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Hear John Legend sing Jordon’s Song which has gotten over 3/4 of a Million hits on Youtube and hundreds of websites (You can listen at… “ Hey Girl sung by John Legend “ to see the hit count…or go to the bottom of the page to listen..the song is a ballad called Hey Girl). It is one of 3 of Jordon’s songs John has recorded.
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Mascot’s Distance will be playing at Merryall Playhouse on May 16th 2015 at 8pm. $15 cover, located at 8 Chapel Hill Road, New Milford, CT 06776
Hear Mascot’s Distance’s song “Ave B” from acclaimed album “Chasing Pixie Dust and a Cheese-a-cycle”, which has gotten a lot of attention and is in rotation on Albany’s radio station WEXT, where Station’s own DJ Dave Michaels has called the album “A Masterpiece!!”.
Mascot’s Distance’s Song Heartbreaker sung by Allie Moss of Ingrid Michaelson band
Mascot’s Distance is a four piece ensemble out of New York City featuring songwriter/producer Jordon Rothstein (keys and vocals), Joseph “Bearclaw” Burcaw (bass and backing vocals), Yutaka Uchida (drums and backing vocals) and Erika Dyer (backing vocals and percussion). The band fuses sophisticated jazz-inflected pop with home grown Roots Americana. A cross pollination of Steely Dan meets Randy Newman with a contemporary modern sound. The band has released three albums receiving much critical acclaim, “The Mascot’s Distance LP” 2004, “The Mascot’s Distance EP” in 2006 and “Chasing Pixie Dust on a Cheese-A-Cycle “ in 2009. After a five year hiatus the band has reunited with a renewed energy and focus on touring and recording throughout 2015 and beyond.
“Mascot’s Distance, at last an original sound in that spiny, sparkling streak of sardonic American music occupied by Steely Dan. Very reminiscent of the seductive hooks & jazz influenced energy featured in the great work of The Style Council.” By Robert Whyte (The Village Voice)
“It would be too easy to write off Mascot’s Distance as disciples of Ben Folds Five or Keane. Sure, they all boast stellar line-ups and ultra catchy melodies, but that is as far as the comparisons should go. Musically, they venture into the jazz influenced pop realm of Steely Dan, complete with all of the dark humor.” By Marco Passarelli (The New Yorker Magazine)
“The use of sweet chords & rhythms combined with bitter lyrics, a pervasive thread in the efforts of Mascot’s Distance. The synthesis of jazzy, poppy melodic hooks with a glimmering glimpse of the darker side of the picket fence apple pie America.” By A.J. Maloney (New York Times)
Individual band member bios:
Jordon Rothstein is a New York Singer-Songwriter-Producer. Besides the underground hit ballad Hey Girl, he has recorded two other songs with John and has been featured in Time Out New York. Jordon has worked with a lot of talented people over the past few years, including high profile artists such as Taye Diggs (of the Broadway musical Rent), Dan the Automator (of the Gorillaz), Brittany Murphy, Allie Moss (of Ingrid Michaelson group), John Legend, Scott Schwartz, (son of playwright Stephen Schwartz (Writer of the broadway musicals Wicked and Pippin), Russell Simins, (of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion), Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Kristin Hoffmann (formerly of Interscope Records), and actors Karen Allen and Hugh Jackman. Jordon holds a degree in Music Education from Columbia University New York.
Joseph “Bearclaw” Burcaw is a Boston based musician currently teaching at The School of Rock in Boston. He held down the bass chair position with Irish rockers “BLACK 47” for close to a decade exposing him to hundreds of thousands of dedicated fans around the United States and Ireland. Joe has recorded three studio albums and a live DVD during his tenure with B47. He also toured and recorded the album “Lost In Space” with super group “GI Blythe” featuring Geoffrey Blythe (Black 47, Dexy’s Midnite Runners, Elvis Costello), Pete Levin (Gil Evans, Annie Lennox, Miles Davis) and former members of Dexy’s Midnite Runners and The Bureau. He currently performs around the New England military bases with the “#Jimi Forever”, a Jimi Hendrix tribute band. Joe has been featured on The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon, VH-1’s Morning Buzz w/Nick Lachey, Fearless Music on Fox, CBS Morning Weekend Edition, Fox & Friends New York, Fox Morning Edition Boston, The Matt Pinfield Radio Show. Jim Breuer’s Satellite Radio Program, MSG Network, PBS Channel 13 (Sounds of Ireland), The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone Magazine, The USA Today, Irish Echo, Litchfield Magazine, Bass Player Magazine, Bass Guitar Magazine and many more. Joe holds a degree in Music Performance from Salve Regina University Rhode Island.
Yutaka Uchida is a Tokyo born drummer/composer who has established his career in and around New York City. He has worked extensively with numerous artists from different genres worldwide. He has toured internationally with such renowned artists as Phishbacher, Elisabeth Lohninger, Nobuki Takamen and Tatsu Kisaragi, and has made appearances at prestigious music festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Calgary Jazz Festival, Hartford Jazz Festival and NYC CultureFest to name a few. Current projects Yutaka has been involved with include The Archi-tet whose music has been featured on NHK television in Japan, Noshir Mody Quintet as well as his own group MUSOH. As a composer he was awarded grants from COAHSI for his cutting edge original works and successfully held concerts for New York’s most discerning audiences. Yutaka’s name has been credited on over a dozen full length albums as a sideman, as well as on his first solo album as a band leader “Living Together” featuring 10 original compositions. All About Jazz gave it a rave review stating, “It is easily one of the top outings of the year.” Yutaka holds a degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee School of Music Boston.
Erika Dyer, a name which should be akin to some of the most powerful female vocalists to have made theater halls and cathedral walls tremble with reverence, gracefully steps into the role of “Maggie Le Fay” for the album version of “Amadeo L. Gauthier’s Une Chanson d’Amour”. Born and raised in the southern U.S., Erika grew up listening to a broad range of music. From a very early age she quickly fell under the spell of old time country singers such as Hank Williams, as well as opera music through radio broadcasts of ‘Saturday Afternoon at the Met”. Some of her favorite vocal endeavours over the years include recording a live performance at March Chapel in Boston for an album of early period music, performing cabaret at “Don’t Tell Mama Piano Bar” in NYC, and singing with her high school choir in Cantonigros, Spain. Currently, Erika can be found singing as a cantor at a Catholic church in Glen Cove New York. She also enjoys giving back to her community through performances at senior programs at rehabilitation and nursing homes. Erika holds a degree in Music Performance from Boston University Boston.
Below are a few twitter responses to Hey Girl……
tweet- “…We were chatting about fave songs, i have a top 11 now john legend-hey girl :)
tweet-“JOHN’S VOICE TINGLES MY SPINE! The lyrics are very meaningful and the piano is gorgeous!
tweet- “Beautiful piece John! you did it again Mr. legend. I have SO many favorites of you now, including this song.
tweet- #SongsThatGiveMeGoosebumps John legend Hey girl