Rudder Members Unite for Limited Northeast & Midwest Tour


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New York, NY--RUDDER is a NYC-based instrumental band comprised of Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting) on drums, Henry Hey (musical director Rod Stewart) on keyboards, Chris Cheek (Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell) on saxophone, and Tim Lefebvre (SNL band, musical director Caroline Rhea Show) on bass. Founded on deep musical relationships and friendships lasting over a decade, this quartet brings an aggressive, driving rock and jam vibe to a purely instrumental setting. Rudder is led equally by its four members.

RUDDER recently released their debut CD on Nineteen-eight Records out of Chicago. Fans of Medeski, Martin & Wood, Galactic, The Bad Plus, Wayne Kranz, Metalwood, Morphine, and Radiohead are embracing this entirely instrumental collection of nine original songs of experimental alt/jazz. The CD is being reviewed by Bass Player, Relix, Modern Drummer, Signal To Noise, An Honest Tune, and more.

RUDDER is uniting amidst their incredibly busy schedules for a string of performances in the Northeast and Midwest U.S. Additionally, the band will host instructional clinics in select markets.

Confirmed dates thus far:

October 2 55 Bar New York, NY
October 4 Clinic @ Lemoyne University Syracuse, NY 2:00-3:00 PM
October 4 Ohm Lounge Syracuse, NY
October 5 The Rex Toronto
October 6 The Rex Toronto
October 7 Lucky Dog Music Hall Worcester, MA
October 9 Regata Bar (w/Club D'Elf) Boston, MA
October 11 Gezellig (w/Snarky Puppy) Dallas, TX
October 12 Clinic @ University of N. Texas Lyceum Denton, TX 3:30 PM
October 12 Hailey's (w/Snarky Puppy) Denton, TX
October 13 The Parrish (w/Snarky Puppy & Mingo Fishtrap) Austin, TX
October 14 Acorn Theatre (w/Crawl) Three Oaks, MI
October 16 Martyrs' (w/Crawl) Chicago, IL
October 17 Red Stone Room (w/Crawl) Davenport, IA

Band Members

Chris Cheek (saxophones) is now somewhat of an icon in the saxophone world. His playing has been heard for years with the Paul Motion electric bebop band. He is also a member of Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra and has recently been playing with guitar great Bill Frisell. As a leader, Chris has four noteworthy albums to his credit in addition to appearing as a sideman on over 60 other CDs. This summer Chris is touring with Paul Motion and Bill Frisell. With Rudder, Chris plays tenor, as well as baritone sax and brings his unique usage of effects on his horn to the Rudder sound.

Henry Hey (keyboards) has enjoyed a widely diversified musical career in New York. He has toured and recorded with everyone from Jeff Watts, Alex Sipiagin, Bill Evans, Bill Bruford, Monday Michiru and Till Broenner to Harry Belafonte, PM Dawn, Phil Ramone, Richard Perry, and most recently extended world touring and television appearances as pianist and shared musical director for Rod Stewart. This summer Henry is touring with Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Alex Sipiagin and Monday Michiru. Henry plays rhodes, organ and unique synthesized and sampled textures with Rudder.

Tim Lefebvre (bass) is one of the most skilled and sought after bass players in NY. Tim has made appearances in Saturday Night Live's house band over the last few years - his work has also been heard on The Apprentice, The Sopranos, Late Show With David Letterman, The Knights of Prosperity (CBS), 30 Rock (NBC), Oceans 12, Ocean 's 13, The Departed, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, and Analyze That!. He was also the Musical Director/Leader on The Caroline Rhea Show on ABC. He has also appeared recently with Chris Potter, Patti Austin, Uri Caine, and Dave Binney. This summer Tim is touring with Chuck Loeb, Dennis Chambers, Till Bronner, Eric Marienthal and Jim Beard. Tim brings his incredible support and huge low sounds to the Rudder vibe.

Keith Carlock (drums) is quickly becoming one of the most well-known and emulated drummers on the planet. Early on, Keith and Tim formed the backbone that led to some new directions in the trio of guitarist Wayne Krantz. It wasn't long before Keith was heard by others and quickly became the drummer for the Blues Brothers. Shortly after that he was sought out to follow in the footsteps of Peter Erskine and other greats to sit at the drum chair of Steely Dan. Immediately following his first extended tour with Steely Dan, Keith was on the road for a two-year tour with Sting. This summer Keith is touring with Steely Dan. Keith's singular sound and style are essential to the groove of Rudder.

This story appears courtesy of Michelle Roche Media Relations.
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