PORTLAND – The last show The Jazz Mandolin Project played in Maine was at the State Theater in 2005. Shortly after that, leader Jamie Masefield decided to take JMP in a new direction, steering the group away from the concert stage and putting it in front of the movie screen with a multimedia performance, “How Much Land does a Man Need?” based on Tolstoy’s famous short story.

Since 2005, JMP has performed this groundbreaking show at performing arts centers, colleges and arts festivals throughout the Northeast.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, fans will have a chance to enjoy the straight-up concert that brought the band to the heights of European and Japanese tours, a major label release on Blue Note Records and performances at Bonnaroo and other major music festivals across the country.

The concert, for people 21 and older, will be at 8:30 p.m. at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Tickets are available at www.portcitymusichall.com and at all Bull Moose music store locations. For more information, log on to www.portcitymusichall.com or call 899-4990.

Besides Masefield on the mandolin, JMP is made up of Jon Fishman, drums; Peter Apfelbaum, woodwinds, keys, percussion; and Scott Ritchie, upright bass.

In addition to anchoring the rhythm section of the super group Phish, Fishman is known for his versatility across many genres of music and has had a long association with the Jazz Mandolin Project. During Phish’s hiatus, he has fronted his rock/funk band Pork Tornado, appeared with the Yonder Mountain String Band and performed with the Burlington, Vermont-based comedy troupe Touchpants. Phish has announced a reunion tour this spring and summer.

Apfelbaum is best known as the leader of The New York Hieroglyphics, a big band that has done extensive international touring and opened shows for The Grateful Dead in the early ’90s. He collaborated on a number of projects with famous avant-garde trumpeter Don Cherry.

As a classical bassist, Ritchie has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and in France and Germany. Since moving to New York City in 2005, he has played jazz with pianist Misha Piatigorski and singer Mark Murphy. He has performed with JMP since 2003.

JMP has recorded six albums. In 2000, it released “Xenoblast,” its major label debut on Blue Note Records, to critical acclaim. Its latest, “The Deep Forbidden Lake,” is an acoustic CD featuring 12 of Masefield’s favorite songs by his favorite musicians.


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