Hotel X


Hotel X

Hotel X is a world music/jazz group founded in 1992 in Richmond, Virginia by Tim Harding and Ron T. Curry as a setting to explore electric bass duets, Hotel X was quickly joined by a host of Richmond, Virginia underground music scene veterans and released six albums on the Los Angeles based SST Records. SST Records was founded by members of the seminal punk rock group Black Flag and included in their catalog some of the great American underground groups such as Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Hüsker Dü, Sonic Youth, Sound Garden, Universal Congress Of and Saccharine Trust.

Hotel X toured regionally and nationally between 1992 and 1997, received reviews in "Jazz Times", "Washington Post", "Option", "The Wire" and "Alternative Press" among others; was nominated for Best Jazz Group by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD) 1996, and participated in the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City in 1997. National Public Radio selected soundbites of several songs from the Hotel X album "Engendered Species" for use between news stories in 1994. "Richmond Magazine" awarded Hotel X with the Pollack Prize for Excellence in Arts in September 2005.

Music History

In the biography "Fela - the Life and Times of an African Musical Icon" by Yale professor Michael E. Veal, Hotel X is briefly mentioned (alongside the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Brandford Marsalis and Steve Turre) on page 259 where the author talks about the broad influence of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat style.

From 1998 to the present Hotel X has been mining the musical wealth of Africa and Latin America by using rhythms and melodies inspired by traditional music and contemporary composers from those regions. The 2003 self-produced/released seventh album by Hotel X titled "Hymns for Children" marks the departure from the group's earlier more electric, harmolodic adventures into the organic, world music inspired band of today.

In 1994 Hotel X contributed an original composition, "One Way Street" (released on the CD "Ladders" in 1995), to the trailer of the film "Hands of Fate" by Chris Quinn which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Chris Quinn's documentary film "God Grew Tired of Us" is the winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Hotel X has shared the stage with Bern Nix (Ornette Coleman and Primetime), Greg Ginn (Black Flag), Balla Kouyate (Super Rail Band), Papa Susso (Gambian kora master), The Roots, Yellowman, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Ran Blake, Hasidic New Wave, Marc Ribot, Plunky Branch, Wayne Horvitz, Pigpen, Amy Denio, John Bradshaw and Bazooka among others.

Band members

Current

* Tim Harding - guitar, alto sax (Tad Thaddock, Always August, Office Ladies, Four Story Sax Qt., New Loft Qt., Joyful Noise Big Band, Thomas Mapfumo)

* Ron T. Curry- guitar (Vaughn Brothers Band [with Matt Link ous] , Shag Nasty, Damage Report, Near East, Snakehandlers, Milk, Gwar, Third Eye, Rooster Seed, Kill Joy, Yax, Rapid Boil, Blister, Ugly Head, Ron T. Curry Acoustic Band, Mandrake Ensemble, Mao Tse Helen, Chigger, The Haints, Oregon Hill Funk All Stars, Hi-Tone String Ticklers, John Bradshaw and Ron T. Curry, Low Cotton, Joyful Noise Big Band, Tubize Royal Hawaiian Orchestra Tribute Band)

* Jeff X. Morris - percussion (Oregon Hill Funk All Stars, Vertigo, One Love)

* Wayne O'Bryan - bass (Jah Revalations, Michael James, One, Bangarang)

* O.J. Hunter - Keyboards (Awareness Art Ensemble, Nina Simone)

* Hunter Duke - percussion(AmphetamineLibrary,Apocowlypso,Retinal,Flannel Circus,Mystery Machine,The Knievels,Schwa,Tree Fort Angst,The Nixon Years)

* Chris Vasi - guitar (Sambaiosis)

* Tony Costa - percussion (Sambaiosis)

* Roberto Curtis - baritone sax, tenor sax, flute (Southside Future Squad, Bangarang)

Former

* Lance Koehler
* Danny Finney
* Molly Berg
* George Lowe
* Jimmy Ghaphery
* Jim Thomson
* Woody Jackson
* John Keifer
* Chris Farmer
* Chris Davis
* Tom Wall
* Billy Fox
* Steve Mathews
* Darryl Davenport
* Jon Mela
* Patrick W Best (PELT, Tanakh, The Din, Spiral Joy Band)
* Eric Unger
* Javier Ramos
* Samson Trihn
* Kelli Strawbridge
* Jorge Negron
* Rei Gonzalez Alvarez
* Gabo Tomassini
* Justin Riccio
* Bern Nix
* Greg Ginn
* Joe Baiza
* Ogynga
* Scott Frock
* Jason Stith
* Phil Murphy
* Larry Bodie
* Al Clark
* Toby Whittaker
* Gordon Jones
* Fred McGann
* Akili Obika
* Charlie Kilpatrick
* Johnny Hott
* Tony Atherton
* Vince Megrouni
* Pooh Johnston
* Marty McCavitt
* Pippin Barnett
* Barry Bless
* Bruce Waters
* Plunky Branch
* Bala Kouyate
* Josh Boden
* Lundin Lamb
* Ron "Rollo" Fix
* Paul Watson

References

* Veal, Michael E. (1997). "Fela: The Life of an African Musical Icon", Temple University Press. USA.

External links

* [http://www.hotelxmusic.com Official band homepage]


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