July 17, 2008 Concert
"Using the pedal steel
guitar in jazz makes audiences hear the music in a new
however, uses pedal steel guitar as a lead instrument....He's
also brilliant. He reminds me of John Coltrane on the
pedal steel (Stephen Merriman).That's high praise, but
Merriman says it's warranted because Easley -- like
Trane -- transformed the way his instrument's used." -Howard Dukes, South Bend Tribune.
Dave Easley is a virtuoso pedal steel guitar player
who is an accomplished performing and recording jazz
artist, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dave also writes,
plays guitar, and sings. His five-piece band, Heartifacts,
as quoted by Relix Magazine, is “…one of
the best, and most refreshing ‘unknown’
bands I’ve heard in a long, long time.”
The Memphis based literary journal, Beatlicks, stated
“…Dave Easley, is an unassuming prodigy.
His endless vocabulary of rock, blues, psychedelic,
and jazz licks make him one of the most familiar players
on the New Orleans music scene, where he is a runnin’
partner of Coco Robicheaux. He’s also a member
of bassist James Singleton’s creative jazz powerhouse,
3 Now 4. Easley is gifted with one of the great inexhaustible
musical imaginations in this city." (quote by Dennis
Formento). Dave has performed and recorded with 3 Now
4 on Time Ebbing, Book of Spells, and 3 Now 4. Dave
has also performed and recorded with the Brian Blade
Fellowship (recorded under Daniel Lanois and performed
a duet with Joni Mitchell), and Shannon McNally.
Visit Dave Easley's Web Site
and Dave Easley's My Space
Rich Cohen, hails from the east coast, where his formative years consisted of a mix of classical training and participation in an award-winning high school jazz program. Since relocating to the Midwest in the early 90’s, Rich has worked extensively throughout the club circuit of northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Rich’s style of playing is melodically oriented with a sound that reflects the influences of a number of alto greats, most notably Jackie McLean and Kenny Garrett.
Howard is writer and poet. He is also a staff writer for the South Bend Tribune.
Contact information: 574-235-6369,