Featuring keyboardist Josh Rawlings, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, and percussionist Jeremy Jones, The Teaching creates immersive and infectious improvised music as no one else in Seattle is making it. The trio formed in 2006, growing exclusively from the chemistry the band discovered on stage. The band’s philosophical trajectory was more clearly defined, as the trio shared the rather grand interest in sharing the teachings of mankind, while also fostering a musical environment of “devotion, surrender, sensitivity, enthusiasm, and joy to direct the flow of the music.”
Musically, The Teaching revels in spontaneity, jumping off in any number of directions (hip-hop, jazz, R&B, soul, Afro-Cuban, drum n’ bass) on a whim, while controlling momentum and pacing with great precision. Josh Rawlings’ sparkling, luscious chords (affectionately dubbed “kraws” by those in the community familiar with the man), Flory-Barnes’ explosive swing and inventive technique, and Jones’ ferocious drumming are the trademark sounds of the band. More recently, spontaneous vocals and devotional chanting have added greater depth to the trio’s sound. It is quite magical when it all comes together, and here the band does indeed create “music that has no limits,” as Rawlings told Earshot Jazz in an interview during the summer of 2009.
Having now released their self-titled debut studio album and a live DVD, and having won the Golden Ear for 2009 NW Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year, The Teaching is poised to reach a larger audience than ever with their celebratory music and their message of community. Effortlessly enjoyable, but not wanting for intelligence.
~ Peter Walton, Earshot Jazz
Josh Rawlings, rhodes, piano, percussion & vocals
Josh Rawlings, pianist, composer, Seattle music union representative, leads the Josh Rawlings Trio which recently released its debut album Climbing Stairs on the Broken Time record label. His luscious chords have been dubbed “kraws”, an onomatopoeia depicting their rippling nature, and he is affectionately nicknamed Josh “Krawlings” by his band mates. Playing the Fender Rhodes and using various effects beautifully, his endless inner fountain of music pours forth in The Teaching’s performances. His heartfelt singing has become a beloved addition to the band’s sound and often pushes the band and audience across the boundary into musical ecstasy. Josh also plays in and composes for a host of other Seattle groups including Industrial Revelation, Soul Kata, Water Babies, Jason Parker Quartet, and Choklate’s live band. Josh is co-founder of J&J Music, which has become a burgeoning music booking and promotion company in Seattle since its inception in early 2007.
You can check out Josh’s other bands and music projects at http://www.joshrawlings.com/
Evan Flory-Barnes, bass player, composer, barista, “mayor of the U District”, envisions and lives the creation of a community of musicians and other artists brought together by excitement, collaboration, and a spirit of well-being, known as New Seattle. The original groups Threat of Beauty, Industrial Revelation, Ciendo and The Teaching have each been born of the New Seattle spirit. Evan’s buoyant swing, cold grooves, blistering solos and inventive bow playing are fully exposed in The Teaching’s adventurous sets. He performs regularly with groups in all genres, including the Marc Seales Quintet, Joveno Santos Neto, Correo Aereo, Choklate, and Scandalmonger. He was recently awarded the prestigious Meet the Composer grant to produce a 9-movement orchestral work with dance that will be featured in the 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival. Previous grantees include Jason Moran and Dave Douglas. In 2007 he was a featured artist on the Seattle Channel’s Verve Series of artist documentaries.
You can check out Evan’s other bands and music projects at http://www.evanflorybarnes.com/
Jeremy Jones, drummer, composer, yogi, “shreds the drums like a samurai”, and has been likened to a “ferocious hurricane” on the drums. His unique drumming is characterized by generous use of percussion instruments and mesmerizing grooves on the rims and stick-on-stick. The Teaching has become the fertile ground in which Jeremy’s drumming and musical originality has been given full expression. He leads the Jeremy Jones Xtet which released its debut album Awakening to Life in May 2008, featuring 12 original compositions from Jeremy. Twice selected to Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center program, he has performed with Billy Taylor’s trio and played percussion on drummer Winard Harper’s latest CD Come into the Light. In additional to playing regularly in Seattle, he travels several times a year to Denver to play to full audiences with the Serafin Sanchez / Jeremy Jones Quintet. In spring 2007 he attended Bikram’s Yoga College of India teacher training and has been teaching Bikram Yoga in the Seattle area since.
You can check out Jeremy’s other bands and music projects at http://www.jeremyjonesmusic.com/
The Teaching’s Electronic Press Kit