SEEKINGBass Guitar, Drums, Upright bass.
OK, so I have a pretty specific vision for this project, and I'll try to make my ad as clear as possible! This is not a short ad, but if you read it all, you should know exactly what my goal is with this!
I'm a guitar player, in my 40s, responsible/family/job, etc., and I'm looking to start a jazzy, funky trio with big grooves and great musicianship. I am seeking a great drummer and bassist (electric or upright, or electric upright, for that matter!) to help make this happen.
I've been playing for over 30 years, spent a few semesters at Berklee, and I've played mostly original material in several of those sorts of "uncategorizable" bands. "Steely Dan meets Fishbone" was one common comparison. Strong rhythms, jazz-based harmonies, room for solos, etc.
As far as the repertoire for this band goes, I see it as being a mix of originals, as well as standards from the world of jazz, funk, R&B, pop, etc. And I guess John Scofield's "groove" stuff of the mid to late 90s will give you an idea for the vibe I'm going for. Fun, rollicking, moody, and even danceable at times.
A few of my relevant influences include Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, 70s funk, hard bop, bossa nova, acid jazz, deep house, and lots more.
You must have strong jazz and funk chops for this to work. While the music will not necessarily be "mainstream jazz" or "70s funk" those rhythmic and harmonic sensibilities are really the key to making this work. Plus, those chops would come in really handy if we wanted to do "What Is Hip?"
I want to be gigging before too long with this project, and I can see a band like this doing venues like Ryles, upscale restaurants/lounges, private parties, functions, etc. These aren't gigs where anyone gets rich, but I think the music will be so much fun to play that getting paid will just be gravy!
Please disregard this paragraph if you are a responsible band mate, but. . .I only want players who can be punctual and prepared for rehearsals. Few things will sour a musical relationship for me more than this! Everyone's busy. If we're carving out time in our busy lives to make music, the least we can do is to be "all in" when the time comes! I certainly will be.
I have rehearsal space at my home in Hingham, (with drum kit, bass amp), and I'm really looking to use it as the home base.
I have the "blah-blah-blah" prerequisites (ability/experience/gear), so I expect serious inquiries to be equally ready for a project like this.
Following is a link to a few recent demos of my playing and writing:
And here are some tunes from an old band:
Additional items for my wish list:
1) please be versed in theory; it makes communication so much easier!
2) 1-2 gigs a month, weekly or biweekly practices
3) smart, funny, dependable people
If you think you fit the bill and this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please reply and send me some examples of your playing music.
With the right people, this has serious potential to be a roof-raising combo.
Thanks for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, hard bop, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Larry Carlton, Al Di Meola, ToP, James Brown, Maceo Parker, Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, 70s funk, acid jazz, deep house, etc.
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