Deep Banana Blackout

Deep Banana Blackout

Deep Banana Blackout formed in the summer of 1995 when members of two bands (“Tongue & Groove” from Connecticut and “Pack of Matches” from Long Island, NY) joined forces in their spare time to run through old Funk & Soul standards. As the band members’ chemistry became apparent, all other projects fell by the wayside so that they could focus on writing and arranging material. The band soon became a highly acclaimed musical force on the East Coast underground Funk, jazz and jam band scene. This eight piece musical outfit, with full horn section and soulful groove embedded in the roots of funk, is notorious for weaving their own musical compositions with the likes of songs by Tower of Power, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown and Funkadelic.

In July of 1997, DBB released their first studio effort entitled Live in the Thousand Islands. The album was recorded in Hartford, CT in the old Colt.45 building and was produced by the band members themselves. In February 1999, Deep Banana Blackout released their second recording, a double live CD called Rowdy Duty. The album was recorded in one night at the club 7 Willow St. in Port Chester, New York. Later on that year, the band’s label Artkin Touchya Records released B’Gock!, a side project for DBB’s guitarist Fuzz and his band “On the Corner w/ Fuzz.” Also in 1999 drummer Eric Kalb and percussioninst Johnny Durkin went to work on jazz legend John Scofield’s latest verve release Bump. The album was featured on Billboard jazz charts and pays homage to DBB through the title track (after DBB original tune “Bump & Sway”), and the track “Blackout”, which features a rhythmic refrain imitative of an audience chant typical of DBB’s live shows preceding the encore.

DBB is “Fuzz”, guitar/vocals; Eric Kalb, drums; Benj LeFevre, bass; Jen Durkin, vocals; Rob Somerville, sax/vocals; Rob Volo, trombone/guitar/vocals; Cyrus Madan, keyboards; Johnny Durkin, percussion.

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