Randy Roos and Urethane

Friday - March, 22 @ 8:00pm

Randy Roos- Starting off as a surf guitarist, Randy moved on to become a serious blues guitarist, then a jazz guitarist-turned-composer. He was one of the original members of Orchestra Luna, a theatrical rock group with a fanatical following. Continuing on as a bandleader, Randy released an LP entitled Mistral on the Spoonfed label, a result of a band he had for about a year with guitarist Mike Stern. Years past, bands evolved, many gigs were played, and more recordings were made including Photogenic Memory (Agharta, Japan), two with George Jinda and World News (JVC), three on the Narada label, and others. Randy is currently working on two band and recording projects, Vertigo-Z and Van Gogh Shadowtree, and  often performs with world/jazz/jam band Club d�Elf. He is also guitarist for the NH based Afro Jazz band, Donkilo.
Randy currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music and owns the recording studio Squam Sound in Ashland, NH.
Steve Hunt- is an American jazz pianist and composer. He has released two studio albums, recorded extensively, and toured the world. In 1977, Hunt graduated from Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas. He then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated in 1980. Later, Hunt returned to Berklee, where he is an instructor in the piano department.
While recording and performing in the Boston area with his Berklee contemporaries Randy Roos and Tiger Okoshi, Hunt also performed with Peter Calo's bands Bellvista, and Thin Ice. During 1985, he toured with fusion drummer Billy Cobham.
From late 1985 to 1987, he served as musical director for the Jazz Explosion. Here, he led a trio which backed up one or more important artists on tours. The trio consisted of Hunt, bassist Jimmy Earl, and Victor Jones on drums. The artists included: Gato Barbieri, Angela Bofill, Tom Browne, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Kenny G, Freddy Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Noel Pointer, Stanley Turrentine, and the late Phyllis Hyman. The Jazz Explosion performed in the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Circle Star Theater in San Francisco, the Beacon Theatre in New York, the Universal Theater in Los Angeles, and Hammersmith Odeon in London.
In 1987, Hunt left the Jazz Explosion to go, with Earl and drummer Gerry Brown, on a tour of Europe led by fusion bassist Stanley Clarke and guitarist Allan Holdsworth. In 1988, he recorded on Clarke's album If This Bass Could Only Talk, and in 1993, on East River Drive, where he is credited with helping to compose the song "I'm Home Africa".
From 1987 to 2003, Hunt performed, toured, and recorded as a member of Allan Holdsworth's band. Several of his compositions appear on Holdsworth's albums. On Secrets (1989), Hunt is credited with composing "Maid Marion", and "Joshua". On Wardenclyffe Tower (1992), he did "Dodgy Boat". On Hard Hat Area, he helped to write "Prelude" and "Postlude". On the album Then!, which was recorded live in Japan, he helped with "Zone I", "Zone II", and "Zone III". Tracks from these albums are included in the compilation The Best of Allan Holdsworth: Against the Clock.
In 1997, percussionist Gregg Bendian recorded on Hunt's album From Your Heart and Soul, which also featured a performance by Holdsworth. This began a relationship in which Hunt recorded on four of Bendian's albums. Two of these, Trio Pianissimo and Change, are studio albums with Bendian's Trio Pianissimo, and two are part of Bendian's Mahavishnu Project, which is his tribute to John McLaughlin.
Mike RossiFrom the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Mike is an electric bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter and interpreter of songs. He has had the fortune to make music with countless talented and inspiring players on big stages and in clubs, basements, cafes, studios, barns, dive bars, churches, living rooms and garages. Whether around the corner or around the globe, Mike brings his deep sense of groove, good humor and commitment to the music wherever he plays.

Jared Steer-drums

Jared Steer is a well rounded performer who plays with a vast number of projects including Donkilo! (voted Best of NH Band in 2011), The Randy Roos' Urethane, Donkilo Afro Funk Orchestra  Ben Rudnick and Friends (numerous awards including several parents' choice awards), Bangkok Disco, The Cough's, Sly Richard, The Dane Anderson Trio, WhiteSteer, Laser Show, The Jared Steer Trio, The Wayfarers, solo percussion for yoga classes and meditation.  

Jared can be seen/heard with a number of different other projects as a freelance artist.  He also has recorded on numerous albums with many of the region's top artists

Jared has performed and or recorded with the likes of Shawn Monteiro (jazz vocalist), Randy Roos (guitar great),  Philip Hamilton (Pat Metheny), Sayon Camara (master drummer from Guinea), Steve Rucker (Bee Gees),  Steve Hunt (Alan Holdsworth), Pete Bremy (Vanilla Fudge),  Matt Wilson (jazz great), James Montgomery (Blues Great), Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage), Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies), Margo Timmons (Cowboy Junkies), Jerry Leake (percussion great), John Funkhouser (Boston Pianist, Berklee), Ed Lucie (Boston Bassist, Berklee), Sean Gaskell (African Kora great), Namory Keita (Master Drummer from Guinea), Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead), Barry Mitterhoff (Hot Tuna), members of Cage the Elephant, Lowman, Mike Bisio, Ken Kosek (Jerry Garcia, The Klezmer Mountain Boys), Kimberly Dahme (Boston), Keller Williams (Jam Band Great) Danny Wilde (The Rembrandts), Ernest Thompson (Film Great, Emmy Award Winner for "On Golden Pond"), Tony Sarno (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Bill Trujillo (Woody Herman), Bob McCarthy ( Boston Guitar Legend), Mighty Sam McClain (Blues Legend) and many others.

In addition to his busy performing schedule, Jared is a sought-after drum set/percussion instructor.  He has a B.A. in performance from Plymouth State College and studied with Tim Gilmore and Eric C. Hughes. Post grad studies have been with Long time mentor Bob Gullotti, Jeff Ballard, Rakalam Bob Moses, Jerry Leake, Dave Dicenso, Steve Michaud and Roberto Vizcaino Guillot.  He has taken master Classes with Matt Wilson, Horacio Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerome Dupree and Dave Mattacks.

Upcoming Events

The Copacetic Collective

Tuesday, July 16th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

JAZZ SESH (open jazz jam)

Tuesday, July 16th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Irish Night Concert Series

Wednesday, July 17th

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Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

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