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On March 31, 2012 at The Goodfoot, PDX-based keyboardist Asher Fulero will be staging The 2012 Keyboard Summit, the second year in a row that he has gathered Portland’s finest keyboard players, backed by a top-notch band, to show off their chops and improvise together.
Asher Fulero with:
Ben Darwish (Commotion),
Carl Solovox (Solovox, The Nowhere Band),
Steveland Swatkins (Juno What?, Excellent Gentlemen),
Sedell Jones (Liv Warfield),
Dave Fleschner (Curtis Salgado),
Chris Phillips (Philly’s Phunkestra, Lawn Boy),
Jeff Baxter (Triclops),
Andrew Oliver (The Kora Band),
Tom Morrison (SP3).
These fine keyboardists will be backed by The Quick & Easy Boys’ Jimmy Russell on guitar, Sam Howard (Commotion, SP3) on bass, and Reinhardt Melz (Gino Vanelli) on drums.
Now, what exactly is a Keyboard Summit?
“I had the idea about two years ago,” replies Fulero. “When I moved back to Portland in 2000 I rarely found other keyboard players that could really hang besides the longstanding jazz legends or a few touring cats. But over the last twelve years I’ve seen a marked increase in great local keyboardists, and being that we have large unwieldy instruments we usually end up one-player-to-a-band. I noticed that guitarists, horn players, singers, even drummers get to often play together during sit-ins and jams or collaborations, but that all the great keyboardists I knew rarely got to hang out and even when we did, playing together was extremely rare. Hence, the Keyboard Summit.”
Last year Fulero tried it out at The Goodfoot with seven keyboardists and a rhythm section. After getting so much positive feedback Fulero decided to grow it a bit for it’s second year, inviting more of his favorite keyboard players onto the event and putting together another backing band to make sure the event was even bigger and better than last year.
“It’s a cozy way to get up close and watch Portland’s keyboard players go crazy in a maniacal maze of keyboards that takes over the Goodfoot stage,” comments Fulero. “I also use some of the white-board conducting skills I picked up from Matt Butler during my years with The Everyone Orchestra, using dry-erase markers and my hands and arms to direct the flow of musical traffic, keeping the groove moving and creating fun changes and hits. It’s really great to see the smiles on the players faces as they interact with each other, compare licks, and generally have a ball doing something they never get to do otherwise.”