JazzChronic

JazzChronic

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that, JazzChronic hits you with a blend of jazz, funk, R&B, rock & roll, old and new school. JazzChronic plays high energy original funk/rock/jazz fusion and is always "cruzin' 4 sum fusion."

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Biography

The future is bright for JazzChronic! Our line up is solid with Justin Willis (guitar, vocals), Bill Baker (bass), Gnarly G (tenor, baritone, soprano saxes, vocals, flute) and Howard Stroud (keyboard with organ and rhodes flavor). The music we perform has taken a turn toward harder funk, reminiscent of the horn led bands of the late 70's. JazzChronic plays a mix of funk, rock and roll, R&B, jazz and soul. JazzChronic's music is composed with all of the members contributing.

We really enjoy performing at festivals, special events and clubs!

These are the festivals we have performed:

AthFest 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Alpharetta Arts Street Festival 2007, 2008, 2009, Atlanta Downtown Festival & Tour of Lofts 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. First Night Gainesville, 2004, 2005, Lawrenceville Lights! 2006, 2007, 2008, Southworks Arts Festival 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (Watkinsville, GA), Shedd Fest 2009 (Screven County, GA) Goombay! Festival 2004, 2008, 2010 (Asheville, NC), Atlanta Wings Festival 2007, Chicken City Festival 2006 (Gainesville, GA), Blue Sky Concert Series 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 Gainesville, Ga, Sustainapalooza 2009 (UGA Legion Field), The Cherry Blossom Festival 2009 (Grand Finale Macon, GA), UGA/Twilight Criterium Jazz Festival 2009, The Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival 2009 (Decatur, GA), Ad Astra Music Festival 2010 (Big Island, VA), Decatur Arts Festival 2010 (Decatur, GA) MuleFest 2008, 2009 (Athens, GA), The GETDOWN Music Festival and Campout 2010 (Mebane, NC), Concerts on the Square 2010 (Decatur, GA), Athens Human Rights Festival 2011 (Athens, GA), Rock Creek Dam Jam Festival 2011 (Clarkesville, GA), AthFest Club Crawl @ The Rye Bar 2011.

These are the clubs, taverns and venues we have performed:

The Georgia Theatre, Tasty World, the 40 Watt Club, New Earth Music Hall, Farm 255, Caledonia Lounge, The Melting Point, The Nowhere Bar, The Rye Bar, Little Kings, (Athens, GA). Two Sticks (Oxford MS), Neil's Bar and Grille (Memphis, TN), Little 5 Points Corner Tavern (Atlanta, GA), LiveWire (Savannah, GA), Rafter 's BB-Q and Blues (St. Simons, GA), Sticky Fingers (Atlantic Beach, FL), Cenci (East Atlanta, GA), Surrey Tavern (Augusta, GA), Sky City (Augusta, GA), Mellow Mushroom (Tuscaloosa, AL), WUGA 91.7 & WUGA TV Channel 15 Simulcast for "It's Friday," 2009, 2010, The Blind Tiger (Greensboro, NC), , The Double Door Inn (Charlotte, NC), The Downtown Tavern (Gadsden, AL), Juggling Gypsy (Wilmington, NC), MoDaddy's (Asheville, NC), The Boone Saloon (Boone, NC), The Waka Winter Classic (New Earth Music Hall, Athens, GA), Gillie's (Blacksburg, VA), Martin's (Roanoke, VA), Buffalo's Southwest Cafe' (Statesboro, GA), The Peachtree Tavern (Atlanta, GA), Lexington Avenue Brewery, A.K.A., the LAB (Asheville, NC), The Emerald Lounge (Asheville, NC), The Five Spot (Atlanta, GA), O' Malley's (Charleston, SC), The Fat Frogg (Elon, NC), 529 (Atlanta, GA), Gnat's Landing (Statesboro, GA), Hendershot's Coffee and Bar, (Athens, GA), The Palace Saloon (Amelia Island, FLA), North Beach Grill (Tybee Island, GA), Dogstar Tavern (Fernandina Beach, FLA), Huckapoo's (Tybee Island, GA), Coach's Corner (Savannah, GA), and other clubs, bars and special events!

