All Good Presents
Lettuce and John Scofield Uberjam Band
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
After celebrating their 20th anniversary as modern day rulers of old school funk, the Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce Is not showing any signs of slowing. Having blown up stages from coast to coast last year, ranging from
The Fillmore in San Francisco to Terminal 5 in NYC, Bonnaroo to Pemberton and all points in-between, Lettuce is poised to continue their rapid growth throughout 2014.
“We’re more together and set to crush than ever before,” says drummer and chief songwriter Adam Deitch of the all-star group that he and his accomplished band-mates cut their teeth with back in their Berklee School of Music days.
That much history, along with the A-list crop of projects that each member has taken on away from Lettuce, gives the group a bottomless well of musical ideas and unrivaled chemistry—in fact, referring to themselves as a band of
brothers. “I was in a practice room at 16 with these guys, and it all clicked,” says “lead” bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes. “We all felt rhythms in similar ways. We were all about the pocket from day one.”
“People tend to look at funk as a one-trick pony, “ says Deitch, but we aim to smashes those limits by drawing on a range of styles that can be traced from the early ’60s through the early ’80s, incorporating plenty of modern hip-hop sensibilities—heavy bass, kick and snare—along the way. Having evolved and refocused, without ever dropping the beat, Lettuce is getting ready to take
audiences to the cosmos with a high-octane Fall tour. “Lettuce is like a Learjet that wasn’t getting clearance from the tower,” says Jesus. “But we’re done just rolling around on the runway.” They’re not asking for permission, so put your tray tables in their full, upright and locked position. This plane’s itching for lift off.
Lettuce released a limited edition ‘45 featuring “Don’t Be Afraid To Try” with singer Alecia Chakour (who is also touring with the band) this March, and are recording a new full-length record this fall. So be on the lookout for new music and a guaranteed PARTY!
John Scofield Uberjam Band
Guitarist John Scofield started the Uberjam project in 2000. Once he found super rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick, he played with various bass-drum teams before finding the right chemistry for two CDs: Uberjam and Up All Night. Today his bassist is Andy Hess and Tony Mason handles the drum duties.
Scofield is one of the principal innovators of the way modern jazz guitar is played. He expresses himself in the vernaculars of Bebop, blues, jazz-funk, acoustic chamber jazz and electronic groove music. He has worked as a sideman with musicians ranging from Miles Davis to Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. He has recorded with Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson to name a few.
Uberjam has just released a new recording, Uberjam Deux, and Scofield has this to say about it: “We explore different forms of groove music…We get into funk, Afrobeat, reggae, house music, R&B…Many of the new tunes are co-written by Avi and myself. “
John Scofield was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in suburban Connecticut. He took up the guitar at age 11 and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker in 1974, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977, he recorded with Charles Mingus, and later joined the Gary Burton quartet. From 1982–1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis.
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