Audio Archive from our Smalls gig on 7/15 is now up!


The audio archive from our gig at Smalls on July 15th is now up.  I encourage you to take a moment and listen through either set.  We had a fantastic time playing here and are looking forward to the next time! Click here to check it out!

3 in one week for New Tricks.

Last night at the Brooklyn Lyceum began the first of 3 gigs this week for New Tricks. We pushed through some pretty intense heat inside the Lyceum for some fantastic fans that stuck it out through the heat.  We will admit that we made it worth their while, as the band played great. However, we were all soaked by the end of the very first tune.

We continue this week at Kenny’s Castaways on Thursday with a short set at 9pm. There is no cover so come hang with us!

On Saturday we are very excited to be playing two full sets at the Bethlehem Musik-Fest at 6pm on the Banana Island Stage. If you live in western Jersey, or eastern PA. please come and check us out. This is a fantastic festival so don’t miss out. We are really looking forward to this one

Here is a bit of video from the Bethlehem Musik-Fest on August 6th. We are playing one of our favorite tunes “1919”.

Alternate Side Available!!!!

Our New CD drops today! We’re so proud of this effort. It’s the first documentation which represents our WORKING BAND. It was recorded after several weeks of touring last year and shows our unique blend and personal interactive style. It’s available on iTunes, CDBaby and Digstation.

Purchase at iTunes:

Alternate Side - New Tricks

At CDBaby:

New Tricks: Alternate Side

On Amazon:

New Tricks: Alternate Side

New Tricks Announces Tour Dates!

As of April 1st, we’re back on the road again to promote our new CD which is set to drop on April 5th. We’ll be playing in the Midwest including dates at Nighttown in Cleveland, the Blue Wisp in Cincinnati, the Bistro in St. Louis and many colleges, universities and high schools along our way.

Check out the Calendar!

All About Jazz Article About Shawn!

A new article about our great, fantastic, awesome, swinging, badass drummer appears in All About Jazz Today.  The author David Orthman has been good to New Tricks over the past couple of years. He’s one of the first to really “get it” about Shawn and New Tricks.

Yes, he really is this good!

“Alternate Side” to be released April 5th

New Trick’s second recording, “Alternate Side,” is off to the manufacturer. We hope to have copies in hand by the middle of March. Official release date is April 5th. Just like the first recording, the new cover features the splendid artwork of trumpeter Rob Henke.

About the recording process (from liner notes for “Alternate Side”): This CD was recorded the way we had dreamed of recording. We played all of the material for three weeks on tour before our first recording session and then for another two weeks before our second session. By the time we recorded our tunes — which are sometimes difficult and always quirky — they felt as comfortable as playing a blues and we could concentrate on making music. We recorded in Shawn’s apartment with all of us in the same room using only blankets wrapped around music stands for audio separation. Then we mixed together, painstakingly going over each instrument, each track, and finding the right audio effects to apply through trial and error. Shawn’s patience and willingness to experiment with us . . . → Read More: “Alternate Side” to be released April 5th

Welcome to the New Website!

If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that we’ve upgraded the site drastically. While we imported the posts from our original site and, of course, kept Rob Henke’s great artwork, the new site allows great control of our content. The new music and video clips are hosted right on this site, allowing us great quality control. We plan to expand the capabilities further by having our new CD and our T-Shirts available directly from this site in the near future

So look around, play a video, leave a comment and by all means, “like” the New Tricks Facebook page.

Thanksgiving Update

As we enter the holiday season and ponder the events of the last year, we’re really amazed at the progress the band has made over the past year. Of course our tours last spring were the highlights of 2010. We were able to play night after night with musicians that we find continuously creative and swinging. We met so many young fans, old friends and saw how vital jazz is across the country.

The Recording

We also built an entire new repertoire of tunes that we were able to perform live 20 to 30 times across the country and THEN go into the studio after we returned to the east coast. Not only was the recording the easiest session I’ve ever been a part of, because of the preparation and the comradery of the band, but we decided to record and mix it ourselves! Shawn has a home studio that we recorded at on two occasions. We used his expertise (and good will) to work on the mix on five different mixing sessions in which we were able to experiment and discuss all the little nuances about the sound of the recording in a way that only the band . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving Update

New Tricks California Tour Starts Next Week!

We’ve got another tour coming up! California! We go to Kellen & Shawn’s home towns and many other gigs. Get all the information on our itinerary.

Watch out!! We are recording again!

Yesterday we went over to Shawn’s and began recording our new record.  It was the most refreshing experience in the studio I have ever had.  We all knew the tunes so well from playing them on the road for 3 weeks that we were able to get to a really creative place in the studio!!  Watch out for the new record in the future.

New Tricks Midwest Tour

It’s been a ton of work. But the New Tricks Midwest Spring Tour is really about to happen. Click on the “Dates” tab above and see if we’ll be near you. Tell a friend about it. This has been a tremendous undertaking. I’ve been really moved by the warm reception of the friends and presenters who have agreed to book this band on our first extended tour.

We’ve been in the shed for the last few weeks, “workshopping” our new tunes. We’ll be playing 9 new tunes in addition to the 11 on our current release.

The band t-shirts with Rob Henke’s fantastic artwork have already started to sell and we’ve hardly told anyone!

I just added the New Tricks fan link on the right. Please become a fan!

New Tricks Means to Me

Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Ok, before I dispense a whole bunch of sentimental platitudes, let me state that I am naturally uncomfortable with sentimental platitudes. I’m much more comfortable with self-deprecating or playfully derisive discourse. That being said, my recent experiences with New Tricks almost require me to tread into this somewhat awkward realm of kind praise and thankfulness.

At the end of our five day tour this summer we were all exhausted and happy and very pleased with a tremendous week. I was really humbled by Shawn and Kellen’s expressions of delight about the music we played. So we were finally getting into our cars at 2:00 am in Cecil’s parking lot – and all these wonderful things had been said to each other and about the music and the ease of working together and many laughs and there was nothing left to say. I backed up my car out of it’s space, turned the wheel and started forward to leave the lot and found myself right next to Ted, in his car, also getting ready to leave. The windows were down and . . . → Read More: New Tricks Means to Me

Listen to New Tricks on Myspace

You can now listen to New Tricks on myspace. We have full versions of most of the songs from the record posted to our myspace page.  Please check it out and request us as a friend.

Hello from Ted!

I am very excited and proud of this band and our new recording. I have not been apart of a group with quite this level of communication and unity. We all really enjoy playing together, hanging together, ….. and making fun of Mike. I think that the music really express this. Please enjoy the clips and the music and we hope to bring you more soon. We are all committed to this group and Mike and I are working hard on it’s future.

John Simna Interview

Here’s an interview Ted and I did with John Simna in Cleveland last month while we were on tour with the band. This was aired on WCLV, Cleveland’s classical music station. John has hosted a late night jazz show on that station for as long as I can remember. It was a thrill to sit down with him and talk about the band and the music. This is an hour long interview featuring tracks from the CD.

Click here to hear it.