|10/26/16||Kennedy Administration||New York||Groove||United States|
|11/04/16||Gregory Porter||Leverkusen||FORUM LEVERKUSEN||Germany|
|11/04/16||Gregory Porter||Aalen||Stadthalle Aalen||Germany|
|11/06/16||Gregory Porter||Ingolstadt||Ingolstädter Jazztage||Germany|
|11/08/16||Gregory Porter||Amsterdam||Koninklijk Theater Carre||Netherlands|
|11/11/16||Gregory Porter||Amsterdam||Heineken Music Hall||Netherlands|
|11/13/16||Gregory Porter||Tbilisi||Tbilisi Concert Hall||Georgia|
|11/15/16||Gregory Porter||Milano||Barclays Teatro Nazionale||Italy|
|11/19/16||ORGANIC quartet||Slaný||Slánské jazzové dny||Czech Republic|
|11/21/16||Gregory Porter||Ludwigshafen||BASF Feierabendhaus||Germany|
|11/22/16||Gregory Porter||Salzburg||Haus für Mozart||Austria|
|11/23/16||Gregory Porter||Wien||MuseumsQuartier Wien||Austria|
|11/25/16||ORGANIC quartet||Prague||Jazz Dock||Czech Republic|
|11/26/16||ORGANIC quartet||Prague||Jazz Dock||Czech Republic|
|11/27/16||ORGANIC quartet||Prague||Jazz Dock||Czech Republic|
Everyone who relocates to New York has an account of getting there, being there and making it work. But even among the million variations on the settler’s theme, Ondre J’s story stands out. Ondre was, and is, a celebrated keyboardist, composer, recording artist and bandleader from the Czech Republic. On this side of the Atlantic Ocean, he’s also music director and resident organ player at a Gospel Church in Brooklyn.
Though based in Brooklyn, Ondre J goes where the music is. He recently toured Europe as a member of the live band for Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter, having also recorded with Porter in New York on the latter’s 2016 release, “Take Me To The Alley.”
With Porter, Ondre J played venues including London’s storied Royal Albert Hall and the BBC’s celebrated live music show, “Later … With Jools Holland.” These were highlights even for a seasoned player like Ondre J, whose resumé already boasted dates at Glastonbury and North Sea Jazz, an opening slot with Andra Day for r&b star Toni Braxton, performance with the legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and a tour in front of total of 70,000 people as keyboardist for French pop singer Ayo.
At home, Ondrej J divides his musical time between his church and other projects. He’s also the keyboardist and music director for a swinging, soulful hybrid r&b-jazz-pop band, the Kennedy Administration, that plays a regular weekly gig at Groove in Greenwich Village.
He arrived in the city in 2010 aware of its reputation for swallowing up good musicians or sending them home with tails tucked. But he still had to go through the eye-opening reality of learning to live and thrive here. Six years and countless gigs later, Ondre J is leading a band, playing music with a congregation, picking up tours all over the world — and making his first appearance, courtesy of Porter, on a recording for the venerable Blue Note jazz label.
There’s more to do, as always, and Ondre J is looking ahead with the confidence of someone whose faith in music is being repaid in kind.
Reinforcing their well-honed rapport is the return of Porter’s core accompanying musicians – pianist and music director Chip Crawford, bassist Aaron James, drummer Emanuel Harrold, alto saxophonist Yosuke Sato, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. Singer Alicia Olatuja, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and organist Ondre J Pivec also make appearances throughout.