Reed Mathis Leaves JFJO

Reed Mathis Leaves Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Following their highest profile year to date, which contained their fourth tour of Europe and performances at Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, a Guinness Jazz Award, and much more, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is very pleased to announce the band's 2009 lineup. The odyssey continues with Brian Haas on keys, Josh Raymer on drums, and proudly introducing Chris Combs on lap steel and Matt Hayes on upright bass. A supplemented version of this lineup made its debut on New Year's Eve to an elated sold out crowd in Tulsa Oklahoma.

The core quartet lineup of Haas/Raymer/Combs/Hayes will make its debut this coming Saturday, January 10 at Kenny's Castaways as part of the 2009 NYC Winter Jazz Fest!

JFJO would also like to wish their best to founding member of 15-years, Reed Mathis, as 2009 will find him exploring other musical endeavors.

JFJO has a handful of dates in January, returning to old haunts like Denton, Fayetteville, and Kansas City. February will then find the quartet on a full West Coast tour brought to you by Aurora Innovations, beginning what promises to be another year full of touring and musical evolution.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Tour Dates
01/10/09 Sat Kenny's Castaways New York, NY
01/17/09 Sat Hailey's Denton, TX
01/29/09 Thu George's Majestic Fayetteville, AR
01/30/09 Fri Jardine's Kansas City, MO
01/31/09 Sat Mojo's Columbia, MO
02/10/09 Tue Winston's San Diego, CA (w/ The Bridge)
02/11/09 Wed Largo Los Angeles, CA (w/ Marco Benevento)
02/12/09 Thu Yoshi's Oakland Oakland, CA
02/13/09 Fri Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol, CA (w/ The Bridge)
02/18/09 Wed The Indigo District Eugene, OR
02/20/09 Fri Eastside Tavern Olympia, WA
02/21/09 Sat GoodFoot Lounge Portland, OR
02/22/09 Sun Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
02/25/09 Wed Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins, CO
02/27/09 Fri The b.side Lounge Boulder, CO
02/28/09 Sat Cervantes' Masterpiece Denver, CO (w/ Lubriphonic)
03/28/09 Sat The Parish Austin, TX

[Published on: 1/5/09]

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insignia Mon 1/5/2009 03:38PM
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tourfan starstarstar Mon 1/5/2009 03:43PM
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WEll, I just don't know .... Wasn't Reed a founding member of JFJO? Can JFJO really exist minus Mathis? I love JFJO, love Reed doing what he does outside of the band. But this is a bit of a disappointment for me. I don't think TLG is all that .... Loved catching Reed with Fishman and Benevento this fall. I will be open to hearing JFJO without Reed, but indeed this does disappoint. I had hoped that after going out on his excursions, he'd find his way back to JFJO full time. TLG doesn't really do it for me. Just my own opinion. Bummer.

jdub104 Mon 1/5/2009 03:47PM
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JFJO is more of a collective than a band with a set lineup, that being said, I will definitely miss Reed

JacobFred Mon 1/5/2009 03:58PM
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Past members of JFJO:

# Dove McHargue - Electric Guitar, vocals (1994-2000)

# Kyle Wright - Trumpet (1994-2000)

# Matt Leland - Trombone, vocals (1994-2000)

# Rod Mackey - Tenor Saxophone (1994-1995)

# Sean Layton - drums, percussion, vocals (1994-1999)

# Matthew Edwards drums, percussion (1994-2001)

# Richard Haas drums (2001)

# Jason Smart - drums (2001 - 2007)

# Peter Tomshany - guitar (2008)

# Reed Mathis - Fender Jazz Bass with effects pedals, Double Bass, Cello, Espana Acoustic Bass Guitar, Gibson Les Paul, Lap Steel Guitar (1994-2008)

gmoo Mon 1/5/2009 04:04PM
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moephishH2O Mon 1/5/2009 04:45PM
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Wow.. didn't see that coming. I love me some TLG though and can't wait to catch him with Benevento in Portland.

thinman3 starstarstarstar Mon 1/5/2009 04:56PM
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He was amazing with Kimock, Rodney Holmes, and Robert Walter!! He should join Kimock's new Crazy Engine sextet.

moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/5/2009 04:58PM
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Amen, Thinman3! That SKB lineup was SICK. I would love to see Reed with Melvin and Steve...

pornofunk Mon 1/5/2009 05:19PM
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fuck....mathis is the shit, not much of a TLG fan but best wishes too him, the guys str8 talent

trini. Mon 1/5/2009 05:50PM
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I love TLG. From the look on his face NYE, so does Reed. ((Smiles)) I can only pray he continues exploring THAT musical endeavor through 09.

kb4404 Mon 1/5/2009 06:04PM
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Sucks!! I just saw JFJO in Dallas, Reed was great!

