Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
America's favorite mind-bending, hallucination-inducing jazz trio from Tulsa, OK, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, gets back to business in February 2006 with a string of tour dates on the Left Coast, a run of high profile appearances on the East Coast and a jump over the Atlantic for a stretch of shows in Europe. Highlights will include two nights at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco on February 17 & 18 and two nights at The Blue Note in New York City on March 10 & 11. The European leg of the treck will be JFJO's first official tour of the continent, including performances at Bimhuis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Turku International Jazz Festival in Turku, Finland. All of this in support of their latest release, The Sameness of Difference, on HYENA Records.

Released in October 2005, The Sameness of Difference was produced by acclaimed record producer Joel Dorn. In addition to five original compositions, the album features eight interpretations of songs outside the JFJO canon, including "The Spark That Bled" by The Flaming Lips, "Isobel" by Bjork, "Don't Let It Bring You Down" by Neil Young, "Fables of Faubus" by Charles Mingus and "Wonderful" by Brian Wilson. While JFJO has been known to perform jazz standards in the "live" setting, this marks the first time they've explored outside material in the studio. To date, The Sameness of Difference has been received warmly by music critics around the country. The Chicago Sun Times declared, "On The Sameness of Difference, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey weave the kind of impressionistic, imaginative new jazz that shatters any kind of identity, much less categories and classifications." And the New Times states: "This Tulsa trio is the sonic equivalent of Silly Putty, able to stretch into weird, warped experimentations or snap back into delicately pointed hooks. The Sameness of Difference finds acrobatic keysman Brian Haas sticking to his piano's pristine, acoustic tone, while Reed Mathis orbits on bass, tweaking the instrument until it sounds like a sitar pining for an oasis."

JFJO's west coast tour dates in the U.S. will include special guests, The Dead Kenny Gs, who are comprised of JFJO's own Brian Haas on keys, the irrepressible modern tenor giant Skerik on saxophones and the multi-dimensional big beat master Mike Dillon on percussion. The Dead Kenny Gs tour sparingly, so every show is a rare opportunity to witness their very own rendering of musical madness. JFJO drummer Jason Smart will also pair with freestyle poet Al Howard for a collaboration dubbed, Echoes Consciousness/.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's Winter 2006 tour dates are:

2.14 | Winston's | San Diego, CA
2.15 | The Palmer Room | West Los Angeles, CA
2.16 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
2.17 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
2.18 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
2.19 | Six Rivers Brewery | McKinleyville, CA
2.21 | Mobius | Ashland, OR
2.22 | Luna Jazz | Eugene, OR
2.23 | The Goodfoot Lounge | Portland, OR
2.24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
2.25 | The Nightlight Lounge | Bellingham, WA
3.08 | Casadesus Hall | Binghamton, NY
3.09 | Regatta Bar | Boston, MA
3.10 | Blue Note | New York, NY
3.11 | Blue Note | New York, NY
3.17 | Lantaren | Rotterdam, The Netherlands
3.18 | Sugar Factory | Amsterdam, The Netherlands (w/ Bernie's Lounge)
3.21 | Stadtgarten | Cologne, Germany
3.22 | Bimhuis | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3.24 - 27 | Dates TBA | Italy
3.29 | Rytmihairioklubi @ Juttutupa | Helsinki, Finland
3.30 | Turku International Jazz Festival | Turku, Finland
4.07 | The Parking Garage | Norman, OK
4.08 | Cain's Ballroom | Tulsa, OK


[Published on: 1/6/06]

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scj471 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/6/2006 11:08AM
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wow...can it get any sicker than this???

rpmills starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/6/2006 02:32PM
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West Coast shows will be off the hook! See y'all @ Cafe Du Nord.

The Glick Fri 1/6/2006 05:15PM
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The Glick

NICE....i can't wait to hear Echoes Consciousness.

BrotherCal starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/7/2006 10:00AM
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Anybody up for a trip to The Netherlands??? Amsterdam with The Fred would be the hit!

redneckcaesar starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/7/2006 10:13AM
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I'll be at the Rotterdam show - I can't wait!

gmoo starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/9/2006 01:23PM
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This is perfect. I was looking for something to do in Amsterdam (as if I would have a hard time finding something) before Jam in the Dam starts on Sunday). What a great opportunity to see The Fred. It's too bad I'm missin out on Skerik and Tree Frog though.

londonko starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/11/2006 11:01AM
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booooooo, they aren't coming to michigan, why JFJO, why!

Me needs the Dead Kenny G's.

philarita Fri 1/13/2006 10:45AM
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Why don't these guys ever come to DC, MD, VA