ALL OF THE RECORDINGS HERE ARE ALL LIVE IMPROVISED MUSIC.
Our band is a jazz collective. We and various guest players play straight ahead groove-heavy live jazz in the Los Angeles area.
Jazz pianist Roberto is a student of Modern Jazz pianist Alan Pasqua, Chair of the Jazz program at the University of Southern California - Thornton School of Music. He also studied with Grammy winner Bill Cunliffe.
Our music is always unpredictable and unrehearsed -- jam band style. But it's still based on straight ahead jazz and we still play the form from Real Books. The group tends to be more hard hitting than your typical jazz band. Maybe because of the vibe of the electric instruments. You never know what our groove purveyor Todd Richmond (Bass - a Victor Wooten student) will turn up on a tune with his Fodera bass and what the interaction between the players will be. That's the beauty of improvisational playing.
All the recordings here are live performances. Full of imperfections as expected from unrehearsed jams. But we're an energetic bunch and it shows in the music.
Some of the tunes posted are long but if you listen to them all the way, you'll be surprised how each tune progresses from the interaction. The groove may change or some call and response might just suddenly happen. It's just great when things just work out. That's what jazz is all about. I won't tell you which, but many songs posted were played for the first time (and I mean some never played the tunes ever before).
Many guest players on our performances: Martin Yarbrough (Vocals/Percussion), Claire Rifelj (Vocals), Raya Yarbrough (Vocals), Russell Zimmer (Trumpet), Jay Dover (Guitar), Josh Siegel (Guitar), Ben King (Guitar), Larry Rott (Bass), Aubry Campbell (Vocals), David Winston Barge (Vocals), Thisbe Vos (Vocals), Curtis Fornadley (Guitar), Vincent Heckard (Drums/Percussion), Megan Gillespie (Vocals), Lisa Steele (Vocals), Jeff Bauer (Piano), James Ritts (Guitar) and others. Many from the West LA Jazz Player's Society.
We appear frequently in the West Los Angeles and Marina Del Rey area so come by and see us.
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(Photos by Shirley Tse)