Jazz Bastards

Jazz Bastards

 Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Funky, acid-jazz hippie-rock. Call it whatever you like, it doesn't matter. It's "part Zappa, part Grateful Dead, and part Pink Floyd, with each song bringing adventure, promise, and brazen instrumental explorations." - Bob Gulla


The goal is to explore and enjoy. The different writing styles of Jazz Bastards members givies their catalogue a sometimes eclectic feel -- often creating outlets for freestyle, improvisational jams, both instrumental and vocal. If you're having half as much fun as the band members on stage, then it's a night well spent. With some of their own favorite songs littered throughout each set, Jeff, Josh, Rob, John and Evan hope to make each show an adventure...and if you listen with the right kind of ears, anything is possible.

A winner of the 2005 Relix Magazine Jamoff, nominated six years in a row (2001-2006) for Rhode Island's Best Local Jam Band and once for Best Album (2004) by the FNX/Providence Phoenix readers poll, and nominated for Breakthru Band by Motif Magazine (2006), Jazz Bastards formed in late 1999 and have performed at Lupo's (Providence, RI), Main Stage - High Tide Jam Festival (Dewey Beach, DE) The New Wave Cafe (New Bedford, MA), The Met Cafe (Providence, RI), AS220 (Providence, RI), The Ocean Mist (Matunuck, RI), The Living Room (Providence, RI), The Bon Vue (Naragansett, RI), The Riviera Pub (Cranston, RI), The Call (Providence, RI), Tammany Hall (Worcester, MA), CATS (Pawtucket, RI), The Station (W. Warwick, RI), The Sand Trap (E. Greenwich, RI), Cafe Zog (Providence, RI), The Century Lounge (Providence, RI), PA's Lounge (Somerville, MA), Patrick's Pub (Providence, RI), The Green Room (Providence, RI), GiZa (Prvidence, RI), The Blackstone (Cumberland, RI), Harry Brown's Farm (Starks, ME) -- as well as a live in the studio performance on 90.3 WRIU radio in Kingston, RI. Members of 13th State have been involved with local music for over 20 years.


Of Questionable Origin (2001)
50 Giant Steps (2004)
(untitled) (2011)

Set List

Original Songs:

Another Mile
Ask The Mountain
The Bubble
Buy My Soul
Colors That Surround
Door To Door
Election Day
Falling Now
Find The Words
Fuzzy Lester
Good Things
Invisible People
Lime Jell-O Pie
Live For Her
The Long, Long Fall
Lucius Quigley
Maraca Heaven
The Purple Vibe
Questions, Secrets, Lies
Salvation Army
Speculative Fiction
Step Down
Temporary Sanity
Thought I Saw...
Thought Knot
Where's A Flying Pig When You Need One?

Some Cover songs:

Quinn The Eskimo
Mr Charlie
Dear Mr Fantasy
Psycho Killer
Jack A Roe
Porch Song
Thank You
For What It's Worth
Booze Me Up And Get Me High
Boogie On Reggae Woman

Set lists vary. Here's an example:

06/11/04 The Ocean Mist: Matunuck, RI

SET ONE: The Purple Vibe > The Long Long Fall > Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley, Cork!, Falling Now, Wh