Josh Berman


Josh Berman is an internationally recognized cornetist and composer. He has led the acclaimed Old Idea, Josh Berman and his Gang, and his own trio. In addition to being an indispensable contributor to Chicago’s jazz and improvised music scene, Berman has been a concert presenter with fellow Chicagoan Mike Reed, producing hundreds of shows over the past 20 years. Berman’s work has been critically acclaimed in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, JazzTimes, and DownBeat, among others. His recordings can be found on the Chicago’s legendary Delmark Records and more recently on Austin’s Astral Spirits Records


Mars Williams
Mars Williams Presents An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4: Chicago vs. NYC

DISC 1: CHICAGO (tracks 1-4)

Mars Williams - sax, toy instruments
Josh Berman - cornet
Jim Baker - piano, viola, arp synth
Ken Kessler - bass
Brian Sandstrom - bass, guitar, trumpet
Steve Hunt - drums

Peter Maunu - violin
Katinka Kleijn - cello (track 1, 3)
Keefe Jackson - bari sax (track 4)

Recorded & Mixed by Dave Zuchowski.
Live at Hungry Brain (12/15/19)

DISC 2: NYC (tracks 5-6)

Mars Williams - sax, toy instruments
Steve Swell - trombone
Hilliard Greene - bass
Chris Corsano - drums
Nels Cline - guitar
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello

Recorded & Mixed by Marc Uselli
Live at DiMenna Center (12/21/19)

Disc 2 Dedicated to the Memory of Erik J. Stern.

Split release with Williams' own Soul What Records & Astral Spirits. Yet another yearly installment of "An Ayler Xmas" just in time to cheer us up post election. This is the first time that there will be a vinyl version of Ayler Xmas jams!!

PLEASE NOTE: The vinyl version contains ONLY tracks 3 & 6 which are the same medley but done in entirely different styles by the Chicago and NYC groups respectively. HOWEVER, the vinyl version does come with a digital download of the ENTIRE album.

Special Thanks to Erik J. Stern, Matt Vernon & Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery for their exceptional work and making this NYC show possible. 
released November 13, 2020