The jazz/fusion trio called “Unclazzified” was featured recently on the local radio show Sound Theory Live on WDNA 88.9 FM giving the local musicians an opportunity to present their music to a wide audience.
Band members Allen Paul, piano; Gerald Kebreau, bass, and Jason Kent, drums, have been performing locally in and around South Florida for more than two years, and have steadily built up a following among jazz and rhythm/blues aficionados in the area. This radio performance coincided with the band’s push to record its first EP of original songs, for which it currently is running an online fundraiser.
The band began as a duo project in 2010, with Paul and Kebreau rehearsing for fun in Paul’s home in Cutler Bay. The duo soon landed a recurring spot playing at Black Point Ocean Grill in South Dade, and then moved on to perform at several establishments in the Miami area including The Joint, Kork Wine and Cheese, and The Fish House. Having added Kent on drums last fall, they now appear regularly at Red Koi Thai and Sushi Lounge in Coral Gables for their “Buddha Jazz Wednesdays”, and are performing monthly at CocoWalk for “Jazz Pizzazz Thursdays.”
“Regarding our music, the best description we’ve come up with is ‘soulfully sophisticated pop music,’” said Paul, also a songwriter and arranger who is classically trained. “We say that because it’s not smooth jazz, and not pop by itself, but we try to lift every song, whether rock, pop, or jazz originated, to the level that a jazz standard or a classic song would be treated with. In other words, a Beyoncé tune gets the same treatment as Basie or Brahms, as long as the song touches the audience, we’re playing it with the same energy.”
Unclazzified’s performance on Sound Theory Live on Mar. 15 introduced them to a wider live music audience, as a guest of host Carlos Garcia’s radio show. The show was broadcast live from The Stage, a performance venue and bar in the Design District owned by Garcia. Garcia uses this space to give local bands a broader venue through his show on WDNA-88.9 FM public radio every Friday night, 7-8 p.m. The show also is streamed on WDNA’s website, allowing listeners to tune in around the world. The band was interviewed by The Stage co-owner Sasha Torres, and played five of their original tunes, which they plan to record on their EP to be released early this summer.
For more information about the band and its recording campaign, visit www.unclazzified.com, or login in to Facebook and Twitter and search the user name “Unclazzified.” For phone inquires or booking call 305-793-8799.