“J. A. Deane” was credited in the NY Times as peforming Trombone-Electronics and Percussion in Once Upon the Present Time.
I was playing trombone, electric piano and percussion in a funk band called Poverty Train (from the Laura Nyro song), five sets a night six nights a week. I was also doing studio work with the L.A. Horns and one of our clients was Ike Turner. Ike liked to do horn sessions from about 3:00 A.M. until about 7:00 in the morning and we did plenty of sessions at his studio Bolic Sound. I learned allot about multi-track recording from Ike when we were working on NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS. After Ike & Tina split up I toured with Tina for about a year playing trombone, alto-flute, clavinet and string synthesizer.
I dove into San Francisco’s diverse and thriving music-dance-theater community in 1978 and in 1979 joined an art/punk band called Indoor Life. I was now playing electric trombone and using it to control (pre midi) analogue synthesizers. I was also using a tape-echo to create “live-loops”.
The band decided to move to New York which would serve as a centralized home base for recording and touring in the U.S. and Europe. I become very involved with the downtown improvised music scene. I also started playing sampler and electro-acoustic percussion, doing what I called “live-sampling” with Jon Hassell in 1982. We toured a lot in Europe and Japan.
|Musical Director||Once Upon the Present Time||1985-86 Season|