Jimi Tunnell’s back with quartet
By Kathy Edwards McFarland
Singer, guitarist, composer Jimi Tunnell returns to the Dan’s Silverleaf stage, 103 Industrial, Wednesday, March 30, 8 pm, with some very cool musicians in tow.
The Jimi Tunnell Group, Jimi on lead guitar and vocals, Jeff Plant on bass, Matt Young on drums, and saxophonist Spenser Liszt, will take up a few of Jimi’s own songs, and many familiar Jazz, “in the vein of guitarist Eric Johnson.”
About Jimi Tunnell
Jimi Tunnell is a master musician whose diverse talent encompasses many musical styles from Pop and R&B to Jazz and Classical. He is a stunning vocalist and a brilliant guitarist. He’s also a sought-after arranger, composer and producer.
Jimi has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Carly Simon, Laurie Anderson, The Bee Gees, Arcadia (Duran Duran), C& C Music Factory, Malcolm McClaren, Arthur Baker, Little Louie Vega, Cover Girls, New Kids On The Block, Southside Johnny, Paul Schaffer, Will Lee (David Letterman), Steve Smith (Journey), Hiram Bullock, Daryl Jones, Dave Liebman, Teo Macero, Omar Hakim (Sting, Madonna), Dennis Chambers, Victor Bailey (Madonna, Weather Report), Kenny Garret, Mino Cinelu, Tom Coster (Santana), Adam Holzman (Miles Davis), Steps Ahead and The Bob Belden Ensemble.
Jimi toured extensively in Japan with Yellow Magic Orchestra artist Yukihiro Takahashi. He later succeeded Mike Stern as guitarist for the electric jazz super group Steps Ahead, touring internationally with the band for three years. As the first artist to successfully incorporate vocals into their live concerts, his original compositions were greeted with standing ovations at Jazz Festivals such as North Sea, Montreaux, Milan, Paris, etc . . .
Jimi currently heads the production company, Buffalo Sound, and leads the critically acclaimed band, Trilateral Commission, which includes percussionist Jose Rossy (Weather Report, Talking Heads) and drummer Rodney Holmes (Santana, Zawinul Syndicate).
About Jeff Plant
Jeff played violin from an early age, along with piano. Eventually, he played some guitar, baritone, & snare in the drum line throughout high school.
Violin was always his primary instrument, until he picked up bass in high school. Continuing on to college, he received his degree in physics and worked for an organization called Theoretical Quantum Optics Group.
Then he journeyed to Texas to attend the renowned University of North Texas for graduate work in Jazz Studies (bass). Touring opportunities took Jeff across the United States, South America, and Europe.
Currently, he’s busy doing a variety of studio work and freelancing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Involved in a plethora of original projects, he is constantly composing and trying to extend his musical horizons …
Jeff has close ties with Jimi, having worked with him in Steps Ahead, Trilateral Commission, Dennis Chambers and Michael Brecker.
About Matt Young
Matt Young, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is a drummer/educator/composer currently living in the DFW metroplex in Texas. He found music first at the piano and clarinet until switching to drum set upon entering high school.
Matt has studied under Justin Varnes at Georgia State University and Edward Soph at the University of North Texas. His experience at UNT has ranged from performing in the Grammy-Nominated University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band (Lab 2013), Downbeat-Award winning UNT Latin Jazz Lab Band, Downbeat-Award winning UNT Jazz Singers, with Arthur Barrow and Tommy Mars (alumni of Frank Zappa’s band) performing the music of Frank Zappa, and as a freelance musician/teacher. In 2010, Matt was the first place winner in the “Jazz” category of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Drum Set Competition adjudicated by Jeff Hamilton, Matt Wilson, and Stanton Moore.
Upon arriving at UNT, Matt was asked to join Grammy-winning artist Bob Belden‘s, Animation, with Tim Hagans. In 2012, Animation released Transparent Heart on the UK label RareNoise Records, which was reviewed in many publications including New York Music Daily:
“If there’s any star of this album, it’s Young, with his sledgehammer attack on the kick drum: even when the music reaches a lull, he never lets the intensity diminish, and fuels the many crescendos here with a mighty force that somehow manages to be more matter-of-fact than dramatic.” – New York Music Daily
Matt has performed internationally including recent performances at the 30th Annual Fajr Int’l Music Festival in Tehran, Iran, the Voll-Damm Jazz Festival in Barcelona and XXIII Festival Internacional de Jazz Ciudad de Almeria in Almeria, Spain, venues in London, England, Canada, Mexico, and all around the US. He has performed with a wide variety of artists such as Jean-Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Tim Green, Christian McBride, and Tim Hagans, to name a few.
About Spenser Liszt
Saxophonist and composer Spenser Liszt unleashes genre-bending sounds that sparkle with his deep reverence for the tradition of lush, intricate classical compositions and the carefree, collaborative spirit of jazz and hip-hop.
Liszt studied classical saxophone with Don Fabian at Southern Methodist University and the intricacies of jazz with trumpeter Akira Sato. In 2008, he transferred to the University of North Texas (UNT). It was at this prestigious music school that his world opened up even further as he delved deeper into his favorite styles, dissecting improvisational rock-centric guitar music, the sampling and poetry of hip-hop and rap and the pure energy of electronic, fusion and hard-hitting original modern jazz in order to better grasp the attitude and groove of the saxophone.
Liszt holds a Master of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas under the apprenticeship of Brad Leali. His work ethic and passion for collaboration has led him to perform and record with many groundbreaking artists, including Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Miles Okazaki, John Clayton, Terrell Stafford, Peter Erskine, Frank Wess, Wayne Bergeron, Dennis DiBlasio, Shelley Carrol, Roger Boykin, Lars Jansson, Stefan Karlsson, Steve Wiest, Frank Mantooth and the renowned nu metal band Korn.
Liszt recently finished recording on Keith Karns Big Band’s album alongside legendary saxophonist Rich Perry and on an album with new alt-rock super group Banquet (with members of Midlake, Grandaddy, Band of Horses and Franz Ferdinand). Both projects will release within the next year.