The Coastal Jazz Association knows your Sundays are important to you; especially the one right before Thanksgiving. That is why the CJA is proud to present you with a concert on Nov. 18 that you’ll not likely soon forget, the acid-jazz-funk sound of Audioform (www.myspace.com/audioform).
Audioform plays soul jazz funk, or funky soul jazz which is augmented by a big horn section and a groove-oriented rhythm section. Familiar touchstones abound, including 1960s’ Blue Note artists like Lou Donaldson and late-era Lee Morgan, the big combo jazz of Charles Mingus and Tito Puente, Curtis Mayfield wah-wah guitar, and ’70s funk acts such as Tower of Power and Parliament.
The brainchild of multi-saxophonist Erick Payne, Audioform was formed out of several jam sessions with local jazz and funk musicians in Charlotte, N.C., in 2004.
“The project started out as just a couple jazz guys getting together,” said Diaz. “We got a little college radio publicity, then people found us through the MySpace site, and it kind of took off from there.”
The band has from the very beginning attracted praise for its ability to fuse the many genres that have influenced its core members and the jazz genre.
In early 2005 the band released a DVD of a live performance at the Visulite Theater in Charlotte. During the summer of 2006, the band traveled for a West Coast tour that included performing at the prestigious Fillmore Jazz Festival. A documentary of the band’s performances and tour were filmed by director Chris Ivey and will be released on DVD this year.
The band released its first full length album, Compositions, in January. The single “Biomorphic Nameology” serves as the band’s best-known groove.
Audioform tours heavily on the regional circuit including festivals, nightclubs and universities.
Audioform is: Erick Payne (tenor and soprano saxophone), Tony McCullough (alto saxophone), Jack Forseen (trumpet, flute, flugelhorn, trombone, baritone saxophone), Audi Jones (drums), Joe Smalls (bass), Keith Whatley (guitar), Antonio Diaz (percussion) and Riche’ Rich (vox/vocals).
It will be held on Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Historic Savannah, 520 West Bryan St., at the corner of Bryan and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The concert is free for Coastal Jazz Association members and $10 for non-members. Attendees who join CJA while at the concert will also be admitted for free.
For more information call (912) 675-5419 or go to www.coastal-jazz.org.