The Book Nook – This is Our Environment Tour

“This is Our Environment” brings together original music, spoken word, and environmental justice in order to challenge our understanding of the environment to push us towards a more just and equitable society founded on a sense of community.

This performance at The Book Nook & Java Shop is part of the debut tour of “This is Our Environment,” featuring myself and five of my great friends and musicians in the Joseph Herbst Sextet. Following the tour, we will record these pieces for our first album. This night, we will be performing all of the selections from the album, as well as jazz standards by fellow NC artists such as Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane and originals by members of the band.

My compositions draw influence from musicians such as Brian Blade, Ambrose Akinmusire, Alan Ferber, and Maria Schneider, while pulling on my classical background. Altogether, the music is highlighted by lyrical melodies interjected with bursts of energy and chaos to create stories that I hope will bring you, the listener, along for the journey.

I hope will join us in this event and conversation as we make our way across Michigan!

We will be joined by local spoken word artists, who will be announced in the near future.

There will be a $5 cover at the door.

Evan Taylor, Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Joseph M Herbst, Saxophones and Compositions
Liany Mateo, Bass
Luther S. Allison, Piano
Peter Martin, Guitar
Zachary Mckinney, Drums

BAND BIO (in 3rd person now)
Coming from Asheville, North Carolina, saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Joseph Herbst is paving his way as an avid composer and arranger in the jazz world, combining his years of classical saxophone studies under internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Joe Lulloff, with his active involvement in traditional and modern jazz. Joseph has studied composition and arranging under Etienne Charles and Diego Rivera while at Michigan State University and has had his arrangements performed by musicians such as Rodney Whitaker, Mark Whitfield, and Harvey Mason.

The Joseph Herbst Sextet features fellow students and alumni of Michigan State – Evan Taylor on trumpet, Peter Martin on guitar, Luther Allison on piano, Zach McKinney on drums, and Liany Mateo on bass. Collectively, members of the band of performed and toured with artists such as Rodney Whitaker, Etienne Charles, and Michael Dease, worked as clinicians at camps across the country, and performed at notable venues such as Smalls Jazz Club in New York City, among many other accomplishments.

To learn more about the project and tour, visit here:

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