The Crooked Jades

"The finest string band in America" -The Boston Herald

The Crooked Jades

Blue Summit

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$17 Advance/ $20 Day of Show (plus fees)

This event is all ages

The Crooked Jades
The Crooked Jades
With a bold vision and drive to innovate and inspire, the Crooked Jades release their brand new album “Empathy Moves The Water" on their own label, Jade Note Music.

One of the last projects to be recorded at Berkeley’s famous Fantasy Studios, this new album is produced by the highly celebrated Bruce Kaphan. The band once again features their signature mix of inspired re-arrangements of rare and obscure old-time gems and beautiful original compositions, all played on vintage and eclectic instruments, including Hawaiian slide, Vietnamese jaw harp, harmonium, ukulele, banjo ukulele, arco bass, and minstrel banjo.

Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor’s vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. Their new music continues their mission to re-imagine old-time music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Building on an old-time foundation, the band filters old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, seeking to make sense of the future, reaffirming the importance of connecting to our roots in a time of intense digital connection. Writes Bluegrass Unlimited, “Chords in unexpected places, out of this world harmonies, and some of the most powerfully-arranged material I’ve ever encountered.” Innovative and fearless, constantly evolving and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.

This current line-up builds on 20 years of The Crooked Jades performances and recordings. The band has traveled countless miles across 4 continents, 10 countries, and many festivals, resulting in 8 critically acclaimed albums, including “World’s On Fire” (chosen by Sean Penn for the soundtrack of Oscar-nominated film “Into The Wild”), “Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait” – the soundtrack to he award-winning PBS documentary of the same name, two albums co-produced by alt-country’s Richard Buckner, and a segment as featured artist on KQED arts program SPARK. Recently the band broke new ground with “Bright Land,” their collaboration with the critically- acclaimed New York modern dance group Kate Weare Company. This unprecedented partnership of modern dance paired with old-time music, dramatizes the cyclical nature of human experience with piercing powerful choreography and music to match, the charismatic musicians performing on stage together with the dancers. Kazor and Weare are currently reviving and evolving Bright Land now titled World’s On Fire in San Francisco for ODC in March 2019.
Blue Summit
Blue Summit
Blue Summit is a genre fluid bluegrass band that first formed in 2016. They are a remarkable group of young musicians who have grown up performing in the California bluegrass community. One of their latest achievements includes a CBA showcase at the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) event held in North Carolina. They have been gaining traction with their unique sound, sharing their music all over the west coast. Later this year, they plan to travel overseas for the first time.

Lead vocalist and mandolinist, AJ Lee, has been recognized as NCBS (Northern California Bluegrass Society) Female Vocalist of the Year nine times. She began singing and performing on stage at the astonishing age of five. By twelve, she had begun writing her own songs and showcasing them nation-wide. AJ has traveled with many bands, including “The Tuttles with AJ Lee”, which had been featured at numerous festivals in an out of state. Now twenty-one, Ms. Lee is excited to share Blue Summit’s latest album consisting of all original material.

Jesse Fichman started playing guitar at the age of ten when he and his friends decided to form a bluegrass band. Since then, he has played in multiple bluegrass bands, multiple jazz combos, and a country band. Jesse graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in biology, and took a majority of the music classes offered there. He is a full time and original member of Blue Summit, and is studying and writing music on the side.

Sullivan Tuttle started to have an international following when he was just ten years old with a YouTube video of El Cumbanchero, which he played with his brother and sister - it now has over 1.6 million views from around the world. His musicianship was impressive at that young age and just keeps getting better. Over the last few years, Sullivan has developed a reputation for his songwriting and contemporary singing style, as well as his blazing guitar solos. He has appeared at major bluegrass festivals across the US, Canada, and has toured in the United Kingdom.

Born and raised in Northwest Ohio, Chad Bowen has been with Blue Summit since May 2018. A hardworking musician, Chad has been playing bass with numerous bands in the Bay area for almost 10 years. Music has always been a huge part of his life. Growing up he played piano, guitar, and sang in choirs. Eventually he gravitated to the double bass where he finds himself today smiling big, holding down the low end and those sweet harmonies.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/