PERCY JONES MJ12

  October 15, 2021

 

7pm

Alex Skolnick ‘MYSHKIN’

 

8pm

Percy Jones MJ12

 

 

MJ12 is Percy Jones solo project started with the collaboration with NYC based drummer Stephen Moses. Their sound combines prog-fusion-rock, free jazz and sly humor in precise romps, crushing grooves, drone-based improvisations. In Percy words: “We took the name from Majestik 12, which was supposedly a group of 12 scientists and engineers assembled in the late 40’s to investigate UFO’s. There is an ongoing debate as to whether this group actually existed or not. Stephen Moses and I had been doing gigs for a while where we would invite guests to sit in. We did all improv, so this was actually M&J +1 or 2. After a while we started using David Phelps and Chris Bacas on a regular basis if they were available. At this point we started writing stuff, but keeping a lot of the improv thing going to keep it spontaneous. The end result was bits and pieces of ideas coming from everybody that we’re all tied together to try and make a coherent tune, but with lots of blowing inside.”

 

‘MYSHKIN’ is a solo project of the heavy metal guitar icon and legend Alex Skolnick, versatile also as a jazz, fusion and progressive rock electric guitarist, as well world music acoustic guitarist. ‘Myshkin’ is an imaginary voyage through the human mind and spirit, exploring and expanding sonic boundaries using ambient soundscapes, loops, space guitar solos and much more.

 

Audience members must show proof of vaccination upon arrival. If you plan on attending this event in person, please read the “audience notes” tab below. Video on Demand will be available for seven days after the show. Tickets are non-refundable.

 

MoonJune will be responsible for delivering mp3 files to purchasers after October 22nd (the conclusion of video on demand).

 

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About Percy Jones

Percy Jones grew up near Llandrindod Wells, Wales. He studied electronic engineering at the University of Liverpool before joining Liverpool Scene in 1967 He was a member of jazz fusion band Brand X from 1974 to 1980, and a reformed version which lasted from 1992 to 1997. He was in NYC based band Tunnels from 1990 until 2005. Still residing in New York, he is currently a member of MJ12. Jones is best known for his unique fretless bass sound. Jones was also briefly a member of the jazz fusion group Soft Machine, and has contributed to recordings by David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Steve Hackett, Roy Harper, Paranoise, Suzanne Vega, Richard Barbieri, Nova and Fovea Hex, amongst others.

About Stephen Moses

After several years playing as part of “the loft jazz scene” in NYC with the likes of James Chance, John Zorn, Phillip Johnston, Eugene Chadborne, Ken Simon, Dave Hofstra (and many others) Stephen started getting busier with more rock and jazz/rock in the CBGB’s scene with Giant Metal Insects and Quality Trio with Jim Matus & Percy Jones. Alice Donut formed after that and took Stephen on the road and the studio for several years and a dozen albums followed by a few tours with Rasputina. Then a few years ago Stephen rejoined Percy to do what we do today.

About Dave Phelps

Guitarist David Phelps is currently a member of Peter Apfelbaum’s 11-piece band The New York Hieroglyphics, which includes many of today’s best creative musicians, including drummer Dafnis Prieto, bassist Patrice Blanchard, trombonist Josh Roseman and vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate. Their newest album “It Is Written” was released in August 2005 on the ACT label. He also leads his own band the Eclectic Troubadours. David grew up in Denton, Texas, the home of the University of North Texas, formerly known as North Texas State. As a youngster, he started playing the bass clarinet and later played in bands with many of the children of North Texas faculty members. David, along with his twin brother, bassist Drew Phelps, attended North Texas, studying with Rich Matheson and guitar guru Jack Peterson, among others. David then traveled to Alberta, Canada where he studied at the Banff Centre with jazz greats Dave Liebman and Dave Holland (both Miles Davis alumni). He also studied with John Abercrombie, Steve Coleman and Kenny Wheeler.

About Chris Bacas

Chris began his career at age fifteen as a sideman with a club band in York, PA, and after attending North Texas State, he began his jazz performance career in earnest. Beginning in 1983, Chris played in the Glen Miller Band, The Tommy Dorsey Band, the Artie Shaw Band, and Buddy Rich’s legendary Big Band until Rich’s passing in 1987. Over the past twenty years, Chris has appeared at festivals all over the world, including the Nice, North Sea, Cork, Santiago, Montreal, Moers Texaco, Annapolis, JVC New York, and Central PA Jazz Festivals. He has performed in Copenhagen at the Tivoli Gardens; in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Bowl and LA’s Comedy Store; in New York’s Blue Note and Birdland; at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase; and in Washington D.C. at Blues Alley and One Step Down.

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