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regional cookin’

jim yanda and regional cookin’
sizzling jazz guitar trio featuring:
jim yanda – guitar
drew gress – bass
phil haynes – drums

“… a band with a profound sense of empathy, a thrilling knack for taking sonic chances, deep roots in the blues combined with an era-spanning avant-garde sensibility, and perhaps most importantly, a raw honesty that could only result from such long and enduring friendships….
vigorous swing coupled with a tightrope-walking freedom, a full-throated blues feeling filtered through a sharp-edged modernism.” – Shaun Brady

Jim Yanda and Regional Cookin’ selected cut – Tale Weaver

And here’s our entire first CD for your listening pleasure…

  1. Nu's Theme Jim Yanda Trio
  2. Tale Weaver Jim Yanda Trio
  3. Believing Jim Yanda Trio
  4. My Belle Jim Yanda Trio
  5. Situation Ethnics Jim Yanda Trio
  6. Boutiba's Dream Jim Yanda Trio
  7. Three Thang Jim Yanda Trio
  8. Folk Song Jim Yanda Trio
  9. 'Round Midnight Jim Yanda Trio
  10. No More Outs Jim Yanda Trio

what they’re saying…

…a feel of high altitude, in which this trio seems right at home.
… [Yanda] flaunts melodic imagination and a brisk feel for swing.
Downbeat – listen and buy regional cookin

…combines Coryell’s looseness with [Jim] Hall’s precise tone in a unique burning style.
…a polished player with psychedelic and Southern rock influences in his playing.

hip grooves… and mystical intricacies.
Jazz Weekly

… combines jazz and blues traditions with a modern flare
Jazz Trail

Jim’s recordings reviewed on Exposé

Home Road takes the jazz-based and modern guitar instrumental genre into deep yet calm sonic waters.
Music Web Express
see Jim’s interview on Music Web Express

regional cookin’ at the state theatre

Jazz in the Attic Presents:
Jim Yanda & Regional Cookin’
Friday, September 8, 2017 |  8pm
State Theatre
130 West College Avenue
State College, PA 16801-3872
Phone: 814.272.0606

Join us in The Attic of The State Theatre as we continue our Jazz in the Attic series this Fall with Guitarist/composer Jim Yanda and his band Regional Cookin’.
Joe Michaels, bass
Phil Haynes, drums
For information and tickets visit the State Theatre site.

interview on Music Web Express

Home Road
(Corner Store Jazz)

Iowa born / New Jersey based guitarist Jim Yanda recorded his double CD set, Home Road in 2014 although it didn’t come out till 2016. For fans of Jim’s excellent guitar skills Home Road is time well spent. On the double CD set, recorded by Jim Yanda Trio, Jim receives backing from his trio mates, Drew Gress (bass) and Phil Haynes (drums). On Home Road, not only does Yanda shine as an improvising jazz guitar instrumentalist but the album also shines a light on his compositional skills. All the tracks were composed by Yanda except for a trio cover of “My Ship”, written by Kurt Weill to which Jim adds, “It’s a beautiful, poignant song that can be interpreted in myriad ways.” Asked about comparing his post-modern, mainstream jazz sound with harder rocking fusion music, Jim tells, “I want everything I play to swing, regardless of the context or style of music. It’s wonderfully hip and exhilarating to swing over straight rhythms.” Like a colorful scenic sonic journey spread over two CDs, Home Road embraces a range of musical attributes to which Jim adds,”I’m interested in deep-folk traditions, modern classical music, new music, early American music, and world music. Those are some of the sounds and styles I want to incorporate into my playing.” Not exactly fusion and not quite hard bop jazz either, Home Road takes the jazz-based and modern guitar instrumental genre into deep yet calm sonic waters. Also recent on CD from Jim Yanda is a 2017 CD release of his trio album Regional Cooking, recorded in 1987. Guitar fans into timeless, jazzy improvisations will find much to like about Jim Yanda and Home Road. presents an interview with

mwe3: Can you tell us where you’re from originally and where you live now and what you like best about it? Can you compare growing up and studying music in Iowa with moving to the tri-state area? Seems like you’ve been in the NY/NJ area for over 25 years now. Does the city still have the same magic and lure it did in the early 1980s and what area do you like best in the NYC area?

Jim Yanda: I was raised in the small Midwestern farming community of Anamosa, Iowa. It is incidentally, the home town of the famous regionalist painter Grant Wood. I came to New York after college, lived in Brooklyn for some years, then moved to New Jersey, where life is a little more relaxed but still close to New York.

It’s wonderful that nearly any sizable town now has some kind of jazz scene, if only a handful of players, and so it was in Iowa back in the 1970’s and 80’s. Jazz was clustered around the college towns, Iowa City (U of I), Cedar Rapids (Coe), Cedar Falls (UNI), and Des Moines (state capital). The better musicians were teaching at the colleges, as university jazz programs had begun to flourish. There were a few gigs, and you sometimes had to travel a good way to hear someone great who was passing through. We used to car pool to a club in Ames where I heard Jim Hall and John Scofield. It was an incalculable measure of good fortune that the great trumpeter and teacher Paul Smoker was on the faculty at Coe College where I somehow got accepted into the music program. He changed my life completely and I became thoroughly immersed in music because of him.

New York seemed almost like a different country to me. It is so hip and vibrant, with abundant art and culture, and so many of the great players are drawn there. There’s so much fine music happening daily, it is a paradise for a jazz lover. There were a lot of musicians in my Brooklyn neighborhood and we were always having jam sessions. I would go to the clubs and hear the greats and meet them and try to get lessons from them. It was a fantastic experience and remains so today. I’m still learning.

mwe3: You started up your company Corner Store Jazz way back in the 1980s in Brooklyn. Tell us about your idea behind starting Corner Store Jazz and how does the label / web site operate these days? Are you happy with the way the internet has changed music, both information wise and sales wise and what do you feel could be done to improve sales of CDs online and how about the impact of music streaming, mp3 and downloads and now the resurgence of vinyl? Continue reading interview on Music Web Express

jim yanda trio at ravines

Jim Yanda Trio
Drew Gress – bass
Phil Haynes – drums
Jim Yanda – guitar

In performance
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ravines Wine Cellars
400 Barracks Rd
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-7007

schopenhauer on truth

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer

home road

Jim Yanda Trio – Home Road
… a band with a profound sense of empathy, a thrilling knack for taking sonic chances, deep roots in the blues combined with an era-spanning avant-garde sensibility.
Featuring:  Jim Yanda – guitar   Drew Gress – bass   Phil Haynes – drums
Buy Home Road 2CD set

Home Road Disk 1

  1. My Ship Jim Yanda Trio
  2. In Source Jim Yanda Trio
  3. Country Mother Jim Yanda Trio
  4. Sun Dog Jim Yanda Trio
  5. Ghost Hood Jim Yanda Trio

Home Road Disk 2

  1. Earth Way Jim Yanda Trio
  2. Consecration Jim Yanda Trio
  3. Daylude Jim Yanda Trio
  4. Home Road Jim Yanda Trio
  5. Off the Stairs Jim Yanda Trio
  6. Blulious Jim Yanda Trio

Tedesco Studios June 10-11 2014
Jon Rosenberg, engineer
Phil Haynes, producer
All compositions © & ℗ by Jim Yanda, Ardeo Music, BMI
except My Ship by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Fine and Graphic Art by Nicholas Horner
2CD    © & ℗ CornerStoreJazz (CSJ-0113-0114) 2017