Spyboy Productions is proud to present six thrilling nights of music at the French Quarter's world famous Shim Sham Club during the Jazz Fest season. The Spyboy's always got his finger on the pulse of the street, so this year he's cooked up a sizzling stew of jazz, funk, and raw rock'n'roll to get the Shim Sham popping with dancing, sweaty bodies for six late nights of good, unclean fun.

Artists range from the locally revered to the internationally renowned. Musical styles move from the wickedest street beats to boozy stumbles to the tightest and leanest funk. Turntablist hip-hop, Crescent City jazz grooves, and blastin' brass will all be in the house when Spyboy brings its flavor to the Shim Sham. True to the season of Jazz Fest, Spyboy's concerts also feature a heavy contingent of lauded jazz musicians to keep the flow moving with dazzling improvised exchanges and swinging interplay.

Friday April 25
Johnny & Stanton's New Thing
Support by trombone shorty & Something New

doors 9pm show 10pm

Johnny & Stanton's New Thing featuring Johnny Vidacovich and Stanton Moore (drums), Mark Mullins (trombone), Tony Dagradi (tenor sax), and Brian Coogan (keys) "New" is the operative word for this night as a collection of New Orleans' finest gets in the ring for some heated musical combustion. Johnny & Stanton's New Thing reunites the teacher with his student, as New Orleans drum master Johnny Vidacovich gets down with Galactic drum star Stanton Moore and a not-so-motley crew of old and new friends, including his Astral Project compadre Tony Dagradi. Expect some slammin' double drum interplay from Vidacovich and Moore with the wailing horns of Dagradi and bonerama's Mark Mullins (trombone). And look for Johnny to get wiggy with some spontaneous vocal and poetry.

Troy "trombone shorty" Andrews is rightly considered the legacy-bearer of not only his musical family, but of a tradition of righteous brass-mastery. On 'bone or trumpet, Shorty leaves mouths agape at his powerful blowing and breathtaking musical invention.

Saturday April 26
Morning 40 Federation
Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes

doors 9pm show 10 pm

Time for that dirty ol' rock'n'roll as two of the Crescent City's raunchiest outfits take it to the stage for some knock-down drag-out. The Morning 40 Federation have rightly earned their rep as the hardest-drinking band in the hardest-drinking town on this green earth. No small feat, that. Even more impressive is their hard-wrought ability to translate this lived experience into songs of joyful swagger, bittersweet irony, and lascivious carnal delight. Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes have earned an impressive following in the past year with their appealing blend of funk and rock influences, combining the now ubiquitous grooves with enough of an appropriately "dirty" sensibility to live up to their name.

Sunday April 27
"2 Turntables & A Sousaphone"
featuring: Li'l Rascals Brass Band And DJ Lonnie with Scratchmosis

doors 1:00 am show 2:00 am

Only in New Orleans. Where else in the world would you hear a hip-hop DJ cuttin' it up with an authentic sousa-phunk brass band? The gig's title also doubles as a much-needed lesson in the proper names of musical instruments - y'see, that giant brass instrument holding down the low notes is not a tuba (as it is often mistakenly called), but a sousaphone, dig? Named for famed brass ensemble composer John Phillip Sousa (of "Stars and Stripes Forever" fame among other classic marches), the sousaphone is a cornerstone of any New Orleans brass band worth its salt, and the lil rascals are most certainly worth theirs and then some. This late night show unites street music styles of different eras and technologies for an electro-acoustic take on the real funk.

Friday May 2
Melvin Sparks Band
Drums & Tuba

doors 1:00 am show 2:00 am

This late-night show features two generations of funky jazz from the wide open spaces of Texas. Houston-born guitarist Melvin Sparks appeared on numerous sessions with the likes of such soul-jazz stars as Hank Crawford, Jack McDuff, and Lou Donaldson in the late '60's and early '70's. Sparks recorded several albums as a leader for Prestige in the '70's, many of which were rediscovered by acid-jazz DJ's and mixologists along with his sideman sessions.

From Austin, TX (now based in New York), eclectic trio Drums and Tuba unite the brassy throb of New Orleans brass band music with a wild fusion of contemporary grooves and wacky sonic experiments. They've blazed a path from frequent gigs in their hometown to relentless club touring to opening for the likes of funk superstars Galactic, winning fans over all along the way. Tuba player Brian Wolff now counts trumpet and trombone in his brass arsenal, and guitarist Neal McKeeby (whose instrument gets no mention in the band's name) is often seen playing two instruments simultaneously. Drummer Anthony Nozero adds some looping electronics to the stew, making the group vividly contemporary even as it references classic groove music from Treme to Soweto.

Sunday, May 4th
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
w/ DJ Kenetik

Doors: 1:00am Show: 2:00am

Sunday's late night show kicks off with DJ Kenetik, then heads skyward with the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey as they weave intricate groove-based tapestries of swirling improvisation. From the unlikely spawning grounds of Tulsa, OK, the core duo of Brian Haas (keyboards/piano) and Reed Mathis (electric bass) have crafted their own take on free-wheeling jazz, earthbound funk, and shifting instrumental lineups that have featured horns, rappers, and drum/percussion combos of great color and variety. No, there's nobody named Jacob Fred in the group, it's merely a cryptic in-joke and catchy moniker. Since their 1994 debut, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has become a huge hit on the jam band circuit, but their music has a lot more edge and adventure than that association would immediately conjure. They're light-hearted, but they take the "Odyssey" part of their name to heart and embark on Sun Ra-inspired journeys of cosmic intent. DJ Kenetik hails from Calgary, Canada where he was crucial in establishing the thriving Electro scene.

Monday, May 5th
An evening with
Atlas Jones

Featuring: Victor Atkins (Headhunters), Paul Jackson (Headhunters), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Eric Krasno (Soulive) Nicholas Payton
Doors: 9:00pm Show: 10:00pm

Spyboy's series at the Shim Sham closes out with a bang, as all-star jam ensemble ATLAS JONES blows the roof off the joint with a spectacular night to continue the Fest-vibe just a bit longer. True, Jazz Fest proper will be over, but the hard-working musicians that comprise ATLAS JONES will make sure that it's not a "Blue Monday" as they hit the stage for a marathon set of loose-limbed groove-motion and testifying solos. Victor Atkins (keys) has wowed audiences with Los Hombres Calientes and recent editions of the Headhunters. Nicholas Payton (trumpet) is internationally famed for his prodigious trumpet mastery and the deep jazz feeling in his amazing solo constructions, but as recent gigs with his own fusion projects prove he's no stranger to the funk. Eric Krasno (guitar)'s sweet-toned string work has helped guide soul-jazz stars Soulive to surprising crossover success, and the rhythm section of drummer Stanton Moore (Galactic) and bassist Paul Jackson (also of Headhunters fame) will sure cook and smolder with cocksure confidence.

Ben Gersh
New Orleans
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[Published on: 4/15/03]

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