|Izzy and the Kesstronics, Elegant M.F.
Izzy and the Kesstronics are a road band, averaging 10 months and 3 US coast to coast tours a year. Playing their own unique brand of avant-garde rockabilly, the band continually defies expectations of the genre. Touring Belgium in January of 2011, the band is continually gaining an international fanbase. Their debut album Elegant M.F. has received acclaim from many renowned press sources, and their next album Lucky Dragon Swing Buffet, recorded entirely in New Orleans, is set to drop in October of 2010.
Grizzly Izzy Zaidman - Electric Git/Throat
Former leader of cult heros, Speed Metal meets Bluegrass band Unclefucker. Veteran of Texas Rockabilly legend Wayne Hancock's band and the only lead guitarist featured on his most recent Viper of Melody CD, x-bandmate to members of Fela Kuti's band, Bad Brains, Slavic Soul Party and numerous Swing, Reggae, and Honky tonk outfits.
Seth Kessel - Bass/Singin'
Former leader of local Punk/Roots greats The Black Market Band, lead guitarist for the famed east cost Rockabilly band The Blind Pharoes, Hip Hop engineer for Busta Rhymes, Redman, Eric Sermon, MOP, Keith Murray and a gaggle of other hood rats.
Joe M.F. Wilson - Sax/Backing Vox
This tall and crazy alto saxist with elegant middle initials has been playing around the country with the Kesstronics since June. On this tour he is undergoing Izzy Zaidman's bootcamp of swing, if you will. Back home in the peaceful state of Brooklyn New York, Joe can be heard regularly with the Kesstronics, as well as with The Soul Company, The Times, and many smaller special artistic and jazz amalgamations. His saxophonics can be heard on recordings by Vieux Farka Toure (world pop from Mali), The Educataz (seattle hip hop), The Epochs (indy rock), Koba (NYC hip hop), The Dehydrators (ska punk), and many other projects.
Mark 'Mr. Mustache' Ettingoff - Drums/Back-Up Crooning
Former vibraphonist of the monumental prototypes of Chilean pataphysics and mystic swing, Los Ogros Del Swing. Currently manning the drum stool for the freewheelin' jazz cartoonists, Sassafras Spine, among other jazz, technical rock and experimental outfits. To find out more you might try "Googling" him.
Chapman Sowash - Trombone
A prominent trombonist in the traditional ska/reggae scene, the "Cincinnati kid" has submitted himself to a crash course in jazz theory and showmanship with the band. A longtime veteran of the road, Chap has played his horn in 32 states and 2 countries. One can find examples of his ever-evolving style on recordings with the Pinstripes (2005-2010) Green Room Rockers (2008-2010) and Duppy a Jamba (2007-2010), in addition to sit-ins with bands such as the Slackers, Westbound Train, the Forthrights, and several others.
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Used with permission, 2010