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On The Spot is exactly where these three musicians stand when they settle into a heavy funk-laden groove. Formed in July 2006, O.T.S. Trio mixes classic soul jazz stylings with modern jazz improvisational chops to create a dance party for the ages.
Since they began performing, On The Spot Trio has been a regular at Santa Cruz County clubs & have hit the festival circuit, giving dance-hungry crowds the music they desire. Yet,in the past year alone,they have completed several successful tours throughout the U.S. & have had the honor of sharing the stage with major influences and friends such as: Eric Krasno (Soulive), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band), Nigel Hall (Soulive), Ray Paczowski (Trey Anastasio Band), Sam Kininger (Soulive), & Big Sam Williams (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), to name just a few.
On The Spot Trio spent December 2009 in the northeast, using a short run of successful shows to fuel a ten day camp out at Playonbrother Studios in Hatfield, Massachusetts. With Alan Evans of Soulive at the helm, On The Spot Trio’s debut album‘Straight Out The Garden’ came to fruition filled with warmth and groove. Evans recorded, mixed, co-produced, added percussion, & some rhythm guitar throughout the album. Soulive’s own, Sam Kininger makes a guest appearance, playing Alto Sax, on the tune ‘Arugula’ as well. ‘Straight Out The Garden’ was released in the US in March 2010 & has created a serious buzz in the Bay Area music scene, & beyond.
The trio has become efficient, tight, & funky. They share a joy for music that’s quickly evident onstage. A particularly tasty drum fill from Nelson elicits a wide grin from Mayer. Yunker’s organ wizardry causes Nelson to break out in a perma-grin that spreads beyond the edge of the stage into the audience. “We have so much fun playing music, we try our hardest to bring 110 percent every time we play,” says Mayer. “Our goals for every show are making sure people are smiling, dancing, and having a good time.”