TickleJuice plays serious music that they don't take too seriously.
Bandleader/composer/saxophonist/pianist James Merenda draws inspiration from jazz icons like Ornette, Mingus, Horace Silver, Eric Dolphy and Albert Ayler, but he's also influenced by R&B, Balkan music, ska, hip hop... and the music of his home planet, Corillian.
Merenda has gathered a circle of musicians around him who share his penchant for deep & wide listening and his sense of fun. Take a look behind-the-scenes at a TickleJuice practice, as the band warms up and plays 'The Chauncy Bonce. For this show, trombone player Dave Shrake, guitarist Paul Dilley, pianist Vanessa Morris, bassist Jon Dreyer and drummer Miki Matsuki will join James in exploring pieces from the massive book of work he's composed for this group. Expect compelling composition, deep improvisation, theatre, comedy, sonic dreams, high energy and ferocious fun.