Chapelchilla starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/5/2009 06:25PM
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That is great news. Tea Leaf Green is an excellent band and having Reed with them full time will only help them get even better. Seriously ya'll check out 12/30 and 12/31 on archive, it's good stuff. I am pysched for the spring run and it's $15 dollar tickets. That's a lotta bang for the buck.

Dankstar starstarstar Mon 1/5/2009 06:27PM
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Smart,Hass and Mathis is probably my favorite incarnation of JFJO of all time and that's been gone for nearly two years now. Hope this new line up brings the heat! I really don't care for TLF but I like Mathis with Benevento a lot.

Dire46daysWolf Mon 1/5/2009 06:28PM
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Reed is so much better off with Tea Leaf

mreezal Mon 1/5/2009 07:43PM
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why diremoron? so he could make a lil more money playin generic rock tunes? when taught to be proud came out i was all about em, then it got really boring.

just saw jason smart with fareed haque @ the green mill in chicago - fucking awesome

adventuresinperception Mon 1/5/2009 07:49PM
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First off, Reed "the x-factor" mathis is the man.

Have loved every project hes ever done - jfjo, skb!!, benevento trio, and tea leaf.

just had the opportunity to meet reed last week actually and he absolutely love playing with TLG, and I seriously doubt it was about the money.


JaphyTaphy Mon 1/5/2009 08:23PM
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i guess Reed could only go on so long balancing Tea Leaf with JFJO, and this was only a matter of inevitability setting it's course. he's dazzled with both and fits well no doubt with TLG, but, yea, it is sorta unfortunate he's no longer with Jacob Fred. either way, doesn't mean they won't still bring it hard. Odyssey on the East River summer '09...I'm still there.

miztopes Mon 1/5/2009 08:36PM
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if you love reed mathis, try to appreciate his desire to grow and diversify as a musician. i understand that tea leaf green isn't for everyone...hell, there are plenty of bands i don't dig that others do, but don't slam them as generic, they are anything but. if you haven't listened, really listened, to them since Taught To Be Proud, do yourself a favor and hit up the 12/30/08 show - especially Piss It Away, Ride Together and Been So Long. Extremely well crafted setlist, technically top notch, killer segues, crazy new basslines, reed singin all night and some absolutely MONSTROUS jams.

pjustus Mon 1/5/2009 10:15PM
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JFJO may be a collective, but from 2000 to 2008, it was Reed and Brian at the helm. That will be the era I will always associate them with. That being said, I look forward to the Hayes/Combs version. I hope Reed isn't gone from JFJO forever, though.

barstoolrodeo4 Tue 1/6/2009 12:07AM
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Makes sense- Reed can actually support himself with TLG versus eating crumbs like he has with JFJO the last 15 years. Knock it if you want, and cry that that Reed should do something more "creative" or "jazzy" instead of playing generic rock tunes, but it is a bitch to survive as a musician in this world, especially in the jamband world, and if Reed wants to play in another band that makes more money, so be it.

Go fuck yourself if you have a problem with the decision, you ain't paying his bills.

TCoB Tue 1/6/2009 05:32AM
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Let me start by saying that, roundabout 2003, there was nothing more creative than the trio of Hass, Smart and Mathis. They were blending true free-form jazz improvisation with psychedelic ebbs and flows. However, in this trio it was Reed's effected bass sound- that high end "lead" bass that was a trademark. It was what they hung there hat on. I bowed to him as the most innovative player around- on any instrument. Ironically, since then I have only seen Reed in his other incarnations. And it seems like that originality of sound has not carried over to those other projects. Don't get me wrong- he is still an excellent bass player; far above average. But that sound that sent him to the top of the "all-time"greatest list, that tone that could easily be identified, that sound that stood alone, may be lost forever. For that, I am the most sad.

