Ready or not, here we come...
March 7: IJG at Someday Lounge (125 NW 5th Ave, Portland)
Rob Scheps, Gary Harris, Scott Hall, Jake McLain, Izaak Mills, Dave Valdez (saxes). Matt Carr, Samantha Boshnack, Garner Pruitt (trumpets). Stan Bock, Tom Hill (bones). Paul Gabrielson, Ward Griffiths, Jill Knapp, Andrew Durkin (rhythm).
Come check out whether PDX really does lick LAX.
March 8: IJG at LoFi (429 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle)
Rob Scheps, Mike Brockman, Chris Fagan, Jake McLain, Izaak Mills, Dave Valdez (saxes). Jim Sisko, Samantha Boshnack, Garner Pruitt (trumpets). Marc Smason, Tom Hill (bones). Paul Gabrielson, Ward Griffiths, Jill Knapp, Andrew Durkin (rhythm).
Come check out whether Seattle's audiences are as good as its coffee.
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A few notes:
1. I've had to learn a lot of new names in the last few weeks -- hopefully I don't fuck any of 'em up when it comes time to announce the group. Cross yer fingers.
2. Both shows will be starting somewhere in the neighborhood of 9 PM.
3. Both shows will be double bills with the deeeeeep local sextet, Reptet. Frankly, I'm stoked to be able to hear these folks live. (Reptet goes first on Wednesday, we go first on Thursday.)
4. We got a rather strange plug/review in the aforementioned Willamette Week (thanks to the aforementioned Jason Simms), which I cut and paste here cuz I just know it'll be a dead link by next week:
"When you put Los Angeles-based Industrial Jazz Group's 2004 album, Industrial Jazz a Go Go!, on the stereo, it seems reasonable enough. The first track, 'Doo Wha?,' kicks off with a swinging beat and a sentimental piano melody. But a couple of minutes in, the horn section of this 15-member ensemble starts to stretch the key almost to discord, and before you know it, you've entered a staccato, hyper-dramatic section with occasional smooth (almost hip-hop) beats. The song ends in a trumpet solo of the strangled African animal variety before the next track starts off nice and reasonable again. These two extremes certainly hold your attention."
Ain't gonna nitpick this one (The WW was the only PDX paper to preview our gig at all -- and in the past, flat-out amazing reviews have often presaged empty venues), but yes, that's the entire review...