Talking about revising history……
Kwyjibo began in the Fall of 2002 as a practice band in drummer Danny’s rehearsal space with only him and Peter. Just as an opportunity to let off some steam every once in a while – in contrast to the many ‘real’ jazz gigs they were playing, where you play soft and usually pretty tame. Sometime in October 2002 one of bassist Matt Everhart’s flyers fell into Peter‘s hands and the band grew to be a trio. At that time they just tried to practice really hard music for their own enjoyment. “Birds of Fire”, recorded by the Mahavishnu Orchestra and “Black Market” as played by Weather Report were among the earliest coherent results of hours of goofing around. Early in 2003 saxophonist Joe Donnelly was starting to show up for the rehearsals and in just a month it was clear that a band was born. Around March 2003 Danny had booked a gig at Zorbas in Champaign, ILL. Now a name was needed. “Splinter Group” was the first pick but it turned out that Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green already had a band by that name. Since all band members were heavy Simpson’s fans the suggestion to call the band Kwyjibo was a no-brainer.
Since then Kwyjibo has drastically enlarged their repertoire. In the Fall of 2004 material for the first CD was recorded. The CD called “The Rise of Kwyjibo” came out in the Spring of 2005 and received much praise from the likes as JazzImprov Magazine, Cadence Magazine and MidwestBands.com. The Zorbas gig, just as many others (Chatterbox in Indianapolis and the Jazz Factory in Louisville, KY) became regular mainstays for the band. In between Kwyjibo has been spotted at Jazz in July at the IU Art Museum in Bloomington and the Indy Jazz Fest.
In the Fall of 2005 bassist and founding member Matt Everhart moved east and Ron Kadish took his place.
Update ca. 2008
In philosophical context after four years of Kwyjibo it becomes now clear that it’s more than just another band for its members. Each of them was a teenager in the 1970’s and received a dose of the music called ‘Jazz/Rock/Fusion’ at that time. As happens with teenage musicians they tried to play like their heroes back then – but soon noticed that they sucked at it. Slowly they drifted off into various directions, playing music they could actually play. Funny that their paths should cross in the early 21st century to continue where they left off so many years earlier….
Kwyjibo was dissolved in the Spring of 2008. Band members had other priorities, different musical involvments, families, jobs.