Genre : Funk/Fusion

    Perform on:
    Friday March 4, 2011
    B1 Hall MLD Spot
    Sunday March 6, 2011
    A3 BNI Hall

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About This Act :

Kilimanjaro, the band that topped the jazz charts in the early 1980\'s is back with their first CD in 25 years! After such a lengthy hiatus it\'s no wonder that it was one of the most added CDs on jazz programmer\'s playlists all around the country. The song \"Herbin\" from Homecoming rose to #11 on The Indy Star Smooth Jazz Charts and continued to remain on the charts for many months. What\'s more, critics are raving about Homecoming! Jazziz Magazine picked the new \"Homecoming\" CD as one of their \"Critics\' Choice - Best CD\'s of 2009\". Along with their coverage of the band in the Dec. issue, the tune \"Maceo\'s New Suit\" appeared on the Jazziz \"Best of 2009\" compilation CD, along with such familiar names as Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, and Branford Marsalis. Most recently, Kilimanjaro reached #11 on The Indy Star Smooth Jazz Charts with \"Herbin\" from Homecoming and are pleased to announce that they will be included this summer on two more of Jazziz Magazine\'s CD compilations. Please visit our \"press\" page to read glowing reviews by Keyboard Magazine and numerous other publications.

Kilimanjaro\'s History

In 1981, an unusual thing happened in the \"Pop Jazz\" market. A band named Kilimanjaro emerged from the unlikely state of Vermont to become a dominant voice in Jazz Radio airplay. Kilimanjaro\'s self-titled debut recording quickly rose to #3 on the national Jazz Radio Airplay charts. That led to appearances at some of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival (aka The Kool Jazz Festival), the Atlanta Jazz Festival and San Antonio\'s Riverwalk Jazz Festival.

In 1983, the band\'s second release, Kilimanjaro II, rose to #5 on the national airplay charts, leading to several U.S. tours, appearances at many of the country\'s most prestigious venues, and a year on the road with blues legend Paul Butterfield which included appearances at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Denmark\'s Roskilde Festival. The band would open the show as Kilimanjaro and then show their amazing versatility by \"changing hats\" and becoming the Paul Butterfield Blues Band for the second half of the show.

What audiences didn\'t know was that by the age of 20, Chicago-born guitarist Paul Asbell had performed and recorded with such blues icons as John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Junior Wells and Muddy Waters. Nor did they know that bassist Tony Markellis (who in recent years has done five U.S. tours with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio) had been a member of the David Bromberg Band (incidentally, Paul was Trey\'s guitar teacher, which undoubtedly earns him a place in rock \'n\' roll history!). It was during this time that Kilimanjaro joined forces with B.B. King alumnus Big Joe Burrell to form a highly popular blues band that soon became a regional phenomenon of its own for many years, taking them on a detour from their lives as international touring artists.

Sadly, in 2005 Big Joe Burrell passed on at the age of 81. That year Burlington\'s Flynn Centre chose to honor Kilimanjaro with a grant for the creation of new compositions, which would be debuted in a \"reunion concert\" at the June \'06 Discover Jazz Festival. The concert was a huge success, necessitating the addition of a 2nd show. This enormous response also catalyzed a recording plan, which recently culminated in the release of Homecoming, the band\'s first CD in almost 25 years!

Homecoming was recorded, co-produced, and engineered by Kilimanjaro keyboardist and veteran recording engineer, Chas Eller at his own Charles Eller Studios in Charlotte, Vermont. Chas, who was also partners with Trey Anastasio at Trey\'s infamous studio \"The Barn,\" recently joined forces with Putumayo Records\' Jacob Edgar, at his Charlotte facility, which is a whole story in itself.

While Tony, Paul, and Chas, have shared the stage for over 30 years, \"newcomer\" Lucas Adler joined the band ten years ago, and that not only brought stability to the rhythmic element of this powerful sounding band, but also a welcomed stability to the drummer position. Lucas\' contributions to the Homecoming CD have already earned him endorsements with Sabian Cymbals, and the acclaimed Canopus drum company. A multi-talented guy, Lucas has also recorded with the likes of Joey DeFrancesco, Scott Ambush (Spyrogyra), and Steuart Smith, (The Eagles, Shawn Colvin, and Roseanne Cash.)

Christopher Peterman, our newest member, plays tenor and soprano saxophones, as well as EWI wind synthesizer. A gifted musician, Chris is a MENSA member, and is a highly skilled, certified computer-network engineer. A Connecticut native, Chris graduated from the Berklee College of Music, Boston, in 1989. He has played with the finest groups in the region, including: Pine Street Jazz, The Dan Skea Quartet, Elisabeth Von Trapp, and Kilimanjaro. On the national scene, Chris has shared the stage with artists such as: The Neville Brothers, Phish, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, McCoy Tyner, Jackie McLean, Dave Brubeck, and the Tenor Summit featuring Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, and Chris Potter.

Having set the bar extremely high for their first two Indy Award winning albums in the early \'80s, Homecoming was designed to display the band\'s growth and maturity resulting from over three decades of performing together. While \"reunions\" seem to be the popular thing these days, it\'s rare for a band to have actually played together contiguously with almost entirely original members! We\'re confident that you\'ll be able to hear our history in the music of the new CD! We also think you\'ll agree that Homecoming is Kilimanjaro\'s best work ever!