New Tricks is a band that started in the basement of co-leader and saxophonist Mike Lee. What started as casual weekly jam sessions quickly became a tightly knit ensemble with an identifiable sound and singularity of purpose. Featuring original compositions by Lee and co-leader, Ted Chubb, the band is firmly steeped in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries rhythmically and harmonically. The instrumentation of trumpet, tenor saxophone, bass and drums allows much room for experimentation unhindered by a chordal voice such as piano or guitar. In addition to Lee on tenor and Chubb on trumpet, New Tricks features the stellar rhythm section of Kellen Harrison on bass and Shawn Baltazor on drums. These young musicians are known for their compelling groove as individuals and when working together. The name "New Tricks" was first used by Lee to describe the band for a booking at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ in 2006. It's original meaning was more about the rhythmic and harmonic devices the band employed, but soon the banter on the gig was about Lee's somewhat more (ahem...) "veteran" status. So, the "New Tricks" had their "Old Dog" and the name stuck. This summer (2009) New Tricks has released their first, self-titled CD. It features four Ted Chubb Originals, six tunes by Mike Lee and Charlie Parker's Ah-Leu-Cha. Their CD release tour was a great success musically and created a bit of "buzz" about the band with feature stories, interviews and reviews from many sources. Band Bios: Mike Lee Mike Lee's musical career has taken him many places in the world and musically. From the mid to late 80's he resided in Brooklyn, New York where developed his musical ideas with many associates and mentors. This period of creative inspiration was high-lighted by his lessons with Joe Lovano and his musical collaborations with his then roommate, Dave Douglas. Inspired by the wealth of information these associations gave him, he returned to Cleveland to assimilate this material. This was a productive time musically. Along with constant practicing this period was punctuated by gigs with Marcus Belgrave, Bobby Watson, Geri Allen, Joe Lovano,Rosemary Clooney, Marlon Jordan, Johnny Coles and touring as a member of the Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. In 1993 Lee resumed residency in New York City and flourished on the the jazz scene playing on numerous occasions with The Village Vanguard Orchestra (Formerly The Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra) the Maria Schneider Orchestra (with whom he was featured in Maria's CNN profile) and the Bill Mobley Big Band with which he performed and recorded along side acclaimed pianists James Williams, Harold Mabern and Mulgrew Miller. He has appeared around town with small groups which include New York musicians such as guitarists John Hart and Ron Affif, bassist Ron McClure, and drummer Elliot Zigmund. Two of Mike's compositions were selected among the top five in the 1997 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and BMI International Jazz Composers Competition. He was a member of Joe Lovano's 'Celebrating Sinatra' touring ensemble. His critically acclaimed CD, Above the Battleground, Consolidated Artists Productions (CAP), featuring Tim Hagans on trumpet, Tim Horner on drums, Matt Ray on piano and Ben Allison on bass was released in 1998. My Backyard (Omnitone) released in 2000. Both albums received very high praise from trade publications. In the 90s Mike became a very in demand Jazz Educator and guest soloist. He toured the United States and Europe for several years performing with local rhythm sections and presenting clinics at many universities and schools. The past few years have found Mike on the road less often while raising a family and digging deep roots in the Northern New Jersey jazz community. His musical associations have flourished while interacting with other jazz musicians residing in the area. Musical encounters with Bruce Williams, Cecil Brooks III, T.S. Monk, Billy Hart, Andy McKee, Geri Allen and Christian McBride have made this an extraordinary period in his musical development. Ted Chubb Originally from Ashtabula Ohio, Ted grew up in a household surrounded by music. He began playing the trumpet at the age of 10 but did not become serious about his instrument until his discovery of jazz at 15. Ted's passion for jazz led him to pursue music at the Ohio State University. During this time Ted became involved in the professional jazz scene and performed with Midwest jazz legends Gene Walker and Bobby Floyd. He also toured regionally and abroad with the Afro-Rican ensemble. In 2003, Ted enrolled in the graduate program at Rutgers University in New Jersey to study with master trumpet teacher William Fielder. While at school Ted became involved in the NYC jazz scene playing with artists such as Cecil Brooks III, Bruce Williams, Brad Leali, Ralph Bowen, Kyle Kohler, Billy Hart, Alvester Garnet, Kenny Davis, and The Joe Elephante Big Band. Ted has appeared at jazz festivals across the globe in Austria, Switzerland, France, and St. Lucia. In 2006 Ted was a participant in The Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center. He is currently freelancing in NYC and focusing on his own projects. Ted is an active educator and teaches private lessons, ensembles, and workshops. He is on faculty at the Montclair State University Jazz Connections workshop each August. Ted recently finshed recording the first CD for his chordless quartet project 'New Tricks', which he coleads with saxophonist Mike Lee. In 2007 Ted is on tour with the First National Tour of the Tony award winning broadway show 'Jersey Boys'. Kellen Harrison Bassist Kellen Harrison has been rising on the New York music scene since transplanting from California a few years ago. He plays a diverse variety of music, and can be seen playing regularly at venues such as the Blue Note, Smalls, S.O.B.'s, the Mercury Lounge, Cornelia St. Café, and NJPAC, and at major cities across the U.S. with artists such as Lenny Pickett, Bernard Purdie, Bruce Williams, and Jupiter One. Shawn Baltazor Drummer/ Composer Shawn Baltazor has proven himself to be one of the most in demand young players on the jazz scene on both the east and west coasts. He attended the renowned Jazz studies program at William Paterson University where he was featured in performance with Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett and Slide Hampton. After graduating with a B.M. Summa Cum Laude from WPU, Baltazor settled in New York City, to actively pursue his performance career. He has studied with numerous notable musicians, including Peter Jarvis, Kevin Norton, Kenny Washington, Bill Goodwin, and Dan Weiss. Baltazor has performed internationally at the Festival International des Musiques Noires d'Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire, the Jazzablanca Festival in Morocco and the Risonanze Festival at the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove in Venice, Italy. He has performed more locally at the JVC Jazz Festival, and the River to River Festival as well as other NY venues including: Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, BB King's, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, PNC Arts Center (NJ), the South Street Seaport, Sweet Rhythm, 55 Bar, CBGB's, the Knitting Factory, and the Bitter End. In 2004, he was invited to attend the Staens Institute for Young Artists where he worked with Danilo Perez, Rufus Reid, James Moody, and Dr. David Baker. There he performed at the 100th anniversary of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. In December 2008, Baltazor was commissioned to compose the music for a new production called Timebomb by the New York City-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Co. Shawn Baltazor currently resides in New York City, where he actively plays and tours with a wide range of musical groups including Eric Reed, Ergo, the Nathan Eklund Group, Adam Gilbert, The Hangmen, Kilterclash and Rebecca Frezza.