We are just over a week into our Kickstarter campaign, and we are funded at 25%. We are so grateful for those who have already contributed. Please spread the word and help us reach our goal.
Thanks, and BTW tell your friends that if they are planning to come to the shows, they should grab a seat or a table with a pledge, it's gonna be packed, and this is the only way to be sure to be in the front of the house.
A little history:
Zony Mash + Horns has been in the making for over a decade. First it was just for fun-a little side project-and it never left Seattle. Later, when the quartet disbanded, I only had one real regret- that we never truly documented the Zony Mash + Horns experience. When Earshot Jazz did a retrospective of my music in 2009 to celebrate 20 years in Seattle, I decided to bring back Zony Mash + Horns, and on a double bill with Pigpen we played an incredible, sold-out show at the Tractor Tavern. After that I began thinking about touring and eventually making a great record.
We did a nice tour in Europe and played some festivals, toured the west coast, played some summer festivals in Oregon and Washington. I also added a few charts and began thinking about how to record. One thing I quickly came to realize was I did not want to make a studio recording. The energy live is so important to this music. With so many great soloists in the band, I want to keep it fresh and always moving. And it's inspired me to start writing some new horn charts- Zony Mash classics that have never had horn arrangements including "Cold Spell", "Brand Spankin' New" and "Happens Like That".
Mell Detmer and Tucker Martine are two of my favorite engineers, Mell will be grabbing the tracks and Tucker will be mixing it down. I feel like we'll have the best of both worlds-great engineers in a great sounding room, and the vibe that can only happen on a live gig. As some of you know, I recently opened The Royal Room in Seattle with two partners, Tia Matthies and Steve Freeborn. These guys started and ran the legendary OK Hotel, the Seattle venue where Zony Mash first began in 1995. So this recording brings it all together, live for 4 nights, more than enough material to make a great double CD, and above all a fabulous band, with some of my very favorite people to make music with.