Squat

Squat

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Squat is a four piece jazz band from Athens and Atlanta, GA. Over the past 12 years Squat has toured throughout the Southeast playing a unique blend of original music inspired by '60's era Blue Note, gospel, jump blues, salsa, bossa nova, samba, trance, and drum 'n' bass.

Biography

The members of Squat met in 1994 while attending jazz improvisation classes at the University of Georgia taught by pianist and composer Steve Dancz. The band soon began to draw large crowds in Athens venues including the High Hat and the Georgia Theatre.

After releasing its first album Cycles, the band hit the road as the opening act for Col. Bruce Hampton and the Derek Trucks Band. Over the years, Squat has shared the bill with many diverse acts including Maceo Parker; the B-52's; Medeski, Martin, and Wood; the String Cheese Incident; Big Head Todd and the Monsters; the Squirrel Nut Zippers; Charlie Hunter; Sector 9; and Maynard Ferguson. Squat has also been a featured performer at area festivals including the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Human Rights Festival, Bel Chere, the Athens Jazz Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival and Athfest.

Squat is a four time winner of best jazz award at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards and a finalist in the Future of Jazz Competition. Squat's fourth CD, Gruelash, was voted one of the top 10 local releases in 2002 in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

In the fall of 2004, Squat celebrated its 10th anniversary with the release of their fifth CD, Recycled 1994-2004, a compilation of new and old recordings from the past 10 years. Squat will be releasing their sixth CD in February of 2007.

• Squat has played with Maynard Ferguson; The Wailers; Medeski, Martin, and Wood; the B-52s; Charlie Hunter; Sound Tribe Sector 9; the String Cheese Incident; Lonnie Liston Smith; Col. Bruce Hampton; the Derek Trucks Band; Maceo Parker; Cory Harris; Squirrel Nut Zippers; and many others.

• Squat is a five-time winner of the best jazz band award at the annual Flagpole Athens Music Awards (1999-2002, 2006).

• Squat was a finalist in the 2004 Future of Jazz Competition in Atlanta, Ga.

• Squat has been a featured performer at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Athens Jazz Festival, the Human Rights Festival, Athfest, the Cherry Blossom Festival, Bel Chere, the Lake Eden Arts Festival, Harvest Midtown and many others.

• Cd Releases:
Squat is featured on The Future of Jazz Volume 1 compilation (2006 Jammates records)
Recycled 1994-2004 (2004 Namaste Records)
Gruelash (2002 Namaste records)
Placebo (1999 Namaste Records)
Tales From the Side of the Road (1997 Namaste Records)
Cycles (1995 Namaste Records)
Squat was also featured in the 1999 Athfest Cd (Ghostmeat records)

• Gruelash was listed as one of the top 10 best local releases of 2002 by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

• Members of Squat have performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne, and the World Sacred Music Festival in Bangalore, India.

• Members of Squat have performed with Jimmy Haslip, John Patitucci, Tim Armacost, the Derek Trucks Band, Widespread Panic, Cory Christiansen and Joe Lovano.

• Since 1997, Squat also has played weddings and private parties throughout the Southeast.

Discography

1995 Cycles
1998 Tales From the Side of the Road
1999 Placebo
2000 Athfest CD (compilation)
2002 Gruleash
2004 Recycled: 1994-2004
2006 The Future of Jazz Volume 1 (compilation)
2007 Squat