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leehowardsmusicaluniverse: Our music is a rockin' brew of instrumental Rock, Jazz, Brazilian Classics: and the world music of leehoward. Guitarist Joe Livoti , Bassist leehoward, Drummer John Waller and Sax Player Kevin Galloway have over 50 years of musical experience collectively , designing our music/setlist for Wineries/Wine Bars/BrewPubs and Marketing Events; a blend of classic songs from over fifty years of Rock- a few sing- alongs- and our own downtempo chill groove and rhythms. We can be background ambience- or bring in the bigger band for larger events. This is tasty well played music by seasoned joy filled musicians.
Heading into Winter 2015- - we've been steadily building audience- over 10,000 new fans last year! and catalog - working on a new release for 2015: Joe, John and leehoward are exploring the outer and inner reaches of their collective musicianship to bring a fresh new worldy sound to the Bay Area: Textural. Global. Rhythmical. Accessible. Instrumental. Conscious. The music swings, rocks, dips and swirls and floats.: we're fun and love to have fun ! Its fun to have fun! We wanna lift people's spirits! - but not afraid to be quiet and thoughtful, too. Our music is a soundtrack- a score for the moment.
We are professional, punctual, sober, reliable, dependable.
We know you have a business to run, and so do we.
We keep your patrons there, whether eating drinking, dancing,enjoying.
This band is fun...we want to have fun, we like to see folks have a blast when they see and hear us.
Joe Livoti- Guitar ( joelivoti.com)
John Waller (thedrumspot.com); on Drums:
Sax Player Kevin Galloway
Excerpts from an interview with leehoward- mastermind behind the global sounds of the Musical Universe, with Stacey Giles:
So, tell me about the new album;
“Children of the Universe” the new album from leehoward
Yes, we’ve been working on pre production for a year now - then we finally went in to Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, and blasted out 6 tracks. This group of songs hearkens back to my love of powerful and innovative music; including the Clash, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Rick Danko with the Band, Duane Eddy, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Beck, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Weather Report, Genesis, Yes, Dave Clark Five, Tom Petty, James Brown, Prince,The Wrecking Crew, Ray Charles, The Stones, U2, Elvis Costello,Brian Eno, the Police, Bruce Springsteen- great bands/artists with something to say- connected to their past, their great lineage through all of rock and popular music - this idea of presenting the power of the music in a fresh, intelligent,
instructive and sexy way. We’re not there for us- we’re there for you.
The songs on this album are about “the other”: caring for the other, listening, learning from the other- be it your friend, father/mother, wife, co-worker, lover. We gotta get past our narcism, reflect on the larger world, and how interconnected we all are.
on our live shows:
we’re not an oldies show- we’re paying tribute to great songs.
Our music is a fun ride through 50 years of great melodies much of it instrumental- we dont mind if you talk, dance, sing along, space out and dream, kiss or just listen intently to four musicians making music;
its all good!
There are three rules;
1. nothing too ‘jazzy’, 2. no sad songs, 3.keep it in tune, fresh and interesting.
This music we play and create takes me back to energy of those songs -about youth, rebellion, freedom, the power of rock music. Ya, know, I turned my back on rock music in the nineties- diving headfirst into Latin Music; especially Flamenco; studying with a maestro for 13 years; culminating in my work with David Correa and Cascada, as bassist for 5 years in his spanish guitar music. But, after leaving that band, I had the opportunity of learning and playing music from all over the planet- Brazilian Music, Cuban Music, rocking rock melody instrumentals- a little bit of classic jazz- its all about melodies and rhythm in this project for us- we don’t mind going from a classic Count Basie tune to a Brazilian classic melding into rockin versions of our 2015 new sounds!
Who’s playing with you on this album, these shows?
Joe Livoti- Joe brings an encyclopedic guitar mind to this project- he reminds me of duanneeddyjimmypagemarkknopflerandchetatkins all rolled into one- wow- makes for some great soloing. It also allows us to take on music from brazilian classics to Led Zeppelin to my globalized originals. John Waller is a drummer’s drummer- from straight ahead jazz to rock to brazilian to african music to his specialty- Arabic rhythms, John is in a class all by himself- we make a very musical rhythm section-
Kevin Galloway and I met playing in a great afrobeat beat band called Critical Town back in ’86 in Chico- we burned up many many stages in those days- reconnecting on Facebook; started playing together again, and the rest os history.
This group of players in rich in diversity and experience- I learn alot from them, we have many moods and colors and grooves to choose from - our set is a deep rich motherlode of songs, influences and tributes to great artists from over 50 years of popular music.
We toyed with being a tribute band, but then realized there were too many great songs out there; too many great songs we want to try playing together. we’re slowly building out our setlist.
This new album; “Children of the Universe” is our sound, our own global sound- stripped away- we all played live together in the studio and bashed it out in an evening...then we cull through the tracks and find the genius of the songs. Its rich, and cant wait for the world to hear it.
Come see us sometime, and you’ll see what I mean.