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Hazmat Modine

Tue, Jul 23 -
Wed, Jul 24, 2013

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$20.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents one of New York's most original bands, Hazmat Modine, touring in support of their newest release, Cicada. Band members are Wade Schuman (harmonica, guitar, vocals), Rachelle Garniez (accordion, claviola, vocals), Michael Gomez (guitar, steel guitar, vocals), Erik Della Penna ( guitar, banjitar, vocals), Steve Elson (saxophone, clarinet, duduk), Pam Fleming (trumpet), Rich Huntley (drums) and Joe Daley (tuba). Set times on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

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HAZMAT MODINE draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20's and 30's through the 50's and early 60's, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jugband, Swing, Klezmer, New Orleans R & B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. The band is fronted by two harmonicas which use call and response, harmony, melody, and syncopated interweaving rhythms. The band includes tuba, guitar, and percussion, claviola and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band's sound reflects musical influences ranging from Avant-garde Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical styles. Reviewing their 2007 debut album for Allmusic, Jeff Tamarkin gave it four stars out of a possible five. Tamarkin praised the band for successfully fusing disparate styles into "music that sounds at once ageless and primeval, authentically indigenous and inexplicably otherworldly, familiar and unlike anything else." He also praised the group for making "listener-friendly music" that doesn't "require a degree in ethnomusicology to enjoy."

The band features the dueling harmonicas of front-man Wade Schuman and his sparring partner Bill Barrett. Hazmat holds down a smoldering groove behind Schuman’s raspy, bluesy voice and passionately energetic stage presence. Their playful blend of genres also extends to their use of instrumentation, including the sheng (the ancient Chinese mouth organ), the unique and odd claviola, and sometimes the cimbalom (the Romanian hammered dulcimer). While they play mostly originals, their cover versions are choice and eclectic, including songs by Slim Gaillard, Jimmy Rogers, Jaybird Coleman, and Irving Berlin. Their live show frequently features guest artists from the creme de la creme of the New York music scene, including cult-favorite singer/accordionist Rachelle Garniez, Moonlighters steel guitarist extraordinaire Henry Bogdan, and the great cimbalom player Alex Federiouk.

With their sly musical wit, expert musicianship and completely unique sound, Hazmat Modine has built a wide and devoted following. Their most recent recording, Cicada (2011), reached number one on the World Music Charts summer 2011 in Europe and was voted number 2 for all of 2011 out of over 800 nominees and 150 finalists. Cicada also received the Charles Cros Grand Prize in France for Best Blues Record in 2011. In addition, Hazmat Modine has a song featured in the Oscar-nominated movie “Pina” by Wim Wenders (2011), and they created and performed the soundtrack for the award-winning documentary “Windfall” (2012).

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