October
19th 2009
The Jazz Session #98: Industrial Jazz Group

Posted under Composers & Podcast

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The Industrial Jazz Group is a 15-ish-piece large ensemble that plays the inventive, challenging and often hilarious music of composer Andrew Durkin. That sentence, though, doesn’t come close to doing them justice. The band, made up of musicians fluent in jazz, classical and rock — and inspired by the free-for-all spirit of Frank Zappa — is a force of nature, slinking, striding and crashing through Durkin’s charts with an obvious love for the group’s collective sound. In this interview, Durkin talks about how the band grew from its original trio formation; how comedy works to the group’s advantage; and how he’s used social networking sites to expand the band’s audience. The Industrial Jazz Group is on an East Coast tour through 10/24. Dates and locations are available at IndustrialJazzGroup.com.

For more on the IJG, head over to Popdose and read my review of their show in Pittsfield, MA.

If you’d like to buy their album, Leef (Evander, 2008), you can support The Jazz Session by purchasing it via the link below:

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5 Responses to “The Jazz Session #98: Industrial Jazz Group”

  1. Sarah Shute on 19 Oct 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    Hey,
    I agree w/your writing up of the IJG. Durkin is one smart, crazy talented dude. I’ll be checking your site most frequently for recommendations, as I couldn’t agree more about the IJG.
    Sarah – a fan in Portland, OR

  2. Jason Crane on 19 Oct 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    Thanks, Sarah! Glad to have you aboard.

    Jason

  3. Jazz Don't Hurt: The Industrial Jazz Group | Popdose on 19 Oct 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    […] To hear samples from the Industrial Jazz Group and an interview with composer Andrew Durkin, listen to The Jazz Session #98: Industrial Jazz Group. […]

  4. Jazz Don't Hurt: The Industrial Jazz Group | Popdose on 19 Oct 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    […] To hear samples from the Industrial Jazz Group and an interview with composer Andrew Durkin, listen to The Jazz Session #98: Industrial Jazz Group. […]

  5. Michael Anderson on 20 Oct 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Very nice stuff as usual. It’s funny, after the first couple of clips I was thinking ‘this reminds me of Frank Zappa meets Lester Bowie’ … then the comments about Zappa!

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