Unsung Cities and Movies Never Made
Unsung Cities and Movies Never Made // Album

An all-instrumental recording gleaned from recording sessions at The Barn (VT) in December, 2009 and other sporadic sessions at The Bunker (VT) during the following years.

Released 4/20/2013 on Keyed Records (Page’s label)
Format: vinyl // hand-numbered Limited Edition of 1000

Page McConnell – Piano, Organ, Keyboards
Adam Zimmon – Guitar
Reed Mathis – Bass
Gabe Jarrett – Drums

All songs written by Page McConnell
Produced by Page McConnell and Jared Slomoff
Engineered and mixed by Jon Siket
Assistant Engineering Ben Colleete
Additional recording Jared Slomoff and Rob O’Dea
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian

“Hopefully the listener might develop their own plot lines and imagine a storyboard”

Tracklisting:
(A)
01. Arbor Day
02. Ava Green
03. Late Edition
04. Yakima

(B)
01. Marfa
02. Barre
03. Candlestick
04. Altoona
05. Soul Etude
06. The Lemon Drop

Reviews and audio coming soon!

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Phish

In a career spanning thirty years, Phish became one of the most significant live music phenomena of all time. On the basis of word-of-mouth about their performances—with virtually no radio or video support—the band grew from playing club gigs along their native East Coast to drawing 100,000 music fans to remote corners of the country. Page has been the keyboardist since 1985.

At every turn, Phish managed to win over newcomers and casual fans as well as maintain the loyalty of their devotees with a singularly broad repertoire, virtuosity, and by making a unique event of each show.

More about Phish
 

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The Meter Men // Tour

In October 2012, Page was thrilled to be able to perform with some of his musical heroes as he took part in a brief four-date tour with The Meters; Leo Nocentelli (guitar), Zigaboo Modeliste (drums) & George Porter Jr. (bass). By all accounts, the new band, dubbed The Meter Men, had a successful swing (in spite of Mother Nature unleashing Hurricane Sandy in the middle of it).  More dates from this quartet were added in Spring 2013, including a set during the closing day (5/5) of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Past Tour Dates-

Fall 2012 Dates:

  • October 30 – Royale, Boston MA
  • October 31 – B.B. King Blues Club, New York, NY
  • November 1 –  B.B. King Blues Club, New York, NY
  • November 2 – The Howard Theatre, Washington, DC

2013 Dates:

  • March 9 – Gasparilla Music Festival, Tampa, FL
  • March 22 Grand Ballroom, New York, NY
  • March 23 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
  • April 27 – Republic, New Orleans, LA
  • May 4 – Republic, New Orleans, LA
  • May 5 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
  • May 10 – Ogden Theater, Denver, CO  // Read A Review
  • May 11 – Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
  • Sept 8 – Catskill Chill Festival, Hancock, NY (Sept 6-8)

About The Meters

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Vida Blue // Tour & Album

This super-trio conceived and formed by Page in 2001 subsequently toured in ’01, ’02, ’03 and ’04. They released two albums, and the first one was aptly named Vida Blue. The band consisted of Page on keys with Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers) on bass and Russell Batiste (The Meters) on drums.

In addition to releasing two studio albums, a remix album was also released in 2002 featuring remixes of “Most Events Aren’t Planned” and “CJ3″ by several noted remixers (Bill Laswell, DJ Olive, Jamie Shaft). Read a Review

Vida Blue

Released 6/25/2002
CD and digital

  • Page McConnell – keyboard, vocals
  • Oteil Burbridge – bass, vocals
  • Russell Batiste – drums, vocals

Produced by Page McConnell
Recorded and mixed by John Siket
Recorded at Piety Street Recording, New Orleans, LA Sept 2001
The Barn, Nov 2001 – Feb 2002
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian

Additional Musicians:
“Electra Glide”: Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet), James Harvey (trombone), Dave Grippo (saxophone)
Horns arranged by Page McConnell
“Who’s Laughing Now”: DJ Logic (turntables)

“The principal inspiration for Vida Blue’s first studio foray was some of the stuff Miles Davis and his keyboardists did with the Fender Rhodes electric piano circa Jack Johnson. The texture of the Rhodes, the sound of the drums — it opens up in all sorts of ways.”

Tracklisting
01 Most Events Aren’t Planned
02 Where’s Popeyes
03 Electra Glide
04 CJ3
05 Fresh Tube
06 Who’s Laughing Now
07 Final Flight

Listen //  Read a review 

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Vida Blue and the Spam Allstars // Tour & Album

Vida Blue and The Spam Allstars toured in 2004 in support of their collaborative release The Illustrated Band. The album was recorded in Miami, Florida, the home of The Spam Allstars, at Middle Ear Recording Studios (home studio of the Bee Gees) in April of 2003. The improvisational fusion of Vida Blue’s atmospheric jazz, with the Spam Allstars’s blend of Afro-Cuban inspired electronic elements and turntables creates a memorably unique sound.

In addition to the album, Live at the Fillmore was released on 11/15/2004 featuring the band’s full, live concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco on 6/5/04. The show opens with their namesake, Major League Baseball lefty pitcher Vida Blue, throwing out the first pitch.

The Illustrated Band

Released October 14, 2003 on Sanctuary
CD and digital

Vida Blue:
Page McConnell – keyboards, vocals
Oteil Burbridge – bass
Russell Batiste – drums

The Spam Allstars:
DJ Le Spam – turntables and samplers
Mercedes Abal – flutee, vocals
Lazaro Alfonso – percussion, vocals
Tomas Diaz – percussion, vocals
AJ Hill – saxaphone
John Speck – trombone

Produced by Page McConnell
Recorded and mixed by John Merchant
Assistant engineer Laz Rodriguez
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian
Artwork by Lebo

“We went in and we pressed `record.'”

