Jesse Selengut (trumpeter in the Gordon Webster band) has a band called Tin Pan* and they are getting ready to record their 6th album. They have a Kickstarter going now to help fund the recording of their latest album. At this time they have $6,324 out of their $7,500 goal. The kickstarter ends March 12 .
There are some cool gifts – 10 bucks gets you the digital download and 20 bucks gets you the CD, but for $400 they'll write a song for you. Check out all the gifts (like a 30-minute set in NYC for $600 or going to the pre-release party with the band for $150).
Jesse has been kind enough to send us a rough mix preview track of Lady Doc, a song he penned and recorded already with Gordon Webster on the Live at Swing Central CD.
Jesse writes, “I have been doing this song with Gordon for a while but it's been a Tin Pan song for longer. We tried to put it on a previous album but it didn't work out.”
Jesse says that he actually met Gordon because of Tin Pan. “I think I came to Mona's with my whole band and we did a few tunes. Then I started going to Mona's regularly for a while.”
Mona's is the bar in New York where Gordon has been having jam sessions on Tuesday nights for quite some time now. This session has been called “Ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players” (Wall Street Journal), and has attracted international attention for the quality, energy, and sheer number of talented, mostly younger musicians who show up each Tuesday night from 11pm until 4am to play.
Here's the Tin Pan band website for more info about the other albums and the band itself. Most of the albums are available on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon and CDBaby. If you pledge $100 you get all 6 albums (the new one plus the 5 previously recorded ones), but hurry, there is only one of these gifts left on the kickstarter site.
Please pledge here before March 12 to help Jesse and Tin Pan record their 6th album.
* We could say the Legendary Tin Pan since they have already sold over 40,000 of their CDs (the first 5 all together). The band recorded their first CD back in 2007.
About This Project
Taken from the campaign page:
Extending Our Sound – It's Electric!
What would rock ‘n' roll sound like if it was produced in the 1920s? On this next album we are going to show you.
You never know when inspiration is going to strike. This summer we were performing for a gala fundraiser in Newport, Rhode Island. In the crowd were 500 people who needed to dance – not swing dance per se or any specific form of dance. They just needed to shake their booties and have a good time.
To scratch their itch, we plugged in an electric guitar, added some drums and what happened next was incredible. The audience responded in the best possible way.
They danced their pants off! Literally. Pants of all kinds were littering the dance floor. I'm exaggerating… it was only a few people that did that. My point is the place was seriously bumpin'. We played into the night, exploring this exciting new sound with a crowd of incredibly satisfied fans.
New Songs – Lots Of ‘Em
After five CDs of traditional repertoire, we are ready to release an album of original songs. Whenever we've had the chance to play with this new configuration of musicians, and the more we explore this new electrified, drum-driven style, the question from the crowd is always, “Which CD is this on?” The answer always is, “The next one.”
Well, our next one is happening now – with your help.
What's The Plan?
Once the Kickstarter campaign is finished we're heading to the studio as soon as possible. Even though we perform nearly every day, we need rehearsals to fine tune the arrangements and get this new sound locked in.
Our plan is to be in the studio in February. Mixing and mastering in March and ready for release for in late April. This way, all of you who can give to the campaign will receive the album hot off the presses before anyone else. Here's the breakdown of expenses:
- $500 – Rehearsal time
- $2000 – Studio time and mixing
- $1000 – Mastering
- $2500 – Album art, duplication, and download cards
- $500 – Rewards, incentives, merchandise
- $1000 – Photography and marketing
Stretch Goal – Vinyl, Baby!
If we reach $8500 we will press a limited edition on good ol' beautiful vinyl. We will give anyone that donated $50 or more the option to change their reward to an LP, complete with glorious, full-size cover art.
Support the Campaign
Follow this link to get all the details:
Tin Pan Kickstarter Campaign