Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music
By: Tim Newby
Band: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (Official Webpage)
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Members: Jonathan Scales (Steel pan drums), Chaisaray Schenck (Drums), Cody Wright (Bass)
Sounds Like: A highly-inventive Miles Davis acid-trip led by steel-drums.
For Fans Of: Bela Fleck, Toubab Krewe, Medeski Martin & Wood
Bio: Jonathan Scales first the started the band in 2007 upon graduation from college. The band went through various line-up changes until it solidified with the addition of bassist Cody Wright in 2011. Drummer Chaisaray Schenck, a college friend of Scales, joined in 2014 to round out the current line-up. Prior to the addition of Wright, Scales released three solo albums. Since the addition of Wright, The Fourchestra has released two albums 2013’s Fourchestra and 2014’s Mixtape Symphony a “dense half-hour long-form album inspired by and dedicated to Roy “Futureman” Wooten.” The album peaked at #6 on the iTunes Jazz Charts.
Albums: Fourchestra (2013), Mixtape Symphony (2014)
What They Do Live:
(An exclusive premiere of “Life After D” from The Fourchestra’s new DVD, Alive at Rex Theater)