Java Men (2 sets)

Java Men

2 Sets! One starting at 8pm and the other at 9:30 pm.Todd Hildreth, Craig Wagner and Ray Rizzo formed Java Men in 1992 when Wagner and Rizzo were still students at Bellarmine University (then Bellarmine College). Java Men developed from the classic jazz/soul organ trio arrangement of organ(keys), guitar and drums, encompassing post-rock, hip hop textures, and bluegrass in the their original compositions. The band self-produced 3 recordings ("A Letter To St. Paul", "Void" and "Orbituary") and shared bills with Rachels', Victor Wooten, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Individually they have been part of other great Louisville music groups including Liberation Prophecy, King Kong, and The Ron Jones Quartet.

Craig plays with the aforementioned Liberation Prophecy and with Carly Johnson. He and Carly recently won the LMA's "Jazz Artist Of The Year" Award. He is also part of the jazz faculty at both U of L and Bellarmine.

Toddl eads the bands Squeezebot and the Todd Hildreth Trio and currently plays with King Kong and Vgroove. He is part of the music faculty at Bellarmine University.

Ray lives in Brooklyn where he is part of the bands Mesiko and Corporal and often plays with Trixie Whitley. He has recorded with members of the Lounge Lizards, Glen Hansard, Trixie Whitley, Frogbelly and Symphony, Dawn Landes, and Yo Yo Ma (on the Grammy winning "Songs of Joy and Peace").

For the sets at The New Vintage on October 20, The Java Men plan to unearth some rarely-performed compositions in their catalog.



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