Naughty to Headline Oak Cliff Jazz Fest

We sound like Jazz

We sound like Jazz

This Saturday we’re going to be headlining a jazz festival for the first time, at the Oak Cliff Jazz Fest in Dallas, TX.  It feels like a sort of rite of passage, like kissing a girl for the first time. Or smoking a cigar with your super cool uncle who was always the epitome of manliness and now you’re in that group of people he considers “mature enough” to sit with him and puff through a Cuban he had smuggled out of Mexico himself. You’re not that much older, but for a moment you really feel like an adult.

Superflous metaphors aside, it really is cool for our music to be considered “jazz” enough to be put on a strictly jazz festival, let alone the headliner. We have a smorgasbord of influences, but jazz is definitely a strong one and it’s good to know that that side of our background is reaching through.

Anyways, we’re ready to throw down. The night before (Friday) we’ll be hitting Austin at Holy Mountain, so for you Austinites out there, we’re not gonna be holding back or anything.

Texas, here we come!

 

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Signing with Crossover Touring

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Today we’re very thrilled to announce we have signed with Crossover Touring Agency, joining their talented roster alongside the likes of Kung Fu, Victor Wooten, Rebirth Brass Band, and many more amazing artists and musicians.

We’d like to publicly give thanks to our management team of Max Bonanno, Stu Schayot, and SimplePlay Presents for helping make this happen and we look forward to continue working with them as we progress as a band. Also a special thanks to Mark Brut and Rocky Mountain Artists who have been instrumental in exposing us to new markets, fans, and parts of the country which we hope to be seeing much more frequently in coming years.

To everyone who has listened to our music, come to a show, or simply encouraged us in some way…we love what we do and can’t thank you enough for supporting us. You inspire us everyday to keep doing our thing and we love you all madly. Many thanks and see you soon.

-Naughty Professor

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News feature in News Observer in Raleigh

Check out this great article written before our fourth of July show in Raleigh, NC!

Naughty Professor Holds Class at the Pour House

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Naughty Blog: Florida

Jacksonville, FL – The Underbelly

We were scheduled to play at the Jazz Fest after Dark festival. After loading in most of us were really hungry, and it took us a long time to find any food. We eventually found some bar pizza. After our set we stayed in hotels, which was the only time on this leg of the tour where we all got to sleep in beds. Sam took a shower and had a shower beer, then took a bath and had a bath beer.

 

 Jupiter, FL – Guanabanas

This gig was outdoors in the middle of the day at the tropical-themed restaurant Guanabanas. It was on some sort of dock so that people could pull up their boats and tie them up and eat and sometimes listen to music. They gave us a lot of beer. After our sets we hung out with Perry, Nick’s and Noah’s former roommate. He took us to the beach, and after the beach we had a good old time at Perry’s family’s house, where we drank Jameson and swam in the pool.

 

Boca Raton, FL – The Funky Biscuit

When we started our show at the Funky Biscuit there weren’t that many people around, but the few that were there made up for it. The entire set was being recorded by local music videographer Adam from Cheesehead Productions. Check out the set here. The headliner for the night was Lather Up, a organ funk trio that is a side project of the band Heavy Pets. They invited us horn players from Naughty to sit in on a couple tunes. We got onstage and threw together some horn lines and traded solos. Playing with such a tight rhythm section was great; they made it easy for us to play lines that feel right. There’s a certain cohesiveness in any rhythm section that has to be there for anything to “feel good”, and when it’s there, everyone can tell. It’s easier to play with as a musician, it’s easier to dance to, and it’s easier to drink to, and these guys had it.

 

After the set we were offered a place to stay by a really friendly girl named Kendall. She took us to her “treehouse” in West Palm Beach which was a guest house in an old lady’s backyard with a pool. There wasn’t really a tree to speak of, but Kendall still insisted it was a treehouse so we believed her. We had the next day off, so we spent it at the beach. We bought a bunch of beach toys right before, and Ian got a big pink inflatable ball. That ball kept drifting farther and farther up the coast, and we eventually gave up trying to chase it. We’re hoping to meet up with it in North Carolina when we get there in a few weeks.

 

Fort Lauderdale – The Stache

 The setting for this show was pretty interesting. The venue itself had a dimly-lit speak-easy vibe with a swanky looking bar sporting a tall wall of booze. We were the entertainment for the back half of some sort of cocktail party which cleared out fifteen minutes after we started playing. Luckily Kendall and some of our friends from West Palm Beach had tagged along, so we still had people to play for. After the gig, we said our goodbyes to the gang and headed towards the next destination, one we had been looking forward to for months: Chuck’s house.

