The Crooked Jades

The Crooked Jades

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The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-world music for a modern age: brilliant arrangements of obscure old tunes mix with beautiful original compositions, driving dance tunes to haunting ballads, played with thrilling energy & innovation. Compared to Tom Waits, Nick Cave & Gillian Welch.

Biography

Writes Daniel Gewertz in The Boston Herald: “This San Francisco quintet keep true to their old-time string band heart, yet in subtle, weird ways, they exaggerate the slightly-crazed aura of the rural pre-radio era music. It makes for a haunting, sophisticated trip to Appalachia. Mixing originals and traditional songs flawlessly, this might be the finest band to come out of the string-band resurgence.”

The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-world music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative, unpredictable and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.

Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor's vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. With this old-time foundation, the band has created the unique Crooked Jades sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa. Filtering these old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, they seek to make sense of the future.

A collective of West and East Coast pickers with equal parts attitude and respect, always led by Kazor, the band performs with a thrilling energy that has audiences on their feet dancing and critics comparing them to everyone from The New Lost City Ramblers and The Pogues to Gillian Welch, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

The current lineup of the Crooked Jades is Jeff Kazor (vocals/guitar/ukulele), Leah Abramson of Dyad (vocals/ukulele/harmonium/guitar), Sophie Vitells (fiddle/vocals), Charlie Rose (bass), and Rose Sinclair (banjo/slide guitar).

Adjunct members include Josh Rabie (fiddle/mandolin), Jennie Benford (mandolin/guitar) of Jim & Jennie & The Pinetops, Lisa Berman (slide/banjo) and Stephanie Prausnitz (fiddle) of The Stairwell Sisters, Megan Adie (bass), Tom Lucas (banjos), Erik Pearson (banjos, slide) and Adam Tanner (fiddle/mandolin).

The Crooked Jades have 5 critically-acclaimed CDs, a track from their 2006 CD "World's on Fire" appears in Sean Penn's Oscar-nominated film "Into the Wild." Their upcoming CD, "Shining Darkness" is due to be released in Spring 2008.

Band web site: www.crookedjades.com

FESTIVALS & EVENTS PLAYED (select)
Bean Blossom Old Tyme Festival
Brampton Live Festival-England
Buhl International Bluegrass Fest-Germany
Calgary Folk Festival-Canada
CBA Fathers' Day Bluegrass Festival
Claremont Folk Festival
European Banjoree-Germany
Folk Alliance, Official Showcase
(Hardly) Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Hebridean-Celtic Festival-Scotland
IBMA, Main Stage Showcase
MerleFest
Mission Creek Festival
Neusudende Fest-Germany
Old Time Music Gathering-Denmark
Pickathon Roots Music Fest
Portland Old-Time Music Gathering
Rudolstadt-Germany
San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Fest
Strawberry Music Festival
SXSW
Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
Brandywine Friends of Old-Time Music
Common Fence Music Series-RI
Four Lakes Traditional Collective-WI
Heartland Film Festival-"Seven Sisters" Crystal Heart Award-Indianapolis IN
The Living Tradition-CA
Mayberry Days, Andy Griffith Playhouse-Mt. Airy NC
Naasville Bluegrass Association-Sweden
San Diego Bluegrass Society
San Luis Obispo Folk Society
Swiss Bluegrass Association-Switzerland