grtrthnone Tue 1/6/2009 06:28AM
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I grew up in Tulsa listening to JFJO and I hate to see Reed leave. I have always enjoyed TLG and the addition of Reed has improved their sound. I look forward to hearing JFJO with their new lineup and I will be first in line this saturday when TLG plays in my new home, Orlando.

spitz66 Tue 1/6/2009 06:55AM
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couldn't agree more with TCoB. Reed was too much of an essential member of JFJO for it to even exist without him. Its just Brian and some other talented fools now. Brian, Reed, and Jason, was the pinnicle of JFJO and I was real dissapointed when smart left. Now that reeds gone i dont see JFJO existing anymore with the intensity and creativity that used to be. This is a huge fucking bummmer. I hate to be negative but JFJO was my favorite band and this is just shitty news. Reed's a awesome person and musician.

Jambizzle Tue 1/6/2009 07:18AM
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let's get the facts facted out here. Reed is master. He cordially helps Tea Leaf piss around basic chord structures and make "fun happy-joy music that bubbles up my ass".

He's gettin' back to biznass with Kimock and Seals. crazy , pure, and simple

ludaKRIS923 Tue 1/6/2009 08:26AM
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i really doubt this is the last jfjo will see of reed, but you gotta question whether he will ever be back in the band full time, with tea leaf doin things the way they do...

TLG shows with reed are awesome. and he hasnt even learned most of their songs yet, including most of all their former staples/heavy hitters. i cant wait to start hearing songs written originally by TLReed.

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstar Tue 1/6/2009 11:18AM
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caught tea leaf and must say i was quite unimpressed, i mean best to all.

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/6/2009 11:39AM
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Conjugal Burning

I remember seeing the Jacob Fred Jazz Duo open for Claypool in Columbus back in 05 or 06, then saw the Fred as a trio the next night. The JfJDuo blew the roof off that place (Granted halfway through the set Mike Dillon, Skerik, and Jay Lane came out to shred double duties on set with the illmatic Jah Smart). my point is that Brain Haas is the core member of the Fred. Jacob Fred was the name he called himself as a youngin when he called up ladies late at night and had to deal with their parents. So in a roundabout way, JfJo is the Brian Haas Jazz Odyssey. I love Reed musically and as the down to Earth cool dude he is, but those of you stating the loss of Reed is the end of Fred are out of their freakin minds. The Fred will continue to out-shine most of the musical acts out today by their outrageous originality and eccentric nature. LONG LIVE JFJO!!!! ps: anyone who caught them pull of "little tae" live know what the hell i am talking about

AlephFredHead Tue 1/6/2009 12:07PM
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Right on man, ive definetly got my opions on the matter, but if you saw the NYE show, it was some of the best FRED ive heard(and no Reed), totally intense and just mind blowing more than usual, most people arent going to know the difference, and the rest will soon not care,the TLG little kiddies can have reed all they want

bouncinround7 Tue 1/6/2009 03:34PM
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I really hope his other musical endeavors dont include tea leaf green for good cause hes better than that... JFJO wont be the same without ya Reed!

vwphan starstarstarstar Tue 1/6/2009 06:13PM
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Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/6/2009 07:02PM
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Reed hasn't even made a public announcment about his musical future. You two kids talking about Reed leaving the Fred for money are just ignorant.

Reed played with Jacob Fred for damn near half his life. He most likely wants the freedom of doing TLG, Marco stuff, and any other projects that come up ( Previte, Kimock, etc.....) with out the Fred gig holding him back.

Hotchkiss Tue 1/6/2009 07:06PM
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Oh yeah, Barstoolrodeo4, I am paying Reeds bills. i see his shows, i buy his albums and merchandise.

pornofunk Tue 1/6/2009 08:25PM
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yeah Barstoolrodeo, you sound like one of those bitter musicians that didnt make it

barstoolrodeo4 Tue 1/6/2009 10:51PM
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Sorry if I was overly harsh and props to anyone who supported JFJO by buying a CD or t-shirt, but we all know that most of have live cds from, burned their studio discs, and usually paid at most around $10 to see them every now and then (a tiny percentage of which that actually went to Reed).

All Im saying is that Im sure Reed has a lot of great memories but not a lot of money and some bad health to show for his 15 years on the road, and it makes sense he might want to change that.

