- Member #
- Member since
- 5 May 2011
- Last activity record:
- Active over 1 month ago
- Instruments played:
- Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar
- Jazz, Classic Rock, Funk
- Screen name:
- Hingham, Massachusetts, 02043
- 46 years old
- Level of commitment:
- Moderately Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
- Most available:
- Rhythm Guitar:
- Lead Guitar:
Band to Join, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Piano, Upright bass.
I'm a guitar player in my 40s and I a looking to find some great musicians to be in a band with.
Now, I will be blunt.
It seems like every band of "seasoned" (i.e., 35+) players is doing classic rock or, ahem, "blues." (Blues = coomon code for "I only know three chords and a pentatonic scale and have no idea who Bessie Smith is.") And while I grew up on lots of that stuff, it's really not my bag.
What I am definitely NOT looking for is a group of mediocre players who aren't even aware of their mediocrity. I don't mean to sound so harsh, but that's based on my frustration with finding people serious about making GREAT music who are older than, say, 22!
There are just way too many boring bands out there that are the musical equivalent of a bunch of middle-aged guys playing pick-up basketball at the Y. That's just not me. I may not be a kid anymore, but my standards are just as high as ever and so is my passion and energy for creating amazing stuff with other musicians.
So, I spent a decade gigging in Boston and Cambridge in a hard-to-categorize original band that blended rock, jazz, funk, ska, etc. But that's been over for too long, so here I am.
As I've always played original stuff, and have some new material, so I'm looking to do originals, but I'd be open to the right sort of cover band.
My ideal situation:
1) a funky, jazzy band with grooves so sick that its impossible for people to sit still
2) experienced vocals, drums, bass, keys (a Rhodes/organ/Moog player would be ideal!), horns, where everyone has improv chops, can massively groove, and knows music theory
3) everyone has PRO gear and chops
4) 2-3 gigs a month, practice 1-2 times per week
5) cool, smart, funny people with good jobs
6) South Shore-based players, but I'm willing to commute for the right situation!
Finally, I'm a responsible family man with a full-time career, so if you're into drugs or are an alcoholic, please don't bother. Only famous musicians with fawning, enabling entourages can actually function like that and still make anything resembling art..
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please reply and I'll send you examples of my playing!
Looking forward to making some awesome stuff.
My musical tastes range from The Smiths to Slayer, but when it comes to stuff that influences my playing or that I'd want to play in a band, it's a different story. In terms of some of the stuff that reflects my style and has influenced me, here you go. In no particular order (except for the first 2):
Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, hard bop, John Scofield, Mike Stern, lots of other jazz artists, James Brown, Maceo Parker, Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, 70s funk, Morphine, acid jazz, deep house, etc.
Fender Strats, Eastman archtop
Boogie Mark IV amp
well-appointed pedal board