For immediate release New Hip Bones Dates! Feb. 22-March 1, 2011
Hip Bones returns to the S.F. Bay Area for seven shows, beginning on Tuesday, February 22 at the Panama Hotel in San Rafael, and ending Tuesday, March 1 at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. See the complete list of Bay Area shows below.
...Bad long before The Bad Plus, Hip Bones has been called “renegade jazz,” “psychedelic funk,” and “monsters of the mash-up.” It has been written, “These gentlemen push the boundaries of jazz…and get away with it!” Hip Bones’ music combines funk and dub-flavored original instrumentals, along with spirited psychedelic covers from such diverse sources as Jimi Hendrix, The O’Jays, Sting, and Freddie Hubbard. Hip Bones has released two CDs, Threedom and 4. They are working on a new release recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winning engineer/producer Bil Vorndick (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Allison Krauss). ...A trio that plays more like a five-piece, Hip Bones gives jazz a good name, bringing new listeners into the fold each performance with their imagination, irreverence, tasty musical impressions and improvisations. “I’d always wanted to do an all-instrumental band. I think it gives the audience more of a chance to use their mind and heart and get out of it what they want,” says the band’s founder, drummer Robin Tolleson. Tolleson and saxophonist/flutist/composer Gary Schwantes have been playing together in Hip Bones since 1998. Tolleson studied drums with Narada Michael Walden and has recorded with Gregory James, Instruments of Peace, The Secret B-Sides, and others. Schwantes studied with Anthony Braxton, and has played with Lou Harrison, Pam Tillis, Klezmania, and leads the genre-bending Ultra World X-tet. Bassist Shannon Hoover, from Greenville, SC, began playing with The Bones in 2008. Shannon has become well-known to music fans in the Southeast through gigs with Bobby Lee Rodgers, Yonrico Scott, Jeff Sipe and others.
Gary Schwantes saxophones, bamboo flutes composition