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Gearing up for 2014

Well, this touring season started with a bang, and ended with a bang! The middle part was, well, more of a whisper. We decided to stay home for most of the summer for a variety of reasons, not least of which was a big build and big move to our new studio! (funky new lounge […]

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Back On Duty

We kicked off the 2013 touring season with a bang a couple of weeks ago, with what has become our annual pilgrimage to Rochester. What a great night! We got to debut several songs from our new album, Off Duty, and also threw in some older ones that we hadn’t played before.  Next up – […]

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The Calm Before the Storm

Three weeks until the release of Off Duty, and so much to be done!  So what are we doing? Relaxing, of course!  Cottaging, camping, hanging out and enjoying life.  ‘Cause really, summers are short enough around here, and ya gotta get it while the gettin’s good.  And the gettin’ is good, make no mistake. I […]

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The times they are a-changin’…

…and by that I mean from Daylight Savings to Standard Time.  How did it get to be Fall already?  What a crazy run since last we spoke… Philly, NYC, Dayton, Boston, Branford CT, Orlando, Syracuse, Tucson, LA, and Harrisburg. Then back to Orlando. Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Boats.  Thanks to everyone who came out to […]

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Another busy summer…

…and I can’t believe it’s half over already!  After kicking things off in Windsor, ON, we went on a great little run with Shilts and Matt Marshak in the Mid-West.  Wonderful crowds, and great hangs.  Dodged some tornadoes and made some new friends.  We were treated very well!  Added another fabulous bass player to our […]

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Embrace the Hyphen

The one question we’ve probably been asked the most in interviews over the years is, “How would you classify your music?”.  And in all this time, we’ve never managed to come up with a consistent, coherent answer.  “Groove-Jazz”?  “Electro-Jazz”? “Nu-Jazz”? “Trance-Jazz”?  “Cinematic-Funk-Fusion-Chill-Jazz”?  It’s all close, but nothing really seems to nail it. I remember years […]

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Cargo Cults and the Business of Music

Busy summer goes on… HOT shows in Melbourne, FL, San Antonio and Winnipeg.  Lots of great stories there, but I have something else on my mind.  A few weeks ago, we were hanging out with Jeff Lorber at the Genuine Jazz festival, and he told something that has really stuck with me.  We were just […]

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Genuine Jazz, Anthology and Jazz Alley

Wow.  What a great little run!  We were joined by Matt Marshak and Marcus Anderson for this little tour, and the vibe was really good. First stop, Copper Mountain, CO… elevation 10,000 feet.  You definitely feel the oxygen shortage upon first arriving; good thing we didn’t have to play the first day.  Actually it was […]

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There’s gold in them thar hills.

A gig in Sacramento is always a good excuse to go and see my sis and her family, who are the owners of Cantiga Wineworks up in the Sierra Foothills.  Tony and I hung out there for a couple of days, being wined and dined and enjoying the beautiful setting. If you’re in the El […]

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Exodus to Jazz

Exodus: a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment.  That’s pretty much what it felt like on Saturday just getting out of the city , what with the QEW being closed and all.  That, combined with the requisite cross-border delays and us getting slightly lost, resulted in an expedition of almost […]

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