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Jazz, hip-hop and rock blend at Truckee jazz spot

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Kneebody, the jazz band that blends the improvisational skill of modern jazz with the swagger of hip-hop and the conviction of rock, will bring their beat-driven sound to Moody’s Bistro & Lounge on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28.

The show is geared toward jazz audiences who enjoy pop hits. The result is a multi-textured performance pleasing to a number of musical palettes. As the Chicago Tribune wrote, “there was much more here than a casual listening might suggest. Just when the band seemed to be sinking into a rhythmic groove, it sabotaged expectations by changing or suspending its tempo or meter. And by juicing up its acoustic work with keyboard electronics and other computer-processed sound, Kneebody italicized its every gesture.”

The five young artists who comprise Kneebody have backed important figures from an astonishing range of artistic sensibilities. Adam Benjamin on Fender Rhodes, piano, and keyboards, contributes to Kneebody’s unique compositions and provides acoustic and electric improvisation. Benjamin has toured with jazz luminary Dave Douglas, rock legend Jimmy Chamberlin, and eighty-piece hip-hop orchestra Dakah. Benjamin is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.

Shane Endsley, on trumpet and pedals, fine-tuned skills on trumpet, drums/percussion and composition at the Eastman School. He has toured and recorded with Ani DiFranco and Steve Coleman and has worked around New York with Josh Roseman, Dave Binney, Ravi Coltrane, John Hollenbeck and others.

Kaveh Rastegar, on electric/acoustic bass and pedals, is an accomplished songwriter and musician.

Since graduating from the Eastman School of Music, he has performed in the greater Los Angeles area and is also a member of the Seattle-based power trio Thruster, featuring Timothy Young and Matt Chamberlain. A founding member of the 70-piece orchestra Dakah, Rastegar has also played with The Ditty Bops, Chewy Puma, Colin Hay, Nels Cline, Joshua Radin, Small Medium and Large, guitarist Arik Marshall, Greg Kurstin’s Action Figure Party, Dave Fiuczynski, Carla Bozulich and Wayne Horvitz.

Ben Wendel, on saxophone, flute, and bassoon, is another graduate of The Eastman School. He performs locally and abroad, and works as a studio musician. Wendel has shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Adam Rudolph, Lalo Schifrin, Billy Higgins, Abe Laboriel and Manny Album. He recently completed a successful European tour with electronica artist Daedelus, completed a score for a short film that was later released at the Sundance Film Festival and is one of the winners of the 2002 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award.

Drummer Nate Wood graduated from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Jazz luminaries Charlie Haden and Joe Labarbara. Wood has toured the world with pop/rock band The Calling. When he came home he made his first solo album, Reliving featuring his compositions, singing, engineering/producing, and instrumental performances. Most recently, Wood has used his talents on guitar, drums, and bass to accompany Maverick recording artist, Keaton Simons.

In 2007, these musicians will team up to lead the directorship of a new festival in Munich, Germany in collaboration with significant jazz and chamber music artists from New York and Europe. United States audiences will enjoy listening to Kneebody at Moody’s, where the musicians will perform tunes from their 2005 critically acclaimed debut studio album and selections from their much-anticipated follow-up album, Low Electrical Worker.

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