VENUES PLAYED (select)
361 Konzerte-Offenburg, Germany
Amager Kulturpunkt-Copenhagen, Denmark
The Attic-Santa Cruz CA
The Borderline-London, England
Cafe du Nord-San Francisco CA
Cafe Mokka-Thun, Switzerland
Castaways-Ithaca NY
Cat's Cradle-Carrboro NC
Cedar Cultural Center-Minneapolis MN
Club Helsinki-Great Barrington MA
Coffee Gallery Backstage-Alta Dena CA
Crystal Ballroom-Portland OR
CSPS-Cedar Rapids IA
Depot-Tubingen, Germany
Det Bruunske Pakhus-Fredericia, Denmark
The Fillmore-San Francisco CA
Folk Music Center-Claremont CA
Freight & Salvage-Berkeley CA
The Garage-Wnston-Salem NC
Great American Music Hall-San Francisco CA
Grey Eagle-Asheville NC
Hideout-Chicago IL
Higher Ground-Burlington VT
Hotel Cafe-Los Angeles CA
Johnny D's-Boston MA
Jumpin' Hot Club-Newcastle, England
Kennedy Center-Washington DC
Kreuzkirche-Kassel, Germany
Left Hand Grange-Niwot CO
Logo-Hamburg, Germany
The Martin Hotel-Winnemucca NV
Mercury Lounge-New York NY
Music on the Square-Jonesborough TN
The Musician-Leicester, England
Nellie Nashorn-Lorrach, Germany
Old Town School of Folk Music-Chicago IL
The Palms-Winters CA
Pete's Candy Store-Brooklyn NY
Red Light Cafe-Atlanta GA
Rodeo Bar-New York NY
Rosendale Cafe-Rosendale NY
Sierra Nevada Big Room-Chico CA
Slim's-San Francisco CA
Starry Plough-Berkeley CA
Sweetwater-Mill Valley CA

Discography

Jade Note Music CJ206 "World's on Fire"© 2006
Jade Note Music CJ904: "The Crooked Jades" (5 song EP) © 2004
Jade Note Music CJ004: "The Unfortunate Rake, Vol. 2: Yellow Mercury"
(co-produced by Richard Buckner) © 2003
Jade Note Music CJ003: "The UnfortunateRake, Vol. 1"
(co-produced by Richard Buckner) © 2000
Jade Note Music CJ002: "Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait"
(soundtrack to PBS documentary) © 2000

FILM

"Into The Wild" (2007)
"Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait" (2000)

RADIO PLAY (select)

KALW San Francisco CA
KALX/KPFA Berkeley CA
KAOS Olympia WA
KAZU Monterey CA
KBOO Portland OR
KCRW Los Angeles CA
KCSN Northridge CA
KDHX St Louis MO
KDVS Davis CA
KEUL/KNBA Alaska
KEXP Seattle WA
KFAI Minn/St Paul MN
KGLP New Mexico
KGNU Boulder CO
KHUM Humboldt CA
KKUP Palo Alto CA
KPIG Santa Cruz CA
KSFR Santa Fe NM
KUOW Seattle WA
KUSF San Francisco CA
KUSP Santa Cruz CA
KVMR Sacramento CA
KZFR Chico CA
KZSC Santa Cruz CA
KZSU Stanford CA
WAMU Washington DC
WBZC Philadelphia PA
WDBM East Lansing MI
WDVX Tennesse
WEFT Champaign IL
WETS East TN
WFCS Hartford CT
WFDU NYC/NJ
WFMS Indiana
WFMU New York
WGAO Franklin MA
WKCR New York
WNCW Spindale NC
WOBC Oberlin OH
WORT Madison WI
WPAQ Mt. Airy NC
WSDS Ypsilanti MI
WUMB Boston MA
WXPN Philadlephia PA
WXYC Chapel Hill NC
Folkscene.com
Live365.com
Pandora
Sugarinthegourd.com
XM Radio
Australia
BBC Scotland
BBC England
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
France
Germany
Italy
Japan
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

LIVE RADIO (select)

KALW/KUSF San Francisco CA
KALX/KPFA Berkeley CA
KAOS Olympia WA
KAZU Monterey CA
KBEM Minneapolis MN
KBOO Portland OR
KCBX/KCPR San Luis Obispo CA
KCRW Los Angeles CA
KHUM Humboldt CA
KKUP Palo Alto CA
KPIG/KUSP/KZSC Santa Cruz CA
KUOW/KEXP Seattle WA
KVMR Sacramento CA
KZFR Chico CA
KZSU Stanford CA
WDVX TN
WKCR NY
WKPN CT
WNCW Spindale NC
WPAQ Mt. Airy NC
WSDS Ypsilanti MI
WUMB Boston MA
BBC Scotland
BBC England-Andy Kershaw

TELEVISION

BBC England
KQED Spark! San Francisco CA
ABC San Francisco CA

Set List

A typical set is 45 minutes in length and includes 13 songs, mostly from the current release, mostly originals and some old-time tunes from a deep traditional repertoire. The band performs one or two set shows.