Frogg Cafe

Frogg Cafe, a New York-based 5-piece band, makes music that combines elements of Zappa-esque progressive Rock, pop melodicism, and fusion jazz. Frogg Cafe’s music is also peppered with an appealing variety of other flavors including latin music, bluegrass, modern chamber music and avant-garde/experimental. The live shows are full of extended group improvisations that will bring a smile to any hardcore jam band fan. This unique group includes Bill Ayasse (electric guitar, mandolin, vocals), James Guarnieri, James Mullen (keyboards and saxophone), Steve Uh, (guitars), violin, vocals, Andrew Sussman, (bass, vocals). Frogg Cafe’s studio albums feature the talents of regular support musicians who provide trombone, marimba and flute as well as additional percussion to their highly textured and colorful arrangements. Frogg Cafe is pleased to announce The Safenzee Diaries, a live double-CD that was released in April. The new album contains fourteen songs and more than two hours of live music, spanning the period 2004-2006. This music has a crossover appeal to the jazz and jamband markets. The Safenzee Diaries captures an international band who are known for their live performances that showcase their best and showmanship. This follows the release of Frogg Cafe’s studio album Fortunate Observer of Time (2005). Frogg Cafe’s 2001 self-titled debut is also available in a remastered edition with a bonus track, Noodles (2002) which is a straight improvisational record that captures a short portion of a four-hour jam session at the studio, as well as Creatures (2003). Live performances are the best way to experience Frogg Cafe. Frogg Cafe is on the road all year. They have been to The Knitting Factory in New York City, Towne Crier in Pawling, NY, Lizard Lounge in Boston, Nectar’s in Burlington, VT, where Page McConnell from Phish played keyboards, Orion Sound Studios in Baltimore, MD, NEARfest (Northeast Art Rock Festival in Pennsylvania), Prog in the Park Festival in Rochester, NY, and the NJProghouse Series in NJ over the past two-years. Frogg Cafe is proud to announce their May performance at CalProg, Whittier, California. Frogg Cafe spent the last year entertaining jamband and prog fans. Frogg Cafe welcomed Page McConnell of Phish to the stage for a blistering rendition of 2001 (Also Sprach Zarathrustra) one year ago. Recent gigging includes Bellstock, an Upstate New York jamband festival, opening for Ryan Montbleau and signing on to 10 Tornado Records. Frogg Cafe shared the stage with notable rock musicians Page McConnell of Phish and Ryan Montbleau. Ed Mann, an ex-Zappa drummer, took up the mallets at the 2004 Zappanale Festival. from

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