Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey / Skerik

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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (JFJO) is the acclaimed, road-sharpened trio of Brian Haas (piano/Fender Rhodes/bass Moog/synth), Chris Combs (electric guitar/lap steel guitar/synth), and Josh Raymer (drums). Beginning in 1994 as a funky octet, JFJO has performed in both large and small ensembles and journeyed through 16 members, 25 albums, and countless global tours.

In 2013, the band downsized to a trio setting to release the first of three albums on the revered Brooklyn record label Royal Potato Family. Last October, the JFJO trio dropped an electronic, expectation-defying album Worker. Now, the trio embarks on another tour to celebrate their album release The Battle for Earth – a psychedelic musical exploration paired with an original, sci-fi jazz epic comic book.

Joining JFJO is the genre-defying Seattle saxophonist Skerik. Performing on the tenor and baritone saxophone – often with electronics and looping – Skerik is a pioneer of a playing style dubbed “saxophonics.” The 2003 Earshot Jazz Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year was an original member of Les Claypool’s Fancy Band and Frog Brigade and founding member of ensembles including Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois, and current project Bandalabra with revered Seattle players Andy Coe, Evan Flory-Barnes and D’Vonne Lewis.
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