Artist of the day: Acme Jazz Garage
There’s no telling what sort of project local bassist, writer and all-around jazz scene leader Philip Booth is going to get into next. He’s played with groups like Trio Vibe, Greenwich Blue and his own Philip Booth Quartet, not to mention an array of solo gigs with artists like Bo Diddley.
These days he’s focusing on Acme Jazz Garage, a jammy, jazzy, organ-driven group made up of local favorites: Tim Diehl (drums), Matt Swenson (guitar), Mike Aloia (keys) and occasionally singer Angela “Gee” Washington.” Looking for a comparison? Medeski Martin and Wood is a good place to start —Booth describes their sound as “a mix of jazz, blues, funk, fusion and R&B.” At the recent WMNF Talking Animals Music Night at New World Brewery, they played a soulful mix of funk and jazz songs that all dealt with chickens, including John Scofield’s Chicken Dog and Ron Levy’s Chicken Fried Snake.
On Saturday, Acme Jazz Garage will perform with Belinda Womack at the Child of the Sun Jazz Festival in Lakeland. On April 28, they’ll be at the Blue Parrot Bar and Grill in St. Pete Beach. Then on May 12, look for them as part of WMNF’s Tropical Heatwave concert. Click here for info on all their upcoming gigs.