Roots infused Jazz/Jazz infused Roots
PLUS ONE: BEN SHAW
The third “Plus 1” release from Evening Sky spotlights Ben Shaw’s compositions and tenor saxophone supported by the quartet’s unusual instrumentation. For fans of the Brian Blade Fellowship, Mark Turner, and Charles Lloyd. Check it out HERE.
News, Thoughts, Excerpts, Words, and Blurbs from the Band
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
This column is meant to let listeners, fans—and the generally curious—know what the band has done recently, is doing, and hopes to do in the future. We continue our regular second-Saturday residency at Providence’s Parlour. Owner Gregory Rourke supports local musicians, and the renovated site features music seven nights a week. We think it’s the hippest place in town.
THE RED DOOR.
A comparatively new venue is the Red Door, in downtown Providence just off historic Weybosset Street. Owner Phil, a rabid guitar fan, has graciously booked Sky for the upstairs room several times already. Our next appearance there is on Monday, February 13.
NEW RELEASES FOR 2023.
We're in the final stages of recording and will soon begin mixing two new releases in our Plus 1 series. Each will feature a different artist we're very excited to work with: vocalist Eden Casteel, and chromatic harmonica player Ralph Rosen. Keep an eye out for these releases dropping in the Spring and Summer of 2023!
Who is Evening Sky?
Evening Sky is a Jazz/Roots Quartet featuring Chris Brooks on Pedal Steel Guitar, Joe Potenza on Bass, composer Gino Rosati on Guitars, and producer Eric Hastings on Drums.
The band has a knack for combining the classic elements of American music (jazz, folk, R&B, country) to form a unique, spirited sound. Their rhythmic, smooth, and playful approach has been compared to artists as diverse as Bill Frisell, Bill Withers, Bill Monroe, and Bill Laswell. And that's just the Bills!
Whether on their own original instrumentals, reinterpreting classic songs, or collaborating with guest singers and instrumentalists, Evening Sky has a chameleon-like ability to adapt to whatever the situation calls for.
The band can be seen performing at venues as varied as jazz and blues festivals, quiet listening rooms, and raucous rock clubs. Evening Sky’s approach in the studio is equally as eclectic. They have experimented with old school recording techniques, as evidenced on their One Mic, Two Weekends release. On the opposite end of the spectrum, they have used the studio as a creative, experimental tool: adding layers of sound, overdubs, effects and five different vocalists on their version of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited.
Pat Metheny to Patsy Cline
Walkin After Midnight to Walking on the Moon
Coltrane to Train Beats