Grand trio turns grandiose quintet
October 16, 2008
Grand 58 has become grandioso: The eclectic trio has grown to a quintet, adding trombonist Tom Hodapp and guitarist Jason Sherman.
Grand 58 plays a variety of styles, from rock to jazz and bluegrass. The rhythm section is Pat Roseblade and Rod Silva. Andy Hatch plays saxophone and five-string electric mandolin.
“This has forced me to learn all my music theory quickly,” Hodapp said. “Everyone in the band listens to each other well and has good understanding of music and jazz theory.”
Sherman, a North Carolina native, is known locally as a guitarist for 10 Cent Lure.
Hodapp grew up in Ohio. A former whitewater raft guide, he moved from Montana to Tahoe in search of backcounty powder and a job as a massage therapist. He became acquainted with Grand 58 at an annual backyard party.
“Andy, Pat and Rod have been playing together for years, and they put down a really good foundation, so it was real easy to join in,” Hodapp said. “It’s ridiculous how many styles they play.”
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Hodapp also plays congas and didgeridoo.
Roseblade said it’s easier to play in a five-piece rather than a trio.
“The trombone complements the jazzy stuff,” he said. “It adds power with Andy’s sax, and more fullness. Jason is a great guitar player and is super-passionate.”
San Francisco legend “Fuzzy” John Oxendine, the former Moby Grape percussionist, occasionally joins in. Silva, however, stays behind the drum kit.
“This is a good as I’ve ever heard Rod play,” Roseblade said. “He’s really going back to the basics, and that makes me get back to the basics.”