Tracklisting:
01 The Illustrated Band
02 Charmpit
03 You Don’t Know
04 Little Miami (Reputation)

Listen // Read a Review // Watch

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Page McConnell // Album & Tour

For this album project, Page worked closely throughout with engineer and co-producer Jared Slomoff, drummer Jon Fishman and guitarist Adam Zimmon. Mike Gordon, Trey Anastasio, and drummer Jim Keltner also make significant contributions. The album was recorded in Vermont and Brooklyn between January 2005 and June 2006 and was mixed by Bryce Goggin.

After the album was complete Page assembled a touring band to bring his new songs into a live setting. The band toured through summer of 2007 with multi-instrumentalist Jared Slomoff, guitarist Adam Zimmon, bassist Rob O’Dea, and drummer Gabe Jarrett.

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Released 4/17/2007 on Sony Legacy
CD and digital

Produced By Page McConnell
Co-Produced by Jared Slomoff
Additional Production by Bryce Goggin
Engineered by Jared Slomoff and Bryce Goggin
Mixed by Bryce Goggin
Recorded in Vermont at The Flagship, The Bunker, Main Street, Egan Media Productions and in Brooklyn, NY, June 2006

“I just wanted to record some things that I was enjoying, and have fun with it,” he recalls. “As the process went on, they developed into songs. Most of the stuff that I recorded in my little home studio is what ended up on the album. It was so innocent; it was really built from the ground up.”

Tracklisting
01 Beauty of a Broken Heart
02 Heavy Rotation
03 Maid Marian
04 Close to Home
05 Runaway Bride
06 Back in the Basement
07 Rules I Don’t Know
08 Complex Wind
09 Everyone But Me

Listen // Read a Review // Watch

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Other Recordings

Space Wrangler (1988)
Widespread Panic
Page plays the organ for Panic’s re-issue of their first album, which included three new tracks from the original release.

Good Feeling (1997)
Travis
- Page is a guest keyboardist on Travis’s critically acclaimed debut album, establishing them as a fore-running band in the British rock scene.

One Man’s Trash (1998)
Trey Anastasio
Featured on Trey’s experimental album, Page played the keyboards and the Fender Rhodes.

Lost and Gone Forever (1999)
Guster
This time playing the Theremin, Page is featured on Guster’s first major-label album.

Get You A Healin’ (2000)
New Orleans Musicians Clinic
Playing alongside great artists like The Funky Meters, Dr John, B.B. King, and more, Page contributed to this album benefiting the clinic.

The Siket Disc (2000)
Phish
Engineered and mixed by John Siket, this album is a collection of improvisational pieces performed by the band in 1997 during sessions for The Story of the Ghost.

The Deep End Vol. 1 & 2 (2006)
Gov’t Mule

Substitute: The Songs of The Who (2001)
– Page contributed the song 5:15, along with the other members of Phish.

Moodoo with Page McConnell (2008)
Porter Batiste Stoltz

The Green Sparrow (2008) and Moss (2010)
Mike Gordon
– Page played the organ and clavinet for these records.

Lowell Thompson & Crown Pilot (2010)
Lowell Thompson

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Tenacious D // Album

In 2001, Page played keyboards for Tenacious D’s first, self-titled album. The band also teamed up with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) on drums. Following the album, Page sat in on a live performance in Winooski, VT the same year.

This time on the synthesizer, Page teamed up with “the D” again in 2012 for their third album, Rize of the Fenix. This album gleaned many positive reviews and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in the 2013 Grammys.

Tenacious D:
Having inspired the likes of Russell Brand, The Lonely Island, and Kanye West, Tenacious D is perhaps the most well known comedy rock band today. With their hilarious and hard-rocking talent, Kyle Gass and Jack Black simultaneously make their audience laugh and dance with a combination of skits and their unique brand of “mock rock.” They have three released albums, a short-lived HBO show, and a 2006 film, entitled The Pick of Destiny.

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Benefit Shows

Milarepa Fund for Tibetan Freedom, New York (2000)
– Page McConnell, Warren Haynes, Mickey Raphael

A Great Night in Harlem: Benefit for Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, New York (2002)
– Page McConnell, Cecil Payne, Cassandra Wilson, Etta Jones, Roy Haynes…

Hurricane BeneFete All-Star Band, Burlington (2004)
– A Hurricane Katrina benefit

Russell Batiste & Friends, New York (2004)
– A Hurricane Katrina benefit

“Honky Tonk The Vote”, Burlington (2006)
– Bernie Sanders benefit, sat in with Mike Gordon and Ramble Dove

Hug Your Farmer, Burlington (2011)
– Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, and others

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Sit-Ins (2000s)

Trey Anastasio Band
(2001, ’02*, ’05)

Mike Gordon
(2003, ’09)

Mike Gordon, Col. Bruce Hampton & the Codetalkers
(2001)

Benevento/Russo Duo ft. Mike Gordon
(2004)

Gov’t Mule
(2001*, ’05)

John Entwistle Band
(2001)

Robert Randolph and the Family Band
(2002)

Particle
(2002)

Rob Wasserman & DJ Logic
(2002)

Oteil & the Peacemakers
(2005)

Moe.
(2006*)

The Music of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
(Carnegie Hall, 2007)

Russell Batiste & Col. Bruce Monsta-Jam
(NOLA Jazz Fest 2008)

Page McConnell, James Carter, Nicholas Payton, Roy Haynes, Christian McBride
(Jammys, 2008)

Porter Batiste Stoltz ft. Page McConnell
(2008, ’09)

Little Feat
(2010)

Leftover Salmon
(2010)

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
(2012)

*multiple shows played