Joseph's Bones
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Joseph's Bones

Kensington, California, United States

Kensington, California, United States
World Reggae

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Drawing inspiration from the roots reggae of Bob Marley and the Wailers, the dub grooves of Augustus Pablo and the soaring horn lines the of Skatalites, this trombone reggae band is new to the scene, but old in its tradition. Drummer, composer and arranger Jason Levis leads the band playing a mixture of original songs and covers from the classic roots era.

Making up Joseph’s Bones are 10 of the best Bay Area musicians whose individual styles are focused through the lens of a deep appreciation for reggae music’s tradition; bringing an ecstatic spirit to the band’s performances. Formed in 2005 by Levis, a Bay Area native and longtime reggae enthusiast, each of the band’s members is a serious performer in their own right, leading groups from ska to salsa, jazz and blues. The blend of influences is distilled down into a singular sound through their love of reggae.

Joseph’s Bones began as a Bob Marley cover band, so true in their devotion to the classic era of reggae that they performed, in their entirety, some of the Wailers’ greatest records. They have since expanded their repertoire to cover other greats from that same era including: Burning Spear, Augustus Pablo, Black Uhuru and the Paragons, as well as to compose new songs in the old school style. In January of 2007 Joseph’s Bones entered the studio to lay down these new tracks and their first full-length album is soon on its way.

Joseph’s Bones is Robert Ewing, Scott Larson and Naomi Siegel – Trombones, Marc Bolin – Tuba, Myles Boisen, John Finkbeiner and John Schott – Guitars, Lisa Mezzacappa – Bass, Ben Malament – Percussion and Jason Levis – Drums, Composer, Arranger.

They have performed at some of the great Bay Area venues including the Starry Plough, Bruno’s, Amnesia, the Make Out Room, Jupiter, Café Van Kleef, the Black Box Theater and Compound Eye.