Dennis Lichtman


Home of NYC multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman's bands and projects.

New video with Blind Boy Paxton

Blind Boy Paxton is one of the greatest performers and personalities in the entire roots music field.  I had the honor of recording "Just Cross the River from Queens" with him on the steps of Louis Armstrong's House in Queens, NY!

This video, of course, is promo for my upcoming album.
ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW, official release date 8/3/18.

The album is a celebration of jazz music in Queens from 1923 to the present.  This song (written in 1927 by Albert von Tilzer, the composer of Take Me Out to the Ballgame) is thought to be the only published song from the first 3 decades of jazz that references Queens, although countless legendary jazz musicians lived there.

New album coming! Jazz At Lincoln Center album release show August 1!!!

I'm thrilled about this - my album Just Cross the River is done and ready to get out to the world!  The official release date is August 3, 2018, but your first chance to pick up the album will be on August 1 at the album release show.  Jazz At Lincoln Center and the New York Hot Jazz Festival are presenting the show at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.  Reservations and show info here.

The album is my first as solo bandleader and features 9 of my original compositions, as well as 5 classic tunes associated with jazz legends who made Queens, NY their home.  There was a major migration of jazz musicians into the borough of Queens starting in 1923 with couple Clarence Williams (pianist/bandleader) and Eva Taylor (vocalist).  Soon after, they were followed by Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and dozens more.  Most famously, Louis Armstrong lived there for the last 30 years of his life.

I put together an all-star band of Queens jazz musicians for this album, and I can't wait to share it with you all.  If you just can't wait, pre-orders are available here, and you get to download the opening track, 7 Express.

LIVE AT BARBÈS album release April 21 & 23!

It's finally here! THE BRAIN CLOUD's third full-length album and first live album, Live at Barbès, will be released on April 21!  We're doing TWO album release shows in NYC - full info is on the calendar page.

The album is a celebration of our 5-year-long Monday night residency at Barbès, one of New York City's truly great music venues.  As Barbès is tiny tiny tiny, we're doing a bigger Manhattan show at Rockwood Music Hall on Friday 4/21, then bringing it home to Barbès on Sunday 4/23.

As many of you know, it's hard to re-create the feeling of a live concert in a recording studio, and The Brain Cloud is a "live" band... the intimacy of Barbès brings out something special in the music that happens there, for us and for all of the other bands that play there.  We're really happy with how this album came out - it captures the spontaneity and energy of the band better than our studio records have.  Grammy-winning engineer Brian Losch did a killer job with the sound, and we were lucky enough to have a film crew there for part of the recording - videos coming soon!!!

New website!

Welcome to the new!
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