full-length album out spring 2017
winter 2016 shows at Nectar and more
“Smoking-hot music from top-notch talent.” – CityArts Magazine
“The music gets intricate, but never loses sight of the gritty, soulful truth inherent in a deep groove.” —Earshot Jazz
1.) Happy One
2.) Dirty Hairy*
3.) Step How You Like
5.) Step Slow
6.) The Dance
7.) Step Quick
8.) The Mothers
* – Key tracks
All tracks FCC clean
Thomas Marriott – trumpet
Skerik – sax
Andy Coe – guitar
Joe Doria – Hammond organ, ARP synth
Tim Kennedy – Fender Rhodes, wurlitzer
Damian Erskine – bass
Ian Sheridan – bass
Tarik Abouzied – drums, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes
This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.
Happy Orchestra, produced by drummer Tarik Abouzied, is a band that puts smiles on faces and lights fires under feet. Its members are drawn from some of the Pacific Northwest’s most highly regarded funk, jazz, and soul bands including McTuff, Skerik’s Bandalabra, Richie Aldente, and more. The band, nominated 2015 Alternative Jazz Group of the Year by readers of Earshot Jazz, combines instrumental and compositional firepower with a determined effort at crafting an intensely happy musical experience.
Abouzied was awarded the 2015 4Culture Arts Project Grant in order to develop, record and perform with Happy Orchestra. The band was conceived from his gratitude and experiences as an established musical force in Seattle: “The level of talent in this city is astounding, the community that supports this music scene is as strong as I’ve ever seen, and contributing to that has been incredibly life affirming,” Abouzied says. “I want more, and so Happy Orchestra is born.”
The genre-mixing sound of Happy Orchestra can be best described as “American groove,” an amalgam of the jazz, rock, funk, fusion, and soul birthed by American artists from the 60s through today. Listeners will recognize the refined groove of D’Angelo, the raw power and energy of Soundgarden, the synth-driven fusion of Weather Report, the syncopated tightness of Tower of Power, and other cues rooted in music that’s deeply imbedded in the subconscious of Happy’s founder and the American music-lover.
Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award collector Thomas Marriott and saxophonist Stuart Macdonald have joined in as the horn section, bringing decades-refined improvisational might and intensity. Richie Aldente front man Tim Kennedy and nationally-recognized bassist Damian Erskine fuse effortlessly with McTuff guitarist Andy Coe and drummer Tarik Abouzied, who, according to The Stranger, both “possess Olympian skills on their instruments.” They create an unshakeable foundation built from years of virtuosic musicianship and camaraderie. All around, this combination of stellar human beings, instrumental mastery, and a grin-inducing compositional palette is what makes Happy Orchestra an unmissable act.
Band contact: http://www.happyorchestra.com/epk-contact/