The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has been moving at a dizzying pace since the release of their critically-acclaimed recording, Walking With Giants, on HYENA Records in August 2004. Tour dates have led them from California to New York and back again multiple times over, while individually, pianist Brian Haas has just released his first ever solo album, The Truth About Hollywood, bassist Reed Mathis has stepped up his appearances as a special guest of the Steve Kimock Band and drummer Jason Smart continues to split his time as the drummer for Robert Walter's 20th Congress.
In July 2005, the Tulsa/Cincinnati-based trio will head out for a string of shows as the hand-selected opening act for ingenious bassist, Les Claypool. The tour comes on the heels of high profile performances at the JVC Jazz Festival's "New York Now" night and the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA. The band has also just completed the recording of basic tracks in New York City for a new album being produced by veteran producer Joel Dorn (Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Neville Brothers, Leon Redbone). The album, tentatively scheduled for release in October 2005, is set to include JFJO's highly distinctive and one-of-a-kind interpretations of music by Bjork, The Flaming Lips and Charles Mingus, as well as, original material developed "live" over the last year, including audience favorites "Santiago" and "Halliburton Breakdown."
In addition to upcoming opening dates with Les Claypool, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will appear at Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes Festival Chicago's Wicker Park Festival and launch a West Coast headline tour in August.
The tour dates are:
July 7 & 8 | Boulder, CO | The Fox Theater (w/ Les Claypool)
July 9 | Lawrence, KS | The Grenada (w/ Les Claypool)
July 11 | Atlanta, GA | The Variety (w/ Les Claypool)
July 12 | Asheville, NC | Peel (w/ Les Claypool)
July 14 | Columbus, OH | Newport Music Hall (w/ Les Claypool)
July 15 | Covington, KY | The Madison Theater (Headline Show)
July 16 | Cleveland Heights, OH | The Grog Shop (Headline Show)
July 19 | Hamilton, Ontario | Pepperjacks
July 20 | Royal Oak, MI | Royal Oak Theater (w/ Les Claypool)
July 22 | Detroit Lakes, MN | 10, 000 Lakes Music Festival
July 30 | Chicago, IL | Wicker Park Music Festival
August Dates To Be Announced Shortly.