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The AS-IS Ensemble is the musical home of musician/producer Michael Bellar. This highly excitable, ecstatic groove, alt-jazz group has opened for Robert Randolph & the Family Band, John Scofield, Oliver Wood (of the Wood Brothers), Medeski Martin & Wood, Grant Green Jr. and the Ryan Montbleau Band. They have performed at such venues as Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the NYC Winter, JVC and Bell Atlantic Jazz Festivals and were formerly the house band at the world-famous Blue Note jazz club in New York City. In a review of their first ever performance in New York City, they were hailed as “GENERATION NEXT” by Billboard Magazine. The group has recorded three studio CDs – “Turned On Turned Up” (2009), “Like It Is,” and “REACT!” Featured on the latest release Turned On Turned Up, are bassist Rob Jost (Imogen Heap, Bjork), drummer Brad Wentworth (Ryan Keberle. Aretha Franklin) and percussionist Robert Di Pietro (Norah Jones, Jessie Harris).
In addition to the AS-IS Ensemble has toured or recorded with Amos Lee, Art Garfunkel, Howie Day, Wheatus, Teddy Geiger, Jump Little Children, Jay Clifford's Rosebud and Euro pop star Giorgia. His national TV appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, the Conan O'Brien Show, the Ellen Degeneres Show, TRL, Good Morning America, Regis and Kathy Lee and the CBS Morning Show.
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