Grants Tomb, hailing from Greenwich Village is powered by many of the young lions on the New York jazz scene. They combine elements of rock, jazz, blues, they add a taste of funk and a slice of americana to create a vibrant sound, new and fresh while still paying homage to past musical traditions. Their blazing horns, dueling keys and rock solid rhythm section is creating a buzz on Bleecker St, not seen in years. Grant's Tomb jams every Wednesday night at the legendary club Kenny's Castaways, a perfect setting for the band, with it's incredible history and tradition of launching many of the music industries biggest stars since the 60's.
Grant's Tomb is comprised of conservatory trained jazz musicians most from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, and got their name from Grant's Tomb Park a block away, a favorite band hangout. The band ranges in size from 6 to 10 players depending on the venue and is capable of drawing it's set lists from all genres of music always feeding off it's audience for energy and direction. Because they're playing the music they love their sound is an incedible mix of high level musicianship played with garage band passion. In addiditon to an ever growing list of originals, Grant's Tomb jams on many of the classic songs from the Dead, Phish, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Band and Jimmy Cliff.
The band like it's music is constantly changing and evolving while every gig features a slightly different lineup, the following musicians are considered members of the band:
Originally of Newington, CT, Mike is the leader of Grant’s Tomb on trumpet and vocals. Mike created the band by linking together his friends and fellow musicians from his Hartford roots and Manhattan School of Music to form a band that specializes in improvisation and genre blending. He is currently attending Columbia University Teacher’s College for music education. He received his Bachelors Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he appeared with the Latin Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra under the direction of renowned percussionist Bobby Sanabria. A gifted soloist, composer and bandleader, Bafundo studied and performed for 6 years at Hartford's renowned Artist Collective under the guidance of founder and jazz legend Jackie McLean and has performed alongside and for jazz greats including Jimmy Greene, Paul Brown, Candido Camero, and Tony Bennett. He is also a current member of the Matt Zeiner Band and West End Blend.
James Sheppard is a spirited composer/arranger, pianist and singer
based out of the upper west side of Manhattan. Currently working for
the Church of St. Agnes as a Tenor, the First Congregational Church of
Riverhead Long Island as Sunday organist and an arranger for artists
such as Tom Stacy (NY Philharmonic), and David Noon (Manhattan School
Born in Riverhead Long Island, James Sheppard is a New York musician through and through. In High School James won the “The Arts of Southold Town” scholarship for his piano composition “Midnight Ride” (2004) and was commissioned by the Suffolk County Youth Orchestra to compose a piece for Chamber
Orchestra, “Galaxy” (2007). Since then he has composed numerous works for
voice, chamber ensembles and orchestra. His musicalstyles range from Rock to Classical. He is now in pursuit of his Masters Degree in Classical Composition at the Manhattan School of Music.James has studied with composers Nils Vigeland, Reiko Fueting, J MarkStambaugh and David Noon. He has also studied with pianists Marjean
Olson, Lisa Yui and Steven Mann.
Kevin Supina is a rising saxophonist, composer, and producer based in New York City. Born and raised in State College, PA, Kevin first picked up a saxophone at 8 years old and quickly became enamored. He now holds a Bachelor's in Jazz Saxophone from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied privately with Joe Temperly, Steve Wilson, Garry Dial, John Riley, and Donny McCaslin. Having grown up on reggae and prog rock, Kevin also produces electronic music and hip-hop, currently in collaboration with rapper Ian Levy. A new project combining production with a live band is currently in development, and will be performing by the end of 2013. He also plays alto saxophone in Ray Cetta's project Massive Brass, among other gigs across the city and elsewhere. He likes to think he's the best Mario Kart 64 player in Grants Tomb, but I'll probably regret saying that...
A native of Newington Connecticut, Kevin started playing guitar at the ripe age of 12 and studied at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts during high school under the tutelage of Jimmy Greene, Paul Brown, and Doug Maher. He later went on to study jazz performance at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College, studying with the likes of John Abercrombie, Randy Johnston, and Jonathan Kreisberg, and in 2010 earned his Bachelors Degree. During his time there, he developed a stong connection to not just jazz music, but to the rhythms and harmonies that tie jazz to so many other genres such as bluegrass, funk, reggae, rock, soul and the blues.
As a composer Kevin continues to strive to make music that brings out the subtleties of emotion in his listeners. He composes electronic music as well as fusion and instrumental jazz, and is in the process of recording and producing forthcoming solo material.
Driven by his passion for traveling, Kevin began working as a guitarist at sea for Princess Cruises and has since traveled to Europe, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, and Alaska, but his heart has always remained at home in the Tri-State area with his family, friends, fellow colleagues, and band mates.
