May Press for Pi Artists

To kick off May, Pi artists Henry Threadgill and Dan Weiss have both received great press for their new/upcoming releases.


“These two new releases are excellent, another step along a path that gets more refined the further Threadgill follows it” – The Big City on Threadgill’s Dirt… and More Dirt and Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus

“It pounds, it punched, it sounds dangerous, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun” – Free Jazz Blog on Weiss’ Starebaby

Starebaby is for anyone with wide-open ears and a taste for extremes” – Culture Sonar on Starebaby


Starebaby is available here on CD, Vinyl, and for Digital Download. Releasing in two weeks, you can pre-order Dirt… and More Dirt and Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus on CD or Digital Download. We hope you enjoy.

More Press for Weiss’ Starebaby

Two weeks after its release, Dan Weiss’ unprecedented metal/jazz crossover, Starebaby, continues to get rave reviews and features.


“A hyphen-hungry avant-jazz-prog-metal collection of eight tunes that brood, groove and smash their way to the center of the listener’s being” – Spectrum Culture

“It spills into multiple musical genres at once without asking for permission, landing a punch to anyone who thinks jazz and metal shouldn’t mix.” – PopMatters

“Dan Weiss and company construct an album that stands alone, an absolute masterpiece.” – Burning Ambulance


Digital Downloads, CDs, and Vinyl copies of Starebaby are available on Bandcamp. We hope you enjoy

Press for Dan Weiss’ Starebaby

After an outstanding performance at Nublu, Dan Weiss’ unprecedented metal/jazz crossover, Starebaby, is continuing to receive rave reviews.
“The record’s eight pieces, all by Mr. Weiss, touch on thorny prog, gritty noise, hushed melody and a kind of sci-fi minimalism powered by Matt Mitchell and Craig Taborn’s twin Prophet-6 analog synthesizers.” – New York Times
I have a feeling that upon repeated listens ‘Starebaby‘ may prove to be an album that stays with me for a long time.” – Overdrive Magazine
“Starebaby proves Weiss as a boundless drummer and unlimited composer.” – JazzTrail
Dan is at The Stone this week (April 3rd – 7th) presenting music with a different group each night. We hope to see you there! CD and Vinyl copies of Starebaby are available on Bandcamp.

George Lewis Recognized, Upcoming News for Dan Weiss and Jonathan Finlayson

Honors, Upcoming Shows, Studio Recording and New Releases

Pi Recordings artist, George Lewis, is one of twelve artists of 2018 elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This honor society recognizes the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Congratulations to George! Read the announcement HERE.

Jonathan Finlayson’s residency at The Stone at The New Schools begins this Tuesday (February 27th) and continues through Saturday (March 3rd). His music, described as being “packed with melody, depth, and ideas worth stealing,” is not to be missed. Finlayson will be in the studio this spring to work on his upcoming project – stay tuned!

Dan Weiss’ Starebaby release date is April 6th. We’re incredibly excited to finally share this music! Please join us for the release show at Nublu (151 Ave. C) on April 1st at 9PM. Watch a teaser clip for it below.


Tyshawn Sorey Opera Debuts in Philadelphia and Happy Birthday to Henry Threadgill

Tyshawn Sorey’s Cycles of My Being featured in The New York Times 



Tyshawn Sorey’s collaboration with Lawrence Brownlee and Terrance Hayes, Cycles of My Being, debuts February 20th at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. It then travels to Chicago and New York,where it will be performed at Carnegie Hall in April. Congratulations to Tyshawn for a great start to 2018. Watch this performance of Tyshawn’s Josephine Baker: A Portrait from the 2016 Ojai Festival.


Happy birthday to Henry Threadgill who turned 74 on February 15th. The maestro will have two releases this year, Dirt… And More Dirt by 14 or 15 Kestra:Agg and a new Double Up Plus Ensemble release.

New York Times Praises Jen Shyu’s Live Performance

Pi Recordings artist, Jen Shyu, has been included in The New York Times January in Live Jazz: 5 Standout Shows. Her recent performance at The Jazz Gallery, combining storytelling, audience participation, and singing, is said to have “turned the stage into a space of imaginative ritual.”

Shyu’s recent release, Song of Silver Geese, was also mentioned by The New York Times as one of the best albums of 2017, in addition to earning rave reviews from Downbeat Magazine. Jen Shyu will be performing across the US as a part of her SOWN / SEWN 50-State Tour, which begins February 2nd at Music Mansion in Providence, Rhode Island. We hope to see you there!

Watch this video EP For Song of Silver Geese  by Lee Seong Uk:


Finlayson in the News, Lehman and Threadgill at Big Ears and New Vinyl for Sale

Last week, Jonathan Finlayson’s album “Moving Still” was featured on All About Jazz. The review calls Finlayson an “In demand” trumpeter who is “laying a foundation of top-tier groundwork in recordings with Steve Coleman on all of the uncompromising composer’s Five Elements albums since 2002.”

“His expertise at creating atmosphere through texture and color gives each of the pieces on Moving Still a bold, energetic feel without being exaggerated.” – Karl Ackermann at

In festival news, Steve Lehman and Henry Threadgill have been booked to perform at The Big Ears festival 2017 in Knoxville, TN.

Finally, Henry Threadgill’s Pulitzer Prize winning “In for a Penny, In for a Pound” is available on 2LP vinyl. It is in stock and ready to ship!

Jen Shyu and Steve Coleman at the Stone

For our listeners in New York City, Jen Shyu is finishing up her run at The Stone with a different group of musicians each night. She will be performing every night through August 14th with sets at 8 and 10pm.

Also, starting on August 30th Steve Coleman will be celebrating his 60th birthday with a month of performances at the Stone. He will be playing in multiple groups, with a high potential for new music.

Early Press for Steve Lehman’s Selebeyone

Steve Lehman’s invigorating new recording Sélébéyone is receiving some fantastic pre-release press.

“If this is the direction jazz is heading, Lehman, as usual, is miles ahead.”-Downbeat

“Jazz purists, and even some more exploratory listeners, may have to open their ears a bit wider with Sélébéyone, but it will prove well worth it.”- All About Jazz’s Karl Ackerman

“Like all titanic hip-hop and jazz records theirs contains much to consider, lessons to be learned, poetry to contemplate, and new cultures to absorb.”- All About Jazz’s Mark Corroto

Sélébéyone is available for pre-order on bandcamp