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After 2 years of live performances, we're recording our original songs so we can share the "Unclazzified" experience with you.
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UPDATE: (4/11/13) Here's a premastered 30 sec. sample of the music we're planning.... http://soundcloud.com/unclazzified/secret-agent-sample

It started as a chance meeting at a Miami jam session in 2010....

Two years later, a Miami jazz pianist and church musician, a bassist from Haiti via New York, and a Miami-native drummer have forged a musical partnership that we like to call "Unclazzified." If you haven't heard us, that name may not mean much. But to us and our fans, it's a perfect description of what we do, and we'd like to share it with more people. That's where we can work together. Here's the scoop. 

A LITTLE ABOUT US:

As stated before, it started at a jam session. Allen, our pianist, has worked in all sorts of styles, from jazz to classical to blues. Gerald, our bassist, has been the bass player for the Haitian roots band T-Vice for over 15 years. After we played together at the jam, we started hanging out in Allen's living room playing tunes we both loved and grew up with - from Sting to Bob Marley to Miles Davis and everything in between.

Soon we got a gig at a local waterfront restaurant and people seemed to really like the mix of jazz and pop that we were performing. So we started playing out more. We added a drummer to enhance our sound, but he moved on to further his education. That's when our current drummer, Jason Kent, joined us. Since then we've performed at Kork Wine and Cheese, The Joint (now closed), Red Koi Thai and Sushi Lounge, The Fish House, CocoWalk, and several corporate events for well known companies like GE Healthcare. 

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT FROM THE AVERAGE "JAM BAND"

We don't just play grooves for 8 minutes and we don't just do "Smooth Jazz". Every song has to both connect to a memory and create a new one. We want people to recognize the songs we play, but to hear them in totally new ways. So we may throw a little Christmas carol into "My Favorite Things" or a hip - hop groove into a George Gershwin tune. That's what makes our sound "Unclazzified". It may be jazz one minute and something totally different the next. But it remains the song that you can sing along to and relate to. We never want to get so "musically stiff" that we forget the point of music is to be enjoyed by the audience, not by us alone. 

The band at one of our peformances in Coral Gables
The band at one of our peformances in Coral Gables

WHY A RECORDING PROJECT AND WHAT WE PLAN TO DO:

We know in this crowded musical marketplace that gigs alone will not make a dent, as there are so many bands playing great music, and we can only play so many venues. For two years everyone has given us such positive feedback that we all agreed there's only one way to give more people a taste of our live show, and that's to record about 5 or 6 original tunes. We'd like to do some covers but that depends on whether we can get permissions and song clearance from the copyright holders, so we're not counting on it. 

Our goal is to begin recording in the next few weeks (we've gotten a great deal from one of Gerald's friends who has a studio) and hopefully finish up in a couple of sessions. Then mastering and artwork will be done over the next 3 to 4 weeks. We want to have an EP release concert sometime in late spring / early summer. 

UPDATE:  (4/11/13) Here's a premastered 30 sec. sample of the music we're planning.... https://soundcloud.com/unclazzified/secret-agent-sample

Once the EP is finished, we will put the project on CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon and do a limited number of CDs for sale at our live shows and for promotion samples. If things go well, we'll try for a full album project later this year. 

Our costs come from the studio time, mastering, artwork (we want to build a logo / brand identify with the project as well) and of course the rewards we want to share with you. No one leaves this pledge drive empty handed. Any extra money we receive on this project will be re-invested into sound equipment and a mixing board we need for the release concert. 

How together we can make this happen: 

  • Pledge any amount you can. 
  • Retweet and share this project with your friends that love live music.
  • Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter (we will follow back!), as well as Reverbnation.
  • If you're in Miami, come to our shows and be sure to say hi so we can thank you in person.

Risks and challenges

Studio time is never predictable. Files get lost, computers freeze on the perfect take, the drummer's cymbal that is custom made from India cracks and it takes 2 months to order a new one. Therefore, costs for our recording time are based on the hope that we have no mishaps as such. We also haven't yet secured our artwork designer, and that's not cheap. If need be, we'll use a template from the CD manufacturer, but that's not our preference. We want a project that compares well with other high-quality indie projects in Miami.

We don't expect a Billboard number one hit on this project, but we do want to at least get some radio airplay on local jazz and indie stations, so support from our small tribe of fans will be key. What we don't want is to have this project sit on the shelves. The point is to get listeners and to build a brand that keeps us playing less for dinner parties and more for people that really want to listen to the music. So if you choose to participate, please send out your retweets and facebook shares when you get the project. The best advertising is word of mouth.

If the project starts to take too long, and we don't think we'll finish in our timeline, we will provide updated information as to our estimated release date. In the unlikely event that we are unable to complete the recording, all pledges will be refunded, but you will still get your online mentions and we'll make a point to get you access to future projects.

Thanks for listening and thanks for becoming "UNCLAZZIFIED" with us!

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    "HALL OF FAME" - Unclazzified will play a 2 hour private event for you (birthday party, gathering, wedding etc) with your choice of songs (of course we'll get your list and prepare in advance). PLUS we will bring you all the above rewards in the famous "UNCLAZZIFIED HALL OF FAME" ceremony. (may or may not include a crown) . NOTE: This reward is reserved for South Florida residents within 100 miles of zip code 33032, unless participant is willing to pay for additional travel expense.

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    "THE ULTIMATE RENDEZVOUS" -Unclazzified will play a private DINNER AND DATE night for you and a companion, complete with catering provided by our band manager (an excellent chef who caters for big gatherings several times a year), to take place in your home or if space is limited, in another public but secluded / romantic place, PLUS all above rewards. (If you're single, we'll just bring the instruments and play for any event you like, plus a song written specifically for you.) NOTE: this reward is reserved for South Florida residents within 100 miles of zip code 33032, unless participant is willing to pay for additional travel expense (or you want to travel to our place.)

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