When Organissimo formed 15 years ago, the jazz trio’s goal was to make one of music’s more challenging genres more accessible to the casual music listener. They were also dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what direction jazz was headed. It was a tall order, but universal acclaim and a rabid fan base is solid proof that it’s been a successful mission so far.
Organissimo’s sound blends elements of funk, gospel, blues, prog rock, and Latin rhythms, playing with sudden tempo changes to keep listeners constantly on guard.
The group’s album This Is The Place made a huge splash, winning Best Jazz Album and Album of the Year at the 2006 Jammie Awards. Its praises were sung from coast-to-coast, including Jim Wilke’s “Jazz After Hours” program in Seattle. NPR also featured the CD as a part of its Open-Mic series.
April 11 and May 2, 8 p.m., FREE
One Trick Pony, Grand Rapids
onetrick.biz, (616) 234-PONY
Other upcoming shows:
April 12 and 26: SpeakEZ Lounge JazzJam, Grand Rapids