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We are hard at work on our second album – Freebird – celebrating the spirit and energy of Charlie Parker's music.
We are hard at work on our second album – Freebird – celebrating the spirit and energy of Charlie Parker's music.
219 backers pledged $10,110 to help bring this project to life.

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We are Walking Distance, a freewheeling high-energy quartet comprised of four unique individuals who blend together seamlessly. In 2012 we came together and defined our vision – to thoughtfully develop music that questions convention while embracing our influences. This vision has led us to some exciting and unique musical discoveries.

Freebird is the title of our current project and the reason we are asking for your support. This journey began over two years ago with music by Charlie Parker that we smashed, stretched, flipped, reversed and reorganized into new music and ideas for us to explore. Then we developed and refined the music over two years of rehearsals and performances. Now we’re ready and eager to get Freebird out of our heads and into your ears.

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We are thrilled to have Jason Moran as a part of Freebird. He is one of the most celebrated pianists of his generation, a MacArthur fellow, Grammy nominee, artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, and scored the 2014 film Selma. Several of the songs developed into perfect vehicles for his incredible dynamism and creativity and his musicianship and experience will be invaluable to this project.

To help us realize the sonic possibilities for the album we are collaborating with our longtime friend producer/mixer Ben Rubin. Ben is Grammy nominated, the sonic architect of the SmallsLive catalog, selected five times by the DownBeat critics poll for Rising Star Producer, and was the mixing engineer on our first album, NeighborhoodHis creativity and ingenuity will help us construct intriguing soundscapes for each song. This is an ambitious project that will involve different recording equipment, setup and processes for each track to help give each song a unique sound that complements it.

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Please note that our fundraising goal is the minimum we need to help us cover the costs of recording, mixing, mastering, and duplicating the album. However, any additional funds raised will help us with the continuing publicity, marketing, and touring costs associated with Freebird. Additionally, for every $1000 we raise above the goal we will create brand new audio and/or video content available exclusively to our backers as a thank you for your support. Wanna see another bird mask video? Hilarious outtakes? Walking Distance arrangement of Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins? Let's make it happen!

With your help we will be able to make this project a reality.

Thank you for your support!

Walking Distance
Caleb Curtis, Kenny Pexton, Shawn Baltazor, Adam Coté

Risks and challenges

We should be able to see our project through, the costs are well understood and the scope is clearly defined. We are excited for you to hear the music!

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    The Duck

    Quack quack. A digital download of Freebird distributed on release day

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    The Roadrunner

    You know about everything first. Thanks for your early support! Distributed on release day.

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    The Owl

    A bookish choice. Distributed on release day

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    The Flamingo

    Up to date and in style, you live in the now. Distributed on release day.

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    The Penguin

    For the cunning observer.

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    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • Digital download of Freebird
    • Digital download of our first album, Neighborhood
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    The Pelican

    Dive into a New York City jazz club for the live experience

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    • Guest list for a future live performance (Excluding CD Release)
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    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • CD of our first album, Neighborhood
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    The Emu

    You're flightless but you don't let it slow you down.

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    • Digital download of Freebird
    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • Limited edition print of a Walking Distance Freebird band photo
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    The Hummingbird

    A quick way to the center of our hearts

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    • Digital download of Freebird
    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • Limited edition print of a Walking Distance Freebird band photo
    • Walking Distance t-shirt
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    The Peacock

    See the future. Get your download before the release date! (estimated to October 2016)

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    • Digital download of Freebird as soon as it is completed
    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • Walking Distance t-shirt
    • CD of our first album, Neighborhood
    • Limited edition print of a Walking Distance Freebird band photo
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    The Stork

    You come bearing gifts

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    • 10× Physical CD
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    The Parrot

    Looking to speak the language of music? Get a lesson with a member of Walking Distance! On Skype or in person in Brooklyn, NY

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    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • Digital download of Freebird as soon as it is completed
    • Walking Distance t-shirt
    • CD of our first album, Neighborhood
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    The Eagle (endangered)

    Quite the majestic and photogenic option. Distributed on release day.

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    • Hand inked score of a Freebird song by the eagle himself
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    The Songbird

    Tweet tweet! Put a ring on it. We'll write and record a ringtone just for you.

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    • Custom Ringtone! Ding ding
    • Digital download of Freebird as soon as it is completed
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    The Puffin

    Get a tune up!

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    • Adam Cote will tune your piano in the NYC area
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    The Kookaburra

    You are the life of the party!

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    • Guest List for our CD release party and exclusive after party
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    • Walking Distance t-shirt
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    The Swan

    Style, Grace and larger portions

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    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • Walking Distance t-shirt
    • CD of our first album, Neighborhood
    • Guest List for one additional live performance
    • Digital download of Freebird as soon as it is completed
    • Guest List for our CD release party and exclusive after party
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    The Smorgasbird

    You like a little bit of everything.

    Includes:
    • Guest List for our CD release party and exclusive after party
    • Digital download of Freebird as soon as it is completed
    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • Walking Distance t-shirt
    • CD of our first album, Neighborhood
    • Digital download of our first album, Neighborhood
    • Guest List for one additional live performance
    • Hand inked score of a Freebird song by the eagle himself
    • Limited edition print of a Walking Distance Freebird band photo
    • Custom Ringtone! Ding ding
    • Music Lesson (Skype/In Person in Brooklyn, NY)
    • Adam Cote will tune your piano in the NYC area
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    The Bird of Paradise

    You're the prettiest. We'll put your beautiful name in the credits of Freebird.

    Includes:
    • Guest List for our CD release party and exclusive after party
    • Digital download of Freebird as soon as it is completed
    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • Walking Distance t-shirt
    • CD of our first album, Neighborhood
    • Digital download of our first album, Neighborhood
    • Guest List for one additional live performance
    • Limited edition print of a Walking Distance Freebird band photo
    • Custom Ringtone! Ding ding
    • Music Lesson (Skype/In Person in Brooklyn, NY)
    • Adam Cote will tune your piano in the NYC area
    • Your name in the CD!
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    The Thunderbird

    You're the biggest and baddest cryptozoological bird we can think of. We'll come play a concert in your home. If you're in the NYC area it will be easy, otherwise we'll need travel and accommodations too!

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    • Concert in your home
    • A personalized, signed, physical CD
    • Guest List for our CD release party and exclusive after party
    • Walking Distance t-shirt
    • Limited edition print of a Walking Distance Freebird band photo
    • Guest List for one additional live performance
    • CD of our first album, Neighborhood
    • Digital download of Freebird as soon as it is completed
    • Custom Ringtone! Ding ding
    • Digital download of our first album, Neighborhood
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    The Vanguard

    You're not a bird, but we'll peck our way through a week of concerts at the Village Vanguard if you have the power to make it happen!

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- (30 days)