Baltimore City Paper wrote a nice article about me and my label, Strong Records. Thanks guys!
Excited to have had Microkingdom here on Sunday to record the very first Strong Records record. Or whatever. Strong Records is 2 Jons: myself and Mr. Lipscomb. For now, we are doing hit & run recordings in my living room to amass a body of high quality sounds. More info soon. Check out our page on f-book:
If you think you could make a STRONG record, get in touch. We are currently booking the week of December 10-14
Really excited for a couple of shows coming up – more details soon. I got to see my good friend Zach Swanson yesterday when we made an audition video with drummer Mike Ross for a cruise gig in October. Changed the name of my solo project – check out Inca on facebook/incarocks. Also I’m making the Jazz Lunch record “Housewarming” available for free download on soundcloud
if for some crazy reason you felt like owning the physical cd (the design is really cool I swear!) you could purchase it from our cdbaby page
personnel: Ben Frock, trumpet; Jarrett Gilgore, alto; Dan Ryan, guitar; Jon Birkholz, piano; Zach Swanson, bass; Chad Hochberg, drums;
Coinciding with the release of the new Jazz Lunch CD “Housewarming,” the record has been made available for sale on cdbaby. I hope you choose to support our efforts to bring you the highest quality homemade music. Here is a brief history of the CD:
Housewarming was recorded over the first weekend in June here in my living room. Jon Lipscomb mixed the live performance to two tracks and the album is presented as is, with only one edit on the entire record. It was then mastered by the elite Paul Wickliffe of Skyline productions in New Jersey. At this point (late summer) the audio was 100% complete and published online.
Next a team of artists, designers, and photographers went to work on the art. The end result is a handmade outer sleeve, containing one of two randomly assorted insert sleeve designs. The disc itself is stamped with the title and the record label, Reoccurring Dreams Records, a local independent label.
Here is a list of people who have participated in making this record happen:
Musicians: Dan Ryan, Jon Birkholz, Zach Swanson, Chad Hochberg, Frank Russo, Eric Trudel, Ben Frock, Brent Madsen, Gary Thomas, Eric Trudel
Sound Engineers: Jon Lipscomb, Paul Wickliffe
Artists: Nick Brooks, Grace Macfarlane, Lauren Shusterich
Manufacturing: Morphius Records, Reoccurring Dreams Records, Jon Birkholz, Matt Frazao, Abbie Shoemaker, Joe Bussey
Hey folks, I’ll be doing a phone interview with Doc Manning tonight on WEAA about the new Jazz Lunch record around 8:20 pm if you feel like tuning in.
I’m playing at Out of Your Head tonight at Windup 12 W. North Avenue. It is Cam’s last Out Of Your Head before he moves to NYC. Other things you should know:
It’s Cam’s birthday
It’s Cam’s last day in the Navy
don’t know Cam? You should, he’s great. Come meet him.
Jazz Lunch is moving forward with the recent recording we did on the weekend of June 4th – we will be doing a limited pressing of 50-100 CDs on a local CDR label, more details to come. In addition, I’m applying this week for a grant in order to cover the costs of mastering and if we get enough dough, to do a larger pressing and maybe some shows on the road….
Here’s a rundown of where and when I’ll be playing during artscape this weekend:
Friday, 7 pm at 11 W Chase St with Tap Tap Tap
Friday, 9 pm at 1511 Guilford (copycat building) with Jazz Lunch
Saturday, 9 pm at Windup Space (12 W North ave) with Soul Cannon for our CD release
Sunday, 1-4 pm at Bohemian coffeehouse with Jazz Lunch
Come on out and listen, all of these are going to be real fun