Friday, February 22, 2008

The Killjoy Trio

As well as having been in several garage bands growing up, I've been in a jazz trio for the past few years. We are the Killjoy Trio and have had the opportunity to play a lot of weddings, artsy functions and of course, ward parties around the valley. Although I'm more experienced as a guitarist (although not much of one) I got into piano and jazz music quite heavily several years ago and decided it would be fun to have a small jazz combo. Unfortunately, I play piano the same way I play guitar, untrained, by ear, and as any expert would say - the wrong way. I'm a big faker - chords in the left hand, melody in the right. I can't read music very well and I can't play hymns, but playing in a jazz trio has been a lot of fun. Because I started faking my way through some jazz tunes, I figured I could convince my lifelong friend and drummer Corey to do the same. I also successfully convinced my sister in law's husband Van to join as well. They both have done a very impressive job at learning some jazz chops on the drums and upright bass. They do a really great job at masking all of my crummy mistakes and we always have a great time playing together. We even played on a local tv show a couple of years ago, 15 Minutes - whoo hoo - here's a low-res video of one of the songs we played, The Girl from Ipanema. Here's also a pic from our latest show and some Killjoy artwork.

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6 comments:

pamo said...

yay, you're back!

Nathan Lindsay said...

bryan, I keep hoping that by looking at your art on a regular basis, that it will make me a better artist. I must be doing something wrong because it only seems to be making YOU better.

Love this stuff. and your suit.

Ken Chandler said...

Bryan, delete 'akicage'! Do not click on it. This guy is all over the place. It's a virus, not a remover of viruses.

Ken Chandler said...

Sweet! You guys sound great, and the artwork is amazing too!

S.T. Lewis said...

I love the Killjoy Trio. Do you guys have any CDs? Are you on iTunes? You're way too good at art stuff to be good at music too... so unfair.

Michael Medley said...

Hey. I'm a big faker too! It still sounds good and that's all that matters.