Wasabi, Thursday, January 24, 2013


Wasabi

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

Dance space  available!

As their mantra states, Santa Cruz band Wasabi offers a highly viable, heavily rockin’ and very righteous “funk rock future,” featuring bassist Dan Robbins, drummer Alex Work and guitar-slinger Ron Work, Wasabi’s collective stage credits include performances with luminaries such as Maceo Parker, Lee Scratch Perry and Dick Dale, forming a varied, yet accurate, testament to where the soul of this band lies. Their new album Wide Open is filled with full-tilt instrumental rallying, smooth melodicism and plenty of glorious twists and turns.

Local bass-man Dan Robbins has played and recorded in just about every format, from solo, duo and trio endeavors, to big band and orchestral ensembles. Equally proficient on electric and acoustic bass, he’s also been known to employ four, five, six, and even seven-string electric basses.  This allows him to experiment with chords and melodies in a unique fashion.  He brings a fiery improvisational spirit and energy to all the projects he’s involved with.  Some of Robbins’ many credits include local names such as Paul Contos, Smith Dobson, the LeBoeuf Brothers. Most recently he received a call phone Grammy winning bass player, Christian McBride, asking Robbins to join him onstage at the SFJazz Festival.

Drummer Alex Work has also kept up a busy schedule in a variety of musical settings over the years.  He plays in styles ranging from funk, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, North Africa, reggae, blues, Americana and rock.  He has played and toured with Babatunde Olatunji, Umphrees McGee and Lauren Shera.  Ron Work is a guitarist who shows tasteful flourishes of funk and rock iconography in his playing, all while serving it up with his own special twists. Together, these three musicians create Wasabi, a danceable, funk-infused trio with modern sensibility.

CALENDAR INFO
Wasabi

DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 8:00 PM
PRICE: $12/Adv $15/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
sandy@kuumbwajazz.org

(831) 427-2227

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