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The Hot Java Band

by The Hot Java Band

Bluegrassy, Dixielandish Acoustic Live Music with a studio sound.
Genre: Jazz: Dixieland
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1. Java Jive
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2. Sweet Georgia Brown
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3. Anjuna
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4. Farewell
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5. Keishka
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6. Three Guys Named Joe
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7. Whiter Shade Of Pale
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8. Flop Eared Mule
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9. Soilder's Joy
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10. Blue Skies
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12. Goin' Down
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The Hot Java Band CD was recorded "live in the studio" at Audacity Recording in Hollywood Florida. While Audacity has "bleeding edge" technology, the band decided to use techniques that go back to early recording studios. The entire band entered the sound room and gathered around one main mike. No click track was used, many of the arrangements were made minutes before the recording. This gives the CD a sound close to how the band sounds in the clubs and pubs of Southeast Florida. The Hot Java Band are:

Bill Gearhiser plays piano, bass, percussion, saxophone, and stereo. His favorites are ragtime and jazz piano, classical double bass, and bluegrass bass. A student of Lucille Graham, he has performed with Eugene Fodor, Victor Borge, Lorin Hollander, Gary Grafman, Pepe Romero, and Doc Severinsen, among others. He considers the most fun, though, to be playing bass with his buddies in the Hot Java Band. A devoted non-singer, Bill is "the quiet one in the back" and probably enjoys listening to the music more than most of the audience does.

Ed Horowitz on fiddle and mandolin. Ed studied Gypsy violin in Hungary, rode the Grand Ol' Opry tour bus, and worked the streets and clubs of New Orleans before he found fishing in the Florida Keys.

John Jay Martyn (also on CD Baby with his album "Everyone's A Kid On Christmas Morning" plays the drum in the Hot Java Band. One Drum. It is the therapy he needs after thirty years of hauling his drum set to a countless number of one night stands across the eastern seacoast. John is a Berklee College of Music grad and has spent the last twenty years composing music for television and radio commercials from his studio in South Florida. That studio is Audacity Recording ( and it is somewhat of a second home to the boys in the Hot Java Band. In addition to recording this CD, Audacity serves as the Happy Hour rehearsal space to the HJB. John is an accomplished jazz pianist and somewhat of a crooner of jazz standards. One of his key jobs in the HJB is hiding Dan's penny whistle.

Dan McGrath sings like Louis Armstrong and plays banjo like Ralph Stanley. He earned his chops playing rock & roll and soul in bars on the Jersey Shore.

Chaim Rubinov, trumpet, flugelhorn and piano. He has played with artists such as Marvin Hamlisch, Nestor Torres, Tito Puente, Jr., David Sanchez, Melton Mustafa, Miguel Cruz, Jesse Jones Jr., and many others. His versatility allows him to perform many styles of music, ranging from Latin, Haitian, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Top Forty, Rock and Roll, R & B, Klezmer and Ladino music.

Ted Strauss was in numerous jam and country rock bands in the NYC area in the late 60's and early 70's. Ted taught himself how to flatpick guitar, play mandolin and sing Bluegrass, Olde Time and Irish music playing in NYC and in the Washington DC area for many years. Always the band techy, Ted developed sound systems and went on the road doing production and sound engineering for artists including John Hartford, Hickory Wind, Vasser Clements and John Prine.


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Trent Belnap

Unique combination of styles
I don't think I've ever heard a combination of styles like this before. It's like Jamaican and Dixieland Blues (or something...I suppose I'm at a loss for words)
Things I liked:
The fiddle--soulful
The percussion--tasteful (not overbearing)
The mix--balanced sound, allows voice to be heard
- TrentJB from Idaho Falls, Idaho

Darrell Ward

Breath of Freshness
I enjoy listening to these tunes! The vocals suit the songs well. Good lead and background voices are top drawer. Nice use of non-traditional percussion. I felt the production was perfect for this kind of performance. You feel like you're sitting right there listening (no big use of effects etc.) Great work.
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Don Wiseman

Hot Java Band
My ex-wife sent me this because at first she thought it was my Dixieland band. The vocal style is identical to mine (although I do musicals like My Fair Lady as well - Pickering) and also play tenor banjo. Of course, I think this band is about the best I have ever heard!

Mitty Maven

You guys rock
Dixieland combined with Jamaican, Haitian folk kicks butt.
The production here is clear and the arrangements are tight. The instruments are used in a new interesting way.
These songs are going to stick in my head for a long time.
great work. You guys rock.

Mark Duval

Lousiana Dixieland Cajun/Creole?
Vocals are great, strong, clear delivery. Nice dancey rhythms. Lousiana Dixieland cajun/creole? I like the interesting organic instruments that come in for support, mostly percussion, like the washboard. Those percussion sounds really help out. The production is nice, a warm and small room sound, perfect for these rootsy tunes. Good, fun party-time music. Great harmonica and violin, very tasty.
Mark Duval, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Loren Schulte

Great Tunes
Great tunes- I wanna dance,dance, dance. Everything works here - the vocals and harmonies are perfect, the guitars are percussive, great fiddle solo, driving dancing sound. Pass the crawfish and hand me a cold beer! I wouldn't change a thing!
- Loren Schulte, Battle Ground, Washington

Bari Brumfield

Fun anyway you slice it
These songs are loads of fun to listen to and probably even more fun to dance to. Guitars, fiddle, percussion, vocals all meld together in an ethnic Americana recipe for what ails ye. Reminds me of a weekend along the greenbelt in Austin with some Cajun style.
For a live mix, very clear recording. The raw nature of this one does not need any recording "tricks". I wouldn't change a thing about it.
I enjoyed hearing you enjoy life and yourselves.
Bari Brumfield, Houston, Texas


A sound that'd make anyone get up and dance
now here's a sound i've never heard. not only that, it's one that'd make anybody "get up and dance," as you say. solid, authentic sound. some of the best tunes i've heard here. the voice, the fiddle, the accordion, the mix. all top notch. this is one to inspire the most of us.
- snorko
South Hollywood, California


Get up and dance
I like the alterantive percussion instuments. I think I hear a wash board. Sounds like zydeco. Great harmonica playing. Good Fiddle playing as well, it makes me wanna get up and dance as if I could dance. I think the production is great!!!!
- musicslut from Bay City, Texas

Cos, London England

Excellent CD
Excellent CD - in fact so good, I've put the other one on my list to buy on my next order.
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