Get your groove on with Jon Treichel’s Scattered Atoms at the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday, Feb. 9.
Atoms include Julian Veres on tenor and soprano sax, Graham How on trumpet and flugelhorn, Neil Brun on bass, and special guest Richard Graham on drums.
The band will highlight Latin arrangements, mixing the rhythms of Brazil and Cuba with modern jazz and funk grooves.
Veres’ sensitive touch is featured in John Coltrane’s classic ballad Naima, while Wayne Shorter’s Footprints and Miles Davis’ So What exploit the round, fat tones of Graham’s flugelhorn. Up tempo and bouncy, Sonny Rollins’ St. Thomas will get feet shuffling. The band will also play tunes by Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, and Jobim, among others.
Bandleader Treichel has been performing professionally for more than 20 years in a variety of genres, including Celtic folk, rockabilly, blues, reggae, and soca. Playing with The Scattered Atoms since the late ‘90s, Treichel’s main focus for the past seven years has primarily been jazz.
“Jazz to me means musical freedom — freedom from the confines of the three-minute rock or country song, freedom from the thump of an endless beat in four,” said Treichel. “It’s all about that sophisticated rhythm.”
Treichel is equally complimentary of jazz aficionados.
“Jazz fans listen to individual soloists but they can tell if the band isn’t swinging because the whole thing falls apart like a cheap condo after a rainy winter on the coast,” said Treichel.
Treichel also performs with several other bands in the Kamloops area, as well as pickup gigs with everyone from Henry Small to the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects included a Scattered Atoms spring recording session to record their first new CD in three years.
Hungarian born “sax wizard” Veres has lived in the Southern Interior for the past seven years, performing with a wide cross-section of local musicians including Cathi Marshall and Mike Turner, the Mudd Cats, the Soul Patch reunion, Dale Rasmussen, and many others. Veres appreciation for John Coltrane is reflected in his fluid phrasing and rich tone. He also counts Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, and a little Sonny Rollins among his influences.
How is a well-known trumpet player and sound technician with many VJC performances under his belt. Swinging with a smooth, lazy feel, he seems to pull sweet bop licks out of thin air. How performs with a number of different bands including the pop and world beat band Earthbound.
Architect by day, bassist Brun comes from a funk and R&B background, but according to Treichel, “he always has one foot rooted in jazz.” Brun’s bass playing has a deep, earthy tone and brings a great sense of groove to timeless classics and more modern numbers.
Drummer Graham has a natural touch and feel for Latin jazz as well as soul and funk music. The music gets cooking when he brings his terrific energy and enthusiasm onstage with the Atoms.
Graham has an impressive performing resume including Groove Theory, The Infectuals, and Swollen Members.
Jon Treichel and The Scattered Atoms take the stage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31st St.) Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15. Tickets are $20 at the Bean Scene, Bean to Cup and at www.vernonjazzclub.ca.