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(Saturday) 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cafe Pink House
14577 Big Basin Way Saratoga, CA 95070
Local jazz trio, straight ahead, but with a few twists and turns! Rooted in the Bay Area, Scared of Spiders is
Local jazz trio, straight ahead, but with a few twists and turns!
Rooted in the Bay Area, Scared of Spiders is a jazz trio that plays standards, originals and a few surprises. While this new band is making a (cheeky) name for itself, it’s merely the latest exiting project from musicians with decades of experience on stage and in the recording studio.
Guitarist Mark Altekruse has played with heavy hitters across several genres and a couple continents. While in the UK he formed Hex Orchestra, creating experimental sounds that drew fans and opportunity, including film score work for Martin Scorsese. Stateside he has played with the short-lived but memorable jazz group Isle 3, and has story upon story of gigs and jam sessions with some of the most venerable musical greats. Always learning, that experience has informed his sound and style, and it brings a sophisticated playfulness to the band.
It’s been said that Chris Wilder plays bass like a guitar player, which may well be true, as he played guitar for years before adding bass to his skill set. Starting in rock and moving to punk about the time he could drive, Chris eventually traveled the world playing ever-faster and complicated music. In fact, he was a member of the first US punk band to ever play in Russia.
Drummer Todd Wilder brings elements of world music and rock to his jazz playing. After fronting the reggae group Inka Inka and playing punk rock with his brother (one guess as to who that is), he began developing his jazz chops and style, playing in and forming various bands over the years. He’s known to have big ears, which he chooses to take as a compliment meaning he listens well to other musicians.
You can find Scared of Spiders on Facebook and in various clubs, wine bars and theaters.