With their ravishing second album "Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs
and Sounds," Negative Press Project takes a
journey into the heart of the singer/songwriter's music. The expansive
electro-acoustic ensemble brings a supple textural palette to Buckley’s
material, transforming his emotionally wrought, show-stopping vocal
vehicles into strikingly beautiful instrumental settings. Erasing
distinctions between jazz and chamber music, rock, and instrumental
pop, NPP expands Buckley’s legacy by tapping into his beatific
lyricism. Negative Press Project’s "Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs
and Sounds," which was produced by bass master Jeff Denson, is slated
for release on Ridgeway Records on November 17, 2017.
Bassist/composer Andrew Lion performs as a
freelance in jazz, pop, and rock
settings, and co-leads the Oakland based Negative Press Project.
A native of Northern California, Andrew
came to music through his parent's record and reel to reel tape
collection, and soon
found himself immersed in the sounds of The Beatles, Duke Ellington,
J.S. Bach, and
Led Zeppelin, and taking up the electric bass.
A founding member of the San
Francisco rock band, Spoke, Lion later performed with OONA led by Oona
Garthwaite and Dave Tweedie. Recently, Andrew has been a
performing and touring member of the Jeff Campbell band, including a
performance on ABC's
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Amidst journeyman touring and sideman work, Lion graduated from
Berkeley's California Jazz Conservatory with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz
Studies and Performance, studying double bass with Glenn
Richman and Jeff Denson.
Pianist/composer Ruthie Dineen explored her own
music, studying and playing both jazz and classical music throughout
her childhood and into adulthood.
After completing her graduate studies in Social Work (grad. 2009),
Dineen decided to focus professionally on music performance and
community arts (she is currently the Deputy Director of Programs at
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA). In 2012,
Dineen graduated from the California Jazz Conservatory with a
degree in Jazz Studies, where she received the Jamey Aebersold
Scholarship. Dineen’s principal teachers have included Susan
Muscarella (jazz), Katrin Arefy (classical), and Elinor Armer
Dineen is a founding member and co-leader of two original
music ensembles, RDL+ and Negative Press Project, with whom she
performs, arranges, and composes.
In addition to her work with RDL+ and Negative Press Project, Dineen
performs with a wide range of jazz, Latin, and classical musicians,
including vocalist Amie Cota, members of the Amaranth
String Quartet, Bululú, and salsa groups N’Rumba, Candela, and Somos el
Saxophonist and flautist Lyle Link recently
relocated to the Bay Area from Washington, DC.
He has played with jazz artists Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Larry
Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy, Ralph Peterson, and the Smithsonian
Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, and pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram,
Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and Prince. He has also performed with
the Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
He has shared his musical gifts in festivals and concerts in Asia, the
Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and throughout North
He performed at Chez Hanny previously with Grant Levin.
http://www.lylelink.com/Tony Peebles is a busy saxophonist, currently
residing in Oakland. He is a founding member of the Pacific
Mambo Orchestra, performing on every track of its 2014 Grammy
Award-winning debut album.
Tony has performed in many different genres with such artists as:
Katchafire, Fred Wesley (James Brown), The Pacific Mambo Orchestra,
Karl Denson, Don Carlos, Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), Prince
"Blkmagic" Damons, Wil Blades, Tommy Igoe Big Band, Andy Bey, Nnenna
Freelon, Geri Allen, Oliver Lake, Brian Jordan (KDTU), John Lee Hooker
Jr., Karl Perazzo (Santana), and Antoine Roney.
Tony is a seminal member of Negative Press Project, and leads his
own group, Illy Bogart, with Lyle Link,
Isaac Schwartz, and Ian McArdle.
Tony has toured Europe, Africa, North and South America with reggae
legend Don Carlos, and played numerous major music venues and festivals
including SFJazz, Yoshi's (Oakland, SF), The Fillmore, Montreux Jazz
Festival, Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival, and San Jose Jazz Festival.
He holds a BA in Music Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, and
a MM in Jazz Saxophone Performance from the University of the Arts in
Trumpeter Rafa Postel is a mainstay of the Bay Area
music scene, a seminal member of Negative Press Project, equally at
home performing Hip Hop, Afro-Cuban, Funk, Reggae, Soul, Hard Bop,
Bebop, and modern jazz.
Known for a deceptively understated approach, Postel delights listeners
with a supple sound along with bursts of excitement and melodicism.
Notable collaborations include Valerie Troutt, Myra Melford, and a
performance with the legendary Tony Bennett.
He is presently touring nationally and internationally with Reggae
He has taught at Oaktown Jazz Workshop, East Bay Center for the
Performing Arts, and remains busy with session work throughout the Bay
With his first exposure to guitar being surf rock and pop music of the
90's, once in high school Luis Salcedo began
looking beyond to the jazz scene for a better understanding of how
As the recipient of the Jamey Aebersold Scholarship and graduate of the
California Jazz Conservatory, he has studied with Jeff Massanari, Randy
Vincent, Bruce Forman, Steve Erquiaga, and Jeff Denson. He has
performed at Yoshi's Oakland, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, and other
venues from California to Colombia.
Today he is drawn to the guitar because of its cultural omnipresence,
and he continues to draw inspiration from a wide range of musicians and
composers including Andres Segovia, Arnold Schoenberg, Charlie
Parker, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and the movements they represent.
No matter what the setting is, Luis always aims to tell a story. His
process includes writing songs with words, even when the words will
never be heard by anyone, allowing the words to inform the content,
phrasing and melodicism.
Drummer Isaac Schwartz is one of the most in demand
percussionists in the Bay
Area. He's currently a member of seven working bands as well as
other projects and freelance work. He has performed with musicians
including Paul Branin, Fred Randolph, Ian McArdle, Kalil Wilson, Chase
Jackson, Giulio Cetto, Terrence Brewer, and Steve Heckman.
Isaac has toured the U.S. and has performed at notable Bay Area
venues including Yoshi's, The Independent, The Mezzanine, and The New