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Jimmy Herring Band
American guitarist JIMMY HERRING is a musician’s musician. The North Carolina native has been playing guitar for close to 40 years and exhibits signs that he’s just getting started. A staple in the Jazz Fusion and Jam Band scene, Herring studied guitar at Berklee College of Music and the Guitar Institute of Technology. His playing style melds the influences of Jimi Hendrix’s raw emotion, the twang of Steve Morse, and the flowing phrases of jazz legends Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Herring was the founding member of seminal band Col Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit along with Jeff Sipe, Oteil Burbridge, Matt Mundy and Bruce Hampton himself. In 1997 he joined Butch Trucks, Derek Trucks, John Popper, Kofi Burbridge, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones to form Frogwings after which he joined Jazz is Dead with Billy Cobham, Alphonso Johnson, T Lavitz. Jimmy was asked to join the legendary Phil Lesh as a part of his band which continued for good part of the decade. During his tenure there, he was asked to join the The Other Ones, the project that comprised of Grateful Dead members. During this time Jimmy also founded Project Z, an experimental instrumental trio with close friends Jeff Sipe and Ricky Keller. The band released two records under their name, the self-titled album in 2000 and Lincoln Memorial (Abstract Logix) in 2006 After the death of much loved of the Widespread Panic guitarist Mike Houser, the band asked Jimmy to become a full time member. Jimmy continues to peform as the full time lead guitarist of the band to date. BAND BIOJEFF SIPE (DRUMS) Jeff Sipe, AKA “The Apartment Q-258″ was born in Berlin, Germany in 1959. Jeff’s family moved frequently in his youth while his father worked for the United States government. After a short stint in the D.C. area, Jeff’s family moved back to Germany. This is where Jeff learned to play drums while in junior high. In 1975, Jeff’s first stepping stone was attending the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. After two years of hard work Jeff’s dream finally came true when he was accepted to Berklee in 1977. While at Berklee, Jeff studied under Bob Kaufman and Bill Norine, he attended clinics given by Alan Dawson and was taken under by his mentor Lee Venters. Jeff was lucky enough to attend Berklee with an impressive cast of musicians like Branford Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern and Jeff Watts, just to name a few. Jeff actually played in a wedding band with Victor Bailey and started his first fusion band with Steve Vai and Baron Brown. This experience turned Jeff on to a wide open world of music and gave him valuable tools that he still carries with him today. After his stay in Boston, Jeff moved to Atlanta in 1983. There he began teaching at the Atlanta Institute for Music and at a popular hang out for Atlanta drummers, Atlanta Drums and Percussion. Jeff spent time sitting in with local musicians and was introduced to Bruce Hampton through Dan Wall, a keyboardist that he had been playing with…..and that’s the rest of the story. It seemed too fitting that their first meeting took place at a wedding because not only was there a marriage there was a wedding of vast musical intention. Jeff then asked Oteil Burbridge and Jimmy Herring to sit in on this free willed musical band wagon and the Aquarium Rescue Unit was born. In 1996, Jeff met up with Swedish-born bass extraordinaire Jonas Hellborg and the Memphis guitar monster Shawn Lane. The result was an assimilation of conversational style fusion music which would turn out to be some of Jeff’s greatest musical moments. Over the years, Jeff has spent time on many projects. He has worked with Bryon Lopes, Neil Fountain, Chief Jim Billy, Jonathan Townes and John Medeski. Jeff even took on his own creation known as the Zambiland Orchestra. This experimental big band featured members of Phish, Widespread Panic, Michael Ray and the Cosmic Crew, the Derek Trucks Band, the Fiji Mariners and many others. Even more recently Jeff teamed up with long time friend and guitar maniac Jimmy Herring on a project known as Z, that’s Project Z to most. Together with fellow Atlantian producer/musician Ricky Keller and mega organ/keyboardist Oliver Wells, Project Z recorded a self titled debut album filled with juicy fusionisk tunes that gathered praise from all realms. Since then a second Project Z has been released as well as Jeff’s solo release “Timeless” featuring Paul Hanson, Derek Jones, Jason Crosby, Kofi Burbridge, Count ‘M Butu and Derek Trucks. Jeff and his family now live in the North Carolina Mountains. Jeff has also played with, toured with and or recorded with: Bela Fleck, Phil Lesh, the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Mike Stern, Howard Levy, Neal Young, Stephen Stills, Percy Sledge, Felix Cavileri, Trey Anistasio Band, Sam Bush, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Joan Osborn, Jazz is Dead, Paul McCandles, Mike Kang, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, Hellborg Lane Sipe, Greg Osby, Ike Stubblefield, Bruce Hampton, George Porter, Eugene Chadbourne, The Zambiland Orchestra, Grease Factor, The Pisgah Pickers, Paul Hanson, Project Z, Jimmy Herring Band, Jeff Coffin & The Mu’tet, The Apartment Projects, Craig Erickson, T Lavitz, Jeff Sipe Trio, Shannon Whitworth, Debashish Batacharya, Dan Wall, Taj Mahal, Waylon Jennings, Dell Mc Coury, Lucinda Williams, Art Lande, Shane Theriot, WZ, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Adam Nitti, and many many more! MATT SLOCUM (PIANO AND KEYBOARDS) Matt Slocum was born in 1974 in Newton, MA. At the age of 8, he began his