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GENIASS PRESENTS: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Kung Fu Dynamite & Zongo Junction
Asheville Music Hall
Asheville, NC
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GENIASS PRESENTS: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Kung Fu Dynamite & Zongo Junction






$8 in advance / $10 at the door


Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is a band founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma consisting of Brian Haas on piano, Josh Raymer on drums, Chris Combs on lap steel, and Jeff Harshbarger on double bass. Since 1994, JFJO has brought their impressionistic and improvisational vision from the Midwest to many of the world's finest music festivals and clubs. Music lovers and critics are blown away by JFJO's instrumental virtuosity and creativity, musical risk, and near telepathic communication on stage.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is the evolution of an ongoing musical discourse that's been developed during 18 years of touring. Starting out in Tulsa, OK as a funky octet with MCs and horns, JFJO became an instrumental trio in 1999 and a quartet at the end of 2008. The band is known for having invented it's own improvisatory language, one which has permeated JFJO's sound regardless of it's configuration.

In 18 years the band has released 21 records and toured the top venues in the world such as the Damrosch Bandshell at Lincoln Center in NYC, Blue Note NYC and Milan Italy, Yoshi's in Oakland, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and Fasching in Stockholm Sweden, to name a few. JFJO has also frequented the jazz festival circuit, performing across the globe from Berlin to Brazil to Finland and back. In recent years the band has performed some of their highest profile festival performances to date, such as the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival, and the Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland, where the band won a Guinness Jazz Award. These four musicians are musical chameleons who can move crowds in small jazz clubs, big rock clubs and performing arts theaters. Flourishing in the "jam" scene as well, the band has opened for Mike Gordon of Phish, Sound Tribe Sector Nine (sts9), Les Claypool, and held main-stage slots at many of the scene's largest festivals.

With the addition of Combs on lap steel and Jeff Harshbarger on upright bass, JFJO has perhaps invented its own genre: Red Dirt Jazz. This new sound is equal parts earthy and nimble, pastoral and sweeping, elegant and rollicking. JFJO is tapping into their birthright, drawing upon "The Tulsa Sound" born of hometown heroes like Bob Wills, JJ Cale, and Leon Russell. These roots grow up into a jazz foundation that's built firmly upon the likes of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk.

After 18 years JFJO's music continues to offer a unique and different sound that exhibits a rare form of abstract yet accessible musical freedom and inquiry. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has blossomed into one of the most visionary and fearless bands touring the world today.

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Zongo Junction is generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC's burgeoning afrobeat scene. The 12-piece ensemble blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz and soul. True to their inspiration, Nigerian superstar, political activist and afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the outfit excites dance floors wherever they perform.

The critics agree. "The only thing Zongo Junction has to do to start a legitimate dance party is show up and plug inanyone within a square block earshot of this Ford-tough funk factory would be hard pressed not to join in the hoopla," says the Bay Area's SF Station.

The band released their debut album Thieves! on December 30, 2010. As afrobeat music has always done, the album speaks truth-to-power with humor and soul. The album's five original songs feature long-time Fela Kuti band member, Leon Kaleta Ligan-Majek, on vocals.

The core of the band was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has played together virtually since they were in diapers. Members of the band have performed or recorded with: TV on the Radio, Meta and the Cornerstones, The Walkmen, and many more.

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Kung Fu Dynamite is a progressive rock/funk band from Asheville, NC that formed in the Spring of 2005. Since their conception, Kung Fu Dynamite has been infusing their sound with intense energy and power pushing the envelope by cross pollinating all genres of Modern American Music. With their roots steeped in rock, blues, funk and jazz, the band has taken carefully crafted song structure and combined it with free form improvisation striving to keep the dynamics of their music fresh and unpredictable. Kung Fu Dynamite has developed a strong regional following by performing throughout the Southeast.

Kung Fu Dynamite has crafted an epic sound infused with funky backbeats and vivacious horn lines. Not to be restricted to classic influences, Kung Fu Dynamite has traveled widely through a diverse array of sounds, injecting their music with fun and intense energy reminiscent of a combination ranging from Frank Zappa to Tower of Power. The sound encompasses funky grooves with heavy twists. Kung Fu Dynamite strives to create a constant spontaneity to the music taking it in whatever direction their live performance takes. Soulful lyrics create vivid imagery while the instrumentation develops dark overtones within the sound. No matter where Kung Fu Dynamite takes the stage, it's sure to be an explosive good time!

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Brought to you by Geniass Productions.  


Asheville Music Hall
31 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
United States

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Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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