Happy Orchestra, produced by drummer Tarik Abouzied, is an award-winning band that puts smiles on faces and lights fires under feet. Its members are drawn from some of the Northwest’s most highly regarded funk, jazz, and soul bands including McTuff, Skerik’s Bandalabra, Richie Aldente, and more. The band, voted 2016 Alternative Jazz Group of the Year by readers of Earshot Jazz, combines instrumental and compositional firepower with a determined effort at crafting an intensely happy musical experience.
“Smoking-hot music from top-notch talent.”– CityArts Magazine Read more…
Happy Orchestra visited the KNKX studios in downtown Seattle ahead of their Earshot Jazz Festival CD release show to play a few tunes and talk about the new record. Videos of the tunes and audio of the full session below, check em out!
Happy Orchestra’s debut album Baba received 4 stars from Paul Rauch at All About Jazz!
“Happy Orchestra in a way encapsulates the jocular personality of its creator and leader, blending overwhelming positivity, with virtuosity, utilizing the talents of some of the top jazz and funk soloists on the west coast. While the music may express the intricacies of modern jazz expressionism, it never loses sight of its soulful, horn powered grooves, supported by the rhythmic virtuosity and leadership of Abouzied on drums.”