Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars and the sun….John Lennon
The other day an electrician was doing some work at my home in Milton and he noticed that I was wearing a beat up Newport Jazz Festival hat. Some of you may know that I collect hats but this story is not about hats or Jackie Gleason’s “to the moon, Alice” it is about a success story that is exploding as I write this.
Bob Wilbur (the electrician) asked me if I liked jazz and I told him I loved it and that I got the hat the night Sony Rollins returned to Newport a few years back. Bob then went on for about 15 minutes about his son the saxophone player.
He attended Brockton High School which has one of the best music programs in Massachusetts. He then went on to UMass -Amherst to continue his music studies. After his freshman year he tells Bob that the students in the UMass program were not serious enough and that he wanted to transfer to The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Come the summer he announces that he would be staying and working in New York and would take a course in bar tending. He got the proper credentials and after several weeks Bob asked if he had gotten a job yet. No. A few weeks later Bob asks again if he had gotten a job…still no, but added that he and a couple of friends had been busking in the New York subways and Central Park and were making enough to pay the rent and eat “occasionally”.
alarm clock (click) for some wake up music
After a month or so a producer of an Australian radio show caught their act and asked them if they would come to Australia do a stint on his show. Off they go.
Back in the City and busking when another producer “discovers” them and invites them to be the lead act for “They Might be Giants” in a 30 city tour.
Then off to London. Touring in a van supplied by Ford. (Ford did so as long as any video that they made would include the van)
Who are these guys you ask.
Moon Hooch, based out of Brooklyn, New York, is a trio consisting of James Muschler (drums), Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen (saxophone). Their self-titled debut album was released in 2013 and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Their second album This is Cave Music was released in September of 2014.
Their current tour schedule is: www.moonhooch.com/tour/
moon3 (click) Alice’s wedding
I hope you enjoyed a sample of their music cuz this “moon shot” is traveling at the speed of good vibrations.
…to be continued… (I have an inside source)
Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars and the sun. J.L.