SmokingJoe
CONTACT

SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Harmonica, Flute, Trombone.

ABOUT

Instrumentalist in jazz, blues, country, rock, seeking band for work. I am capable of improvisation on all levels and styles of music. Looking for a guitar or keyboard player that understands 12 key fluidity, and can play all styles of music. A trio: drums, Guitar or keyboard, and myself on horns like what McGriff, McDuff, Hank Crawford were doing in the early 70's. And the tunes would be anything that could carry or inspire a groove. I've jammed with Dickey Betts, I've opened for Joe Farrell and Tommy James and the Shondells at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Lansing, Mi. In the late 1970's.

Screen name:
SmokingJoe
Member since:
Feb 24 2019
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years playing music:
50
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week

Influences

Allman Brothers, Gerry Mulligan, Herbie Mann, Grover Washington Jr.,Miles Davis, Wilton Felder, Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, Hubert Laws, Maceo Parker, Bobbi Humphries. Blues bands with horns were the thing before Clubs went to disco in the late 70's. When I got back from 'Nam I was playing clubs with cat's who were fantastic horn doublers. That was my inspiration to play multiple horns. Most people don't realize that it makes the band more versatile and extends the posibilities of instrumental harmonies. And in the end isn't it all about the sound!

Instrument experience:

Bass Guitar:
Expert
Saxophone:
Expert
Flute:
Expert

EQUIPMENT

Baritone sax, alto sax, flute, 5 string electric bass, bass amp 115, crown power amp, 4 floor monitor cabinets, 2 15" w/horns, 3 instrument microphones.