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pianorag. @ The Derby

Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

pianorag. @ Santa Monica Farmer's Market

Santa Monica, California, USA

Santa Monica, California, USA

pianorag. @ 36th Annual Malibu Arts Festival

Malibu, California, USA

Malibu, California, USA

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"One day a long time ago, a hippie lay down with a jazzbo, and thus, Pianorag was born. This local instrumental trio has the instrumentation of a bluegrass group and the funky improv of a jam band… manages to locate the groove midway between the jazz club scene and the barn. No wanky displays of chops here, just loose, spacious jams with a sound that’s simultaneously old-timey and contemporary"

~ PrefixMag.com

- PrefixMag.com

"pianorag...is good!"
~LA WEEKLY (July 2007) - LA Weekly

“…it’s a funky combination of jazz and bluegrass…they’re a rare breed…exceptional musicianship…very interesting, and very cool.”

~ http://tricerapop.blogspot.com/

- tricerapop

“…very cool and unique blend…the vibe, the musicianship is there…appeals to a wide range of listeners…”

~ 2006 Atlantis Music Conference Listening Committee
- 2006 Atlantis Music Conference

We received a small shout-out in the premier electronic/eclectic music publication, BPM Magazine. It's in the August '06 issue (with Danny Masterson on the cover)

Contributor Jared Morgan sites "Pianorag's contemporary groovegrass sounds" as a "turn-on" for him. - BPM Magazine

Pianorag has been chosen for the "Listen Up" section of music publication, RELIX Magazine. This section features talented up and coming artists. They have been chosen for the November 2006 issue. - RELIX Magazine

“A wonderful mixture of talent…carrying hints of roots and ragtime…sounding similar to Tom Waits with an even bigger jazz influence. Very jazzy and catchy riffs…forcing the listener to smile and tap their feet.” - Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion


"pianorag." - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/pianorag



It was a chance meeting at a hip-hop show in Los Angeles that brought the three young, talented, Santa Monica natives of pianorag together. Attending the same schools as young children, and essentially growing up together, the boys rediscovered each other when a casual conversation at a bar turned to music; it seems they all shared the same objective: Create something unique, experimental, and accessible- and do it with a pervasive and undeniable groove. The result was pianorag, and a style of music they like to call “groovegrass”.
Despite their similar upbringings, the boys of pianorag appropriate their style from myriad influences. Jacob Levy (saxophone) brings with him an intense love of jazz and an encyclopedic knowledge of music theory that he uses to craft profound melodies and masterful solos. A passionate student of bluegrass and American folk music,
Paul Fuller (banjo) emerges as a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist whose degree of versatility is overshadowed only by his tastefulness with whatever instrument he may be playing. Rounding out the trio is Zack Smith (bass). Drawing on his 10+ years as a percussionist along with a supreme love for soul, funk and world music, Zack is able to forge extraordinary and exceedingly syncopated bass lines.
With an unlikely mix of genres, unorthodox instrumentation, a quiet confidence, and excellent posture, pianorag is able to step forward and attempt to collectively eradicate the norms and conventional practices of modern music today.