Jazz Crush (feat. Jon​-​Erik Kellso)

by Evan Arntzen

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Saxophonist, clarinetist, vocalist, and composer Evan Arntzen has been dreaming about making an album with trumpet great Jon-Erik Kellso for years. It’s finally happened! Through straight-ahead, swing, blues, and New Orleans-style jazz, Jazz Crush highlights the relationship between the clarinet/saxophone and the trumpet, backed by various combinations of New York's finest swinging players.

Since moving to New York, Arntzen and Kellso have worked together in Grammy nominated Catherine Russell’s band, Grammy award winning Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks (Boardwalk Empire soundtrack), and Kellso’s EarRegulars. Now, spurred on by Producer/Instigator Scout Opatut of 4/4 Creative, they’re using their mutual admiration as the catalyst and centerpiece of this exciting new project.

Opatut says, "Think of some of the great 'jazz crushes' throughout history: King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer, Billie Holiday and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Jelly Roll Morton and himself... Imagine if these artists never had the opportunity to showcase their special musical bond for us to enjoy for ages to come.”

Please enjoy the music on JAZZ CRUSH!


released July 15, 2019

Evan Arntzen - reeds (all tracks) & vocals (tracks 10 and 14)
Jon-Erik Kellso - trumpet (all tracks)
Dalton Ridenhour - piano (all tracks except 5 and 12)
Tal Ronen - bass (all tracks except 5, 6, 10, 12 and 14)
Kevin Dorn - drums (all tracks except 5, 6, 12 and 14)
Harvey Tibbs - trombone (tracks 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10)
Jerron Paxton - banjo (tracks 1, 4, 9 and 10)
Vince Giordano - guitar (track 6) & tuba (track 10)
Mara Kaye - vocals (tracks 2 and 11)

Produced by Scout Opatut 4/4 CREATIVE

Recorded December 2nd & 3rd, 2018, Big Orange Sheep, Brooklyn, NY

Engineered by Michael Perez-Cisneros, assisted by Alex Haley

Mixed and Mastered by Michael Perez-Cisneros

Artwork by Hayden Jebediah Goodman

Design by Nijam Uddin


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Evan Arntzen New York, New York

Canadian-born clarinetist, saxophonist and vocalist. Based in New York.

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Track Name: Disconnected Papa
Yes he's long
Yes he's tall
But when he's gone that don't mean much at all

On his trip to Paris he forgot his lips
Now they'll have to send them back so we can kiss

In my dreams
Alone in bed
I picture that
I'm sewing thread
To keep his head on straight
While I stay here and wait

I miss my long tall disconnected papa
He's eyes aren't lookin at me
I know that he's my baby blue eyed papa
He might as well be in the sea

And when he done go away
I don't know where his body stays
He's always walking without his feet
His arms are on straight but his hands are free

My long tall disconnected papa
Look what he's doing to me

He's always smiling when I'm feeling sad
I ain't crying though I know it's bad

My long tall disconnected papa
Sure's estranged to me


My long tall disconnected papa
Look what he's doing to me

I ain't crying though I know it's bad
He's the best baby that I ever had

My long tall disconnected papa
Sure's estranged to me

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