Presenting the bourbon soaked brain-child of multi-instrumentalist Kris Bauman and guitarist Luca Benedetti; The Dang-it Bobbys. Formed in 2004, the two New York based musicians assembled a project that borrows from classic country music, newer acoustic and electric sounds, and the intricate standards from the golden age of jazz. The result is strikingly original, at once both playful and poignant. Bauman and Benedetti have created a blend of American music that is sometimes quick picking, sometimes blue, and always entertaining.
Kris Bauman is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing professionally since he was sixteen. He studied jazz performance and composition at The New School’s jazz and contemporary music program, where he learned from such masters as Reggie Workman and George Garzone. Kris has performed extensively in and around New York City since his arrival there in 1996, and has toured Europe several times. He was awarded a full scholarship to the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy in 2002. His performances can be heard on many albums. He has been featured on NPR’s Studio 360 with bassist Alexis Cuadrado, NY1 with Rana Santacruz, and RAI with Luca Benedetti. Bauman has also worked in collaboration with multi-media artists and choreographers, and in 2008, he won a New York Dance and Performance Award for his compositions in the piece “Vanishing Point”. He composed the music for the 2011 Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning iPhone & iPad app “Animal Alphabet”. Bauman works in a variety of musical genres including Country/Bluegrass with his group “The Dang-it Bobbys”; Jazz as a leader and sideman, including performances or collaborations with vocalist Bobby Short, saxophonists Seamus Blake and Loren Schoenberg, composer/arranger Jason Lindner, and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel; Rock/Pop with engineer Mike Barnard (Christina Aguilera, The Strokes) and Ilhan Ersahin (Nublu records); R&B/Soul with recording artist Bilal (Interscope)
Guitarist Luca Benedetti has been performing in a wide variety of styles since moving to NYC in 1996. Upon arriving, Luca became an original member of the hard-edged Jazz/Funk group, ULU. Following a two year engagement with the group, Luca continued touring and recording in the U.S., Europe and Japan with numerous artists including Cuban Surf Rockers, The Cuban Cowboys, Soul/R&B artists, Cooly’s Hot Box, and Angela Johnson. Luca is currently busy co-leading the Jimmy Bryant & Speedy West inspired Country-Jazz outfit, Honeyfingers, collaborating with Tele-Master Jim Campilongo, as well as performing with the Country, Rock and Blues sounds of The Jason Loughlin Group, North of Amarillo & The National Reserve. Luca continues to perform regularly with his own Jazz & Roots-infused project, Luca Benedetti’s Thermionics. As a leader and sideman, Luca has performed alongside some of his all-time favorite musicians including Ron Carter, Kenny Wolleson, Adam Rogers, Gene Bertoncini, Wycliffe Gordon, Kris Bauman, Arturo O’Farrill, Sean Wayland, Jochen Rueckert, Mark Giuliana, Henry Cole, Bennett Paster, Tony Mason, Ben Rubin, Andy Sanesi, Matt Rubano, Butch Morris, Erik Deutsch, Tim Luntzel, Matt Penman, Danny Sadownick, Jason Loughlin and Jim Campilongo.