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Teddy Charles Quartet at KItano | NYC

Teddy Charles is considered to be one of the great jazz vibraphonists and composers of all time, playing with such jazz legends as Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. As a student at Julliard in the mid 40s, he haunted New York's jazz clubs, occasionally sitting in with the bands on vibes or piano. His break came unexpectedly one night when he was asked to sit in on piano with Coleman Hawkin's band for the overdue Thelonious Monk. Soon after, Charles began to appear regularly with the top jazz groups of the day, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buddy De Franco, playing alongside and writing for such jazz stars as Coltrane, Parker, Max Roach and Miles Davis. Recently appeared with Max Roach, David Amram, Lee Konitz. In the early 1950s he began leading his own groups, composing, producing and recording original works such as No More Nights, Blues Become Elektra and Word from Bird.

TEDDY CHARLES QUARTET

FRI. & SAT. APRIL 23 & 24 SETS 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM

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Deastro Plays DENVER At Larimer Lounge on 11.21 With Max Tundra

The title of Deastro's "Tone Adventure #3" may evoke a "working  title"-like looseness--why name a song when you can simply number it?--but the track itself is one of Moondagger's tightest. "Tone Adventure #3" is an archetypal Deastro song, as Randolph Chabot sprints through catchy, melodic passages with maniacal conviction, howling about feet being "strapped to cannon balls" from behind a wall of computer-generated atmosphere. In keeping with its title, "Tone Adventure #3" is more psychedelic than much of Moondagger, warping its instruments into unrecognizable, mutant sound-entities. Glockenspiels, spy-movie guitars, orchestral stabs, and alien ray guns all make appearances--as they should in any good adventure.

On "Tone Adventure #3"'s B-side, Toronto electro producer I Am Robot And Proud remixes Moondagger's "Greens, Grays, and Nordics" into a joyous, MIDI-fueled daydream. The song's previously sinister tone gets the lo-fi electronics treatment from the Robot's gleeful presets--the re-harmonized final chorus alone is worth the price of admission.

Randolph Chabot has been making albums since he was 12 years old -- now, at 22, the Detroit-based musician known as Deastro is ready for his close-up.

"Vermillion Plaza" the second single from Deastro's upcoming full-length debut Moondagger, miniaturizes the album's best assets and shoots them out of a cannon. Plucky synth arpeggios, end-of-the-world choruses, joyously careening melody lines--it's all there, squashed into a life-affirming three minutes and 50 seconds. When Chabot pleads for contact, singing, "Would you be my son / 'cause all of mine have died?," it's less a cry of self-pity than an exhilarating salute to the power of human connection.

Recently, Chicago-based photographer/videographer James P. Morse--a longtime friend and collaborator of Ghostly's--followed Chabot around Detroit for a day and edited the footage into "Ghostly Presents: Deastro," a video profile whose warm, colorful aesthetic matches Chabot's energy and positivity to a T. Chabot putters around his Detroit home, visits his favorite bookstore, gushes about Isaac Asimov and Simone de Beauvoir, and plays a sweaty, packed show with his band. It's a loving portrait of an artist who stays true to his beliefs, staying passionate, engaged, and creative in all of his endeavors.

Deastro's full-band debut, Moondagger, arrived on June 23rd, on Ghostly International.

CMJ Dates (More TBA)

10.21 New York, NY @ Santos Party House

10.23 New York, NY @ TBA

10.24 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge

US Tour Dates

11.05 Chicago @ Schubas - Max Tundra HL

11.07 Detroit @ Magic Stick - Deastro HL

11.08 Toronto @ The Drake -  Max Tundra HL

11.09 Montreal @ Lambi - Deastro HL

11.10 Boston @ Great Scott -  Max Tundra HL

11.11 New York @ Mercury Lounge - Deastro HL

11.12 Washington DC @ DC9 - Max Tundra HL

11.13 Baltimore @ Metro Gallery - Deastro HL

11.14 Philadelphia @ Kung Fu Necktie -  Max Tundra HL

11.16 Atlanta @ Drunken Unicorn - Deastro HL

11.18 Austin @ Mohawk -  Max Tundra HL

11.19 Dallas @ The Cavern - Free Energy HL

11.20 Kansas CIty @ Czar Bar - Max Tundra HL

11.21 Denver @ Larimer Lounge - Deastro HL

11.22 Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge - Max Tundra HL

11.24 LA @ Echo - Deastro HL

11.25 San Francisco @ Bottom of the HIll - Max Tundra HL

11.27 Portland @ Doug Fir - Deastro HL

11.28 Seattle @ Nectar - Max Tundra HL

11.29 Vancouver @ Media Club - Deastro HL