Jeff Sipe’s Apartment Projects Return Tonight
The Apartment Projects were a Southeast favorite for many years, and tonight at the Moonshadow Tavern in Tucker, Georgia, Jeff Sipe will unveil his first incarnation of the group in five years. Sipe will be joined by Brian Lopes (saxophone), Neal Fountain (bass), Randy Honea (guitar) and Count Mbutu (congas, percussion). Moontower is also on this bill as the opening act.
Anchored by Jeff Sipe (aka Apartment Q258) and bassist Ricky Keller, the Apartment Projects were public jam sessions that leaned heavily on improvisation and were a big favorite among adventurous music fans in and around Georgia. John Bell, Jimmy Herring, Jeff Coffin, Oteil and Kofi Burbridge, Matt Mundy and Colonel Bruce Hampton are just some of the musicians that took part in Apartment Projects of the past. All of the members of the band that will perform tonight at Moonshadow also performed with Ricky Keller at some point.
Sipe will return to his former home to revisit his Apartment Project series for the first time since Kellers passing in 2003. Keller, a man who Jimmy Herring referred to as a Super Genius, in a 2001 site interview, was a producer/arranger/composer with roots in the Atlanta music scene dating back to the 70s. He had a dizzying musical resume for example he produced string charts for Bruce Springsteen, OutKast, Stone Temple Pilots and Train. Keller also used to head up the annual star-studded Zambiland Orchestra events, the spirit of which is carried on in the Everyone Orchestra today.
I am very much looking forward to seeing and playing with my friends having not seen them in some time, says Sipe, The musical conversations are sure to be exciting and Ricky will be smiling down on Neal Fountains bass. Report by Rob Turner