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Jazz Music Artists Mark Rapp, Derek Lee Bronston, Joe’s Pub, NY, Jan. 26

Jazz music artists Mark Rapp, trumpet, Derek Lee Bronston, guitar, The Song Project, Joe’s Pub, NY, Jan. 26, 7PM, music from their Applum release Art of the Song


Jazz music artists Mark Rapp, trumpet and Derek Lee Bronston, guitar, known as The Song Project (, light up the stage at Joe’s Pub ( Thursday, January 26, 2012, 7:00 PM, for one show (between 4th & Astor, New York City, 212-967-7555). Performing music from their release Art of the Song, Volume 1, The Song Project showcases its signature sound featuring captivating guitar and trumpet interchanges, enhanced with raw, emotional vocals. The music is uniquely captured here as a complete album experience in the form of an iPhone/iPad App called an “Applum” – a digital vinyl format - via Apple’s App Store. The album contains exceptional arrangements of popular songs by bands as diverse as Radiohead, AC/DC and Tears for Fears, as well as four original melodic compositions. The genre, in a broader sense, can be called jazz music and is a blend of improvisation, singer-songwriter, rock, ambient sound and even includes a taste of New Orleans. Visit,  For more information visit, or call Suzi Reynolds Management and Production, 201-947-0961,

Trumpeter Mark Rapp comments, “The tracks are filled with great melodies. From jazz music to rock to country, it’s honest, soulful expression.” Guitarist Derek Lee adds, “We explore the art of the song both written and improvised.“

“Uniquely straddles the world of ECM-ish impressionism and straight-ahead blowing.” - Cadence

Read the interview with Mark Rapp and Derek Lee Bronston in the January issue of Jazz Inside Magazine

Masters of their instruments, Mark Rapp (trumpet) and Derek Lee Bronston (guitar), are also technology wizards. Derek Lee created an iPad application dubbed “The Applum” as a means of releasing their first recording together, Art of the Song, Volume 1. Its repertoire was born out of instant messaging Garage Band tracks, which turned into a full blown interactive music application. Ever on the cutting edge of new technology, they are currently in the process of working on a set of application releases to be available for both iOS (iPhone, iPad, iTouch) and HTML5 (the Web) in early 2012.

The impact their work is having on the music industry is clear. One year after the release of their Applum, pop icon Bjork used nearly the same technology model to release her new music.

In 2010, Mark & Derek, long time musical cohorts, began recording and sending Garage Band tracks to one another via iChat, constructing what Derek would describe later as ‘social improvisations.’ “We began doing arrangements of tunes over Twitter and iChat and ended up with a whole new repertoire.” Searching for a way to create and release tracks online while Mark was living in Geneva, Switzerland, and Derek in Brooklyn, their model was developed. But it wasn’t long before the project was taken public. In Spring 2010, they did a short, East Coast US tour and in Switzerland. In Geneva they were approached to do their first official recording. The Art of The Song, Vol. 1 was released to a sold out crowd at The Blue Note in NYC in October 2011.

Mark Rapp earned his Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis. He has lived in New York City for 9 years, performing and releasing four diverse records, including leading and recording the closing track of Disney’s CD “Everybody Wants to be a Cat.“

Derek Lee Bronston is an experienced, multi-genre New York based musician, with seven records as a leader and co-leader, plus sideman appearances on many others. Hailing from Detroit, he’s played with Cecil Taylor, Tom Harrel, Billy Bang, Branford Marsalis and others.Visit,

For more information visit or call Suzi Reynolds Management and Production, 201-947-0961,


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