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JAY CROCKER AND THE ELECTRIC APES, HAMILTON TONIGHT!!


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Come one, come all. There has been a good buzz about this band lately. Tonight, Hamilton shall see.

10pm at Pepper Jack's

www.jaycrocker.com

www.pepperjackcafe.com

Jason Crocker has actively been pursuing music since his early teens, first playing trumpet, then picking up his first pawnshop guitar at 14. He has gained notice as a sideman with such artists as Damo Suzuki, Lorrie Matheson, and Tariq, but is perhaps best known as the guitarist for the band Recipe from a Small Planet. With this ensemble, Crocker toured Canada extensively after finishing high school, playing just over 900 shows to packed rooms and festivals across the country, sharing the bill with such artists as Chris Brown and Kate Fenner, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. RFASP's sound was a fusion of dub, reggae, soul, funk and jazz, which the musicians explored through both structured songs and extended improvisations. Together, the band's two records, Hovercraft and Babel Fish, sold over 4,000 copies.

Becoming tired with constant touring, Crocker decided to go back to school and pursue a formal musical education. It was while attending the Mount Royal College jazz program and studying with Ralf Buschmeyer and Sheldon Zandboer that Crocker began exploring more advanced harmonic ideas and structures. After studying intensely for two years, Crocker decided to leave the program to find his musical identity.

Jay began drafting the idea of scoring large scale arrangements to his "melting pot" style of songwriting. After a year for intense writing and soul searching, he emerged with a selection of tunes arranged for a ten piece band, ready to be recorded and shared. The result was Melodies From the Outskirts, an eight-song avant-garde indie pop, afro jazz album which represents a new stage in the maturing of Jay's performance and arranging ideas and abilities.

From the Hawaiian soundscape of "Wake Up Honolulu" to the rust-tinged stomp of "Wooden Tin" and the acoustic sweetness of "Paper Thin", Melodies From the Outskirts has a sound full of soul, angles, roots, grit, and heart.

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