Gent Treadly: Celebrating 20 Years
Bluesy improvisational roots rock.GT has gone down countless roads, burst several hundred blood vessels, stormed the gates of heaven and sustained inestimable loss during its 14 years as a band (yikes!). Having toured with the late great Vince Welnick of The Grateful Dead for many years, Gent Treadly continues to carry the flame - a diehard acolyte in search of the ultimate groove.
Since its inception in 1994 Gent Treadly has been a movable feast of some of the finest players in NYC. The lineup consists of one of the slammingest rhythm sections you'll ever hear: Greg Koerner on bass (a veteran of New York bands Uncle Buzz, The Joneses and Crimson Rose and a "phil-in" for the Dark Star Orchestra) and Tom Kaelin on drums (formerly of Gravity, Dreamspeak and Atlantic recording artists, The Hatters). Our beloved brother Mike Jaimes passed ad astra in October 2007 and our good friend David Berg has stepped in to fill some enormous shoes.
The band is frequently rounded out by special guests Craig Dreyer on saxophone (The Dreyer Bros., Keith Richards), Peter Levin on keyboards (God Street Wine, Zen Tricksters), Buddy Cage on pedal steel (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Bob Dylan) and Anastasia Rene (Percy Hill, Assembly of Dust) on vocals.
Gent Treadly is truly a unique act and the players are the real deal who have evolved into one of the most heralded units in New York City - offering a precocious blend of bluesy improvisational roots rock. Four out of five major artists agree: over the years these guys have been joined onstage by members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, Jane's Addiction, Spin Doctors, moe, The Band and many others.
Come on out to a gig and see for yourself - as the purveyors of the best blues-based rock and roll in the Big Apple start casting their net further, a nation of prospective treadheads is called upon to unite!
Charles Neville (Neville Brothers)
CHARLES NEVILLE born December 28, 1938 - New Orleans, LA
Charles, the second oldest Neville brother, has the most diverse musical background. His experience on saxophone has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and even American Indian music. He cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. He is also the only brother that lived away from New Orleans for long periods of time, making places like New York, Memphis and Oregon his home.
Allways exposed to music in the Neville household, Charles started playing saxophone before he reached his teens. At the age of 12, he joined the band at school. He and his brother Art formed a band called Turquoise while teenagers. As did brothers Art and Aaron, Charles also played briefly with the Hawketts. By the time he was 15, he had quit school, and was on the road with Gene Franklin & the Houserockers - part of a traveling variety show.
After his road tour, Charles returned to New Orleans, where he had the good fortune to play in the house band of the Dew Drop Inn. In the 1950's, the Dew Drop was a major venue for nationally known musicians and local New Orleans talent, and the experience left a lasting impression on Charles. From 1954 to 1956, Charles was on the road backing rhythm & blues greats like Johnny Ace, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Big Maybelle, James Brown, B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Ray Charles. Not ignoring his hometown, he also played saxophone behind Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Ernie K-Doe and Huey "Piano" Smith.
Perhaps inspired by stories of foreign ports told by their father and uncle, who were both in the merchant marine, Charles and brother Art both joined the Navy. Charles stayed about two years, from 1956 to 1958. Instead of exotic foreign ports, Charles was assigned the duties of aviation mechanic in Memphis. Relying on his skills as a musician, he got a job in the house band of a local club, and became friends with B.B. King.
After his experience in the service, Charles returned to New Orleans where he enrolled in Southern University. Music and the road were too great a enticement, and Charles returned to the touring musicians' life. Besides being exposed to various musical styles and cultures of different cities while on tour, young Charles was introduced to the darker side of life. He resorted to shoplifting to support a heroin habit, and served a couple of short jail terms. Back in Louisiana, he was arrested for possession of two marijuana joints, and given the stiff sentence of five years in the infamous Angola prison. Released after three and one-half years, and disgusted with the racist attitudes in the south, Charles left for New York City.
Restarting his musical career, he played various gigs in New York, and some road trips, backing people like Johnny Taylor, Clarence Carter and O.V. Wright. In 1972, brothers Aaron and Cyril had formed a group called the Soul Machine, and took their act to New York where they joined-up with Charles. The three of them played various places around the city, with Charles on sax, Aaron on piano and Cyril on drums. At one point, they started working on Mardi Gras Indian songs they had learned from their uncle, Big Chief Jolly, and even called themselves the Wild Tchoupitoulas. By 1976, Art, Aaron and Cyril were all in New Orleans, where Big Chief Jolly wanted his nephews to make a record of Mardi Gras Indian songs. Charles returned to work on the album, making it the first time all of the brothers worked together on a project. The Wild Tchoupitoulas album was the beginning of the Neville Brothers as a group.
On his own, Charles has played and recorded with Ramsey McLean & the Survivors, which featured Charles' daughter Charmaine on vocals. In 1994, he recorded and played with the American Indian group called Songcatchers. He also formed his own group called Diversity, which features a mixture of jazz and classical musicians. In 1991, Charles Neville & Diversity released their first recording. Drawing from his experiences at the Dew Drop Inn, Charles conceived and arranged the music for a musical called Shangri-La.
- George C. Gerhold (from the Neville Brothers web site)
Sean Schulich's Groovin' DONALD BYRD Tribute
DONALD BYRD is on that short list of Funkiest People Ever. One of Blue Note Records' highest selling recording artists, this musical giant's impact permeates jazz, funk, jam, soul, r & b, disco, rock and hip-hp. His passing is a blow, but he leaves a musical legacy that we can revel in and celebrate forever. This Mother's Day, Come Get Yo' Groove On as we perform the music of the legendary Donald Byrd!!
Sean Schulich has played with the Funky Meters, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the New Orleans Suspects, Bernie Worrell, Meshell Ndegeocello and Zigaboo Modeliste. He's played Jazz Fest in New Orleans, at The Mint in LA, and at BB King's, the Brooklyn Bowl and the Bowery Ballroom here in New York City. Sean just packed the house at The Blue Note's Late Night Groove Series.
Sean hails from Woodstock, NY, and after earning his Masters from Yale, he won Artists International, selling out his debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall. Being a multi-genre musician, he then went on to co-found the fusion group Alpha Mosaic, winning a Sony Jazz Competition.
His playing is uniquely soulful, performances electric and his band simultaneously subtle and powerful.
Doron Lev, drums
Anthony Almonte, percussion
Everett Boyd, bass
Matt Dickey, guitar
Rob Knowles & Ryan Slotnick, keyboards
Mark Morgan, Rodney Siau & Satish Robertson, trumpet
Matt La Von, saxaphone