Guitarist Oz Noy convenes the Boogaloo Experience Band, featuring the legendary Bernard Purdie on drums, the chameleonic Will Lee on bass, and groovemaster Jerry Z on Hammond B3 organ, for a series of very special shows.
Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b as “It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.”
Born in Israel, Oz started his professional guitarist career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years.
Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All-stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington.
In 2003, Oz released his debut record – “Oz Live” – recorded at NYC’s legendary Bitter End.
April 2016 Oz Release his 8th studio album “Who Gives A Funk”, featuring very special guests Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Dweezil Zappa, Fred Wesley, Chris Potter, John Medeski & Corey Glover.
For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “Best guitar riff on a record” (2007), “Best new talent” (2008), and “Best out there guitar player” (2013).
Oz also conducts periodic master classes at The Collective School of Music (New York City), Musicians Institute (Los Angeles), and others.
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, the “World’s Most Recorded Drummer”, was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. At 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set and became the most important provider for the family – earning his pay with country and carnival bands. This “schooling” enabled Purdie to “feel my way into nearly every kind of music, ’cause I had to know all styles and was never afraid to try something new.”
Purdie moved to New York in 1960 after finishing high school and played with (among others), Lonnie Youngblood before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to his engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970 – the beginning of an unparalleled career. Since then, Purdie has been a regular guest in the studios of the stars of Jazz, Soul, and Rock, working together with Paul Butterfield as well as Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren and Cat Stevens, as well as regularly producing his own solo albums under his own name.
Which musician did Aretha Franklin definitely NOT want missing from the line-up when she recorded her most inspired albums at the beginning of the seventies? Who provided the back-beat for Steely Dan’s “Aja”, and for whom have Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King, “Sweet” Lou Donaldson, Joe Cocker and Hank Crawford reserved that stool behind the drum kit? No other drummer in the last three decades has seen the interior of a recording studio as often as Bernard, having laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date.
This short list does however, prove an idea of the unique qualities this man possesses. Colleagues describe the drummer’s style as the “funkiest soul beat” in the business, and Purdie has decidedly never limited his talents to the realm of jazz but rather has consistently sought out new musical experiences beyond its borders. He has anchored sessions with the Rolling Stones, James Brown and Tom Jones with equal ease and proven that – with all his attention to precision playing – terms such as “drive” and “GROOVE” are definitely not missing from his vocabulary.
William Franklin “Will” Lee IV (born September 8, 1952) is an American bassist known for his work on the Late Show with David Letterman as part of the CBS Orchestra.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Lee has recorded and toured with many artists. He appeared on the Mark & Clark Band’s hit record Worn Down Piano. He performs with his Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux, which he co-founded in 1998.
Lee was greatly influenced to pursue music because of his parents. His father, William Franklin Lee III played piano, trumpet and the upright bass professionally. Lee’s mother sang with big bands. Lee took up drums after seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, and by the time he was 12 had formed his first band in Miami. The band members each earned $9 a night playing the popular surfing tunes characteristic of the 60s. With the great numbers of drummers in Miami, Lee shifted to bass, an instrument that offered more opportunities. Lee was part of a succession of bands including top 40 bands with names like “Chances R” “The Loving Kind”, and “Green Cloud.”
Lee had a formal musical education at the University of Miami. He studied French horn for a year and then switched to a bass major. After classes, he worked on bass fundamentals listening to not only the Beatles, but also Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Miller, The Rascals, Motown, Sly & the Family Stone, among others.
Lee then went to New York City. Trumpeter Randy Brecker called Lee out of class one day and invited him to audition for Dreams. In New York, Lee’s career as a session musician flourished, and he toured with many artists. Lee played in the New York “24th Street Band” which had great success in Japan, giving him a solo artist career that yielded him a top 5 single. Most recently, his solo CD entitled OH! reached the #1 position on the “Jazz Beyond” chart there.
In 1982, Lee became one of the original members of The World’s Most Dangerous Band, the house band on NBC‘s Late Night with David Letterman. He holds the distinction of playing with Paul Shaffer, on both Late Night and the Late Show, longer than any other member of the CBS Orchestra.
Jerry Z has been a fixture on the NYC Jazz scene since 1996, representing a sophisticated and modern approach to the Hammond B3. As a child growing up in Queens, Jerry took up the organ, and discovered a love for classical music, with Bach a particular influence. In his teenage years, he found himself exploring Blues, Rock, and Jazz, and playing his first professional gigs around New York City, before enrolling in the Purchase Conservatory of Music.
While studying Classical Composition and Studio Engineering, Jerry was recruited by the head of Purchase’s burgeoning jazz department, guitarist Doug Munro. He would continue playing with Munro after graduating, touring and cutting his first two albums with Doug’s organ trio (Blueness, and Up Against It).
In 2003, Jerry developed a radically funkier, more soulful approach to the organ trio through his collaboration with drummer Jim Payne and guitarist Bill Bickford. The Jim Payne Band (JPB) collaboration proved fruitful, producing two albums (Sensei and Energie), several national tours, and a number of notable appearances at jazz festivals. Bill Milkowski, in reviewing Sensei, wrote that Jerry “acquits himself with requisite grease and aggression on this slamming debut.”
Following his work with JPB, Jerry began working with soul jazz pioneer Melvin Sparks. Jerry recorded two critically acclaimed cd’s with Sparks “This is it” and “Groove on Up” contributing his funky opus “onion patch” to the latter. In 2006 Z began working with drum legend Mike Clark and his Prescription Duo/Organ Trio. Clark has described Jerry as the “consummate organ player” with “one of the best grooves and bass lines I have ever played with”: high praise indeed from one of the all-time greats.
Jerry’s work with Clark led to an invitation to join the Headhunters from 2007-2010, recording the live album “On Top”, and accompanying the group on several national and international tours. In 2008, Jerry toured Australia with the Headhunters, which featured Jerry’s own adaptations of Headhunters classics for organ trio. Also that year, he performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center with legendary guitarist, Hiram Bullock.
Since 2007, Jerry has been a staple of guitarist Oz Noy’s band that regularly performs at the Bitter end in NYC. Jerry appeared on Oz Noy’s Twisted Blues Volume 1 in 2011 and in Twisted Blues Volume 2 in 2014. At present, Jerry Z is at work in the studio, producing his own debut album which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2015.
In addition to those artists mentioned above, Jerry has worked with: Fred Wesley, Bernard Purdie, John Scofield, Donald Harrison, Keith Carlock, Mark Whitfield, George Porter Jr, Adam Nussbaum, Will Lee, Vinnie Colaiuta, and many others.