 

Orlando, FL – Tanqueray’s and Universal Studios

Let me start by saying this: Chuck Magid is the man. He’s the singer and guitar player for The Groove Orient, a rock/blues band based out of Orlando. We drove straight from our gig in Fort Lauderdale to his house for the night. Here’s a great picture of him: (Sunflowers)

 

That night we played a really intimate show with The Groove Orient at the underground venue Tanqueray’s. All of their band members are really great musicians and people; Chuck, Harry, Tom, Drillbit, David, and Paul have become our good friends. They played first, and the place was packed with people. Those guys tore it up; the group dynamic was genuine, their songs were fantastic, and the execution was solid. We tapped into the crowd’s and TGO’s energy for our set, and had an absolute blast. After the gig, we went back to Chuck’s house to drink whiskey and watch a Stevie Ray Vaughn DVD. Everyone eventually passed out, from either booze or sheer exhaustion from the day’s festivities.

 

The next morning we headed out to Universal Studios to play in the Mardi Gras themed corner of the park. It was incredibly hot. We had a great time playing for the park guests, but we knew we had to conserve some energy because right afterwards we had to drive to our final gig of the Florida run: Ocala.

 

Ocala, FL – Pi on Broadway

Pi on Broadway is a cozy pizza restaurant with a sweet bar and a second story with a great outside patio space. Its owner, Juan, is a trendsetter in Ocala to say the least, and when he wants to party he invites practically the whole town to party with him. So when we showed up in Ocala, the place was already packed. We played a long set that night, and really enjoyed how lively the crowd was. A local photographer named Patrice Saint-Louis took some great photos from that show, including this one: 

Beards look good in B&W

Beards look good in B&W

 

After the show Juan took us to his brewery and gave us two enormous growlers full of choice brew. We left Ocala with our bellies full, and drove through the night to officially complete our Florida and Georgia tour. Next up, the North!

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Naughty Blog: Georgia

By John

Man, that first leg flew by. Florida and Georgia sure treated us right. We played nine shows over ten days, each night meeting intriguing characters and wonderful people. I’m going to be writing weekly (hopefully) posts about our experiences on this tour. So many moments occurred that are worth writing about, but unfortunately I can only manage to document a limited number of them. This means I’ll cover some days more than others in the interest of narrative. Now let me say this: if you were present for any of it, and I left out a moment that you remember fondly, I invite you to write me an email and remind me, and I’ll write about it in the next one. I don’t want to leave anyone out!

Atlanta, GA – 529

Our stop in Atlanta was a fun one. Our gig that night was at 529, a cozy dive bar in the downtown area. They were playing Godzilla with the sound turned off on the TVs as we loaded in. They turned it off at some point to show a somewhat fuzzy camera view of the stage in the adjacent room. A bit later we played our set, and as we were unloading from the stage we had the opportunity to meet the next band, an avant-garde/free jazz group. Apparently there’s a sizable (comparatively) avant-garde/free jazz scene in Atlanta; there were people coming out to really listen to these musicians playing some great creative music. All in all a great evening.

After our gig at 529, the band split up between my uncle Joe’s and aunt Andrea’s house, and Bill’s grandparents’ house. The next day we had off, so Ian gave a lesson to my cousin Max, who is an incredibly bright thirteen year old and has started to play tenor saxophone. Max was pretty thrilled. I think Ian might be his favorite saxophone player. As Max was learning the ways of the sax, the rest of us there were cracking up at Alex, the quick-witted nine year old, who will probably end up a stand-up comedian at some point. After that we played some competitive mini-golf, agreeing that the losers would buy the winner a T-shirt. Noah won.

Meanwhile, in the other group, Bill’s grandparents took them to Cracker Barrel.

Savannah, GA – The Social Club

We had to pull into the alley behind the venue. I thought that was cool. This was a cool joint with a pool table. We usually play pool if there’s a pool table, and ping pong if there’s a ping pong table.

We played two sets that night, and in between the sets we stopped and chatted with a few of the people who had been listening. It was a pretty casual setup; mostly people there to hang out, not really a concert but more of a “for your entertainment” vibe. Bill’s friend from college named Matt came up and told us he enjoyed our playing, and after a conversation he invited us to sleep at his place for the night. We gladly accepted.

After the last set, three of us went to Matt’s house and three went to Noah’s friend’s house (Brendan). My group went with Matt. We met Matt’s wife Vanessa and hung out with his dogs. Matt told us that he is in the Army in the Airborne Division, and that he jumps out of planes on the regs and has been deployed in the Middle East twice. And this dude was our age. Talk about a humbling moment. It made me realize that I don’t even think I would have the capacity to do that. I told him that, and he said, “I didn’t think I could either, but when everyone around you is doing it, you just go ahead and do it.” Hats off to you, Matt, and to all the other people in the armed forces for putting your life on the line for loved ones and your country. That takes bravery.

Athens, GA – The Green Room

First off, the venue is aptly titled; the green room in the Green Room was a welcome sight. Couches, outlets, a bathroom. Behind a door. Hubble, the manager, made us feel extremely welcome. Though the show wasn’t too populated, we felt right at home. There was one dude who came in and was really into us for five minutes. He was an older skinny man who looked like he had been to a lot of music festivals. He had the long hair and beard to match. He bought us a round of shots, danced his ass off for a song and a half, and then abruptly peaced. That night we stayed at our good friend’s older brother’s (Will Fleenor) house.

