I got a call yesterday evening to play with Archie Thompson and his group, the Archtones, tomorrow at Eddie V's here in San Diego. Though the privilege of the drummer's position in that fine trio belongs to the very talented Danny Campbell, I am always delighted to spend the evening filling in when the opportunity arises.
I challenge anyone here in America's Finest City to name someone who can match Archie's diversity and flexibility on the bandstand. The guy is absolutely a triple threat in equal measure, boasting serious saxophone, piano, and vocal skills. Beyond that, of course, he's one of the busiest bookers in town, helping to keep many talented and hard-working San Diego musicians busy.
Archie doesn't simply leave his talents and work on the bandstand, though. His days are often spent recording, producing, composing, and doing session work. His résumé boasts collaborations with Louis XIV, Old 97's, and Los Straightjackets, among many others. He's even featured on the upcoming Dean Reis-produced Two Wolves (Stephen Rey, Anders Larsson) single, "Drunk Again".
I have the good fortune of playing with Archie and hist top-notch bassist Jason Littlefield (the Heavy Guilt, Westside Inflection) from time to time on Saturday evenings at the historic U.S. Grant, and also on occasion at Eddie V's (located in the wonderful new "Headquarters" location here in San Diego). Also, there is a very special gig that the Archtones perform every Saturday afternoon at First Presbyterian Church (located in Bankers Hill) called Jazz Vespers, which is an awesome combination of community outreach and great local music.
Definitely check out Archie's music if you get a chance. Thanks to all those who are keeping the ball rolling with this thing we call the local music scene, and as always -- thanks for staying tuned in!