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John Medeski, Will Bernard, Kirk Joseph & Terence Higgins play deep New Orleans groove steeped in jazz, blues, psychedelic rock & R&B.
John Medeski, Will Bernard, Kirk Joseph & Terence Higgins play deep New Orleans groove steeped in jazz, blues, psychedelic rock & R&B.
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Mad Skillet was born of a late night show in New Orleans, LA during Jazz Fest 2015. John Medeski and Will Bernard’s yearly quest to play together found a special chemistry with the addition of Kirk Joseph and Terence Higgins. The eclectic, far-reaching backgrounds of Medeski and Bernard alongside this legendary NOLA rhythm section generated what Medeski calls, “a vast musical universe with limitless potential”. Mad Skillet’s grooves are deep - New Orleans steeped in jazz, blues, psychedelic rock, and R&B - a treat for the body and mind.

John Medeski is Mad Skillet’s leader and keyboardist. Best known for his buoyant, organ-centric approach to jazz as a part of the trailblazing trio Medeski Martin & Wood, he also collaborates often with John Zorn and John Scofield and plays in lauded supergroups HUDSON, The Word, Spectrum Road, and Phil & Friends and in 2013 he released a introspective solo piano album on OKeh/Sony Records called A Different Time.

Will Bernard is a guitarist renowned for his imaginative playing and versatility; he’s played in groups spanning jazz, hip hop, world and experimental music while also serving as bandleader for his own projects Medicine Hat, Rockamovya and Grammy nominated, Party Hats.

Kirk Joseph is a virtuoso sousaphone player; his creative combinations of marching band traditions with jazz and funk influences contributed to defining the modern New Orleans brass band sound. He is a founding member of the beloved Dirty Dozen Brass Band and leads his own project Backyard Groove with many of New Orleans’ finest musicians.

Terence Higgins is a drummer and also a New Orleans native; he immersed himself in the rich New Orleans music scene and emerged a prominent and influential figure. He has toured and recorded with Ani DiFranco, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the John Scofield Piety Street Band as well as with his own band Swampgrease.

"For me, New Orleans is magical. As a creative, improvising musician, going there feeds you in way that very few places do. There’s something about New Orleans that brings out a quality that makes the music both accessible and artful.” says Medeski. "There’s room for unexpected things to happen.

Mad Skillet has an incredible record in the works, and with your help we'll raise the funds needed to finish and release it to the world.

Risks and challenges

Between studio time, mixing, mastering, and manufacturing, making a good sounding record is expensive! Of course, we believe it is worth it, but have already committed as much personal funds to the project as possible. The ball is rolling, and we really need help finishing it. Funds collected here will allow us to complete the recording, manufacture both CD and vinyl versions, and release the album for you to enjoy!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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    CD (SIGNED)

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    POSTER (SIGNED)

    An amazingly talented artist will design a unique Mad Skillet poster to celebrate this special musical union. You totally want this in your home! Digital download included.

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    Meet & Greet

    Two tickets to one of the November Mad Skillet shows (eligible shows listed below) plus an invitation to watch soundcheck and enjoy a private meet & greet with the band.

    November 5 - Grand Rapids, MI - Elevation at the Intersection
    November 6 - Goshen, IN - Ignition Garage
    November 7 - Evanston, IL - SPACE
    November 9 - Cincinnati, OH - Live at Ludlow Garage
    November 10 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage
    November 11 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Iron Works
    November 13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
    November 14 - Cohoes, NY - Cohoes Music Hall
    November 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
    November 16 - Ardmore, PA - Ardmore Music Hall
    November 17 - Washington DC - The Hamilton
    November 18 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes

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    PRIVATE LESSON WITH JOHN MEDESKI

    In addition to being a composer and performer, John Medeski is a skilled and inspiring teacher with tons of wisdom to share. This option is not just suited for piano, keyboard and organ players, John has something to offer musicians of all walks. The lesson can be done via Skype at a mutually agreeable time for musicians anywhere, or in person if you live in NYC or in the Woodstock, NY area.

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    PRIVATE SOLO CONCERT WITH JOHN MEDESKI

    Have you ever dreamed of John Medeski playing a private concert in your home? Look no further. Provide a professionally-tuned grand piano in good working condition and a space (doesn't have to be your home), and John will perform for you and your family and friends. This option is only available for those in the continental US; contact us to discuss before you commit. If you're outside the US and interested, go ahead and contact us, too, and we'll see if it's a possibility.

    Please note: We will work with you to find a mutually agreeable date in 2019.

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    PRIVATE CONCERT WITH MAD SKILLET

    The big one! Become an instant legend with your friends and family when you bring the full Mad Skillet heat live. This option is only available for those in the continental US; contact us to discuss before you commit.

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