Springdale Quartet plays songs based in jazz, blues and funk at Old Town Pub today and Saturday.
- Friday, May 22, 2009, 10 p.m.
- Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs Springdale Quartet drummer Greg Russell and bassist Jordan Roos have been making music together for a while now. Since the duo's first time sharing the stage during a fourth-grade talent show, their musical tastes have grown to take on lots of jazz, funk, blues and classic rock.
Add Chase Terzian on organ and keys and Ben Waligoske on guitar, and Springdale Quartet puts its own jazzy, classically trained spin on original tunes and bar-ready covers. The group plays today and Saturday at Old Town Pub.
Russell and Roos talked separately with 4 Points about Springdale's instrumental sound, their long-running musical partnership, and how the band member's tastes have come together.
4 POINTS: How would you describe Springdale Quartet's live sound?
GREG RUSSELL: I would describe our sound as - it's a combination of funk, rock and blues, I guess; we play a lot of blues songs.
Whatever it is, it's totally that, and I'm not sure how to classify it.
4 POINTS: Where do you get those different elements?
GR: It definitely comes from just the music that we like to listen to on a regular basis. Our parents got us into some of this type of music when we were young, listening to Pink Floyd and Van Morrison. After that, we developed our own musical tastes as we got older - everyone got really into Phish and everyone still is really into Phish, The New Mastersounds and the Benevento Russo Duo.
It definitely all stems from what we love to listen to.
4 POINTS: Are you planning two different sets for each night?
JORDAN ROOS: Yeah, we will probably try to repeat our original material just to try to get people familiar with it, but with a 3.5 hour set, we'll probably do 30 percent the same both nights, but we'll try to mix it up with the rest of the set. :
We do anything from jazz-based covers to classic rock covers with vocals - probably some of our favorite bands to cover their material would be Medeski, Martin & Wood and maybe, say, the Grateful Dead. But we try to pick covers that people will recognize right off the bat and sing to us that are vocal-based.
And then I guess covers that are more in line with our original material; our original material is more jazz-based and it's instrumental-based.
4 POINTS: Where do you get the jazz base?
JR: I guess it's jazz-based in the sense that a lot of the songs are written on a Hammond organ, and that would definitely influence the sound more so than the other instruments. But it's probably jazz, blues and funk and rock.
4 POINTS: Why the organ?
JR: It wasn't necessarily a decision as much as a natural evolution of the band. Our keyboard player, Chase, had a piano and electric keyboard, and his favorite setting on the keyboard was always the organ setting, but he was frustrated that it didn't replicate the sound of an organ. : He got his first organ for $75 on craigslist, and that was kind of no turning back - that set the tone for what the music is today.