AlephFredHead Tue 1/6/2009 11:50PM
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Hotchkiss, THE FRED HOLDING REED BACK!? maybe moneywise(all though thats improving), but the FRED are the ones pushing music forward, not TLG, the FRED is what brought him forward and where he learned to be so good, the FRED are the ones with the world class musicians, not TLG, REED made TLG much better, Kimock and Seals(although once innovative and stil good) are old news, adn its most likely the FRED want freedom to not have to rely on REEDs unsure and busy schedule. Reeds probably not(hopefully not) totally done with the Fred( he is on the soon to be released album), just not always. The FRED are models of improvised jazz, very well respected in that world, TLG is at most a sweet rock band, not the same sort of respect.

AlephFredHead Tue 1/6/2009 11:51PM
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and sorry aobut all the capitals

Hotchkiss Wed 1/7/2009 07:27AM
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hey barstool, do you do Reeds taxes? Or are you his doctor? Stop making such absurd assumptions.

Kindskatz star Wed 1/7/2009 10:57AM
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there's nothing absurd about Barstool's statement, if anything it makes a lot of sense. Are you saying you don't think money played a factor in Reed's decision? That's just ignorant. Of course it did. I think it probably played a major part in his decision to leave his life long passion project. And of course the fact that he's clearly having fun up there. But you don't leave a gig like J. Fred for a rock band gig like TLG if they're not paying you more, plain and simple. And common sense would indicate that at least in the US right now, TLG is getting much higher guarantees that J. Fred. So I don't think there's any doubt whatsoever that money certainly played a part in Mr. Mathis' decision to leave his band of 15 years. It's an assumption yes, but a smart one, it's more like an educated guess than an assumption.

STEG187 starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 12:02PM
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I can echo many of the sentiments above... TCob, COnjugal Burninig, and Kindskatz...

JFJO 2002/2003 was the shit... and yea, life as a touring musician can be a bitch, on the bank acct, especially with children/family/etc...

can it be that it was all so simple then?

take a trip to way back when-

thank you reed. you will be missed.

thank you brian. looking 4wd to the future...


jahsmart Wed 1/7/2009 01:18PM
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I can say from experience in touring "low key" style, that Reed and JFJO had many reasons to part ways. A 15 year run with any musical situation is impressive. The hardships of touring along with the personality differences musically and other wise can make an artist want to explore other territory. An improvising band needs new blood to keep evolution happening. I wish both Reed and JFJO the best as I am big fans of both. J Smart era Fred was my fave though. HA

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 01:58PM
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Conjugal Burning

^^^ Whats up Jah Smart?? what are you jamming on these days? I do enjoy your days with the Fred as well!! Havnt seen you since the SuperMassive cd release party, hope all is good with ya!

jahsmart Wed 1/7/2009 02:16PM
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I have been rocking with Fareed Haque's Flat Planet group. We have a recording coming out March 10 through Owl Studios. Good jazz/indian fusion stuff, check it out. I also went on a tour of Europe last year with Jessica Lurie and the Tiptons plus many gigs/recordings locally. Everything is nice.

Conjugal Burning Wed 1/7/2009 02:32PM
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Conjugal Burning

damn dude that sounds sick as shit! I hope you bring that around for some Cincy love! good to hear all is well!

pjustus Wed 1/7/2009 02:38PM
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Doing anything with your brother, Jason? I remember hearing a Fred recording where he sat in (it's probably on the Live Music Archive), and it was fantastic.

goatman_H Thu 1/8/2009 08:05AM
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I agree, 02/03 was sick. jfjo at berkfest 2003 was particularly memorable. it was pouring rain, and upon finding shelter under a large tent, there they were. the most improvisational jazz i've ever heard.

funkzone Sat 1/10/2009 04:53PM
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this guy is sick, i partied w/ him for a while on jamcruise in a friend's cabin, not even realizing who he was.... last night of the cruise he's onstage shredding it w/ robert walter's superjam- sick as shit, i wish him the best!

tulsaboy Sat 1/10/2009 07:48PM
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Wishing the very best for Reed.. he excells as a musican and also as one of the nicest human beings i have ever met...The new Fred lineup with its improvised jazz and injection of new creativity will be very exciting. Lap steel will be powerful mixed with Hass' mastery piano. Could be Jazz with a little Tulsa sound and many other variations of music fused in. The new JFJO of Hass/Combs/Raymer/Hayes is a must lineup you do not want to miss...