Our influences include, but are not limited to:

Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Soulive, The New Mastersounds, The Sound Stylistics, Rudder, DJ Logic, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Joshua Redman, Jimmy Herring, Jimi Hendrix, Chromeo, The James Taylor Quartet, The Motet, The Funky Meters, Frank Zappa, The Big Organ Trio, Jeff Coffin, Bob Marley, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Clinton and P-Funk, Stevie Wonder, Morphine, Victor Wooten, John Scofield, Steely Dan, Snarky Puppy, Ulu, Umphrey's McGee, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Allman Brothers, The Greyboy All Stars, A.K.A.C.O.D., The Dead Kenny G's, Charlie Hunter, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others who continue to constantly create, inspire and motivate!

Lyrics

Big Money

Written By: Kurt Blankenship, GnarlyG, Justin Willis

Rap: Make that money, make it fast, spend that dollar, spend that cash....x's 2

Vocals 1: What does it take to make some..BIG MONEY!, Whatta we gotta do to get some..BIG MONEY! Who do we gotta screw to make fat..BIG MONEY! Doing what it takes to make that..BIG MONEY!

Rap: I got my cash in my left hand, my girl on the right ...Out on the town, party every damn night! You can tell us to leave, but we don't have to go...we're the homies with the massive cash flow! (Back to vocals1)

Rap: Back in the studio, we make it the spot....Got my bad ass track gettin' ready to drop... We do what we do 'cause it is who we are, ..the kind kind of playas that can buy up the bar!

Vocals 2: Nothing is ever given away, who you know and not how you play. always pad my pockets for a rainy day, how's a man supposed to stay sane....!(instrumental jam, guitar solo)

BIG MONEY,..BIG MONEY..,BIG MONEY!!!

Rat Trap

Written By: GnarlyG, P. Fulbright

Baby, let me give you the facts. I've got the fat stacks of bills, not money 'cause I'm livin' this Rat Trap of lies. I despise being the small fry. A pathetic struggle just to get by. Living day to day and pay to pay forever making my way through this land of unknowing. Never believing the lies, gotta work 'til I die for a piece of of the pie and you want to know why? 'Cause they want to trap you. And I'm livin' in the Rat Trap!

The man is here striking fear. Of the machine he is the gear. Keeping us turning in the right direction, under the claim it's for our protection. But you don't understand the man. He's got the plan. Making people feel they'll get ahead while doing all they can. But it's all jive. They're just covering your mind's eye. And why? To shield you from the lies! And I'm livin' in the Rat Trap, Yeah, I'm livin' in the Rat Trap, you're all livin' in the Rat Trap, We're all livin' in the Rat Trap!

A cloth of synthetic happiness pulled over your face, blinded by expulsion of political mace. Elitist monopoly held by exclusion. Land of the free, if you believe the illusion. Jaded media held in check. Reporting truth no longer earns respect. Paychecks designed to keep us behind. They can have my body, but they can't have my mind! And I'm living in the Rat Trap, .......
said I'm living in the Rat Trap,.......You may be living in the Rat Trap...We're all living in the Rat Trap!

Discography

Our first full length CD, "Share the Wealth," can be accessed at CD Baby, and at athensmusic.net

JazzChronic is now a member of Leeway's Homegrown Music Network!

"Groovathon," our second full length CD is available on http://homegrownmusic.net;athensmusic.net

Please check out www.jazzchronic.com www.myspace.com/jazzchronic and www.reverbnation.com/jazzchronic for more samples and releases of our music.

Set List

Our sets are usually one hour and thirty minutes, but we can play longer sets if neccesary.

We are creators and promoters of original funk/acid/rock/jazz music and will continue to create new original music as our primary focus.
We are also performing some covers such as: "In Da Club," "Word Up!," "White Wedding," "Could This Be Love," "Billie Jean," "Mary Jane," "Fire," (Jimi Hendrix), "Crossfire," "Cantaloupe Island," "Bust A Move," and others.

Original Set List: 4 Lefts Don't Make a Right, Grun-Tu Molani, On The Grind, Gimme Some Green (a Grant Green tribute), Future Classic, TakinEmOut, Dirty Pockets, Peace Of Me, Rollin' Thick, Big Money, Fathead, Facemelter, Beantown, Rat Trap, Hot Pork Chops, Nag Champa Stomp, Spank Your Mom, Agree to Disagree, Openly Closed, Soul True, Do The Math and others.