UW-La Crosse grad Jim Piela blazes trail on new jazz album – La Crosse Tribune
On his recently released album of modern jazz tunes, “Out of Orbit,” Piela shoots for an even bigger boldness than his move to NYC required, setting a course for relatively uncharted musical territory, a journey that required him to blaze new trails and face a deeply ingrained fear of the unknown.
All that jazz – Lantern
Now, his Jim Piela Group is a modern jazz quartet that emphasizes melody, groove and inventive improvisation, without the use of chordal instrument, such as piano or guitar. This presents a particular set of creative challenges to the improvisers – most prominently finding clever ways to present harmony in the form of melody.
Jim Piela Group launches new album on Kickstarter – Sun Prairie Star
Piela describes The Jim Piela Group as “a modern jazz ensemble that emphasizes melody, groove and inventive improvisation, without the use of chordal instrument, such as piano or guitar.”
Piela said that presents a particular set of creative challenges to the improvisers – most prominently finding clever ways to present harmony in the form of melody. The group takes its inspiration from similar works by Ornette Coleman, Charles Lloyd, Mark Turner and Tom Harrell.
5/5/2018: Full article here
“Sun Prairie native saxophonist and composer Jim Piela, currently living in Brooklyn, recently announced a new album of original music with his quartet, the Jim Piela Group.”
2014: Full quote here
“Alongside his own work, Dan played piano in the Jim Piela Quartet. He attributes much of his growth as a jazz pianist to these experiences. During JPQ’s four years together, they released two albums and performed many late nights in downtown La Crosse.”
12/19/2011 (re T.U.G.G.): Full article here
“Having a hard work ethic and superior musicianship can only take you so far; to gain a loyal following, musicians must discover what it is that fans admire and expand. With that the Cheese heads TUGG found their calling awhile ago, meshing their talents into an acoustically-driven reggae style, accompanied by feelings of good hope, love, and about returning to paradise.”
5/5/2011: Full article here
“It doesn’t matter if you prefer rock, funk, reggae, jambands, fusion or jazz: If you’ve seen live music in La Crosse, you’ve probably seen saxophonist Jim Piela.”
7/26/2008 (re Shoeless Revolution): Full article here
“If you want to throw a party, you need friends, lots of energy, and good, danceable music.
Since 2005, that’s just what Shoeless Revolution has been delivering. The band focuses on creating a big celebration on stage. With seven band members, this jazz/rock/funk band is able to add a wide range of color to the party.”