JAZMO to Make Iridium Premiere, Jan 8
THE BAND: Jeff Lasdon (vocals/harp/lyrics), Al Orlo (guitar), Michael O'Keefe (drums/vocals/music), David Toy (guitar/vocals/music/lyrics), Paul J. Magliari (bass/vocals) and Charlie Lagond (saxaphone)
THE SONGS: Cuz We Want To, Someone To Tell, Love Songs, Better Than This, Heart Collector, For Sale City, Sal Mineo, Cigs and Beer, The Blue Note, The Bird of Babble-On, Molecules, Giving It All Away, The Other Side of the Map, Angry Game, The One Mistake.
THE GUIDING MANTRA: Living on The Edge can only improve your balance.
JAZMO'S roots are firmly planted in the legacy of intergenerational rock and the power of poetry. Longtime partners DAVE TOY and MIKE O'KEEFE had been making music in the Toy Studio for Decades after abandoning their electric punk project "Dressed For Success". The band was an 80's fixture in such N.Y.C. venues as CBGBs and The Ritz. 1995 found the two Friends still dedicated to their music but in need of lyrics for their tunes. ENTER JEFF LASDON. A retired promoter from Boulder, Colorado, LASDON was eager to share his poetry from his days of study with Beat Poets Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. Words hidden away for 30 years were the genesis of a marriage between LASDON and TOY. In LASDON the two original JAZMO players had adopted an illegitimate child who would eventually morph from wordsmith to songwriter to performer. Through a generous dose of patience TOY and O'KEEFE allowed LASDON to fulfill his childhood fantasy of playing in a rock n' roll band. Call in old friend Renaissance bassist PAUL MAGLIARI and JAZMO is a living breathing experiment gone awry! Operatically trained and downtown rock songbird, BIRDY, has given the JAZMO songwriters a true rock 'n roll diva. Songs written expressly for BIRDY are hits waiting to happen. This egg incubated by JAZMO and now ready to crack promises to produce a bird of another feather.
BIRDY is an astute businesswoman who is taking over late night downtown Manhattan. An operatically trained singer, she left that world to record her own power pop ballads on a record label she is building to her own specifications where she will globally export herself, as well as other carefully considered artists, to a world she is convinced is patiently waiting for the next new tsunami of sound. A studied artist in her own right, she has begun designing make-up that is as prophetic as it is strikingly stunning. Birdy has most recently received high critical acclaim for her two Special Guest Appearances at the prestigious downtown event, 'Oh! You pretty Things: The New Romantics.' Channeling Siouxsie and The Banshees, she blew the roof off Le Poisson Rouge. She is currently meeting with Click Models.
Tickets are $25. For reservations, call 212-582-2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More On: The Bird, The Edge, Decades, Friends, Renaissance.