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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 2:48 PM

Joe Sanders Infinity

As a bassist residing and performing in NY, I get many wonderful opportunities to accompany a wide range of artists in an array of settings. That being said; it's always as a sideman! Band leaders call bass players for their good sound, time feel, and overall professionalism, not their compositions, solo chops or ideas on how their music should sound or come across artistically. (on a typical basis). When you're always being "told" or "guided" what to do in music it can be frustrating for an artist on any instrument or in any other Art.
 
The goal of J.S. Infinity is to attain a level of freedom that allows the band as whole to play without constraints, but still allowing the audience to interpret the song along with us. I believe a song can breathe/live in many different ways, and I excel to constantly explore those possibilities. I've also chosen musicians who also embody this same spirit on and off the band stand.
 
The Members of J.S. Infinity
 
Logan Richardson - Saxophones- Logan is on of the few saxophonists who plays with passion every time he touches his instrument. His sound is immense and he is always open with fresh ideas.
 
Luis Perdomo - Piano- One of the most inventive and competent pianists on the N.Y scene, Luis brings to the band his wisdom and bright personality, and a deep understanding of complex rhythms.
 
Justin Brown- Drums- My closet drummer friend in the world, he was the obvious choice hands down. With all the playing we've done it's so easy to play with him, we never get in each others way and there is never a dull moment.
 
Thursday, April 8th, 2010 1:40 PM

Gerald Clayton Trio

It's fun to play with two your best friends all the time, but it's also fun if you get to tour all around the world and record a Grammy nominated album together too! That is the kind of fun I have with these two gentlemen. After spending two years at the Brubeck Institute playing and living with Justin Brown and recording five records in that span; and two more years at the Monk Institute in L.A. (where Gerald was finishing his degree at U.S.C) playing and recording with Gerald's trio in numerous situations in L.A., and touring alongside Roy Hargrove for a year and a half; I'd say that between the three of us we have spent a lot of time together, and it shows in the music. There are no egos in the band, and because we are so close we can voice our opinion about the music to each other and no one will get offended. The album Two-Shade was released first on Artist-Share and then on the Major Label, Universal. Check out more @ GeraldClayton.com
 
 
Thursday, April 8th, 2010 1:37 PM

Geri Allen Quartet

I am very honored to play with these very talented people, a.) because I'm the youngest person in the band and I learn so much from every one of them each night we play, and b.) I grew up listening to all of them and hoped to play with them at some point in my life, and am so fortunate that it happened this way. The band features Geri Allen on piano, Ravi Coltrane on Saxophones, and Jeff "Tain'' Watts on drums.
 
 
Thursday, April 8th, 2010 1:27 PM

Oran Etkin & Group Kalenia

Made up of An Israeli Saxophonist/Clarinetist, two Malian musicians, and myself, it is an eclectic mix of some great musicians. This group was conceived after Oran's time in Mali, where he learned traditional Malian songs from the source, The People. He Brought these songs back and rearranged them for the band, with the help of the some Malian musicians living in New York. Makane Kouyate  who sings and plays numerous percussion ranging from Djembe, Talking Drum, and Kalabash; a large hallowed out gourd halved and placed on a table or the floor to achieve a boomy sound which acts as the bass drum or heartbeat of the band. Bala Kouyate who plays Balafon' which is a similar to the vibraphone, but is made of all wood, and has small hallowed out gourds for each note which act as resonators. It's a great opportunity for me to step out of the "jazz" realm into a more groove orientated music that has a deep African feel. Check out the record "Kalenia" on Motema Records @ OranEtkin.com