The Band

The Band

The band came together originally to be a part of a series of concerts at Portland State University in the fall of 2005. Although we played only one rehearsal and one 50 minute set, we all realized there was something special about the sound of this group. It really is, as they say, "more than the sum of its parts". The material we have been playing is representational of jazz standards written by jazz musicians (as opposed to the writing of the Tin Pan Alley composers). Seems like there's been somewhat of a shift in recent history more toward the great vocal standards, which are indeed well worth playing, but not exactly the reason most of us took up playing jazz on our respective [non vocal] instruments. What about those sides of Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, LeeMorgan, and the myriad of other great small jazz ensemble recordings of the mid to late 20th century that many of us jazz instrumentalists listened to until the stylus wore through the vinyl? That's the material that brought us together, so we are rooted in it as we move forward and expand our repertoire with more modern material as well as original music.