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Drive Time

by Herbie Kae

This Killer Album will grab you right from the very first song. A Beautiful Blend of Contemporary Funk and Smooth Jazz Originals by Herbie Kae.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Drive Time
4:35 $0.99
2. Chase the Sunset
4:55 $0.99
3. Uncle Funk
4:44 $0.99
4. Europa
6:13 $0.99
5. Kisha
4:52 $0.99
6. Bellavia
7:11 $0.99
7. Where Have You Gone
5:54 $0.99
8. Honky Tonk
6:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
I was born in Chicago, Illinois, a huge jazz music city, so I guess I probably had the music in my soul right from the start. My parents decided to take the family to sunny California and we arrived in San Bernardino on my 2nd birthday and that is where I was raised and went to school. One day, while in the 6th grade, I guess I was around 11 years old, a friend of mine was out on the playground playing the clarinet. The sound caught my ear so I went closer to listen and not only did I think it was pretty cool, but he had all the little girls gathered around him. I went home that day and told my parents I wanted to get a clarinet and be a musician. Mom and Dad could barely afford the $8 per month rental fee but they did get it for me and I was so excited...music and chicks, what could be better for a 6th grader?

I never really took any lessons because we couldn't afford it so I just taught myself how to read and play music. By junior high school I was playing my first alto saxophone. When I got to high school I was in the marching band and was lead alto player in the dance band. Shortly after that I got my first tenor sax and started my first quartet called "The Contempos". We played and actually got paid for performing at some of the high school dances. Man, I was on my way and wow, so many girls!

I went out on the road right out of high school and immediately fell in love with the whole Road Thing. During those early years I was in several travelling Vegas type show bands and got to see so much of America and I really felt lucky for that opportunity. What a gorgeous country this is! I remember one day when the band I was in got booked in San Francisco. When we arrived at the club after driving all the way from a gig we just finished in Denver, it turned out that the agent had double booked the gig and the other band was already set up. Our band broke up and I found myself alone in San Francisco with just me and my horns.

Somehow, I met up with a guy named David Garibaldi and we played together in my band for a while. Of course that was pre "Tower of Power". David’s an amazing drummer and an amazing person. I got lucky and quickly made some connections and landed a six week gig with Soloman Burke at the Off Broadway in North Beach, the most happening place in the city. It was so much fun! The Temptations were across the street at Mr D's and one night on their break they all came in fully dressed in their show clothes and David Ruffin actually walked up to me while I was playing a solo, reached up to shake my hand, and gave me one of the best compliments I've ever gotten. It was a real life changing moment for me.

I continued to improve as a player and one day ended up playing in New York City, a pretty heavy duty eye opening experience for a kid from San Bernardino. Standing at the top of the Empire State Building can really make a guy put things in perspective. I spent four years playing in Manhattan as well as some other great clubs on Long Island and up state with several killer 6 piece horn bands as well as smaller jazz groups. I loved giggin' in N Y. In Bridgeport, Connecticut one day I even got to play with Natalie Cole when she was still pretty new to the business.

Eventually my travels led me to Ft Lauderdale, Florida where I ended up staying and playing for seven amazing years. I was having the proverbial "time of my life" and got to play with lots of famous musicians - Billy Joel, Ben Champion, Carlos “Potato” Valdez, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jaco Pastorius, Conti, and Gap Mangione to name a few.

After a few other stops I moved to Los Angeles and again was so fortunate to be able to spend nine years playing all of those great LA jazz clubs and very hip hotel lounges - Bonaventure, Hyatt, Beverly Hills night clubs, and San Fernando Valley hot spots. But most importantly I was able to meet and/or play gigs with so many great artists - Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson, John Fogerty, Mindy Abair, Danny Gans, Ali-Ollie Woodson, Al Jarreau, and Miles Davis to name a few. I was also doing lots of recording sessions, which was great, but it was always on somebody else’s album. That’s what got me thinking that "One of these days I'm going to make my own album"!

After four years of not playing, a very good street rod buddy of mine had passed away and some of our mutual friends asked me to play at his funeral/party. Just me, no band. Of course I said yes but I wondered, could I still play? I mean it had been four long years without touching my horns. Well I went there and it was really a big party atmosphere celebration of his life. There were over 150 people sitting on the grass and at picnic tables with food, beer and wine. I took out my alto and began to play Amazing Grace and, of course, there wasn't a dry eye in the whole place. When I ended the song you could hear a pin drop. Then somebody hollered out "Hey Herbie, play something happy and up-beat for our departed buddy" so I started wailing on a swingin' blues tune and everybody went crazy. I got the biggest standing ovation I've ever received and that was the very moment I knew it's time to get back to doing what I love and live for.

I never went back to my DAY JOB and I've been playing ever since and I'm loving life. I'm doing lots of gigs and concerts all over the place and have had the opportunity to work with or appear in concerts with more great artists including Euge Groove, Peter White, Rick Braun, Jessy J, Joshua Crumbly, Ron Powell, Phillip Martin Jr, Larry Antonino, and James “Timbali” Cornwell.

And YES, I've finally recorded my own album "DRIVE TIME". I don't know what's going to happen with it, will it sell? Who knows? That would be great and I certainly hope so, but the important thing is that when folks hear me play, whether live or on the CD, that it makes them feel good, that they tap their foot or smile as they listen to the notes.

When you have a gift that can make others feel good, I believe you must share it with them. I plan to keep on playing for as long as I live, whether it's for 3,000 people, 300 people, or just 30 people in a small setting...it is why I am here.



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