The band's repertoire reflects the many diverse projects they've produced through the years:
I. World-jazz fusion compositions with all kinds of world music styles from Africa, South America, Cuba, Romania, Indonesia, Japan, Greece, Pakistan and the Middle East.
(Recordings: Tendrils of Light and Ganesh on Southport Records)
II. Eighteen vocal settings of the ancient Tao Te Ching built off Flippo's lyricized texts "clothed" in a wide variety of styles . . . swing, bossa, ambient, rock, tango and (contrapuntal) Indian
(Recorded on their CD Tao Tunes on Oppilf Records)
III. Most recently, Arrangements of contemporary classics including Davie Bowie's "Life on Mars," Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning" and others by Lenon-McCartney, Cream, Dylan and Sting. (several are recorded on "When the Heart is Strong"on Oppilf Records)
Present members include: Dave Flippo - piano and vocals, Dan Hesler - saxophone and flute, Donn De Santo - acoustic bass, Heath Chappell - drum set, Aras Biskis - percussion. (Previous members include Steve Hashimoto, Hamid Drake, John McLean and Steve Strunk.)
SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS:
“World Jazz Voyage”
- A collection of original and familiar pieces that draws upon music from cultures the world over - from Africa, India, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America and the Middle East. Their program is a kind of musical trip around the world, paying homage to numerous ethnic cultures.
The band has appeared at the Taste of Chicago, Southshore Jazz Fest, The Art Instsitute and in the Chicago Symphony East Meets West Festival, as well as at numerous street festivals, college and library arts series and jazz clubs throughout the city.
"Jazz Goes the Pop!"
- Blends jazz standards with jazz arrangements of contemporary popular music from the 60’s through the present - the music of Lenon/McCartney, Sting, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchel, Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Ceelo Green are mixed with jazz favorites by Gershwin, Porter, Bernstein and Young.
PLEASE ALSO LOOK AT OUR TWO NEW PROGRAMS FOR THE "READ TO THE RHYTHM" PROJECT.