Summer Recap - West Coast and Midwest Tours

It's been a summer on the road! We're in Seattle right now wrapping up a fantastic three-week run across the West Coast. Four states, 19 shows, 4,000 miles in the car. A huge thanks to some amazing audiences, venues and presenters! As always we're overwhelmed by the support. Can't wait to make it back next year!

We also had a great week in the Midwest in June, in Chicago, Milwaukee, Kenosha and Eau Claire. We'll see you again soon too!

Stay tuned for some exciting news this fall!

 
 

Gapplegate Music review for Quiet Spaces!

Another review! This time from Gapplegate Music!

"If you have a similar background to me, the first thing that hits you in listening to the trio Sound Underground and their album Quiet Spaces is their apparent rootedness in the classic later-'50s Jimmy Giuffre with Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer. There is a chamber jazz approach in common. The instrumentation of Jonah Udall on electric guitar, David Leon on alto sax, and Alec Aldred on trumpet involves a similar openness of execution, with Jonah pivoting between chordal work and a third voice. The compositions (by all three trio members) have a kind of genetic relation to the Giuffre classical-folk-jazz nexus. They are notable for their structural bent and memorability. And the improvising schemas are well thought out like the Giuffre three-some's were. But foremost in this is despite the genetic relationship the music does not really sound at all like Giuffre's did in those days. That's because it is so many years later and also because all three follow their own muses. Put all that together and you have something very nice indeed. Check this out!"

Check out the full review here

 
 

New album on the way!

We are very excited to annouce the release of our next record! Quiet Spaces will arrive to online distributors on September 15th. Pre-order will be available soon! We’ve been digging into this music for almost a year now and it has evolved and developed into something we can’t wait to share with the world. Stay tuned!

 
 

An award

We are honored to have been awarded Best Small Jazz Ensemble in the 2015 Downbeat Student Music Awards! Check out this month’s issue of the magazine for the full award listings. We’re very excited to be recognized alongside many talented friends.

The Timucua White House

The Timucua White House in Orlando is legendary, mostly for it’s eclectic programming that brings a broad swath of international luminaries across genres, and even mediums, to central Florida. We found out at our set last weekend that the venue itself, and the superhuman visionary behind it, are just as worthy of its fame. Benoit Glazer has built one of the most stunning acoustic performance spaces we’ve ever heard – in his house. And not to speak of the community that he’s built around it, truly a unique experience. He shot an HD DVD of the set you can get a sample of below.

 
 

Thank you, California!

We just returned from a fantastic tour of northern California. In only 12 days, we played 12 shows, presented 2 clinics at local schools, and drove over 1000 miles in between. We performed in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Sacramento, Mokelumne Hill, Santa Rosa, and Reno. Along the way, we were fortunate enough to see and play with some old friends and make many new ones. We had a great time on tour and are looking forward to returning soon!