Conference Call is a new quartet using project featuring the exciting German woodwind virtuoso Gebhard Ullmann the established piano/bass collaboration of Michael Jefrey Stevens and Joe Fonda (the Fonda Stevens Group) and the highly individual percussion styling of master drummer Matt Wilson.
A core group of seasoned musicians/friends who continue to rehearse, perform, record, and compose. The members of this group have been performing together for the last 20 years.
"What’s fascinating about this band is that it’s a coalescing of many streams. Each player brings with him a wealth of experience as both instrumentalist and composer, leader and sideman .. . all of this experience comes together in the Nu Band to make a unique music as fresh and invigorating as any being done today." - from liner notes by Robert lannapollo
Joe had been thinking about the instrumentation of this band for some years before he had enough compositions to bring this band into the studio.
A dynamic trio that features one of the must beloved musicians/artists from Germany, Herbert Joos, with Joe Fonda, bass, Patrick Bebelaar, piano .
Fonda's newest project is an interdisciplinary music-performance ensemble. The ensemble includes four musicians, a tap dancer, and a body healer.
with Carlo Morena, Piano; Joe Fonda, Bass and Michele Salgarello, Drums.
In the two years since she has begun recording, Katie Bull has proven herself to be "a force to be reckoned with in vocal jazz." On her first two Corn Hill Indie albums, Conversations With The Jokers and Love Spook, Bull demonstrated a strong foundation in the music’s tradition, as well as the powerful will and desire to expand it, blending adventurous original material with her own uniquely personal interpretations of classics from the Great American Songbook. Now, on CUP OF JOE, NO BULL, she demonstrates the depth of her commitment to her artistic philosophy, baring her soul in an intimate musical conversation with bassist Joe Fonda, as she continues to combine her own compelling compositions with music from the standard jazz repertoire.
Improvised music, surprising developments, sounds that have never been heard before — amazing interaction! It's Chinese; it's American — it's world music!
A unique jazz duo that explores the rich timbres and harmonic possibilities of two string instruments, through original compositions and lesser-known jazz standards.
EASTERN BOUNDARY ls a recent collaborative quartet featuring the Hungarian master musicians drummer Balazs Bagyi and saxophonist Mihaly Borbely and the long-standing bass/piano partnership of New York City bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens (co-leaders of the Fonda/Stevens Group). This quartet first performed together in Europe in 2007, toured the United States in the spring of 2009 and toured Eastern Europe in October. The group just finished recording their 2nd CD which will be released to coincide with their upcoming 2011 European tour. The band was formed with the imagination of connecting two worlds of the jazz scene today. This unique collaboration is a mixture of avantgarde jazz and ethno music from Hungary, like a cultural bridge between the USA and Eastern-Europe. This bridge is made of talent, respect, brotherhood and friendship, built by the common language of jazz and improvised music.
Trio GENERATIONS ......stands for the clash of generations on the highest imaginable level of musical creativity. It is the reappraisal of fusion and difference regarding the life concepts and styles of the artists as well as their very different, but not contradictory, approaches towards music. The creative resources of the music of tRIo GENERATIONS are defined by the musical concepts of the three musicians on the very basis of their originality and their traditions. The performance is based upon firmly composed music as well as free improvisation. The tRIo's audible output is a crisp, fresh, modern sound; indefinable somewhere in-between Jazz, Avantgarde, Funk, Rock, Reggae….. establishing a thrilling tension from the first to the last minute. Featuring Joe Fonda on bass - Michael Jefry Stevens on piano - Emil Gross on drums. Michael Jefery Stevens Piano - Emil Gross Drums - Joe Fonda Bass-
This international quartet features Joe Fonda (Bass), Michael J. Stevens (piano),Harvey Sorgen (drums) and German vocalist Nicole Metzger. Their debut CD was recorded in 2002 in Brooklyn, NY and their latest CD (recorded in Koln in December 2010) will be released in 2011.