On Thursday night, a new supergroup dubbed J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) made its debut at Philadelphia’s Ardmore Music Hall, with Aaron Johnston, drummer for Brazilian Girls, keyboardist/programmer Borahm Lee (Break Science/Pretty Lights Live Band), saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce/Shady Horns), and bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power). The evening opened up with Let’s Danza!, a group consisting of former Brothers Past members Tom McKee and Clay Parnell, in addition to CIA’s Ian McGuire.
Clocking in around 100 minutes for their headlining set, the quartet played through four compositions that blended electronic-music elements with a diverse range of genres from jazz, afrobeat, dub, funk, and more to create a “live music abstraction,” taking listeners on a first-class intergalactic journey that needs to be heard by any true music head. The group explored artists such Eddie Henderson, Bob James‘ “Nautilus,” and Fela Kuti, while taking long journeys into the far out deepest reaches of the musical universe.
With only two shows left, the project–led by Aaron Johnston–will see a rotating cast of musicians join the group in various formats for this new conceptual musical venture. Tonight, J.E.D.I. will perform a special late-night show at American Beauty in New York City. To culminate their three-night run across the Northeast, J.E.D.I. will hit Albany for a special performance at The Hollow with Colorado-based space-funk jammers the Magic Beans.
Thanks to Bud Fulginiti, you can get a glimpse into the madness of last night’s performance in the videos below.
Don’t miss J.E.D.I. in New York City or Albany this weekend! See below for all the details.
* w/ Let’s Danza!
^ w/ The Magic Beans
[all photos courtesy of 215 Music]