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Artist of the day: Infinite Groove Orchestra




 A symphony of jazz, funk, rock and world beat syncopations, Infinite Groove Orchestra formed the first part of the decade and has been classing up Yeoman’s Road Pub with sophisticated licks the first Friday of every month.

Formed the beginning of the decade in Tampa and led originally by "the three Johns" – John Richardson, Jonathan Priest and Jon Shea, the lineup has changed a little with Richardson on piano, organs, melodica and synth; Jeremy Powell on saxophones; Adam Volpe on drums and percussion; Shea, upright and electric basses and samples. Priest, a close tie and friend, relocated to North Carolina to study Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Powell moved back here from New York New School University, where he studied jazz and contemporary music, and Volpe, who lives in Ocala, has played in established acts in the North Central Florida community, bands with semblances to Medeski Martin and Wood and John Scofield.

What else is different now? "We’ve been incorporating a lot more original music; Everybody’s been writing songs," says Powell.

IGO also covers songs by artists on the other side of the pop spectrum: Alice in Chains, Outkast, Bob Marley, Snoop Dogg and Radiohead contribute; the quartet transforms familiar songs into spectral jazz jams with intriguingly new twists – but keeps them warmly familiar. The crowd digs it.

Along with the instruments mentioned, IGO piles on the special effects with filters, harmonizers, flanger, wah-wah, whammy bars and outboard doodling.

Songs can vary in length from a few to several minutes. "Some are really tight; and some are loose," says Powell. "We try to keep things open and on the fly on an improvisational basis."

You can catch Infinite Groove Orchestra during a free show at 9 p.m. Sunday at the Hub in downtown Tampa.

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:14pm]


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