JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY FALL TOUR
Including Rocks Off Boat Cruise, Newport Jazz Festival
and Lincoln Center's "Keep A Light In The Window: An Homage To Joel Dorn"
After headlining the My Morning Jacket Radio City Music Hall after-show party in June at Sullivan Hall, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey are returning to New York City on Thursday, August 7 for a Rocks Off Boat Cruise performance. Immediately following that, they'll head north for their first ever appearance at the revered Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island on Saturday, August 9. They'll be back in NYC on Wednesday, August 13 to perform at The Lincoln Center presentation, "Keep A Light In The Window: An Homage To Joel Dorn," which pays tribute to the legendary record producer who passed away last year. JFJO will be interpreting a composition by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, an artist closely associated with Dorn's legacy. Their own 2005 release, The Sameness Of Difference, was produced by Dorn.
JFJO are touring behind their latest release, Lil Tae Rides Again on Hyena Records. The album, which was produced by underground electronic producer Tae Meyulks and explores ambient soundscapes, has drawn comparisons to artists like Boards Of Canada and Aphex Twin. While the recording has been deemed a departure for the Tulsa-based band, in looking at their 14-year history, Lil Tae Rides Again is actually true to JFJO's mercurial nature of constantly exploring new musical directions. At various points throughout their career, JFJO have been an eight-piece horn band, they've delved into funk, ska and swing, and they've reinvented themselves as an electric free jazz ensemble. Through the first half of the decade, JFJO performed primarily as an acoustic jazz trio. With the release of Lil Tae Rides Again, founding members Brian Haas and Reed Mathis have added Josh Raymer on drums and Pete Tomshany and Chris Combs on guitars in order to better interpret the album in a live setting. Mathis, best known as a bassist, has likewise added electric lap steel and guitar to his set up.
JFJO plan to remain on the road throughout the remainder of 2008. Additional U.S. West Coast tour dates are planned for September, while a tour of Europe is being finalized for October.
JFJO Tour Dates:
07/26/08 Sat Diversafest Tulsa, OK
08/05/08 Tue Skully's Columbus, OH
08/07/08 Thu The Rocks Off Concert Cruise New York, NY
08/08/08 Fri Downright Music and Art Collinsville, CT
08/09/08 Sat Fort Adams State - JVC JAZZ FESTIVAL - Park Newport, RI
08/13/08 Wed Lincoln Center New York, NY
08/22/08 Fri Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO
08/23/08 Sat The b.side Lounge Boulder, CO
09/02/08 Tue Winston's San Diego, CA
09/03/08 Wed The Mint Los Angeles, CA
09/04/08 Thu Starry Plough Berkeley, CA
09/05/08 Fri California State University, Chico Chico, CA
09/06/08 Sat Jambalaya Arcata, CA
09/13/08 Sat GoodFoot Lounge Portland, OR
09/14/08 Sun Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
09/19/08 Fri 51st Street Speakeasy Oklahoma City, OK
09/20/08 Sat River Parks Amphitheater Tulsa, OK
10/16/08 Thu Oxident Berlin, GER
10/18/08 Sat SJU Jazz Podium Utrecht, NL
10/23/08 Thu Glen Miller Cafe Stockholm, SWE
10/24/08 Fri UMEA Festival Umea, SWE
10/26/08 Sun Half Moon Theatre Cork City, IR
10/27/08 Mon Matt & Phred's Jazz Club Manchester, UK
10/31/08 Fri Charlie Wright's International London, UK