Datura Inoxia Release Party

Charles Mantis will celebrate the release his full-length record Datura Inoxia in Chicago this coming Thursday June 29th at The California Clipper.  The night will feature The Nate Lepine Trio and Leslie Beukelman on vocals.  Drop in for a dark night of beats, jazz and a free copy of Datura Inoxia.

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Black Bear Combo at the White House

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left to right: Rob Pleshar, Gerald Bailey, Ehsan Ghoreshi, Dersu Burrows, Doug Abram.

This past week I had the pleasure of joining the Chicago based Balkan brass band entertaining military families for a Halloween party at the White House.  The band debuted a new orange and black costume designed by saxophonist Doug Abram.

Stephen Paul Smoker and Ripe Fruit

Stephen Paul Smoker just released his long awaited album Ripe Fruit on Kilo Records and it is looking and sounding great!  Be sure to check out the vinyl on sale here.  I had the pleasure of recording with the Pilsen band and will join the stage with them at the Empty Bottle on Friday April 27th in Chicago.  Doors open at 10pm.  The record is also available through iTunes.

Hollows Sophomore LP Available April 10th

I don’t think anyone who checked out Zooey Deschanel’s band She and Him at  Millennium Park in Chicago a few summers back would forget the killer girl band that  opened up the show.   I’ve been lucky to run into the members of Hollows a few more times since then both playing with JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound at the Metro and performing alongside Bassist and Flutist Emma Hospelhorn in the horn section for Stephen Paul Smoker.  The first song to surface of their upcoming release is called “V is for Vulture” and it features myself and trombonist Andrew Zelm.  To hear more about the release check out this interview in the Brooklyn Vegan.

Hollows: V is for Vulture