The Harry Bells DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name: The Harry Bells

Recommended if you like: Pandora lumps us in with Slavic Soul Party and Rebirth Brass Band. The similarities lie primarily in the fact that we are all horns and percussion only.

Band Members: Matt Rippetoe - baritone saxophone, Joe Herrera - trumpet, Jonathan Parker - alto saxophone, Chris Watling - tenor saxophone, Ben Ford - trombone, Josh Kay, Lee Durham, Nathan Graham - percussion

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Currecnt large ensemble formed while I was living in NW DC, now in Silver Spring, MD.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Founder, baritone saxophonist, and arranger Matt Rippetoe performs and records with lots of local artists, including The Funk Ark, Thievery Corporation, Dog Fashion Disco, See-I, Black Masala, and King Soul.

The band started out as a trio, with Joe Herrera on trumpet and Josh Kay on congas. Rippetoe was inspired to start the project after a series of "Belafonte bathtimes", when he would play Belafonte's hits during his infant son's evening ritual.

We have a series of recordings, including a 3-song EP featuring local vocalists and a full-length holiday CD "Holidays with the Harry Bells". We record live, all in one room with no headphones or overdubs.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Performing at Boundary Stone DC tonight at 9pm!!

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Main Genre: World

Other Genres: calypso, latin, mento, mambo, jazz, island