Thurs. 5/26 at 10pm: From music "of a more composed nature", to theater, dance, film, and ambient, jazz, Latin and pop - Jab is a true creative mastermind. Tune in for a taste of genius on this Thursday's Fresh!
Jab is amazing. And the music is as wonderful as the story.
In college he studied with Barney Childs. He founded a music program working with juvenile delinquents and abused children in Finland. He was in San Francisco's world-beat punk pop band Baby Snufkin and toured Europe and the U.S. A few grants for dance works followed, a Tijuana Brass tribute band, teaching in inner-city schools, running summer jazz camps, random composing work, some ska, some reggae, multiple side projects, a raucous group named Shitty Shitty Band Band, some film music, and numerous appearances on recordings and tours - 30+ recording credits and over 2,000 performances in 28 States and 17 countries and counting.
Trumpeter Jab and guitarist Ezra Gale co-founded a ten-piece psychedelic jazz funk group dedicated to exploring the legacy of Miles Davis' electrified music. The band, dubbed Bitches Brew, quickly garnered strong critical and popular acclaim and was voted Best Local Band by the readers of SF Weekly. They went on to headline Yoshi's, Great American Music Hall, Slim's and other top Bay Area venues and played to captivated crowds at Big Sur, Fillmore and North Beach Jazz Festivals.
Today Jab is the director of Michiana Center for the Arts, a new arts facility housed in a beautifully restored historical landmark in Goshen, Indiana. This Spring and Summer Jab will be on both coasts in the US and 7 countries across Europe where he'll be performing in a modern opera, recording a CD of new compositions, doing small group shows and returning to Finland to direct a two-week music camp to work again with juvenile delinquents in the program he founded 18 years ago.