As a founding member of Grant's Tomb, Kevin has been around since the earliest conceptions of the band. Kevin remains dedicated to creating music that is fun and inspiring for audiences and listeners, as the Grant's Tomb experience continues to evolve. Kevin is the best N64 Smash Bros. player in the band. He's not too shabby at Mario Kart 64 either.
Bass and Sousaphone - Ray Cetta
In his rapidly unfolding career, bassist Ray Cetta has dug into a huge array of styles to create a musical personality that is dynamic, engaging, and incredibly versatile. As one of New York's most sought after freelance musicians, he answers the call to be fluent in every setting. Ray has performed at major venues from Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center, to renowned clubs including The Bitter End, Le Poisson Rouge, and Feinstein’s, where he performed in the final run of Michael Feinstein’s Christmas Show. He is also an in-demand sousaphone player, grooving with the best of NYC's New Orleans-style brass bands. Ray is equally at home leading creative projects, such as his 6-horn driven funk band, Massive Brass. He has written for a huge variety of performing groups, and his music appeared on the NBC Sports 2012 Summer Olympic broadcast. Ray is a lifelong New York Rangers fan, and the 2nd best Super Smash (N64) player in Grant's Tomb.
Sean Richey is an artist and music educator living in Brooklyn, New York. He also a member of Rahn Kooby (founded by Sean Richey/'Dr. Chim' & Sean 'Moon' Mullins), East Middle West (an experimental group of improvisers, led by Michael Mitchell and Conun Pappas), Fighting in the Streets (led by Alex Lopez and Norman Paul Edwards Jr., reviving themes from the classic NES video games). In 2012, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Arts Program and began working as a Jazz Faculty Member at the Larchmont Music Academy and Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp. He is originally from Fresno, CA, and has a twin brother, named Justin Richey, a freelance bassist/bandleader residing in Boston, MA.
Adrian I. Untermyer Armed with years of intensive training and experience playing pianos, keyboards, and the Hammond B3 Organ, Adrian Untermyer is a musical force to be reckoned with. Born outside Chicago and raised in northern Connecticut, Untermyer and bandleader Mike Bafundo graduated from the prestigious Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, where the pair studied under saxophonist Jimmy Greene. Untermyer performs on stages large and small throughout New York City and the Northeast, including regular appearances with Billboard chart-topper Kim Sozzi, and has jammed alongside Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Jaimoe Johanson of The Allman Brothers Band. Untermyer’s hobbies include breaking his own eyeglasses and defending his vintage keyboard collection against drinks without coasters.
Isaac Kaplan, age 23, is a talented trombonist from Southern California. Born in Boston, MA, raised in Long Beach and Rossmoor, CA, Isaac grew up with a love of music, playing piano since age 6. Initially attracted by the novelty of the horn at age 10, Isaac grew to love the trombone's rich, vocal-like texture. 13 years later, he now holds Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Isaac can be heard in a wide variety of musical settings, ranging from jazz combos, big bands, and chamber groups, to rock and R&B groups. In addition to performing with Grant's Tomb, he has had the privilege of performing with artists such as Michael McDonald, Chris Botti, and Tom Jones, and recently appeared on the new album, "Repeat After Me," by South American dance/rock sensation, Los Amigos Invisibles. Isaac currently resides in New York City. In his spare time, Isaac enjoys riding his bike, and wonders how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie-pop.
Coleman Bartels was born in Hanover, New Hampshire and began playing the drums at the age of 5. He started private lessons with Tim Gilmore at age 7, which gave him the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of drumming at an early age. By the time he was in high school, he was selected to perform with Dartmouth College’s award-winning Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble, as well as the New Hampshire Jazz All-State Honors Band. It was at this point that Coleman began to perform professionally with local bands in the New Hampshire and Vermont area. In 2006, he moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music as a jazz performance major. At MSM, Coleman studied under John Riley and Justin Dicioccio and performed with various ensembles. While still in School, he played in many musical situations, including NYC funk band Captain Coconut and hip hop artist Lee, with performances at notable venues such as the Bitter End, the Blue Note and Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was his senior year at MSM in 2010 that he had the honor of joining Grant’s Tomb. Combining his Knowledge of jazz, funk and rock, Coleman provides a strong rhythmic foundation for the band. In addition to Grant’s tomb, Coleman also leads his own funk band “Roof Access”, and performs with various other bands and projects in the tri-state area.
Leo Pellegrino (AKA GREENMAN) plays Bari sax in grants tomb. He grew up in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and has been playing the sax since he can remember. He is 21, the coolest age ever. Why did Leo Pellegrino pick Bari Sax to be his main axe? The answer is simple; the Bari Sax is the closest instrument to a chainsaw. Out of all the instruments in the world, the Bari Sax most exemplifies the chain saw sound. It is a raw intense sound that can be pulled and pushed to create an insane multiphonic explosion. The Bari Sax is the coolest thing ever invented and its way better than sliced bread. But not sliced banana bread, that’s bomb.