If the jam scene has a supergroup, it's Garaj Mahal. Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque has accompanied icons like Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Holland, and Sting. Keys master Eric Levy learned music theory from Haque while studying music at Northern Illinois University. Bassist Kai Eckhardt graduated from the Berklee College of Music and scored a spot with the esteemed John McLaughlin Trio, while drummer Alan Hertz played in the popular jazz/rock fusion group KVHW. The quartet came together for a single jam session five years ago and has been on the road pretty much ever since.
While their training is formidable, the quartet makes good-times groove music that's unpredictable and often downright funny. Its jazzy, wide-open jams stray pretty far out of bounds but are always kept in line with sharp hooks and a funk-fattened anchor. Get a double dose as the group sticks around for a two-night run.
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Garaj Mahal plays at 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 11, and Wednesday, January 12, at the Bamboo Room, 25 S. "J" St., Lake Worth. Call 561-585-2583.