Project 164 was officially coined in the summer of 2003, but the members have been playing together since 1999 as freelance jazz players in the Baton Rouge circuit. Combining elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock, soul, and funk, Project 164 brings something new to the house everynight, relying almost solely on the power of the spontaneous groove.
Project 164 consists of Jesse Kees on guitar and samples, Simon Lott on drums and percussion, Patrick Cronin on organ and keys, and Josh Nee on bass. What separates this quartet from other jam bands is the fact that they can deliver a riviting 4 hour show entirely without singing. Sure, it may be a hard concept to follow, but you must truely expirience it to believe it.
While most of the members of the group are still too young to buy a beer, they certainly do not lack professional talent. Musicians who have freelanced with the guys include George Porter Jr., David Torkanowski, Troy Davis, Wes Anderson, and many others. Their talent has also brought them to such nationaly acclaimed venues as Chelsea's Cafe and the Varsity Theatre.
A full length album is in the process of being put together featuring all original music composed, or rather, improvised on the spot, by Project 164. It should be available in April '04.