Zubatto Syndicate
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Zubatto Syndicate

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
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"Preview: Zubatto Syndicate"

"The Seattle music scene is known for many genres of music, most notably grunge, indie-rock, and hip-hop. Zubatto Syndicate gives Seattle a good reason to add big band jazz to this list. Whether you're a jazz novice or enthusiast, Zubatto Syndicate's mass musical influence and improv talent will get you dancing and appreciating this local twist on traditional big band jazz." - Seattle Show Gal

"Where the Wild Jazz Things Are"

"If you feel like dancing to Zubatto Syndicate, it'll be because you can't resist a snaky bass riff. In fact, if all goes well, you'll want to drop your pants. Boscardin's arrangements unfold in surprising ways... The solos are uncharted territory." - The SunBreak

"Zubatto Syndicate"

"Music that's solid and involving. On guitarist/leader Andrew Boscardin's compositions—which lay down intricate patterns and odd-hued harmonies—the
band delivered some great soloing, especially from alto player Clark Gibson. This is a band that deserves a hearing." - Seattle Weekly

"Zubatto Syndicate plans to jazz up Seattle's Crocodile nightclub"

There are no chairs to sit in when you listen to music at the Crocodile. An open floor has always worked best for the kind of music and audiences the famous rock club is known for.

Since opening in 1991 — the Belltown club closed late in 2007 and reopened under new owners in early 2009 — the Crocodile, an integral part of Seattle's music history, has hosted the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, R.E.M., Mudhoney, Yoko Ono and, last week, Brandi Carlile.

On Thursday, the club will host a rare show of jazz music. Although in its early days, jazz was dance music and bands played in large dance halls, it has lately been the kind of music usually associated with chairs and tables and sitting.

"We're not opposed to jazz in the club," said Eli Anderson, who books music for the Crocodile. "It's important to broaden the music we offer. It's a part of getting people into the room. There's no reason the Crocodile has to be just rock music."

For the club's first jazz show, at least since its 2009 reopening, Anderson booked the 12-piece Zubatto Syndicate big band led by guitarist Andrew Boscardin, whose electric guitar helps form the signature of the group's sound, a mix of big-band jazz, rock and funk.

"It's more suited to the club," Anderson said. "It's really up-tempo. It's not the kind of thing you're going to want to listen to sitting down and watching. We wouldn't do a sleepy jazz show where you sit down and have your drinks."

Anderson let Boscardin book the other bands on the bill, the Owcharuk 5 (up-tempo, jazz rock inflected with Ukrainian folk music) and Water Babies (another jazz quintet whose trumpet-driven, funk jazz has a retro sound).

In general, all music clubs have had to broaden the kinds of music they present to keep rooms full. The Triple Door books just about every type of music; even Jazz Alley has verged into folk and pop. But the Crocodile has over the years maintained a relatively consistent identity as a rock club, where the beer is cheap and the only real attraction is the music itself.

"In Seattle, the scene still seems to be fairly fragmented," said Jason Parker, the trumpeter in Water Babies. "Jazz is heard by the jazz audience, rock by the rock audience. But the cross-pollination in music is what's really driving projects like these three, who all take as much from rock, funk, punk and world music as they do from jazz. That's why this bill makes sense at a club like the Croc." - Seattle Times

"Sounds Outside brings jazz to the people — free and outdoors"

"A big band unafraid to foray into the modern pop idiom." - Seattle Times


Zubatto Syndicate - debut release, Boscology. May 2011.



The Zubatto Syndicate, a 12-piece ensemble under the direction of composer and guitarist Andrew Boscardin, has released its self- titled debut recording as a digital download, CD, and limited-edition vinyl double LP, featuring artwork by noted science-fiction artist Franco Brambilla. The album is available directly from the band at http://www.zubattosyndicate.com, as well as from CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon.com and other online and retail outlets. Drawing sounds from rock, hip-hop, funk, soul and Brazilian music, Zubatto Syndicate is a highly original take on the Big Band jazz tradition. Seeking to find the musical place where Maria Schneider meets the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the Roots meet Radiohead by way of Mingus, Zubatto combines detailed arrangements and inventive harmonic ideas with rhythmic settings and idioms atypical of the jazz orchestra, as realized by the some of the top improvising musicians in Seattle. The recording was made with the support of the American Music Center's CAP Recording Program, made possible by endowment funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, as well as through the funds raised with the micro-patronage website Kickstarter.com.
Along with Boscardin on guitar, the band features Janet Putnam on oboe and English horn, Jesse Canterbury on clarinets, Greg Sinibaldi on bass clarinet and tenor saxophone, Francine Peterson on bassoon, Mark Taylor on alto saxophone, Jim DeJoie on baritone sax and bass clarinet, Chad McCullough on trumpet, David Marriott, Jr. on trombone, Mack Grout on keys, Tim Carey on electric bass, and Byron Vannoy on drums.
Composer and Guitarist Andrew Boscardin has been performing and writing music for over 20 years. He has appeared on stage with numerous musicians including Tom Varner, Chris Stover, Mack Grout, Jovino Santos-Neto, Julian Priester, Karl Latham, John Lee, Ben Thomas, Brad Gibson, Jon Hamar, Chuck Deardorf, Clark Gibson, Rachael Contorer and the Jim Knapp Orchestra.
In June 2008, the premiere of works for his Nickel and Brass Septet was the recipient of a smART venture award from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. This septet's first CD, “Four-Color Heroes!” was released in March 2009.
In addition to his work as a bandleader, Boscardin has contributed music for dance, stage, and film, both as a composer and performer. His film work include scores for the short films “Murder”, “Enlightened”, and most recently, “The Marthas” and “Times Like These” for Bay Area director Rick Bosner, with whom he continues to collaborate. Boscardin has studied with Dave Peterson, Jim Knapp, Hummie Mann, Glenn Alexander, and John Yannelli. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where he studied composition and electronic music and performed in the school's Improvisation and Guitar Ensemble, and of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he majored in jazz guitar performance.