Known for their industry first "Applum" - a complete record delivered solely through the iTunes App Store - New York Jazz trumpeter Mark Rapp and renowned guitarist/vocalist Derek Lee Bronstons jazz group "The Song Project" has partnered with South Carolina Bank and Trust on a return tour of the Carolinas culminating in a performance whose partial proceeds will benefit the Women's Shelter Health Services of Charlotte NC. SC-raised trumpeter Mark Rapp is looking forward to the return tour saying "I love coming home to play for family and friends and the audiences in general are some of the best." Acting as the group's mobility sponsor The Song Project will hit the road in a SCBT Volkswagon Beetle. This is the second time the two entities have collaborated. The week prior to the 2010 Euphoria Festival in Greenville SC the Song Project hit the road sending Twitter and Facebook updates about life on the road in a bug while gaining attention for the festival's Sunday Jazz Brunch that is sponsored by SCBT. They plan to do the same during this tour. The last show for The Song Project offers support to Shelter Health Services who provides free healthcare and health education to homeless women and children through its walk-in clinic located within Mecklenburg County's largest women's shelter. Mark says "What is living the music living your art if not making it a tangible experience for all by having a way for us to reach out and effect lives. The pleasure in helping a struggling family the rewarding smiles… all of this makes the music and night more meaningful and way more fun." What is an applum? The Song Project released their debut CD in an untraditional manner and one that takes advantage of iPad's technology. "It is a complete modern album where you experience the music award-winning photography artist notes and more" explains Derek Lee Bronston. The Applum is coined and created by theConspiracy a Brooklyn based tech+design company in partnership with the digital music company Paved Earth Music. It is a free download on the iTunes App Store. With SCBT as mobility sponsor a unique model of distributing their music supporting the communities in which they play not to mention their jazz interpretations of AC/DC Radiohead and Tears for Fears The Song Project is not your everyday jazz group. Show dates include: Wednesday March 30 - Davidson College Jazz Workshop (Davidson NC) Thursday March 31 - The Lazy Goat (Greenville SC) Friday April 1 - The Speakeasy (Columbia SC) Saturday April 2 - Brown Street Jazz Club (Greenville SC) Sunday April 3 - Petra's Piano Bar (Charlotte NC) About The Song Project www.thesongproject.net About South Carolina Bank and Trust www.scbtonline.com About Shelter Health Services www.shelterhealthservices.com For further information contact Mark Rapp:
### BIO: They extend jazz into its own genre with interpretations ranging from AC/DC to Rodgers&Hart. With captivating interchanges between guitar and trumpet lined with raw vocals The Song Project explores the art of the song both written and improvised. Celebrated by jazz and non-jazz fans alike Mark Rapp (trumpet didgeridoo) & Derek Lee Bronston (guitar vocals) are without a doubt on to something new and very exciting. Be sure to experience their industry first "applum" - a free download on the iTunes App store. Mark Rapp holds a Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans - earning it under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis and continued to live and play in New Orleans for 5 years. Mark then moved to New York where he played for 9 years. He has 3 diverse records as a leader and Disney’s CD (Feb 2011) "Everybody Wants to be a Cat" features Mark on it’s closing track. This CD also features Roy Hargrove Dave Brubeck Esperanza Spalding The Bad Plus Joshua Redman and more. Currently Mark is finishing his 4th record as a leader a tribute to Lou Donaldson and is due to release early 2011. Derek Lee Bronston has 20 years experience as a New York based musician has 7 records as a leader and co-leader as well as appearances as a sideman on many others. He originally came to NYC from Detroit in 1990 and has played with Cecil Taylor Tom Harrel Billy Bang Branford Marsalis The Hush Mostley Jerry Gonzalez and Dave Binney to name a few. PRESS: “We’re extremely excited to be supporting Mark and Derek on The Song Project” said Michael Kauffman SVP of Sales and Marketing at RightsFlow. “Both are inspiring innovators on their instruments as well as with technology and we look forward to helping them reach high notes.” – RightsFlow.com “…more than anyone else among today’s trumpeters Rapp is breaking down the age old paradigms as to how the trumpet ought to be played in a jazz environment…” – JazzPolice.com “Rapp lives up to his billing as one of today's exciting young trumpeters.” -AllAboutJazz.com "Bronston growls and moans like a male Lucinda Williams." - Performing Songwriter "Bronston's writing uniquely straddles the worlds of ECM-ish impressionism and straight-ahead blowing making simultaneously relaxing and muscular." - Cadence “Props are due to the independent artists’ unique marketing approach as they release Art of the Song vol.1” - Wine and Jazz Magazine'