Who: St. Augustine
What: New Jazz Underground Live
Where: The Waterworks
184 San Marco Ave
St. Augustine, FL 32084
When: April 20th, 2024 at 7pm
About New Jazz Underground
“New Jazz Underground” is a trio composed of three Juilliard School Alumni in Jazz at Lincoln
Center’s inner circle of young artists who have worked closely with jazz masters ranging from
Wynton Marsalis, Victor Lewis and ELEW.
The trio featuring Abdias Armenteros saxophone 23, Sebastian Rios bass 26, and TJ Reddick
drums 23, met while they were students at the prestigious Juilliard School. However, it wasn’t
until the Summer of 2020 when they started playing as a group regularly.
Forced out of live music venues during the pandemic lockdown the group would meet on a
weekly basis in the parks and streets of NYC to perform. Still without a live audience,
in January of 2021 the band started their YouTube channel and have since built a worldwide
audience of over 2 million viewers and 65k+ subscribers as of April 2023 through their viral
The band’s artistic ethos is steeped in veneration of the rich lineage of jazz while demonstrating
an acute awareness and presence in contemporary postmodernist sensibilities. Their online
output reflects this characteristic balance, performing music created in solemn focus on swing,
the blues, and improvisation, yet their approach in the modern art and media landscape comes
with a measured irony.
Attention-grabbing and at times even provocative titles such as “they can hate but we still
swinging,” “f***ᵏ/s***ᵗ/c**ᵗ/jazz.,” and “Modern Jazz but its good” play into “clickbait” and “cringe”
internet tropes. However, in contrast to what the titles may suggest these performances
exemplify young artists who have immersed themselves in the jazz tradition yet exude an
idiosyncratic collective musical identity rooted in the artist’s familial interpersonal relationship
that speaks to a democratic modernity of profound symbolic significance.
In spring of 2023 they are slated to release their first single title “Hold My Halo / Pseudo Latin
Vibe” marking their first official release and glimpse into their original musical conception.