When a modern jazz group is put together consisting of a math teacher, a chemical engineer, and a physical therapist, people wouldn't consider this band to be a local, if not regional force within a matter of three months.
However, this is exactly what has happened.
Since their debut at the Adirondack Homegrown Music Festival (Aug. 13th, 2006, Lake George, NY), the band has thrust itself onto the local music scene, packing local establishments, self-producing an assertive and inspired all-original CD (The Dakota Session) and becoming the house band for a well-established bar in upstate NY.
All within a matter of three months.
The CD release party for The Dakota Session, held on Sept 25th, 2006 at Ridge St Coffee in Glens Falls, NY even took the band by surprise. They began the night playing to 10 of their closest friends in the establishment. Two hours and 30+ sold CD's later, the group's performance came to a close, receiving an ovation from a packed-to-the-brim, standing room only coffee house that was great for business owner Keith Guillory and even better for the band. Since then, the group has continued to impress, engage, and amaze live audiences around the region, while at the same time making local business owners quite pleased with the results.
Members of the group include Tommygunn on the keys, Mikey Dakota Donuts on the kit, and the Third Figure on the bass. The group recently added a fourth member at several of their live shows, a well-respected local jazz sax player, Devin Di Mauro, making the band that much more energetic, dynamic, and engaging during their live performances. The sound can be described as a modern reinvention of jazz that recalls Hancock, Monk, and more modern greats such as Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Charlie Hunter, and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.
3DF is looking to continue to expand their sound locally and regionally. Plans are in the works for a 2007 summer tour through the northeast US. CD's are currently for sale through the band's website.