Jesse Cahill’s NightCrawlers

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The Nightcrawlers are a quintet of Vancouver musicians dedicated to preserving the sound and vibe of the great 1960s Hammond B3 organ bands. Inspired by the music of Brother Jack McDuff, “The Mighty Burner” Charles Earland, Big John Patton, and Booker T and the MG’s, the Nightcrawlers play gritty, soulful, down home music that’s all about having a good time.

Led by critically acclaimed drummer Jesse Cahill the band features a who’s who of the Vancouver Jazz scene with Cory Weeds on alto sax, Steve Kaldestad on tenor sax, Dave Sikula on guitar and Chris Gestrin behind the Hammond organ.

With a combination of grit and soul, plus successful collaborations with music legends such as Red Holloway, David “Fathead” Newman and Jim Byrnes, the Nightcrawlers have been making fans all across the country. The spectacular sound of the Hammond organ, a powerful horn section, and the irrepressible drumming of band leader Jesse Cahill never fails to whip audiences into a frenzy.

The band’s first CD, Presenting, was nominated for Album of the Year at the National Jazz Awards in 2009 and received 3.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Their latest recording, Night Crawlers With Big Band Sound – Down In The Bottom, was released on CD and LP in January 2011 and recently won a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Jazz Recording of the Year. Down in the Bottom has enjoyed much critical acclaim and reached #11 on the JazzWeek Charts in the U.S.

The Nightcrawlers current release Vol.3 features more original arrangements and compositions from the group and according  to Georgia Straight columnist Alexander Varty,  delivers “Funky Authenticity”.  Vol. 3 reached #1 on the Earshot Jazz Charts in Canada and #21 on the US Jazz Week charts.

Here’s what the critics have to say about The Nightcrawlers:

“The Nightcrawlers play like a decades-old organization, possessing the swagger, muscle and greasy swing feel of yesteryear’s great. This live record is practically a time machine”  Ken Micaleffe, Downbeat Magazine

“A groove-heavy, old school-sounding effort that feels lifted straight out of the ‘50s and ‘60s”  Francois Marchand, The Vancouver Sun

“It’s almost uncanny how the guitarist and his organ-playing colleague conjure up the mood of an inner-city Philly lounge, circa 1964—which suggests that maybe there is some kind of futuristic thing going on here, because time travel’s the only way to account for such funky authenticity” Alexandre Varty, The Georgia Straight

“Cahill sounds born to the style, animating the proceedings with patterns that are at once tight and loose” Stuart Broomer, thewholenote.com

The Night Crawlers are:

Cory Weeds – Alto Sax
Steve Kaldestad – Tenor Sax
Dave Sikula – Guitar
Chris Gestrin – B3 Organ
Jesse Cahill – Drums

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Upcoming Concerts:

Nightcrawlers win WCMA for “Outstanding Jazz Recording 2011”

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UPCOMING SHOWS:

December 13                     The Jazz Cellar          Vancouver BC             (Quintet)

January 13,14,15             The Jazz Cellar           Vancouver BC             (Big Band)

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The Night Crawlers are a quintet of Vancouver musicians dedicated to preserving the sound and vibe of the great 1960s Hammond B3 organ bands.  Inspired by the music of Brother Jack McDuff, “The Mighty Burner” Charles Earland, Big John Patton, and Booker T and the MG’s, the Night Crawlers play gritty, soulful, down home music that’s all about having a good time. Lead by critically acclaimed drummer Jesse Cahill the band features a who’s who of the Vancouver Jazz scene with Cory Weeds on alto sax, Steve Kaldestad on tenor sax, Dave Sikula on guitar and Chris Gestrin behind the Hammond organ.

The band’s first CD, Presenting, was nominated for Album of the Year at the National Jazz Awards in 2009 and received 3.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Their latest recording, Night Crawlers With Big Band Sound – Down In The Bottom, was released on CD and LP in January 2011 and was recently nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.  Down in the Bottom has enjoyed much critical acclaim and reached #11 on the JazzWeek Charts in the U.S.

With a combination of grit and soul, plus successful collaborations with music legends such as Red Holloway, David “Fathead” Newman and Jim Byrnes, the Night Crawlers have been making fans all across the country. The spectacular sound of the Hammond organ, the power of a nine piece horn section, and the irrepressible drumming of band leader Jesse Cahill never fails to whip audiences into a frenzy.

Here’s what Ken Micallef of Down Beat Magazine had to say about “Presenting”:

“It s hard to make a bad organ trio record, give the associations a whirring Leslie can conjure in our collective jazz perception. But when organ grinder Chris Gestrin mans the Hammond, a great record emerges. Gestrin plays with Vancouver, B.C. s Night Crawlers, exponents of the holy grail of 1960 s organ swing. Recorded live at Vancouver s Cellar Nighclub, the operative word on Presenting is authenticity, from mixing the recorded digital files on 2 – inch tape to sweltering performances of material by Big John Patton, Jack McDuff and Horace Silver. The Night Crawlers play like a decades-old organization, possessing the swagger, muscle and greasy swing feel of yesteryear s great. This live record is practically a time machine.”

Check out the latest Nightcrawlers press:

Georgia Straight: The Night Crawlers aren’t complicated

Vancouver Sun: The Nightcrawlers top up their bottom

“Night Crawlers with the Big Band Sound” now available at these fine record shops:

Audiopile
Zulu Records
High Life

(For booking enquiries email Jesse at jessecahill@me.com)

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UPCOMING SHOWS:

December 6                         The Jazz Cellar          Vancouver BC             (Quintet)

January 13,14,15             The Jazz Cellar           Vancouver BC             (Big Band)

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Listen to the Night Crawlers:

Night Crawlers “Presenting” was recorded live at the Jazz Cellar and features:

Cory Weeds, Alto Sax,
Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Tenor Sax
Chris Gestrin, Organ
Dave Sikula, Guitar
Jesse Cahill, Drums

Here’s what Ken Micallef of Down Beat Magazine had to say about “Presenting”:

“It s hard to make a bad organ trio record, give the associations a whirring Leslie can conjure in our collective jazz perception. But when organ grinder Chris Gestrin mans the Hammond, a great record emerges. Gestrin plays with Vancouver, B.C. s Night Crawlers, exponents of the holy grail of 1960 s organ swing. Recorded live at Vancouver s Cellar Nighclub, the operative word on Presenting is authenticity, from mixing the recorded digital files on 2 – inch tape to sweltering performances of material by Big John Patton, Jack McDuff and Horace Silver. The Night Crawlers play like a decades-old organization, possessing the swagger, muscle and greasy swing feel of yesteryear s great. This live record is practically a time machine.”