NYC jazz and groove quartet ulu are on tour now in support of their latest album, titled What's the Deal. This run includes stops in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, and a two-night stand in New Orleans. What's the Deal was released nationally by Boston label Catapult Records earlier this year. Said Blue Dog Press, "Deep with smooth, soothing jazz, but even deeper with hip-shaking funk when they let loose, the instrumental ulu is an improvised gem."

While there has been a shakeup in the ulu camp this year, the changes have not slowed them down. They have been on tour non-stop for over two years, keeping up a hectic pace of 150-180 shows per annum. Joining ulu on these dates will be bassist Brian Killeen and drummer Josh Dion. Together they hold a steady groove while veterans saxophonist Aaron Gardner and keyboard player Scott Chasolen continue the ulu tradition, combining jazz, funk, and groove sensibilities to produce a fresh, invigorating sound reminiscent of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew, or 70's era Herbie Hancock.

ulu is an instrumental quartet that has fueled audiences with their unique fusion of new school funk and collective improvisation for the past five years. Chasolen and Gardner, commanding a revolving cast of players, have recently begun injecting spoken word and singing into ulu¹s "gumby-textured-squonk," in search of that magic sound. ulu's fanbase has been rapidly increasing due to strong internet presence, national press attention, and high profile touring, with dates opening for such artists as De La Soul, The Jazz Mandolin Project, Greyboy All-Stars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and moe.

ulu is embarking on a tour of the Eastern portion of our country. Check out ulu when they come through your town!

Ulu Tour Dates
10.02Captain TripsUtica, NY
10.03Milestone'sRochester, NY
10.04Nietzsche'sBuffalo, NY
10.05The PatioIndianapolis, IN
10.06The Magic BagFerndale, MI
w/ Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
10.07BluebirdBloomington, IN
10.08Café MontmartreMadison, WI
10.09Boulevard CafeChicago, IL
10.10Canopy ClubUrbana, IL
10.11Show Mama'sWisconsin Dells, WI
10.12Cicero'sSt. Louis, MO
10.14Chelsea'sBaton Rouge, LA
10.15LSU Tiger's LairBaton Rouge, LA
10.16Maple LeafNew Orleans, LA
10.17Maple LeafNew Orleans, LA
10.18Bodega'sOxford, MS
10.19Dave's DarkhouseStarkville, MS
10.20The Young Ave. DeliMemphis, TN
10.22The BoothTuscaloosa, AL
10.23Jake's RoadhouseAtlanta, GA
10.24Jack Rabbit'sJacksonville, FL
10.25The Culture RoomFt. Lauderdale. FL
10.26Skipper's SmokehouseTampa, FL
10.29The MoonTallahassee, FL
10.30The SidebarGainesville, FL
10.31The WarehouseTallahassee, FL
11.01Murphy'sBoone, NC
11.02The PourhouseRaleigh, NC
11.04Outer Banks Brew StationKill Devil Hills, NC
11.05Baylee'sBlacksburg, VA
11.06State TheatreFalls Church, VA
11.07Cary Street CafeRichmond, VA
11.09Murray's InnWilkes-Barre, PA
11.15Tribeca BluesNYC


[Published on: 9/30/02]

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