Born: November 1, 1969 Primary Instrument: Banjo
Jake Schepps and Expedition plays engaging, dynamic material that reflects the Colorado aesthetic of roots music. The Expedition Quartet remains true to the artistic values of stringband, yet draws on certain jazz sensibilities, such as improvisation, more extended harmonies and creative composition. The recent release Ten Thousand Leaves features the Quartet and was produced by Matt Flinner. Jake Schepps and Expedition is a partner band of The Steampowered Preservation Society.
Jake Schepps is known for his intelligent touch on the banjo and his imaginative variation on stringband music. He has studied traditional and progressive bluegrass with banjoists Mark Vann and Tony Trischka, as well as composition and jazz from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Art Lande. Jake is a frequent contributor to Banjo Newsletter, the banjo community’s premier print journal, and also plays in the ‘chamber-grass’ ensemble Strings of Tao. In addition to music, Jake teaches emergency wilderness medicine around the world.
Ryan Drickey is armed with a Masters in Violin Performance and holds the 2007 RockyGrass Fiddle Championship. His indomitable abilities and experience stretch from American and Scandinavian fiddle tunes, to jazz, tango, and classical music.
Greg Schochet is an integral part of Colorado's music community, in demand as a performer, producer, and educator. Equally adept on guitar and mandolin, Greg is fluent in bluegrass, swing, country, folk, and blues. Greg was a founding member of Runaway Truck Ramp and currently performs with Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams, Colorado’s acclaimed honky-tonk and western swing band. Greg produced and performed on Jake’s CD Expedition.
Eric Thorin has the ability to make everyone sound better. A bassist with an indefatigable groove and monster chops, he is in demand and often plays with Brother Mule, Matt Flinner, Drew Emmitt, Tony Furtado, K.C. Groves, and Art Lande. Eric teaches bass at the Yellowstone Jazz Festival. In 2004, Eric produced a collection of songs for Japanese elementary school children learning English.
Ten Thousand Leaves
Produced by Matt Flinner
Tracks: Track; Track.
Jake Schepps: 5-string banjo
Ryan Drickey: violin
Greg Schochet: guitar and mandolin
Eric Thorin: bass:
Matt Flinner: mandolin
Adam Aijala: guitar
1) Todo Buenos Aires (Astor Piazzolla, arranged by Jake Schepps)
2) The Seagull (Matt Flinner)
In the American West
6) Rocky Ford
7) Bluegrass Schlep (Greg Schochet)
8) The Zipper
9) Lodi (Eric Thorin)
10) The Rise
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students