J DAVIS TRIO
Following their musical heart, The J. Davis Trio continues to thrive. They thrive not only because of their connection to real hip hop and jazz music, but also because of their ability to grow and change. Starting as trio, they now have as many as 8-10 people on stage, utilizing many types of instrumentation and styles. Their independence has allowed them to explore and incorporate from unexpected sources, resulting in a sound uniquely their own. Began as an actual trio with Julio Davis/vocals, Dave Smith/bass & Tone Aimone/drums, they realized that in order to play live, they needed another element. Paula Pergl came and provided flute for awhile. When she left, she was soon replaced by long time member, mulit-instrumentalist, Dave Winer. The J.Davis Trio arrived on the Chicago scene with their debut eponymous album, The J.Davis Trio, in 1999 where they created national buzz with a North American tour that included famous Chicago venues like The Metro, The House of Blues, the historic Green Mill Jazz club, and many colleges in the midwest. Tours to the east coast, the CMJ Music Fest in New York, down to the SXSW Music Fest in Austin, TX., to L.A. soon followed
Organ Yank formed in 2007 at Oberlin Conservatory, one of the premier music schools in the world, with the goal of bringing jazz to the people. Organ Yank melds infectious grooves, catchy melodies, and intricate textures into the unique entertainment experience of the century.
Currently based out of Chicago, Organ Yank has been hard at work on their follow up to 2010’s “We Are Organ Yank.” Set to drop Summer 2013, Organ Yank “Hard” will lift spirits and melt faces with its unbridled energy and unparalleled beauty. In short, you will like the way you feel. We guarantee it.
“Songs flowed from a controlled chaos to a smooth and melodious tone with incredible ease.” –The Oberlin Review
“Great energy! I loved every minute of it!”–Pat Martino
“Organ Yank is awesome!”–Ruth Underwood, former percussionist of Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
“If there ever was a band to embody the term ‘auditory orgasm,’ Organ Yank would be it.” –fearlessandloathing.com
TODD CLOUSER & A LOVE ELECTRIC
“A young, genre-defying guitarist, composer, and writer, Berklee schooled Todd Clouser is an accomplished musician across the modern jazz and rock spectrum, leading a unique path to recognition as an up and coming act, finding his own voice performing with musicians from Keb Mo to “downtown” NYC jazz legend Steven Bernstein. Clouser’s impassioned performances run from piano balladry to dense jazz and groove, exciting audiences with an approach meant to bend the rules of artistic labeling. “A Love Electric” documents Todd’s most aggressive ensemble yet, an energetic quintet based in the stylings of 70’s era electric jazz.” – Dakota Jazz Club