Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Pocket Change is a seven-piece funk project based in Seattle, Washington. With an updated funk sound described as a blend of Soulive and Tower of Power, P-Change has enjoyed great success as a band that can get audiences up and moving. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in September 2006, Pocket Change has created a buzz with their high level of musical ability, incredible stage energy, and deep groove.
Pocket Change has received radio play on KEXP, KSER, and internet radio stations across the US and Europe. Their first album was featured on CDBaby.com's front page, and received a glowing review after earning top spots on their Editor's Picks lists in the Funk and Jazz Fusion genres. Their arrival to the iTunes music store was marked by an in-store appearance at the Apple Store in January 2007.
Their second album, 4, is a compilation of energetic live recordings of old and new Pocket Change material. Recorded on six seperate dates at The Triple Door Musicquarium and Kate's Pub, 4 features stripped down arrangements of P-Change tunes played by different quartets from the seven-piece line-up. To celebrate the December '07 release, Pocket Change will perform on the Triple Door Mainstage with special guests including Maktub's Thaddeus Turner, Swampdweller's Marc Fendel, Industrial Revelation's Evan Flory-Barnes, members of the Seahawks drumline Blue Thunder, and Pat Metheny trumpeter Cuong Vu.
The members of P-Change are all intensely focused jazz, funk, and fusion musicians who thrive on bringing their formal musical training and creative talent to the dance floor. Drummer Tarik Abouzied and bassist Jake Amster have developed the kind of pocket that funk and jazz audiences have come to know and love. Along with guitarist Cameron Peace and keyboardist Tim Wright, they provide the support and energy that trumpeter Scott Morning, alto saxophonist Art Brown, and tenor saxophonist Andrew Swanson need behind virtuosic solos and fiery horn lines.
Pocket Change has performed at venues, fairs, and festivals all over the Seattle area such as Qwest Field, The Tractor Tavern, Nectar Lounge, The U-District Street Fair, The Fremont Fair, and The Bite of Seattle. They have opened for national act The Breakfast (aka The Psychadelic Breakfast) and have shared the stage with local groups Altered States of Funk, Swampdweller, and as back-up band for Geo Logic of The Blue Scholars. Members of P-Change have shared the stage with Allen Vizzuti, Terri Lynn Carrington, Charlie Hunter, Ingrid Jensen, Scott Wendholt, Bobby Previte, Terell Stafford, Skerik, Marco Benevento, and Wynton Marsalis.
We get about 100 albums a DAY coming in here now, (about 100,000 total), and yours is one of the best I've ever heard. - Derek Sivers, owner/founder of CD Baby
Featuring a distinct 3 piece horn section, guitar that sits back but steps up when needed, and a Fender Rhodes that is functionally holding it all together, the resulting sound manages to be classic but not dated. Fans of mid-70's mainstays like The Headhunters and Tower of Power will find these instrumental jams right up their alley... - CD Baby Editor Review
...a squeaky tight rhythm section, and some of the best soloing around, Pocket Change slams you through a crash course in hot, sweaty funk-mania...a solid case for being worthy keepers of the jazz/funk legacy... - Steve Ward 90.7FM KSER Everett
Pocket Change is a hot young septet raised on funk and fusion, assiduously dedicated to bringing the core strands of primal jazz through these forms...Man, these guys are exciting! - Tom Peterson, Victory Review
Pocket Change, a Seattle jazz and funk septet known for its tightness and energy. - Gene Stout, Seattle PI
We loved you guys, great style of funk, great energy. Thanks for rocking it out. Great Job!!! - Interface Booking + Management
Man this is just awesome music, like a dream come true. I am going to buy your CD and turn some others on. I'm just sitting here listening to the preview of you guys album on CD baby over and over. - Phil T. in Topeka, KS
The album is great! I have it now for +/- 2 months and it did not leave my CD changer in the car (I'm a traveling sales man!!) My favorite is in my office...Keep on doing what your are doing. You got a big fan in the Netherlands! - R. Den Boef
I love it! The soul and R&B that a lot bands play now doesn't have the full, tight sound P-Change has. The musical complexity drives the overall movement instead of slowing it down. Most Excellent! - Mark M. in Seattle, WA
Tracks: Deluge; In My Office; Tight Rope; Ten Floors Down; Cage Match 2006!!!!; Skittles and Grease; Trouble; Catch; MSC.
Personnel: Scott Morning: Trumpet Art Brown: Alto Sax Jon Armstrong: Tenor Sax Cameron Peace: Guitar Orlando Morales: Rhodes Jake Amster: Bass Tarik Abouzied: Drums.
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