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April 1st 8pm: First Saturday Jazz w/ ACME Jazz Garage

April 1st 8pm: First Saturday Jazz w/ ACME Jazz Garage

Jazz, blues, funk, rock, soul, New Orleans R&B, fusion and jamband styles meet in the music of ACME JAZZ GARAGE, whose recordings have been heard on WMNF, 88.5 FM and WUSF, 89.7 FM. Acme recently began recording sessions at Springs Theatre in Tampa for a CD of original music to be released in 2015.

Acme Jazz Garage, recently heard at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, features guitarist Matt Swenson, drummer Tim Diehl, bassist Philip Booth, and keyboardist Bryan Lewis. On some gigs, we’re joined by saxophonists Rick Runion or Austin Vickrey.

Acme Jazz Garage puts its own twists on Dr. Lonnie Smith’s “Norleans” and “Play It Back,” the Meters’ “Pungee” and “Look-a-Py-Py,” Paul Simon’s “One Trick Pony,” Herbie Hancock’s “Canteloupe Island,” Santana’s “Lightning,” and Beck’s “Loser,” along with tunes by Miles Davis, Jeff Beck and MMW, and originals in the same vein.

The band, on stage every Thursday and Friday night at Timpano in Hyde Park Village, has also played the Gasparilla Music Festival, WMNF Tropical Heatwave, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, the Child of the Sun Jazz Festival (Lakeland), and the Friday Extra Concert Series at Lowry Park.

Acme also has opened for national act Dave LaRue at Skipper’s Smokehouse in north Tampa, where the group has played on multiple occasions, for WMNF tribute shows and other events. The band additionally has been heard at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe and The Independent Bar (Seminole Heights), the New World Brewery and the Italian Club (Ybor), Moscato’s, The Ale & the Witch, and the Saturday Morning Market (St. Petersburg), Yeoman’s Road (Davis Islands), the Green Parrot (Carrollwood), and the Blue Parrot (St. Pete Beach).

PHILIP BOOTH (bass) has played with Trio Vibe, Greenwich Blue, and the Philip Booth Quartet, jambands Ghetto Love Sugar and the Jonathan Powell Quartet, and other jazz, rock, and blues acts, including a short-lived band with Acme Jazz guitarist Matt Swenson. He did one-off gigs with rock legend Bo Diddley, jazz master Larry Coryell, and Nat Adderley sidemen including “Kind of Blue” drummer Jimmy Cobb.

TIM DIEHL (drums) toured the Southeast with show bands before landing a Disney World house gig with the Macar Brothers. He founded The Bank and Jazztek and was the house drummer for one of Tampa’s hottest nightclubs. The drummer for Hyde Park United Methodist Church since 2004, Tim is also a teacher and clinician. The USF graduate played with the jazz and symphonic bands, and the percussion ensemble.

MATT SWENSON (guitar) has shared stages with the area’s best blues, R&B, and jazz musicians, working with a diverse group of musicians including boogie-woogie piano master Mitch Woods, blues harmonica legend Rock Bottom, The Backbreakers, Juke Joint Kings, TBone Hamilton, DW Gill, Willie Lomax, Will Quinlan, and Julie Black. Freddie King, Kenny Burrell and Cornell Dupree are among his influences.

BRYAN LEWIS (piano/keys), best known for his work with Serotonic, has played with a variety of bands in the Tampa Bay area.

Acme Jazz Garage has also worked with singers Annie Ross, Belinda Womack and Angela “Gee” Washington; keyboardists Mike Aloia, Jody Marsh, Ben Winkler, Kevin Wilder, and Raulton Reichel; and saxophonists Jeremy Powell and Rodney Rojas.