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Acme Jazz Garage / Press

"Acme Jazz Garage's version of "America the Beautiful" has been released through AJG Records. This one-take recording of Bryan Lewis's arrangement is available for streaming and download through CD Baby, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and can also be heard on YouTube and Soundcloud. You can also hear their funky blues/jazz music every Thursday and Friday at Timpano in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village, plus in upcoming shows."

"This was jazz quartet music as good as you could hear anywhere. Anywhere. ... This is the best way for me to demonstrate the superb quality of this quartet: taking material from movies and pop tunes and making them as jazzy and relevant as the great standards. And it is a brilliant move, because you do want to engage the patrons."

"Thanks for putting on a great performance! Hope we can have you guys again soon. I heard nothing but great things about you guys from my friends who were in attendance."

"Acme Jazz Garage at Ella’s -- Grown-ups, get a sitter and celebrate Halloween with the superb Acme Jazz Garage and special guests. Free. 9 p.m. 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. ellasfolkartcafe.com."

"I will definitely be calling on you again" (responding to our performances at two major Tampa Museum of Art events in Fall 2013)

" ... adding more funky energetic brassed-out grooves to the jazz sounds that remain by way of ... local blues-funk heavyweights Acme Jazz Garage, expanded by guest vocalist singer Belinda Womack and a two-horn section, Rick Runion (saxophone) and Ted Murphy (trombone)."

"The funky, bluesy organ-fueled jazz quartet made up of vet local musicians — bassist Philip Booth, guitarist Matt Swenson, drummer Tim Diehl and keysman Mike Aloia — lands at Ella’s for some Thursday night rocking and grooving. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)"

“Ease into your Sunday with soul food flavors and a performance by an all-star group of musicians otherwise known as Acme Jazz Garage; low-end maestro Philip Booth (Trio Vibe, Ghetto Love Sugar) and beats maker Tim Diehl make up the grooving rhythm section, guitarist Matt Swenson delivers jazz and blues-informed guitar licks and riffs, and keys man Mike Aloia jams the organ funkiness.”

“Jazz fusion jam band Acme Jazz Garage plays Yeoman's Road Pub on Friday night.”

“There’s no telling what sort of project local bassist, writer and all-around jazz scene leader Philip Booth is going to get into next. He’s played with groups like Trio Vibe, Greenwich Blue and his own Philip Booth Quartet, not to mention an array of solo gigs with artists like Bo Diddley. These days he’s focusing on Acme Jazz Garage, a jammy, jazzy, organ-driven group made up of local favorites: Tim Diehl (drums), Matt Swenson (guitar), Mike Aloia (keys) and occasionally singer Angela “Gee” Washington.” Looking for a comparison? Medeski Martin and Wood is a good place to start —Booth describes their sound as “a mix of jazz, blues, funk, fusion and R&B.” At the recent WMNF Talking Animals Music Night at New World Brewery, they played a soulful mix of funk and jazz songs that all dealt with chickens, including John Scofield’s Chicken Dog and Ron Levy’s Chicken Fried Snake. ”

"Great set at 'Talking Animals'! Acme Jazz!!! Wow!"

Cheryl Mogul - WMNF, 88.5 FM

"Catch a local supergroup comprising reputable jazz and funk musicians"