Friday, March 22, 2024

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Potato Head Jazz Band, by JD

POTATO HEAD JAZZ BAND es una banda de Granada - España dedicada, con pasión y ritmo, a tocar Jazz Tradicional. La banda ofrece diversión, espectáculo y calidad músical. Jazz para todos.
POTATO HEAD JAZZ BAND, located in Granada - Spain, plays traditional jazz with passion and swing. The band offers a joyful show played by qualified musicians. Jazz rhythms for all tastes...

The band has been together since 2003, when a group of young musicians formed a band in Granada to play the music of New Orleans – not a regular occurrence in Spain at that time. By 2009 the band, attracting audiences throughout Andalusia, was based around a nucleus of three musicians: trumpet man Alberto Martin, Martin Torres, a clarinet player who had been playing in Dixieland bands in his native Argentina before moving to Spain and guitarist/banjoist Antonio Fernandez. The three of them decided to dedicate their professional career in music to re-create the authentic music of New Orleans and to set up the first band in Spain to specialise in that style.

Although over the following years they became the benchmark band in that style and regulars on national Spanish television and festivals throughout Spain, they still didn’t feel that they had the right combination of musicians and set about finding the very best musicians to improve and make a more authentic Potato Head Jazz Band. Soon, joining Alberto, Martin and Antonio were three more musicians who matched their level of achievement.

The Italian trombonist, Giorgio Gallina, already known throughout Europe, relocated to Granada, virtuoso bassist Alejandro Tamayo, with a background in orchestras and jazz combos came on board and the new line-up was completed by the in-demand drummer Zeke Olmo.

With the refreshed line-up – four Spanish, an Argentinian and an Italian – the band really started going places, featuring at festivals in Germany, Switzerland, France and Denmark, as well as becoming a household name in Spain. Their performance on French television, with Potato Head integrated with New Orleans band, Tuba Skinny, was seen on television throughout Europe and has since clocked up a million views on YouTube.

Potato Head Jazz Band, una boda diferente:



Tuba Skinny & Potato Head Jazz Band - At the jazzband ball

Royal Garden Blues by Potato Head Jazz Band

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