JFJO: 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

[Published on: 7/22/08]

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tourfan starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/22/2008 11:15AM
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Count me in for the Thursday night run up the Hudson. Oh Yea!!!

gmoo Tue 7/22/2008 11:36AM
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Lil Tae is a great album. Go see these dudes!

JimmyJam11 Tue 7/22/2008 11:39AM
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where's the east coast love?

dmbfan21 Tue 7/22/2008 02:10PM
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yeah jimmy i was thinking the same thing, please come to virginia sometime soon

rjd999 Tue 7/22/2008 05:19PM
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damn mathis is a hard working dude

fnghhhh Tue 7/22/2008 08:17PM
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why not? he gotta get paid YO!!!

fnghhhh Wed 7/23/2008 06:03AM
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haha true

louie1827 Wed 7/23/2008 09:20AM
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goldnugz Wed 7/23/2008 09:31AM
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No reed mathis for the chicago show last month (maybe the whole tour?) Kinda disapoining.

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/23/2008 12:14PM
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Conjugal Burning

I saw the Fred show in Cincy with no Mathis, and they still threw down. I was bummed when Jason Smart told me Reed wasnt with them early in the evening, but after witnessing their set, a new perspective of this band was born. I saw JFJO as the original trio 3 or four times, and each time was remarkable. This show without Reed was a new entity. Different vibes, different sounds, but overall extremely impressive. This has led me to believe that Brian Haas is the heart and soul of Jacob Fred. He writes the phenomenal landscapes they bring their audiences to, and as long as this sole original member is present, Fred will continue to bring the heat.

rainydaywomen420 Wed 7/23/2008 08:11PM
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the fred is pure good all around man, this is a band that i appreciate on a very big level. And as far as im concerned reed mathis is the motherfucking man, although i would like to see him back full time with the fred. Dont get me wrong i dig on the Green after having seen them with the OG bass of ben chambers, steve adams and reed i can say that i love what reed brings to the table but the fred is where he truly shines. By the way you guys should consider cruising through buffalo, rochester, or even ithaca. thatd be niccce

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whats the album like?

lagerber Thu 7/24/2008 12:10PM
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I agree with trusmoka...All we get is some NOLA action every once in a while, but come on, we love you guys down here too!! Come to Florida

DrEricFautstein Thu 7/24/2008 01:27PM
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Real disaapointed in you guys for not EVER coming to Kansas... cmon JFJO

AlephFredHead Fri 7/25/2008 06:54PM
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the fred just toured the east, and i wouldnt say either three are the heart and soul. they could get away w/o reed last tour cause lil tae is meant to be played pretty musch the same way each time. reed just turned down a lot of money to be full time with tlg(thank god cause the other three TLG suck). Raymer is fucking amazing, do your best to get a hold of the oklahoma stomp in cleveland and download the new "lil tae live".

Jeff Kash Tue 7/29/2008 07:38AM
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someone explain to me please the allure here?

I have heard the first FOUR tracks so far off Little Tae, and when does the music start? its is ALL ambient sfx tunes? do they ever groove? drop it down in the pocket?? help me out, I am trying to understand!!!!

sarahaha starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 12:48PM
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first listen to Lil' Tae the studio record and then buy the live version from 1320 records....Lil' Tae Rides Again Live....the band continues to change and evolve at a very rapid rate....they never rest on their old sounds....always new sounds and their live show is hard to beat....the original Lil Tae sounds like ear candy to me....soundscapes and colors.....then check out the live album to hear how they reinterpret the studio record.....very few bands are on their level imo.

pjustus starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/20/2008 09:17PM
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Reed is just as important to JFJO as Brian. He writes at least half the songs. The difference with Lil Tae is that it's not so much about individual musical personalities as it is general sounds and ideas fused together for something unique. Less individual personalities. Even Brian, who normally grabs the bull by the horns and rides it around the China shop, is very subdued on the Tae material (in the studio *and* live). FWIW, JFJO hasn't really been about groove or pocket for about a decade, even though they DO absolutely groove and play in the pocket sometimes.