The Liquid Street album is out!

March 31st, 2014

It’s been a long time coming, but “Not Till You Feel It” is finally here! Featuring Jason Phelps, Matt Endahl, LaDell Abrams, and Bobby Streng.

Liquid Street: Not Till You Feel It

You can also find it on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, etc…

Check it out and let us know what you think!

A Week in Motown

March 5th, 2014

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to travel to Morganton, North Carolina to play with THE CONTOURS. Lots of fun! My friends Takashi Iio, Phil Whitfield and Jimmy Smith were all on the gig as well. Great band! It was my first time getting to play with the group.

THEN….

Saturday and Sunday nights were spent playing with the Temptations! Night #1 was in Elkhart, Indiana. Post gig, we drove through a crazy snow storm all the way up to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Seven and a half hours…. it was brutal. Luckily I had my friend James Hughes sharing a ride with me on the trip. Green Bay was really cold, but people came out in droves to sell out the theater. Always a pleasure to play with such a historic organization – whatever the circumstances might be.

Liquid Street Album Preview

February 24th, 2014

Check out this preview of the upcoming Liquid Street album!

Liquid Street track listing

February 13th, 2014
Great news from the Liquid Street vault.  Our debut album, “Not ‘Till You Feel It”, will be out VERY soon! Stay posted for updates. Here is the official and final album track listing!
1. Late Shift    (Phelps/Streng/Abrams/Endahl)
          This opener grooves, but watch out for that down beat…
2. Black Hole Sun  (arr. Jason Phelps)
          Very slick 90′s rock cover redone by our bass player.  This one shines as the single.
3. Residual Afterthought    (Bobby Streng)
          Challenging original of mine.  Liquid Street eats it up.  Great rhodes solo by Matt.
4. I’m Glad There Is You    (arr. Matt Endahl)
          Jimmy Dorsey tune (!!!!) reworked a la Donny Hathaway.  You’d never know the tune is 80 years old!
5. I Hit a Deer    (Streng)
         A lament I wrote after a car accident.  Written on the same piano that I learned to play on in 1984.
6. Giant Steps    (arr. LaDell Abrams)
         Already one of the hardest tunes in jazz, now even harder.
7. Not ‘Till You Feel It    (Endahl)
        Title track.  A thoughtful mood swing written by Matt.
8. In Your Absence    (Streng)

All Ages Show added 1/17/14

January 8th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE*****

 

Live Jazz Event: Ann Arbor, MI

Friday 1/17/14, 8pm

Bobby Streng Group

featuring Bobby Streng (saxophone), Kris Kurzawa (guitar), Dale Grisa (piano), Jeff Halsey (bass), and Jonathan Ovalle (drums)

Kerrytown Concert House

415 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(734) 769-2999

http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com

 

This Ann Arbor jazz event will feature the five piece Bobby Streng Group. The project combines his loves for arranging multiple colors with the improvisational flexibility allowed in a small group performance. Bobby states: “I love the instrumentation of this group. The versatility is very fun to work with. Having the guitar and piano allows me to often use guitar like a second horn player. The color achieved from a tenor sax and electric guitar unison is well documented in fusion, my favorite being the recordings by Mike Stern. With the five piece, I take that sound and liberally apply it into my own style jazz composition.”   That style, seen in his Saxomble and House Big Band, is an instrumental mix of jazz, latin, pop, and funk.  The Kerrytown show will see the premiere of new works for the quintet as well as adapted arrangements from Bobby’s recording catalouge.

 

 

About Bobby Streng:

Bobby Streng is a saxophonist, composer, and arranger of all genres of music.  When not leading or co-leading his own jazz fusion groups such as Liquid Street, the House Big Band, Saxomble, or the Bobby Streng Group, he can be heard as a member of Walter White and Small Medium at Large, the Paul Keller Orchestra, and as a freelance musician around Detroit and the Midwest. Since 2007, Bobby has enjoyed the privilege of traveling nationally and internationally with the Harry James Orchestra led by trumpeter Fred Radke.  This has included multiple tours of the US and Canada, a trip to South America, two consecutive performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival (2009 and 2010), and two double bill tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  In addition to his work with HJO, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra featured Bobby in the lead alto role of Jimmy Dorsey on a 31 concert tour across the US in 2009.  He has also performed with Motown legends like The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The O’Jays.

In the classical music realm, Bobby recorded under Maestro Lenard Slatkin on William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Exerience which earned the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording. He is a former member of the Larry Teal Saxophone Quartet, was a concerto competition winner at the University of Michigan, and performs with Taiwanese marimba virtuoso Isabelle Huang in the Jazoe Duo. This past year, Bobby performed a concerto grosso with the San Louis Potosi Symphony Orchestra (Mexico) with the Toledo based quartet Sax Fourth Avenue and gave a series of master classes at Universities in Taiwan.

Bobby holds a bachelors degree from the University of Dayton and a masters from the University of Michigan where he studied with the renowned saxophonist Donald Sinta.

Great August of 2013

August 30th, 2013

August was a busy month of gigs… Walter White and Small Medium at Large with special guest Alexander Zonjic, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Flint Jazz Festival to name a few. I love the summer months!

Jonathan Ovalle Concert 9/3

August 30th, 2013

Prof. Jonathan Ovalle from the University of Michigan has put together a great concert for this Tuesday night. Hard hitting electric jazz for one set on the campus of UM featuring a great band of Detroit fusion players:
Jonathan Ovalle – Drums
Dale Grisa – keyoards/organ
Takashi Iio – bass
Kris Kurzawa – guitar
Bobby Streng – saxophones

September 3, 2013 – 8pm
McIntosh Theater
UM School of Music
1100 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

SET LIST
Foreign Corespondent – Yellowjackets
The Spin – Yellow Jackets
Jazz Crimes – Joshua Redman
Liquid Streets – Roy Hargrove
Chromazome – Mike Stern
Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America – John Guerin
Access Denied – Dave Weckl
and more…

Motown in Motown

June 9th, 2013

Just had the privilege of playing bari sax for two great Motown acts: Martha Reeves and the Vandellas AND the Four Tops. This outdoor concert was right across the Detroit River in Windsor – The Carousel of Nations Concert.

Both have a great book for bari that treat the horn the way it was intended: low, loud, and often! Martha Reeves had a five horn section. It was a blast sitting in with my friends from the Motor City Horns for this set. They’re amazing players. The Tops boasted a 10 piece horn section, five saxes and five brass. What a sound!

Aurea Silva performs Break Down by Bobby Streng

May 3rd, 2013

Here is a clip of the fantastic Aurea Silva Trio performing my piece “Break Down”

 

House Big Band

May 3rd, 2013

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bobbystrengshousebigband

Click here for details of the House Big Band’s 2012 debut