, we'd love to see you there!

    Please join us in celebrating the release of Brooke's new CD "Fine Whines" on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008, at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.; We will be performing music from the new CD, along with brand new material written just for this gig! This is an all ages show, and a one set only show from 8-9:30pm. CD's will be available at the performance and validated parking is available in the hotel garage. Scullers is located in the DoubleTree Guest Suites at 400 Soldiers Field Rd. in Boston. The line-up will be:

    Jerry Bergonzi- saxophones
    Phil Grenadier- trumpet/flugelhorn
    Leo Genovese- piano, keys and melodica
    Bruno Raberg- bass
    Brooke Sofferman- drums

    The Sofferman Perspective performs Sunday, February 17th from 6-9pm at the Press Room in Portsmouth, NH. Same line-up as Scullers.

    The Jerry Bergonzi Quartet, Sunday, March 9th from 6-9pm at the Press Room in Portsmouth, NH.

    Jerry Bergonzi- saxophones
    Phil Grenadier- trumpet
    Bruce Gertz- bass
    Brooke Sofferman- drums

    Check out these reviews:

    CD Review by Scott Yanow
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Drummer Brooke Sofferman is as talented a writer as he is a drummer. His original music features complex time signatures, unusual rhythms, tricky chord changes, unexpected development, constant surprises, and close attention paid to dynamics, and is both thoroughly unpredictable and ultimately logical. Sofferman's quintet utilizes players who are familiar with his music, which is fortunate because this is not jam-session material. While trumpeter Phil Grenadier and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi take consistently impressive solos, guitarist Norm Zocher (whose style at times recalls both John Scofield and John Abercrombie) often takes honors. This stimulating set of modern music is easily recommended to listeners wanting to hear 21st century jazz.

    CLICK HERE to see the review at (and listen to sound clips)

    Order this new CD today by clicking on the link below:

    Hey everyone:
    I'm writing to invite you to performance to celebrate the release of my new Summit Records CD, "Fine Whines."

    We will be performing Friday, September 21st from 9:30pm-12:00pm at the Acton Jazz Cafe, 452 Great Rd. (rt. 2A) Acton, MA. Go to for directions, reservations and other info. My longtime band of brothers will be joining me:

    Jerry Bergonzi- saxophones
    Phil Grenadier- trumpet
    Norm Zocher- guitar
    Bruno Raberg- bass
    Brooke Sofferman- drums

    We will be performing new tunes of mine from the new CD, and some even NEWER stuff!!! All ages are welcome, and I'd be honored to see some of you there. Sorry if you receive more then one of these emails.

    Best- Brooke

    Here's a 4 star Downbeat review and a few others from my last CD:

    "Brooke Sofferman hits the jackpot with One Stone, Two Birds (Summit Records 377; 71:49; ****). Working as the Sofferman Perspective, and emanating from the Boston area, Sofferman ignites a spark for saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, trumpeter Phil Grenadier and guitarist Norm Zocher. Motifs are built upon tantalizing harmonic expansions, elongated ostinato grooves and catchy hooks." Downbeat

    "....With equal parts rhythm, melody and harmony, the Brooke Sofferman Perspective leaps straight ahead in it's quest to help shape the future of jazz." - Jim Santella, All About Jazz

    "Given Sofferman's considerable composing skills, his abilities as a bandleader and arranger, his capacity to swing while also playing melodically on the kit, plus his penchant for injecting humor into the program............." - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

    "Although Brooke Sofferman is a fine drummer, on this set, he is perhaps most significant as a composer/arranger. His ten originals tend to be episodic, full of subtle surprises and very tricky rhythmically yet swinging in their own fashion and witty............Actually, there are no weak points to the group and or throwaway selections, for every moment of this CD is intriguing and a bit unpredictable. It is well worth several listens." - Scott Yanow, 4 1/2 stars on All Music Guide

    Fine Whines is the 4th recording from the imagination of Boston area drummer and composer, Brooke Sofferman (It will be Brooke's 3rd CD on Summit Records) The music is complex, yet singable, and incorporates many styles of music under the guise of Modern Jazz. Joined again by longtime band members and friends Jerry Bergonzi, Phil Grenadier, Norm Zocher and Bruno Raberg, Brooke's new compositions challenge and light a fire under the feet of his cohorts, while still attaining a respect for the tradition. Every tune is full of surprises, but never sound contrived. The buzz continues to grow...............

    The Sofferman Perspective will be performing Saturday, January 21st at 8pm. We will be playing in the New England Conservatory's Williams Hall, 33 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA. (It's technically Brooke's faculty recital) This show will be taped for a live DVD and will include all new compositions of Brooke's in preparation for a new CD. The line up will be:

    Jerry Bergonzi- tenor saxophone
    Phil Grenadier- trumpet
    Norm Zocher- guitar
    Bruno Raberg- bass
    Brooke Sofferman- drums / compositions

    It is FREE and open to the public, so please join us for some adventurous new music from the Sofferman Perspective. Also, look in the Calender section of the Boston Globe, on Thursday, Jan. 18th for a feature about the show.

    The Sofferman Perspective will be playing Friday, November 4th at 8:30pm, at the Acton Jazz Cafe. We will be playing all new original material of Brooke's for an upcoming CD and the performance will be recorded for a potential Live DVD. All ages are welcome. For info/tickets, go to

    Also, Wednesday, November 2nd at 9:00pm, Brooke will be having a live interview with Eric Jackson on WGBH, 89.7FM. We will be playing selections from Brooke's 3 CD's as a leader on Summit Records, and some new live recordings. If you live outside of the Boston area, you can stream this interview at and click on "Listen Now."

The Sofferman Perspective release of their new CD...
One Stone | Two Birds
2004 Summit Records (DCD 377)

CD Release Party:
Tuesday, April 13, 2004 8 PM
Sculler's Jazz Club
Boston, MA

There will also be an on-line interview hosted by Eric Jackson on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 10:15 PM. The interview will include a preview of the new CD. You can hear the interview "real time" at:

CD's are available at (Summit Records) or

The Sofferman Perspective
One Stone | Two Birds
2004 Summit Records (DCD 377)

You can also get the first two CDs at:


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