Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Was very excited to get an invitation to The Seva party in May...didnt hit me til hours later that the date might the same as my older son's college graduation...what a terrible feeling! Jase didnt have time to return my phonecall before I found the SFSU Graduation 2004 webpage and that graduation is weeks away from the Seva dealy...

It's difficult to believe that the Spring tour is already nearly over! Soon enough, the guys will all be back in the Bay Area...I think I'm going to try really hard to get over to Bruno's to check out Kenny & Jay in Alphabet Soup- maybe with Jase as he has more of a taste for hip hopish stuff...Might make a nice Birthday experience- we will see?
In the meanwhile, below is more info on what's coming up with Alphabet Soup:

Every Thursday in April
(April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)
Tickets: $7.00
Ages: 21+
Alphabet Soup is the Bay Area's own underground super group. Formed in 1991 by saxophonist Kenny Brooks, pianist Dred Scott, rapper Chris Burger and drummer Jay Lane. Alphabet Soup immediately became one of San Francisco's most popular bands. Because of their unique hip-hop/jazz crossover appeal, Soup has gained a tight local following witnessed during their famous runs in all of SF's major clubs. Soup have toured the West Coast with The Roots, and appeared on bills alongside De la Soul, Digable Planets and KRS One to name a few. In addition to the core band which now includes Lexxx Luthor, Sammy B, Troy Lampkins, and Jeff Chimenti. Alphabet Soup has a "deep bench" of local musicians, emcees and DJs. Soup is also known to play host to the visitations of many modern jazz greats like bassists Les Claypool, Kai Eckhardt; horn players like Joshua Redman and Larry Schneider; drummers like Brain of Primus, Eddie Marshall, Steve Smith and David Garibaldi. Soup's own drummer, Jay Lane won "Drummer of the Year" at the 2002 California Music Awards beating out the nominee from Smashmouth.

Each of the band's talented members have also forged impressive careers apart from Alphabet Soup. Kenny Brooks left briefly to play for the Charlie Hunter Trio and record the Natty Dread album on Blue Note. Jay Lane, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti andd Kenny Brooks are also current members in Bob Weir's band Ratdog. Jeff is also part of the newly reformed Grateful Dead. Soup drummer Deszon Claiborne played with Peter Apelbaum and blues legend Charles Brown. Wilbur Krebs played with Willie Nelson.