The Liquid Crystal Project calls their sound Jazz Hop because it blends the old school be bop of jazz legends like John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and George Duke with hard hitting drums of Hip Hop influences like J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Premier and Pete Rock. A Liquid Crystal Project performance includes everything from Giant Steps by John Coltrane to Gettin Up by Q-Tip. That is why their fans from Europe to Columbus love the uniqueness and versatility each musicians beings to the table.
LCP, as they’re called by their fans, have toured Europe twice and played venues across the U.S. The have hosted many shows including tributes to John Coltrane & Miles Davis (featuring trumpeter Pharez Whitted and emcee John Robinson), Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Guru and Motown’s 50th Anniversary. Collectively and individually they have played alongside Roy Hardgrove, K’Naan, Eric Roberson, Ghostface Killah, Rick Ross, Dwele, Raheem Devaughn and Isaac Hayes. They can found regularly playing at some of Columbus’ finest venues and festivals including Vonn Jazz, COMFEST, The Columbus Arts Festival, The Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival among other places.
Band members J Rawls (producer/deejay), Brandon “B Jazz” Scott (keyboards/producer), Rob Riley (drummer) and saxophone players Eddie Bayard and Charles Cooper, rotate special guests including DJ Krate Digga, singers Talisha Holmes and Tia Stewart, emcee Speak Williams and guitarist Brandon Chapman for a distinct sound every time they play. They have released two albums collectively, The Liquid Crystal Project and The Liquid Crystal Project 2 and are working on a third album this summer. Well sought out as producers and sidemen, the musicians have also continued to produce individual projects for many local, national and international artists.
This summer, the band is teaming up with the Columbus Jazz Arts Group and Godman Guild to teach teenagers about the fundamentals of the Jazz Hop sound, music production and performance.
For updates and performance dates, friend request the Liquid Crystal Project on Facebook or visit myspace.com/TheLiquidCrystalProject .