Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra + Primitive Soul

Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra

Formed in 1982, the first incarnation of Nicholas Tremulis was described as "Punk Jazz", drawing on early punk music, as well as James Brown funk and the harmolodic jazz movement of Ornette Coleman. A single was released on Disturbing Records in 1983 produced by Craig Williams.
By 1985 the band had morphed into a large modern funk/soul unit and was signed by Chris Blackwell to Island Records, releasing 2 records in the late 80's, "Nicholas Tremulis", produced with Craig Williams and "More Than The Truth", with guest artists Maceo Parker (James Brown) and Bonnie Raitt, produced by Rob Fraboni. (Stones, Dylan, The Band)
After leaving Island in 1989, the new stripped down, loud rock version of the band released an EP "King Of The Hill" in 1994 on Monsterdisc and full-length version "Bloody Show" in 1995 on Black Vinyl Records.
Both releases feature collaborative performances with famed Beat poet Gregory Corso. The album was produced in part with percussionist Michael Blair, (Tom Waits) and Jeff Murphy. (The Shoes)
In 2000, Nicholas Tremulis Band released "In Search Of Woodfoot" on QRS records. A folk rock oriented record featuring a duet with Rick Danko (The Band). The album was recorded by Rick Barnes and Derek Brand, as well as 2 cuts by Rob Fraboni.
From the years 2000 to 2004, the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra, along with WXRT, The Metro, and Jam Productions hosted a charity concert for Neon Street for Homeless Youth entitled ?The Waltz?. The annual concert was inspired by "The Band?s" filmed farewell concert "The Last Waltz" and features NTO as backing band to guest artists from across the American musical landscape.
Some artists Nick and band have performed with in this series as well as the studio are Rick Danko, Billy Corgan, Alejandro Escovedo, David Amram, Ian Hunter, Blondie Chaplin, Lonnie Brooks, Jeff Tweedy, Gary Louris, Steve Earl, Graham Parker, James White, Ivan Neville, Ronnie Spector, Mavis Staples, Hubert Sumlin, Sir Mac Rice, David Johansen, Chris Whitley, Marianne Faithful, Sonny Landreth, Blondie Chaplin and Keith Richards to name a few.
A VHS version of The First Waltz is available on Palm Pictures and was filmed and directed by Daniel Andries. The concert series has raised over $250,000 dollars. A DVD retrospective of the series is in production.
In 2004, NTO released "Napoleon" on Texas Music Group. A mostly live/ambient recording with long time collaborator/producer Rob Fraboni. The album features guest artists, Alejandro Escovedo and Ivan Neville.
NTO also contributed a version of Escovedo?s "Velvet Guitar" for the tribute/relief record "Por Vida", on Or Music. This is also produced by Rob Fraboni.
NTO has toured extensively in the states as well as Europe.
In 2006 through 2007, NTO embarked on the yearlong digital musical journey entitled "52 REASONS". Nick and band wrote and recorded a song a week for an entire year for download to the masses, either by song or subscription. Each song was debuted on The Eclectic Company, (Nick and Jon Langford's weekly freeform radio show, Tuesday nights on WXRT.) The entire 52 weeks of music was partnered with New York digital label, Reel To Reel Records.
2008 marks the beginning of Nick's new imprint label, 52 Recordings, with this summer's release of two new records. One is a solo album, "Little Big Songs". The other is a full on NTO album entitled, "Pinky".

Primitive Soul

Primitive Soul is a band of old pros from the mid-Missouri music scene.

All of the members are former professional musicians who grew up and got responsible but never got over the pure adrenaline rush of playing live rockin' blues for a crowded room of partying people. They did it for a living, now they do it because they love it.

Primitive Soul offers a unique assortment of music from legendary "classic rock" acts, underappreciated bands that never achieved stardom but were darlings of the critics, and contemporary artists that carry on the spirit of some of rock and blues most enduring successes.



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Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra + Primitive Soul

Tuesday, June 4 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Blue Note (MO)