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Genres You Will Love
Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz Moods: Type: Improvisational Jazz: Jazz-Rock Jazz: Mainstream Jazz Rock: Jam-band

By Location
United States - Alabama

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Rolling Jazz Revue

Hailing from Huntsville, Alabama, rjr evolved out of a monthly gig at the Flying Monkey Arts Center in 2005. Fiery improvisation places rjr firmly within the jazz tradition, but the emphasis on original tunes and unusual cover choices sets the group apart from typical jazz offerings. The band's first CD appeared in late 2007, and they now have five to their credit.

Huntsville is home to NASA and many aerospace engineers, who until recently wore a lot of khaki pants and polo shirts to go with their work lanyards. After hearing rjr, they ditched the khakis in favor of jeans and started hanging out in music venues more. One engineer has even retired to pursue a new career of writing poetry and performing it with rjr. These shows attract hula hoop enthusiasts, who have now starred in an rjr video for "The Circle Game".

The current lineup includes Jim Cavender, Newt Johnson, Nick Walker, Jeff Woods and Mike Dendy, who all live in Huntsville, Alabama. Former members include Aaron Cox, who now resides in South Africa, Ben Cohen in New York City, Thad Brown in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Brian Palmieri in Chicago, Illinois.