The next morning we picked up early to head to the second state of our tour, Florida.

To Be Continued…

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Naughty Professor National Tour

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The South has been good to us so far this year.

Over the last few months, we’ve had a blast sharing the stage with some incredible bands and playing for some great crowds. In January we travelled through Florida, making some great friends (shoutout to Chuck and all the dudes from Groove Orient and Buster Keaton!) in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Ocala. During Carnival season we had the privilege of playing on a bill with Galactic during Mobile’s Mardi Gras. During Jazz Fest, our homies from Chicago, The Heard, and our homie locals, Loose Willis, played with us on Frenchman Street in an inordinately stacked funk lineup (if you haven’t checked them both out, do it, you owe it to yourself). And there were many other truly phenomenal shows in between.

But now, we’re really about to put the rubber to the road. The pedal to the metal. We’re piling in the van, putting that sucker in tow mode and hauling the whole shebang across the country for Naughty Professor’s first ever National Tour. Starting May 21st, we’ll be heading to Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Washington D.C., New York, Vermont, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and more. Six dudes, three axels, one Summer, and one hell of a long-time-comin’ visit to the corners of the United States of America.

We can’t wait to meet new people, see old friends, and play music for you. When we’re in your area, hit us up if you have any interest in meeting up, saying hi, talking about music and life, doing a small amount of chilling, etc. We welcome the invitation. In the mean time, stay tuned through our news page (right here!) about what’s going on, and our Shows page for an up-to-date list of our gigs.

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Naughty Open House Part I

Hello Family!


First off we want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you.


Coming off our largest headlining show to date this past weekend, we once again were reminded how important the support of our friends, family, and fans is to our ability to continue making the music we love.  Today that support has allowed us to share with you something we are unbelievably excited about.


Two months ago we came up with an experiment: we split our guitar player Bill’s studio into three rooms to set up a live session, invited some friends over, and rolled film. The result was Open House, a three part video series produced by SimplePlay Presents and filmed + edited by Flatland Productions. The first installment is a live audio/video cut of a brand new song called “As They Say in the Biz.” Here is the video debut:

 

Of course none of these endeavors are possible with out you, so we hope that you would watch this and maybe even share it with someone who you think might enjoy it. Thanks once more and we hope to see you soon, either in the crowd or on the streets!
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New Music and Naughty Professor Open House

After a hiatus from the website, we’re back!

We haven’t posted anything for a while because we’ve been so busy over the last several months. So much has happened since the summer tour; we’ve spent the time in between then and now writing new tunes, playing some amazing shows, and filming the official Naughty Professor Open House.

What is the Naughty Professor Open House?

A glimpse into our humble abode…that is, a live studio session shot at our house with 40 of our close homies, 10 bottles of booze, 3 rooms, a keg, a fog machine and 3 video cameras capturing everything. The results will be released shortly after our big Naughty Professor Open House Party on February 1st. Giddy up.

Teaser:

We’re very glad that we had the opportunity to execute this project, especially because a few days afterwards our handy tenor saxophone player Ian was knocked from his bike and broke his finger. Though it’s a real bummer playing without him, we’re going to continue performing as a five-piece until Ian’s hand heals, and once in a while have Ian come up and take a one-handed solo (which is actually pretty impressive to watch).

That’s all for now. In the meantime, keep it real.

 

 

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Colorado Tour

Naughty is hitting the road for a 3 week adventure across more than a few states and we’re taking 1 car with a trailer to fit the 5* of us & our gear. No, I unfortunately didn’t mean van.

—> But not before we play one last show in New Orleans for a send off party on Frenchman street- Friday, July 12 at The Maison. 21+ and FREE!

…then it’s off to Albuquerque, New Mexico for our first show of the tour on July 17. We have close to 15 shows in 21 days, mostly dancing around Colorado with a couple gigs elsewhere on our way back to New Orleans.

This is our very first tour and it’s going to be an absolute blast. We’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and play lots of music. *Unfortunately our trumpeteering friend and bandmate John will not be joining us on tour because he’s out in California for the summer shredding at Disneyland. At least we’ll fit in the car a little better. Also, our first show back in New Orleans after the tour will have the full band.

But we’ve been playing with the 5 piece all summer and it’s sounding great. Can’t wait to do this thing!

Tell your Colorado friends we’ll be out there! Check the ‘Shows’ tab for more info.
Remember, tour send off party on July 12 at The Maison Frenchman and it’s FREE.
Hope to see you there!

Thanks.

-Nick

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The Single Has Dropped!

Until Next Time Album Artwork

Six Paper Joint is now available for free download!

Check it out at http://download.naughtyprofessormusic.com/sixpaperjoint

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