formal classical training at the South Shore Conservatory of Music in Boston. At 14 Matt moved to Alabama where he applied and was accepted to the Alabama School of Fine Arts. In the summer of 1991, he attended the Berklee College of Music Summer Performance Program, and was rated among the top 10 in the program. Matt is most well know for his work with Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy Herring, The Lee Boys and “Oteil and the Peacemakers”. The Peacmakers is the solo project of world-renowned Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge. Matt has has performed on the Conan O’Brian Show and had the pleasure of working with, touring and/or recording with artists such as: Oteil Burbridge, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy Herring, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, B.B. King, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, Gary Husband, Natalie Cole, Lenny White, Wayne Krantz, Matt Garrison, James Hunter, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Ron Holloway, The Allman Brothers, producer George Drakoulias, DJ Logic, George Porter Jr., The Wailers, Derek Trucks, The Lee Boys, Tal Wilkenfeld, Page McConnell, Butch Trucks, Chuck Leavell, Jeff Sipe, Kofi Burbridge, Victor Wooten, John Popper, Jack Pearson, Hot Tuna, Victor Atkins, David Stoltz, Chris Fryar, Mark Kimbrell, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Code Talkers. Matt is featured on these most recent albums : **Jimmy Herring’s solo album “Lifeboat” released on Abstract Logix records. **Susan Tedeschi’s Grammy Nominated album – “Back To The River” released on Verve records. **The New Universe Music Festival (2disc) released on Abstract Logix Records. **Carlos Pino and the Smokin’ Newport’s – album “Basement Bargains” released on I.K.E.NEAL FOUNTAIN (BASS) Hailing from the musical hotbed of Athens, GA, 32 year-old Neal Fountain has been playing professionally from the age of 14. Best known as a sideman to prominent local fixtures Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners and drumming phenom Jeff Sipe (aka Apt Q258), Neal’s name is on the short list of greater Atlanta’s finest musicians. Outside of Georgia, Neal remains a relative unknown, even after his band was named Local Jazz Outfit of the Year from Atlanta’s Creative Loafing Magazine and receiving very healthy reviews from allaboutjazz.com., jambands.com, 52nd Street jazz, Bass Player, Bass Frontiers, and Relix Magazine. In 1999, he released , “Megaphone Man”, the debut of his whack power trio by the same name that bravely consisting of bass, sax and drums. In 1995 he released a CD called “Glossolalia”, a biblical term for “speaking in tongues”, that featured a then relatively unknown Jon Medeski on organ and other keyboards, and a post Aquarium Rescue Unit, pre-Leftover Salmon (but phishy nonetheless) Jeff Sipe (probably better-known by the handle given to him by Colonel Bruce Hampton- “Apt Q258”). In between the release of Sun’s Anvil and Megaphone Man, Neal was a touring member of the Boston-based funk mob, Fatbag, Sipe’s Apartment Projects (whose activities, luckily, were documented extensively by their fervent fanbase coming out of the ARU camp) and the Fiji Mariners (who were documented live on an official Capricorn release entitled Fiji Mariners-Live). Neal Fountain has been part of Jimmy Herring Band since 2008.
Nick & the Ovorols
With debut album Live at Kingston Mines under their belt, Chicago Americana band NICK and the Ovorols are hosting a record release party for the sophomore forthcoming studio release Telegraph Taboo. The show will be headlined by Chicago Afrobeat at Martyrs’ Saturday Jan 26th.Bandleader Nick Peraino was a sideman in The Joanna Connor Band from 2005-2011. The band held a weekly residency at renowned Chicago blues club Kingston Mines and toured nationally opening for Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy. In 2009, Nick was invited to join Rolling Stones harmonica legend Sugar Blue on a two week European showcase tour.Peraino’s shift from sideman to frontman was realized through a shift in consciousness. A seemingly bad turn of events led to a positive shift in his outlook on life. An unfortunate visit to the emergency room in February of 2011 led to a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. Peraino came upon newfound confidence and a burning desire to become a band leader. Shortly after forming NICK and the Ovorols in the late summer of 2011, he held a residence of his own at Kingston Mines from December 2011 to April 2012. Kingston Mines MC Frank Pellegrino is calling Nick “one of the best young, up and coming talents.” In February, the band decided to record one of their weekly Wednesday night shows and the album Live at Kingston Mines was born.The new record Telegraph Taboo is self-produced. “I took my time with this record. Erik Sraga (co-producer/engineer) and I spent many-a Friday over a year and a half getting together at my place laying overdubs. We kept the cost down in doing so, and also feel confident that the record is our strongest yet. It’s been really challenging and super fun to attempt a recording at home that can stand on its own two feet in the real world.” Peraino says.NICK and the Ovorols will be headed south in mid-January for a Gulf Coast tour. Fresh off the road the band will be primed to perform a live set in their home town at a great venue like Martyrs’.Tickets for the Martyrs’ show on Jan 26th are $10 and can be found at martyrslive.com. Physical copies and downloads of their records Live at Kingston Mines and Telegraph Taboo can be found on the band’s website, Amazon.com, and will be on sale at the show. The records can also be streamed on Spotify and downloaded on iTunes.