On Tour in support of their new release “Screen Sounds”, the third release by the band
The Joe Policastro Trio is a Chicago-based jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro featuring guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature also brings rock, pop, old-school funk, soul, Brazilian, and free improvisation to the surface while still keeping the aesthetic of an acoustic trio intact.
Known for its eclectic taste and approach, the Joe Policastro Trio “makes the case that such musical hybridity is worth celebrating.” “Policastro…is a melody-minded bassist who prioritizes group cohesion over individual displays of virtuosity.” (Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat)
The Joe Policastro Trio is a band that can turn “pop tart into Jazz art” (Travis Rogers, Jazz Owl) and one that “should have wide appeal among both jazz fans and listeners of other genres.” (Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine)
The band is currently on a 25+ city tour in support of their new album, “Screen Sounds”, the third release by the Joe Policastro Trio. It features the singular approach of the Chicago-based jazz trio on a unique assemblage of music from movies and TV. The album features music from films such as Yojimbo, The Godfather, Blade Runner, Midnight Cowboy, and TV shows such as Taxi, The Young and the Restless, and Twin Peaks. Both a musical tapestry and personal soundtrack, the trio has re-purposed these selections blending each member’s unique voice into a unified sound while shedding new light on these musical touchstones.
Long-standing residencies in Chicago served as an incubator for its members to write, arrange, and develop a collective voice in the way a band only can over time. Other releases include 2013’s “West Side Story Suite”, and 2016’s “POPS!”, also on JeruJazz Records.
Beyond Chicago, the band has been extensively playing together on the road having completed several tours even performing for President Barack Obama this past fall. As sidemen, Joe Policastro (Jeff Hamilton, Pat and Debby Boone, Phil Woods, Diane Schuur), Dave Miller (Clarice Assad, Patricia Barber, Algernon), and Mikel Avery (Joshua Abrams, Theaster Gates, Rob Mazurek) have shared the stage with a wide array of musicians but dedicate collectively to this trio.
Picture a traditional bluegrass ensemble pickin’ away in the moonlight. Instead of boys from the mountains of Virginia, picture a band of gypsies from all walks of musical life. Fox N Hounds keeps the laments and ballad’s of Bluegrass music, but also brings a lively addition. It’s Bluegrass music of the now. Songs from the hills and from the city– full of excitement and adventure, love and despair, and even unhealthy appetites. This winter they are headed back to the studio the follow up to there latest release Whiskey Diary. Fox N Hounds has spread its sound across the states to the ears of listeners eager for a new twist to bluegrass music.
The Fox N Hounds are:
STEVEN FOX lead vocals, upright bass
Known for his prowess on the upright bass, this classically trained musician sets the bass on fire with his acrobatic bow work. His powerful bass thumping pushes the ensemble into progressive sonic boundaries. Fox also showcases his sideburn-curling singing and songwriting skills.
ADAM SCHLENKER lead acoustic guitar
Once spanned the country as a staple of the blues scene, Schlenker has found his way home to the music he grew up with. To watch Schlenker’s fingers while he plays his lightning-fast licks is like watching a river flow over fallen trees. Amazing. And it sounds even better. Adam is a sought after flat-picking instructor who has recently taught at The Nashville Guitar Camp and the Perry Stenback International Acoustic Guitar Camp.
Caleb Powers banjo, mandolin, vocals
Reared on old-time music of the hills, Powers started picking with his father when he was a pup. His clawhammer frailing on the banjo and melodious mandolin styling’s add a traditional mountain twang to FNH, while his harmonies brighten the lyrics of the bands original tunes and classic covers.
What’s Being Said About The Band
“Fox N Hounds blend the old time traditions with the progressive new grass times creating an alluring sound that makes folks dance and smile. They are a knowledgeable, solid and honed, hot pic’n string band that just plain kicks ass!”
Paul Painter- Booking Agent Woodland’s Productions
“Fox and Hounds walk that fine line between tradition and innovation. With virtuosic playing, fine song writing and a sense of paying tribute while still creating their own sound, they are sure to entertain even the most discerning of audiences.”
Jack Young- Radio Host of WOSU’s Bluegrass Ramble
The Noah Wotherspoon Band hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. Wotherspoon has been immersed in the blues and mesmerizing audiences with his soulful guitar playing since he was a teenager. The band, which includes Rob Thaxton on bass and Brian Aylor on drums, formed in 2009. In 2015, Wotherspoon received the Best Guitarist Award at the International Blues Challenge and the band placed 2nd in the Finals. Since the competition, they have been playing festivals and venues around the world, from the Mt. Baker Blues Festival in Washington to the Olsztyn Blues Nights Festival in Poland. The band’s debut studio album entitled “Mystic Mud” was also presented a “Jimi Award” for Best Blues/Rock Album of the Year in 2015 by Blues411.