Evan Stone [ USA ]
Translucent Ham Sandwich Band
Evan Stone describes the experience –for the players and the audience—when his group The Translucent Ham Sandwich Band hits the stage and all the elements of the improvisational unknown telepathize between the musicians.
Called a sensory smorgasbord, THSB utilizes multimedia to convey its full artistic expression of complete transparency.
“I think the 'translucent' part of the name applies to this concept well,” Stone explains. “What you see is what you get and we are not hiding anything. We are all exposed up there on stage presenting it to you the moment it arrives in us.”
This project has been the culmination of Stone’s journey growing up on Long Island, New York from the time he vowed to become a professional musician at 12, his move to California as a high school sophomore, studies with Roy Burns, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Erskine and Tom Brechtlein, as well the impact of a couple of concerts – Al Di Meola with Brechtlein on drums and the Marsalis Brothers with Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums. Add to that, an opening slot for his Jazz trio at the Coach House in Orange County at 16 and becoming the house band a year later, winning the Guitar Center Drum Off in Santa Ana as a high school senior and becoming a finalist in the Buddy Rich Memorial Contest.
Immersing himself in every genre of music from country to top 40 and everything in between for many years, including road trips and performances with Toni Childs, Aly & AJ, Maynard Ferguson, as well as Tower of Power’s trumpeter Greg Adams, which parlayed into a project called East Bay Soul where Stone relished playing Tower of Power songs with such musicians as Phil Perry, Eric Marienthal, Tom Scott and Lenny Williams, prepared him for the next step of writing and producing.
After a straight-ahead jazz record Sticks and Stone, Vol 1, Stone decided to create
an outlet for his true calling – 'Avant Garde music and performance, and in 2016,
THSB recorded ‘Music from the Future’.