Mike Kaplan (arranger/tenor saxophone) envisioned the Nonet as a unit combining the strength, cohesion and varied tonal colors of a big band with the spontaneity and flexibility of a small group. The Nonet features 6 horns out front, an intuitive rhythm section and plays original arrangements in a variety of styles and genres all filtered through the 21st century Jazz sensibilities of the leader and bandmembers. In addition to featuring original compositions, the band also re-examines and re-works deserving compositions of others from Duke Ellington to Herbie Nichols to George Adams. Mike studied saxophone with Warne Marsh, Joe Lovano, Mack Goldsbury and Fred Amend and graduated William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. In addition to freelancing in the NJ/NY area, he has had his arrangements performed by the Composers Big Band and recorded by Orquesta Royal and la Progressiva.
December 18, 2013
The Mike Kaplan Nonet Salutes Cedar Walton, Sun 12/29 4-7pm, Trumpets...
April 07, 2005
Mike Kaplan Nonet at Luna Rossa Fri 4-15, Clifton, NJ
April 02, 2004
Mike Kaplan Nonet live at Dancing Goat Cafe, South Orange, NJ Thursday...
May 05, 2003
Mike Kaplan Nonet Releases "How's That?" on Semi-Sweet Records