Thomas Dolby’s Fall Tour Enlists Jazz Mafia Horns; Also Announces ‘Live @ SXSW’ EP

July 26, 2011

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Thomas Dolby’s Fall Tour Enlists Jazz Mafia Horns; Also Announces ‘Live @ SXSW’ EP

Northern California (PRWEB) August 8, 2007

Last fall, Thomas Dolby hit the road and reminded audiences of his early contribution to the fusion of electronic and pop music. He also unleashed a live retrospective album and DVD, each called The Sole Inhabitant. Never one to stay in one place for long, Dolby will return to North American soil this year, but with a twist: He’ll be joined by the Jazz Mafia Horns from San Francisco, who will help him present new material while adding new shades to Dolby’s catalog of classics which include the hits “She Blinded Me With Science,” “Hyperactive,” “Europe and the Pirate Twins,” “The Flat Earth” and more.

The tour launches in Londonderry, N.H. on September 11, and will wrap in Montreal on September 27 (full itinerary below).

Dolby will also debut a new between-albums EP titled Thomas Dolby & the Jazz Mafia Horns: Live @ SXSW on his own Lost Toy People label. The five-song EP contains four Dolby originals (“The Key To Her Ferrari,” “May The Cube Be With You,” “My Brain Is Like A Sieve” and “Your Karma Hit My Dogma”) as well as a new take on George Clinton’s “Hot Sauce.” The album is available at iTunes, CDBaby and, and will be sold at tour stops across North America but will not be sold at brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

Of his hookup with the Jazz Mafia Horns, Dolby says, “I discovered in San Francisco there’s a vibrant underground movement of young jazz musicians who are wide open to everything from ‘turntablism’ to New Orleans marching band funk. One ensemble that plays regularly in North Beach clubs and bars is the Jazz Mafia, whose numbers on a given night can vary from three to thirteen brass players. Over the years I’ve employed sampled and synthesized brass on many of my more up-tempo tunes, but I’ve rarely had the opportunity to jam with live horn players. It seemed to me that the inherent rigidity of my electronica might be nicely offset by the looseness and liveness of real brass, so I got with the Jazz Mafia and worked out new arrangements of some of my tunes. This works especially well when I’m building grooves by ‘looping and layering’ live tracks and building songs from scratch.”

The Jazz Mafia Horns consist of Rich Armstrong, trumpet and backing vocals; Adam Theis, trombone; and Joe Cohen, saxophone.

Included on the EP is a brand new song, “Your Karma Hit My Dogma,” which was inspired by Thomas’ legal fracas with Kevin Federline. K-fed fessed up to illegally sampling one of Thomas’ compositions and using it as the basis for a song that received over half a million downloads from K-Fed’s MySpace page. The case was settled out of court with an unspecified cash payment by K-Fed to Thomas.

In its review of Dolby’s appearance at South by Southwest (SXSW) this past March, the e-zine wrote: “Unsurprisingly, the technological wiz is a gearhound. The stage at the Elysium looked like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, with only a small space left for the Jazz Mafia Trio, a horn section that spiced up Dolby’s electronic soundscapes. The bald, mad scientist-like Dolby was relaxed, personable and smiled from the start of his set to the finish. In between, he created off-the-cuff loops to back his vocals (both of which sounded great), danced, and managed a library of video imagery projected on a large movie screen; interspersed with canned video segments were live shots of the crowd, filmed via a cam mounted to Dolby’s left headphone. The performance exemplified the word ‘fun’ — which makes perfect sense, since the presumably well-off Dolby isn’t doing this for any other reason.”

Dolby’s North American tour dates are as follows:

09.11.07 LONDONDERRY, NH – Tupelo Music Hall

09.13.07 PHILADELPHIA, PA – World Café Live

09.14.07 AKRON, OH – Tangier

09.15.07 PITTSBURGH, PA – Rex Theater

09.16.07 NORTHAMPTON, MA – The Iron Horse

09.17.07 NEW YORK CITY, NY – B.B. King’s

09.19.07 ANNAPOLIS. MD – Ram’s Head

09.20.07 SELLERSVILLE, PA – Sellersville Theater

09.21.07 ALEXANDRIA, VA – Birchmere

09.22.07 NEW YORK CITY, NY – Moogfest

09.23.07 GREENWICH, CT – ReEntry (afternoon charity show)

09.24.07 BOSTON, MA – Harpers Ferrry

09.25.07 TORONTO, ON – Mod Club

09.27.07 MONTREAL, QB – Café Campus



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