The Crooked Jades Reunion at St. Cyprian's

Article Contributed by Tanya Pinkerton | Published on Monday, May 8, 2017

Joining founders Jeff Kazor and Lisa Berman and long-time member Erik Pearson (composer of the Crooked Jades tune featured by Sean Penn in his 2007 film “Into The Wild”) will be important former members of what some now call the Crooked Jades collective. Playing bass will be Megan Adie who is back in San Francisco after a decade of living and playing 17th and 18th century double bass in Europe. A key member of the Crooked Jades evolution, touring and recording with the Jades for several years, Megan’s iconic (arco) bass can be heard on the band’s acclaimed album “Worlds on Fire.” Playing mandolin will be Bill Foss, an integral player on the band’s award-winning PBS documentary soundtrack "Seven Sisters a Kentucky Portrait “. Also, featured will be Tom Lucas, long time Jade contributor who championed the minstrel banjo into the Jade lexicon. Plus, more special guests TBA.

The Crooked Jades, called the finest string band in America by The Boston Herald, continue their mission to re-imagine old-time music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative and fearless, constantly evolving and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe. 

Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor’s vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. With this old-time foundation, the band has created the unique Crooked Jades sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa.

Filtering these old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, they seek to make sense of the future, reaffirming the importance of connecting to our roots in a time of intense digital connection. Writes Bluegrass Unlimited, “Chords in unexpected places, out of this world harmonies, and some of the most powerfully-arranged material I’ve ever encountered.”                                                                                                       

Friday, June 9, 2017  8:00 p.m.
Crooked Jades, Earl Brothers Tix: $18-$22
 Tix Link:

St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St (near Masonic)
The Neighborhood Concert Hall