Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Story of BIG WORDS, a Jazz trio from NYC

I am here to tell all of you the story of how BIG WORDS became one of the hippest, coolest, most experimental, grunge-tastic jazz/rock/funk bands out of Brooklyn, NY.

BIG WORDS was started by my good friend and bass player, Josh Myers. In his senior year of college, Josh set out to create a jazz quintet, consisting of bass, drums, piano and 2 horns. With 2 horn players out front, driving the melodies and laying down jazz solos, it took the pressure off Josh allowing him to develop his bass playing and writing skills. This is where he came up with the name “BIG WORDS,” referring to an episode of The Simpsons. Remember the one where there is a board room meeting and one of the executives is using all these big impressive words? Than one of the young wise-alecky guys stands up and says, “but aren’t these just BIG WORDS that stupid people say to make themselves seem smarter?” Than the wise-alecky guy gets fired, “Doh.” So this was Josh’s idea, to bring in the best musicians he could find to make him seem better, and at the same time challenge himself and his playing in order to take his music to the next level.

After gigging with the quintet for a while...

Josh got rid of the horns and turned the band into a trio, which proved to be a difficult, but rewarding challenge on its own...

Monday, February 1, 2010