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"Meet Whirlybyrd"

Meet Whirlybyrd
Wit Robertson
Richmond.com
Published: July 30, 2010


Wit Robertson / Richmond.com
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Whirlybyrd is a four-month-old organ trio that has added the sounds of jam and funk to their jazzy style.

The unique sound of their music comes from a combination of rare speaker set ups, funky solos and years of musical experience from band members, Brian Mahne (organ), Alan Parker (guitar) and Jared Stone (drums).

While Whirlybyrd is just starting up, Mahne and Parker have been playing together since their first band in high school and they have teamed up with Stone many times for a jam session or a gig.

The band brings a rare sound to their music through the use of a Hammond B-3 organ with a Leslie Cabinet speaker/amplifier system. The Hammond-Leslie combination caught on in Jazz, Rock and Jam very heavily due to its ability to create a vibrado sound and also a chorus like, slower sound. The speaker in the Leslie is a revolving horn that changes speeds to allow changing sounds and tones that adds an entirely new element to the music.

They have been playing every Tuesday night at City Dogs on Main Street for the last two months and plan to continue playing their for months to come.

Check out Whirlybyrd in action in the photos below.


- Wit Robertson , Richmond.com, July 30th 2010


Discography

Stone's Stew , Beck's Recipe 2003.
Whirybyrd, Self Titled EP, 2010.

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Whirlybyrd really started as Stone's Stew in Richmond, Virginia in 2002. We were a group of misguided music students all attending VCU's Jazz program. Back then we primarily played jazz because we thought it was cool. It was cool and we enjoyed it. We evolved over the next 4 years to a more formulated and calculated machine playing not only our favorite standards, but our favorite covers and original material. After traveling the East Coast one to many times on festivals and club dates, we decided to take a hiatus. We all went seperate ways, many ways, fought wars, had babies, built companies, and much more. In the end Alan Parker and Jared Stone remained connected and eventually formed what is now Whirlybyrd. Brian Mahne joined the pair for a weekend gig at The Devils Backbone Brewery at Wintergreen Mountain in January of 10'. After that weekend it was decided to make another go at this thing. Brian left the DJ Williams Projekt and we were off and running. Here we are. Our music is funky. Our sound is full. Some of our influences include but are not limited to: Jimmy Smith, Lonny Listin Smith, Joey Defrancesco, Cold Play, Bill Withers, Sly and the Family Stone, Robert Johnson, Bill Frisell, Jerry Douglas, Sound Garden, Jimmy Cob, Art Blakely, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, The Delfonics, Stevie Wonder, Oasis, The Jackson 5 and many, Many others.

BAND MEMBERS

Organ, Brian Mahne - Brian Mahne has been playing piano/organ since age 5. Hailing from Richmond, VA, he has traveled the east coast with The D.J. Williams Projekt, opening for bands such as The Dave Matthews Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dickey Betts, Soulive and more. He has played festivals such as All Good, Smilefest, and Langerado, among others. Brian recently found a replacement for himself in the Projekt in order to join forces with Whirlybyrd.
Guitar, Alan Parker - Although Alan Parker never aspired to play guitar, Santa Claus brought him one in 7th grade anyway. While completing his Jazz Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in hometown of Richmond, Virginia, he became involved in several musical projects that performed around the city and the East Coast. In the spring of 2004 and 2005, Alan was a participant in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program. Over the years, Alan has had the opportunity to perform with such notable musicians as Jimmy Cobb, Seamus Blake, Mulgrew Miller, Hod O'brien, John D'earth, Nate Smith, and Howard Curtis. Alan currently can be heard in several groups including WhirlyByrd, Roger Carroll group, the Charles Arthur Band, the Brian Jones New Trio, as well as leading his own groups, the aP Connection, and the aP Connect 4.
Drums, Jared Stone - Jared has been in and out of music his entire adult life. He was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised on Gwynns Island on Virginia’s middle peninsula. He started playing music at a very young age and his musical career began at age 16 when he started playing drums for the house band at Virginia’s Lil’ Ole’ Opry, the little sister to the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville. It was there he got to play with country music legends like Loretta Lynne, Joe Diffie, Doug Stone, and Tammy Wynette. In 1991 he joined the Marine Corps and spent the next 6 years in the states and abroad. While in the Corps, Jared had a 3 month deployment with the Camp Lejuene Drum and Bugle Corps. It was then that Jared decided to make music a full time career, or at least try. From there it was a go at the college lifestyle at Georgia State in Atlanta that did not work out as planned, it worked out better, he met who was to become one of Jared’s life influences, Yonrico Scott. Scott, now beat keeper for The Derek Trucks Band has been a close supporter and mentor of Jared for many years and has helped paved the way for many life changing events including time on the road with the DTB from 1998- 2000. After Atlanta Jared moved back to Virginia and attended VCU's Jazz Studies program, formed new businesses, started a family, and played on many stages. Jared has been fortunate to share those stages with the likes of Derek Trucks, Kofi Burbridge, Oteil Burbridge, Susan Tedeschi, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Cobb, John D’earth, and many more. Jared is now happily married with one daughter residing in Richmond, Virginia.