“…and then there’s another song that was really the crucial harmonic basis for New Zion Trio….”

– Jamie Saft interview at Burning Ambulance

Jamie Saft Official channel launch on YouTube

Subscribe to Jamie Saft’s new YouTube channel for live performance content.  Today the channel launches with a solo jam on organ of Timmy Thomas’s “Why Can’t We Live Together.”

Tune in tomorrow for a premiere.  9am GMT | 5am US ET


Tickets and info for Jamie Saft’s upcoming shows are in the event links below.

Jamie Saft’s SPHERES series continues with another great cast of improvisers

Jamie Saft (Zorn, Bad Brains, Iggy Pop, Beastie Boys) – keys
Chuck Hammer (David Bowie, Lou Reed) – guitar
Brad Jones (Marc Ribot, Ornette Coleman) – bass
Dan Rieser (Norah Jones, Marcy Playground) – drums

Tuesday, October 15 @ Nublu
151 Avenue C

Häxan, Witchcraft through the Ages (1922), directed by Benjamin Christensen, with an original live score by Jamie Saft

Friday, October 18 @ Story Screen
445 Main St Beacon NY

“Referred to in English as The Witches or Witchcraft Through the Ages, Häxan is a Swedish-Danish film, a curious and groundbreaking mix of documentary and silent horror cinema, written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Whereas most films of the period were literary adaptations, Christensen’s take was unique, basing his film upon non-fiction works, mainly the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th-century treatise on witchcraft he found in a Berlin bookshop, as well as a number of other manuals, illustrations and treatises on witches and witch-hunting…
…Reportedly the most expensive film of the Swedish silent film era, Häxan was actually banned in the United States, and heavily censored in other countries.”-excerpted from Public Domain Review

Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio

Saturday, November 9 @ Quinn’s
330 Main St Beacon NY

Saft on vintage keys and electronics is joined by Brad Jones on bass and drummer Oscar Debe (Majek Fashek).

Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio plays the Sons d’Hiver Festival, with Bill Laswell’s Method of Defiance, at Salle Jacques Brel, on February 1, 2020.  Dates in Vienna, Kufstein, and more to follow.

Jamie Saft is deeply honored to be mentioned in The New Yorker’s extensive profile of the maestro Iggy Pop.

Read: The Survival of Iggy Pop (The New Yorker, September 2019)

Iggy Pop on Singing Jazz, Turning 70 (Rolling Stone – April 2017)
Rock vet talks adapting to the “quietude” of new piano-trio LP ‘Loneliness Road,’ crooning in French and how he’s keeping busy



Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte (with Iggy Pop)

Loneliness Road

  1. Ten Nights
  2. Little Harbor
  3. Bookmaking
  4. Don’t Lose Yourself (with Iggy Pop)
  5. Henbane
  6. Pinkus
  7. The Barrier
  8. Nainsook
  9. Loneliness Road (with Iggy Pop)
  10. Unclouded Moon
  11. Gates
  12. Everyday (with Iggy Pop)

 RareNoiseRecords, May 26, 2017


Thank you

A SEPT 6.2X copy


Jamie Saft’s SPHERES series continues with another lineup of jazz heavies. This time around, Saft will be joined by frequent collaborators Chuck Hammer (guitar) and Bobby Previte (drums), but also Andy Hess (bass; Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes) and Cyro Baptista (percussion; Trey Anastasio Band, Sting).

  • Monday, September 9, 2019
  • 8:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Nublu – 151 Avenue C New York NY 10009

The band will play one set of music at 8:30pm on September 9 2019.

Jamie Saft, keys.  Jamie Saft is a virtuoso pianist, keyboardist, producer, and composer from New York. His stylistic versatility, multi-instrumentalist capabilities, and production skills have been featured with Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, HR, The B-52’s, John Zorn, John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Donovan, Antony and the Johnsons, and Iggy Pop. Saft leads the New Zion Trio, The Jamie Saft Trio, and The Jamie Saft Quartet.

Chuck Hammer, guitar.  American guitarist and soundtrack composer, known for textural guitar work with Lou Reed and David Bowie, and the development of a technique referred to as “Guitarchitecture.”

Cyro Baptista, percussion.  Master of all things world music and jazz, Baptista has recorded and performed with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Snoop Dog, Cassandra Wilson, Tom Zé, Sting and many more.

Andy Hess, bass.  Hess is a former member of Gov’t Mule.  He has played bass with Joan Osborne’s band as well as John Scofield’s Uberjam, and done session work for artists such as David Byrne and Tina Turner.

Bobby Previte, drums.  Previte is a composer and performer who has worked with master composer John Adams, singer Tom Waits, and director Robert Altman.

Tickets: https://withfriends.co/event/2355234/jamie_saft_and_thunder_shout_present_spheres_w_chuck_hammer_cyro_baptista_andy_hess_bobby_previte


Praise for Hidden Corners (RareNoise Records) by The Jamie Saft Quartet

“Hidden Corners is tactile. Instruments are close enough to touch. Jones’ bass and Drake’s drums are powerful and loud, not like an objectively neutral audiophile recording but like live music. Hidden Corners is vividly, gloriously in-your-face. The intensity of the music is inseparable from the physical impact of the sound.”

– Stereophile

Ecstatic, fierce, surging like a mighty river, it will leave an indelible imprint upon your psyche.” – The Aquarian

August XX

SPHERES (II) at Nublu NEW YORK NY | Tuesday, August 6, 8pm

Jamie Saft & Thunder Shout have connected to present SPHERES: a monthly residency where Saft taps heavy-hitting improvisers from the NYC scene to congregate for a set of no-boundary musical exploration.

This month, on August 6, we host…

Jamie Saft (keys; John Zorn, Bad Brains, Iggy Pop)
Chuck Hammer (guitar; David Bowie, Lou Reed)
Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass; Ornette Coleman, Marc Ribot)
Mike Clark (drums; Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride)

$10 adv / $15 dos

Details at Facebook | Advance Tickets

Recent review of Hidden Corners by The Jamie Saft Quartet in Financial Times