Andy Frasco – Piano & Vocals
Andy Frasco, a twenty-three blues/jazz musician hailing from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, is nothing short of an enigma. Influenced by Damien Rice, Sam Cooke, Professor Longhair, Van Morrison and Tom Waits, Frasco’s style is as uninhibited as those artists who inspire him. Let’s call it Party Blues.
Within the past three years alone, Frasco has trekked over 120,000 miles, performed over 700 shows, with spanning over 6 countries. Frasco’s journey, however, is just beginning. This revolutionary is on a mission to alter the music business as we know it.
Frasco’s a rarity in the music business: one who is an industry “insider” and a talented musician. This unparalleled insight is due, in part, to his days of managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old. He’s booked bands like HelloGoodbye, and worked with labels and venues such as Drive Thru, Atlantic Records and The Key Club in Hollywood, Ca.
What’s more, Frasco does not come from a musical background. His family played no instruments, and it wasn’t until the age of 17 that Frasco met his soul mate: the piano. At 19 years old, Frasco traveled to New York to work with friend and colleague Jordan Stilwell, producing his first album Growth and Progress. From there, Frasco toured the country with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, raising money for Music Education in the Public Schools.
Yet 220 shows in 360 days through 33 states that he personally booked on the Save the Music Tour wasn’t enough for this young prodigy. Frasco headed back to Los Angeles to form his own band and produce his third and current album, Love, You’re Just Too Expensive. Frasco continues to prove that he is a dynamic force with which to be reckoned, as listeners marvel at his talent and soulful performances wherever he goes.
Andy Frasco has jammed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jakob Dylan, Pretty Lights, Butch Walker, The Flobots, Spill Canvas, Suburban Legends, Nural, Tyler Hilton, & John Mayer.
In 2011 alone, Frasco received musician of the year at showcases such as Sundance Film Festival, HatchFest, Orion’s Music Festival and the European Independent Film Festival.
Frasco may just be the “Second Coming” of blues music for this emerging generation, changing the course of mainstream music in a blazing path of glory that will someday take him home.
Yamaha CP 33 Electric Piano
Nord N2 Organ
Motion Sound Kp – 500 Power Amp
Motion Sound Pro – 3x Leslie Rotary
Ernie Chang – Saxophone
Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to introduce to you a saxophonist unlike any other saxophonist that you have ever heard of. Ernie Chang, known as “The Wiz” or “The Asian Tom Cruise” to his fans and friends, is a titan of modern jazz and blues! Asian Tom was a man birthed from the gods and demigods of bebop. This is no ordinary and simple Chinese boy, this boy was sired by men who pushed the threshold of horn-playing to its utmost boundaries.
From early childhood Chang was abducted by Tibetan monks and forced to take a vow of silence and to listen to Charlie Parker all day every day. At the age of six, The Wiz was fluent in over fifteen forms of Kung Fu, and twenty three different languages. It is fabled that the first word he ever spoke as a child was “Whiskey!” Thus began the career of one of the most illustrious and brilliant horn players in the history of man. The monks pooled together their small resources and bought “The Wiz” his first horn. He played and played until the secrets of the musical universe were opened up to him. With this new-found knowledge he set out into the world to play “the perfect note” and bringtrue happiness to all people who were ready to listen to jazz and blues. Though not much is known about The Wiz immediately after he left Tibet, it is thought that The Wiz wandered most of China searching for the perfect Saxophone.
At some point in the last year or two, “The Wiz” joined up with Andy Frasco and his band of musical madmen. It is here that Ernie has made epic leaps and bounds into the music industry and the world ofthe true fusion genre. To explain such a genre would cause the writer, and I’m quite sure, the reader to have a severe brain aneurism. (Such things are better left experienced). To try and summarize his sound would be a blasphemy, though I shall attempt at the hazard of losing my very sanity.
In a word, the sound that “The Wiz” produces from his horn is explosive!With a fury which seconds that of a hurricane, Chang wields his instrument and prepares nightlyto go to war! War with your ears, your eyes, and in extension your very own primal senses and whole being!
“Asian Tom” does not simply play music;he entices your core, and splits the great divide wider cracking your instincts as to what is true music. He creates fissures with his blazing horn solos and heavy hitting notes. He violently paints for you all the things that would caress you into carelessness and then disrupts and obliterates those feelings for an avant-garde sound that is yet to be expressed in a single phrase.It has been said that when he plays live his music causes tornadoes nearly three thousand miles away. Natural disasters occur in other countries when he does an extended solo. It was said that at a show in Las Vegas, the horn solo he played caused several women to squirm in Dionysian ecstasy, and later caused a riot inside a beautician school down the street!
The truth is, a man of such musical caliber cannot be explained by some futile biography, he must be experienced in all the splendor that he is. But beware! Once you have gone down that road, you may never be the same! You have been forewarned! “The Wiz” awaits, and I promise, you shall not be disappointed!