Friday, July 20, 2007

The Wedding Band

You might have seen them playing around Paris, on the Rue Daguerre in the 14th, on the bridge between the Ile St. Louis and Ile de la Cité, knocking out jazz and country standards by the dozen. It's the Wedding Band, a group of mostly ex-pats, grooving when the sun is up and sometimes playing late into Parisian summer nights.

Michael Rosen (guitar, lead vocals), Chris Hudson (slide trombone) Tim Puckett, (soprano saxophone), Jimmy Gibson (contrabasse) and Johnathan Dickinson (drums) are the boys in the band, and they've been working together for years. Gigs at Chantilly for the races, Ferrara, Italy (for a wedding!), the Duc des Lombards in Paris, a ton of corporate affairs, and festivals in Belgium and throughout France keeps these guys busy. Film maker Agnes Varda heard them and put them in one of her films, including their music in another. Even the mobile phone company, POP, in Poland signed them up. Ring tones?

You can buy their CDs off their web site. We hope to produce a booklette for them in the near future. The Wedding Band just released a new CD. Since 2000 they've sold more than 25,000. That's a lot of music.

I've known the Wedding Band for years and saxman Tim Puckett asked me if we could print up a few thousand business cards and reproduce a couple hundred CDs as well. While we're no longer reproducing the CDs, we regularly print up their cards. So if you have one of theirs, it's also one of ours. It's great to be a part of the band, even if we don't play any instruments.

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