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Need a burst of energy? Wanna smile? Then come see Stefanie Seskin and blue number nine live. Sexy dancers and singers, a lead singer with hyperspeed moves who switches in a blur from jammin' on flute to singing her sassy and often funny lyrics, and groovy danceable tunes define bn9. Fun, awesome, funky, sometimes a little silly and indescribable are all words that have been used to describe blue number nine. The band is groovy, toe tapping and fun, fun, fun.

bn9, ranging from 6 to 11 pieces, puts on a high energy show with a warm vibe, sometimes with a horn section, sometimes with other special guests.

blue number nine has opened for Chicago (2000, 2001) and The Average White Band (2006).


photo: John Filo

 


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Biography
by Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

"Led by vocalist/songwriter/musician Stefanie Seskin, New Jersey's Blue Number Nine is an interracial soul/funk outfit with a strong ‘70s influence. Seskin isn't necessarily an R&B purist where Blue Number Nine is concerned; there are, at times, traces of rock, pop and jazz in their work. But soul/funk is the primary direction of Blue Number Nine--who have sometimes been compared to the equally ‘70s-minded Brand New Heavies--and Seskin obviously gets a lot of inspiration from an era in which Rufus & Chaka Khan, Labelle (Patti LaBelle's ‘70s vocal trio with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash), Maze & Frankie Beverly and the Average White Band reigned supreme on the R&B charts. Seskin's funk isn't the gutbucket, over-the-top funk that Parliament/Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band and the late Rick James were famous for in their heyday; rather, Seskin favors what was called "sophisticated funk" back in the ‘70s--that is, the sort of gritty yet polished funk associated with Rufus/Khan, Maze, AWB and Philadelphia International Records. Seskin formed Blue Number Nine in September 1995; by that time, she had a resume that included, among other things, a stint playing bass for the New York City band Bill Popp & the Tapes in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Seskin does most of the bass playing on Popp & the Tapes' first album, Popp This, which singer/songwriter Popp released on his own label, 121st Street Records in 1990. With Popp's band, Seskin played his songs and embraced a very British Invasion-influenced, ‘60s-minded style of pop-rock along the lines of the Beatles, the Yardbirds and the Zombies--and Seskin's ability to go from playing in Popp's band to forming a soul/funk outfit about half a decade later underscores her versatility.

But while there are major stylistic differences between Bill Popp & the Tapes and Blue Number Nine, the two bands have one thing in common: both of them reflect the creative visions of their leaders. Just as Bill Popp & the Tapes is Popp's baby, Blue Number Nine is very much Seskin's baby--and she has worn many different hats in her band, including lead vocalist, songwriter (she writes or co-writes most of the material), producer, engineer, flutist, keyboardist, alto saxophonist, clarinetist and percussionist. Blue Number Nine's debut album was released on Berger Platters Records in 2000; that CD was followed by 2001's Saving Spot (a live album) and 2003's On a Shoestring, both on Check Other Music. Along the way, Seskin's band has had more than its share of lineup changes; in 2004, Seskin was the only remaining original member."


Current core lineup: Stefanie Seskin - flute & vocals, Jack M. Gourdine II - drums, Marco Accattatis - bass & back up vocals, Morgan Rose Fite, Paul Muñoz, Nadina Mauri - back up vocals, Igor Fejzula - Guitar

Additional performers - Dara Seitzman - back up vocals; BD Lenz, Minoru Kikuchi, Luca Tozzi - guitar; Emi Yabuno, Miho Nobuzane - keyboards

The Random Horns NYC include Lily White, Jenny Hill - sax, Rob Susman- trombone, and Chuck McKinnon and Pam Fleming- trumpet.

While on tour the group sometimes picks up the local area's finest players.

Preferred links of the month:

Bumpskey
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Other Stuff:

 

TheCircleOfViolence

 

 


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